Poverty is Real: Recent News
Justin Townes Earle, the son of maverick Texas songwriter Steve Earle, will anchor Poverty Is Real’s Athens concert series Thursday, December 5. Earle’s style has been described as, “a hybrid mixing folk and blues with strong early country leanings.”
Earle received the 2009 Americana Music Award for New and Emerging Artist of the Year and the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year for “Harlem River Blues” off his third album.
His most recent album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, was recorded live over a four-day period in a converted church in Asheville, NC. The album shines with a confident, raw, and vulnerable sound.
“Great songs are great songs,” Earle says. “If you listen to a lot of soul music, especially the Stax Records stuff, the chord progressions are just like country music. And just like country music, soul music begin in the church, so it has its roots in the same place.”
Earle’s live performances are the stuff of Athens legend, and those who appreciate songwriting at its purest levels should not miss this show.
Buy tickets for the show at MeltingPointAthens.com, under the December 5th event, “Justin Townes Earle, Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys and Eliot Bronson: a benefit for Whatever It Takes.”
All proceeds benefit Whatever It Takes – a non-profit community development organization which seeks to ensure that every child in Athens-Clarke County graduates with a post-secondary education, be it vocational training, military services, technical school, junior college, or a 4-year university.
Justin Townes Earle to anchor Athens 2013 concert series Nov. 21 – Dec. 5 to benefit Athens non-profit, Whatever It Takes
Soul legend Swamp Dogg, bluegrass sensation Seven Handle Circus, and electronic musical trio Greenhouse Lounge also to highlight Athens charity concert series
Poverty Is Real is proud to announce that this year’s Athens beneficiary is once again Whatever It Takes — a non-profit community development organization which seeks to ensure that every child in Athens-Clark County will graduate with a post-secondary education, be it vocational training, military services, technical school, junior college, or a 4-year university.
Whatever It Takes fulfills this mission through an emphasis on early intervention, recognizing that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, identifying and training neighborhood leaders to create a system of on the ground experts to guide implementation of solutions, and by creating a results-accountable architecture through which stakeholders design, implement, and evaluate solutions for childhood success. Learn more at WITAthens.org.
Full show schedule below…
Grammy-nominated songwriter Jeff Hyde, hit Indy-Rock bands The Winter Sounds and Stokeswood, country music sweetheart Cheryl LuQuire, and Emmy-nominated musical journalist Eric Brace to highlight Nashville charity concert series
The event will benefit Open Table Nashville — a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized, and provides education about issues of homelessness. The event will take place at four different Nashville music venues: Station Inn, The Listening Room, 12th and Porter, and Bluebird Café.
The event will kick-off on Nov. 14 at the Station Inn with Grammy nominated music journalists turned music duo Eric Brace and Peter Cooper. The pair’s third collaborative record, “The Comeback Album,” was released in April of this year and was said to be a perfect sample of their well-known unique harmony and clever storytelling.
To follow on Nov. 21 at The Listening Room, is country music sweetheart Cheryl LuQuire. LuQuire’s sound is self-defined as southern charm with Mississippi flare. Her playful country charisma is mixed with a soulful edge that has recently pushed her into the country music spotlight. Opening for LuQuire is another powerful female voice, Dylan Taylor. Taylor’s “Swanky Cool” sound is known for its pop, rock, and folk musical blend, combined with captivating lyrics and stories.
On Nov. 22, Poverty Is Real will turn on the amplifiers with a night of cutting-edge rock at 12th and Porter, featuring The Winter Sounds, Stokeswood, and Dr. Jungle Cat. The Winter Sounds is known for their frenetic live energy and for mixing elements of danceable post-punk and contemporary electro-pop with an ’80′s flair. Joining The Winter Sounds is Stokeswood, recently named the Top Local Rock Act in Atlanta, an incredibly unique Low-Endie Rock band with infectious energy, unpredictable live performances, and a fierce electronic edge. They coined the phrase “Low-Endie” rock to describe their layered mixture of pumping synths, powerful vocals, and irresistible dance vibe. Dr. Jungle Cat describes their American indie rock sound as a “fresh, raw energy rock’n’roll.”
There is no cover for the show but we ask for a suggested donation of $10 or more. Advance tickets may be purchased here.
Also on November 22 at the famous Bluebird Café will see the powerful trio of award winning songwriter Jeff Hyde — co-writer of the hit country single “Springsteen” — classic county music hit Clint Daniels , and renowned artist Brent Anderson coming together for what is sure to be an epic collaboration.
On the final night of the event, Nov. 23, another rising country star will be performing at the Bluebird Café — Erin Enderlin. Enderlin has written songs recorded by artists including Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Lee Ann Womack, and Luke Bryan, including the award winning singles “Monday Morning Church” and “Last Call.”
Poverty is Real has now donated more than $62,000 to fight poverty at the local level since 2011
The June 14-16 Poverty is Real concert series at Eddie’s Attic raised $14,500 to help Decatur Cooperative Ministry combat poverty and homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County.
PIR has now raised $23,500 for community organizations with two events in 2013, and more than $62,000 since June 2011.
The three-day concert series was presented by Lenz and featured performances by Matthew Mayfield, Caroline Herring, Bobby Bare Jr., Eliot Bronson, The Skipperdees, Nathan Beaver, and many, many more.
