March 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
1103 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids
Legion Arts

Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Introducing Vance Gilbert, live. It’s been almost two decades since a young singer and teacher went from playing open mikes to opening for Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker and George Carlin. Along the way, America began to discover this Boston songwriter with “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Since then, Vance has released nine acclaimed albums, from Edgewise (1994) to Old White Men (2011). Side of the Road, his 2003 duo effort with Ellis Paul, was called by the Boston Globe, “the songwriter’s most compelling work yet; literate, heartfelt, rippling and emotionally resonant.”  His latest, the transcendent Bad Dog Buffet, includes a batch of new tunes that loyal fans will recognize from concerts ― from the life-loving capitulation of “God Bless Everyone,” to the seething rocker “Nothing from You,” to the happy break-up song, “Out the Way We Came In.” “Unfamiliar Moon,” considered by some to be Vance’s signature song, is revisited here in a moving, pared down version featuring Darol Anger on fiddle. Yet like all great artists, Vance truly happens live. An unforgettable artist that Town and Villagehas called “lively, eclectic, and electrifying,” his live performances are jaw-dropping, hilarious, devastating, and gorgeous.