May 3: Garden Concert with Ashley Filip and Ben Wakeman

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

In-the-round show with two very dear friends, Ashley Filip and Ben Wakeman, in a beautiful backyard setting in my very own neighborhood!

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Seating area limited! Purchase your tickets in advance at this link.

Last year I discovered that my neighbors the Beeson family (including Izzy Beeson, one of the famed Fabulous Pinkie Sisters) had inadvertently built the perfect stage for an outdoor concert in their backyard when they added a deck onto the back of their house. Their beautiful backyard slopes downward toward the deck/stage, creating a lovely amphitheater. Just add lawn chairs,  blankets, picnic spreads, candlelight, and live music!

260300_10151467585632632_19431314_nWe tested the site with a Mother’s Day concert by the Fabulous Pinkie Sisters last May, and it worked beautifully. So this year, we are proud to present this Garden Concert!

 

May 3 Garden Concert

$6 in advance (purchase tickets online here)

$8 at the door (please make a reservation by emailing aoapoplar@bellsouth.net)

Allison Adams, Ashley Filip, and Ben Wakeman
Saturday, May 3, 2014
doors open at 6:30 pm | showtime at 7:00 pm
Decatur Georgia 30030
Home of Laura and Andrew Beeson

Exact address will be provided upon reservation. Your reservation will be on a list at the door.

Singer-songwriters performing in the the round

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Songwriter, singer, guitarist, mandolinist, ukulelist, and concertinist Allison Adams has been making music on Atlanta’s acoustic scene for more than a dozen years. Her just-released second CD, Songs from the Garden, found inspiration in her backyard—her vegetable patch, her laundry line, her flock of chickens. Literate and lyrical, the songs in this collections illuminate the transcendent in the ordinary, from homemade peach pie and a favorite pair of flip flops to a small-town beauty pageant and the first flush of fireflies on a late spring evening. Allison has provided instrumental and vocal support on stage for a number of artists, including Caroline Herring, Kate Campbell, Ashley Filip, Bruce Gilbert, Ben Wakeman, Lindsay Petsch, and others.

Ashley Filip has been writing songs since she was just 12 years old. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, she began playing gigs in high school, opening for local acts such as Michelle Malone and Billy Pilgrim in venues such as Eddie’s Attic and the Hard Rock Cafe. She spent seven years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, playing regularly at Club Passim in Harvard Square, and later spent a year in Nashville honing her songwriting skills at writer’s nights and gigs. Light Years is her most recent recording, and a culmination of her years spent playing gigs and writing. Heavily influenced by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Alison Krauss, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, Lauryn Hill, and Brad Paisley, her songs are full of stories of family, spirituality, and relationships.

Ben Wakeman’s latest CD release “I’m Just the Same as I Was” offers a tightly crafted collection of songs by a seasoned writer at the top of his game. This album, Wakeman’s fifth to date, is a testament to his years of persistence and devoted pursuit of the elusive ingredients that make a great song. Raised in the mountains of North Carolina, his musical genome is readily traceable to the likes of James Taylor and David Wilcox, with some Jackson Browne and Suzanne Vega mixed in. Influences aside, Wakeman has carved his own initials into the singer-­‐songwriter family tree with his sharp wit, powerful guitar and salt-­‐honey voice. What you notice right away about Wakeman’s music is its unflinching sincerity and the comfortable way it takes you in. On the surface they are simple, listenable songs and in many cases even catchy but there is a lot moving underneath. After a second listen, you discover these wonderfully crafted vignettes that are as genuine as they are literary. The guitar is a constant, articulate and often driving presence in most of Wakeman’s work. Whether it’s the wall of guitars in the opening anthem Unamerican or the delicate finger-­‐style playing on You Can, his love for the instrument is clear.

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