‪Amos Lee Plays Steamboat’s ‘Strings Music Festival’ – Debuts New Album‬

Photo by Molly McCormick

Nestled in the stunning town of Steamboat, Colorado is the Strings Music Pavilion, which showcases over 60 genre-spanning performances during the summer months. The venue houses just 569 people, which provides for a beautiful, personal experience between the audience and the artist. As a devoted Steamboat-goer since a very early age, I can safely say that the venue and concerts have only improved over the years. And given its uncompromising quality at the outset, that’s a mighty task.

For my first summer visit back to Steamboat in over a decade, I was graced with the greatness of Mr. Amos Lee. His new album, ‘A New Moon,’ will be available on August 31, 2018, and judging from what I heard up on that stage, it might be his strongest songs yet. If my math is correct, it will be the Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter’s seventh studio album.

Lee’s stage presence actually surprised me. For someone whose most notable tracks are both heartbreaking and low tempo, I expected a much darker and more intense performance (think Ray Lamontagne). Instead, I got a playful personality who seemed to truly enjoy engaging the audience while simultaneously jamming with his best mates. As for the audience, it’s worth noting that I’ve been to a lot of concerts, and this might be the first time I’ve seen such a rabid group of girls determined to get the singer’s attention. Either Amos was doing something seriously right or seriously wrong to garner that kind of flirting frenzy (I can’t decide). It’s not often that I get to witness such greatness from the third row of such an intimate venue, and it’s an experience I won’t soon forget. To catch Amos on tour, visit his website. It is well worth it.

Jack Johnson announces summer headline tour

Photo: Emmett Malloy
Photo: Emmett Malloy

Debuting at #1 on the Billboard charts, singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has announced his 6th studio album titled From Here To Now To You headlining a world tour including performances in South America, Australia and Europe. Throughout the tour, Johnson will be joined by artists such as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Amos Lee, Michael Kiwanuka, ALO, and Bahamas. Since founding the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation in 2008, Jack Johnson has offered solutions to support sustainable local food systems as well as plastic free initiatives by collaborating with over 125 community groups across North America through his All At Once campaign. With this campaign, Jack Johnson had offered to match donations up to a total of $2,500 per group. Concert-goers can also participate in his global green effort by taking environmental action with local non-profit organizations, sharing environmental commitment photos, and can even enter to win a chance to watch Jack Johnson’s performance the from the stage. For more information about his green efforts or to buy tickets to see it all in action, visit jackjohnsonmusic.com for more details.