Among the weekend’s highlights was a sold-out Sunday night Bob Dylan celebration, called “Shelter from the Storm.”
Event sponsors included Lenz, Alston and Bird, Barnes Law Group, Hall, Booth, and Smith, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Private Bank of Decatur, First Baptist Church Decatur, Decatur Presbyterian Church – Night Circle, Law Office of Melinda C. Pillow, City of Decatur, Pure Gas Station, Columbia Presbyterian Church, Prudential Financial, Bill W. Markert, CLU, Prudential Financial, Emilie M. Markert, GRI, Realty Associates of Atlanta, RTD Financial Advisors, Inc., Publix, Jim Johnson/Allstate, Pursley Family, Oak Grove Market, Harry Norman, RedZone Consulting, CORE Landscape Group, Neil Dobbs/Allstate, McCurdy and Candler, Decatur Beer Festival, Decatur Green Fest, Decatur CD, Decatur Book Festival, Terrapin Beer, Decatur Business Association, Paste magazine, Little Shop of Stories, and Red Eye Gravy Records.
Caroline Herring, Bobby Bare, Jr., Matthew Mayfield, and a Bob Dylan Celebration Highlight Third Annual Poverty is Real Concert Series at Eddie’s Attic
Lenz Presents June 14-16 Event To Benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry; Last Year’s Event Raised $10,000 for DCM
The third annual Poverty is Real concert series will feature album releases by Caroline Herring and Matthew Mayfield, a performance by Nashville’s Bobby Bare, Jr., and a Bob Dylan Celebration called “Shelter from the Storm.” The June 14-16 event will be held at Eddie’s Attic and is presented by Lenz.
Every dollar raised during the weekend will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to aid their efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. Last year’s event raised $10,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction.
Here’s the full schedule:
FRIDAY, JUNE 14: 8 PM
Birmingham’s Matthew Mayfield, formerly the lead singer of Moses Mayfield, will celebrate the release of his new EP, “Irons in the Fire” on Friday, June 14. The eight-song EP includes guest vocals by the Civil Wars’ John Paul White. Matthew’s songs have appeared in shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Heart of Dixie,” and “Ringer.” Advance tickets are $10 and available at www.EddiesAttic.com.
SATURDAY, JUN E 15: 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Caroline Herring will release an album of music inspired by one of her favorite children’s stories. The shows will be held Saturday, June 15—at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.— and feature songs from the new album, “Roxaboxen Songs,” and her forthcoming album, “A Book is To Sing.” The performances will feature playing, singing, readings, and interactive storytelling. The new album will be available for purchase. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, and available at www.EddiesAttic.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15: 7 PM
Formerly of Decatur and now living in Nashville, Eddie’s Attic favorite Nathan Beaver returns for his first Atlanta show in nearly two years. Paste Magazine has called Beaver’s music, “stunning in its simplicity” and 2011’s “Universal You” received widespread critical acclaim. On Saturday night, June 15, he will perform a set of his own material and then sit in with Mike Killeen and the Dregs for a high-energy set. Advance tickets are $10 and available at www.EddiesAttic.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15: 9:30 PM
Nashville’s Bobby Bare, Jr. will bring his beautiful and quirky songwriting to the Attic for a performance Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 p.m. Bobby has toured with Bob Dylan, been nominated for a Grammy, and is the subject of the documentary “Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost). He’s is the son of country legend Bobby Bare and began his career fronting the punk band Bare Jr. Bobby studied songwriting under the great Shel Silverstein, and his most recent album is called “A storm – a tree – my mother’s head.” Advance tickets are $12, and available at www.EddiesAttic.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16: 7 PM
“Shelter from the Storm: Bob Dylan Celebration” will be held Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m. and feature a collection of talented artists performing mini-sets of Dylan’s greatest songs. Participating artists include Caroline Herring, Eliot Bronson, Nathan Beaver, The Skipperdees, Drew Beskin, Flint Hill Specials, Chris Stalcup, Kristen Englenz, Spencer Smith, Black Lab, Scott Miller, and Mike Killeen. Advance tickets are $10 and available at www.EddiesAttic.com.
The weekend concert series is presented by Lenz, an integrated marketing and advertising agency located on the downtown Decatur square.
Additional sponsors include: Alston and Bird, Barnes Law Group, Hall, Booth, and Smith, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Private Bank of Decatur, First Baptist Church Decatur, Decatur Presbyterian Church – Night Circle, Law Office of Melinda C. Pillow, City of Decatur, Pure Gas Station, Columbia Presbyterian Church, Prudential Financial, Bill W. Markert, CLU, Prudential Financial, Emilie M. Markert, GRI, Realty Associates of Atlanta, RTD Financial Advisors, Inc., Publix, Jim Johnson/Allstate, Pursley Family, Oak Grove Market, Harry Norman, RedZone Consulting, CORE Landscape Group, Neil Dobbs/Allstate, McCurdy and Candler, Decatur Beer Festival, Decatur Green Fest, Decatur CD, Decatur Book Festival, Terrapin Beer, Decatur Business Association, Paste magazine, Little Shop of Stories, and Red Eye Gravy Records.