John Craigie with Ben Morrison (of The Brothers Comatose)

December 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

On Thursday, December 6, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes John Craigie’s “Keep It Warm” Tour to the WOW Hall with special guest Ben Morrison (of The Brothers Comatose).   This is a fully seated concert.

Join the team to help John Craigie raise money and donate items for Eugene’s Hosea Youth Services to support those in need on his #KeepItWarm2018 tour.  $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to Hosea Youth Services. We’ll also be collecting your new/gently used sleeping bags, jackets, gloves, hats, scarfs, socks, etc. at the show.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.”  His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov (namely “I Am California” and “Highway Blood”). Both quickly cracked one million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering.

“It’s about transparency,” he explains. “The storytelling enables listeners to relate. Really good music doesn’t make you feel good; it makes you feel like you’re not alone.”

As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Through a serendipitous series of events, Craigie’s 2016 live effort Capricorn in Retrograde… Just Kidding… Live in Portland landed in Johnson’s car stereo during a California coastal road trip.  Shortly after, Jack reached out and Craigie soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California and The Gorge in Washington. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more.

Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.

When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied.

 

BEN MORRISON

 

Born in Petaluma, California, Ben Morrison (along with his brother Alex) began playing guitar and singing songs at age 12, taking a liking to Rock and Roll.  The brothers grew up around music, hosting music parties. Both the Morrison brothers' parents were musicians. They were inspired mostly by their mother, who was in a folk band, harmonizing with other singers in their living room.

“The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians – everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and just play for hours” says Brothers Comatose bassist, Giovanni Benedetti.

The Brothers Comatose band began with the two brothers doing arrangements of songs by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and Creedence Clearwater Revival before developing into what is often described as a high-energy, foot-stompin', "rowdy" folk-rock string band. The group has released three records: Songs From The Stoop (2010), Respect the Van (2012) and City Painted Gold (2016).  They have played and headlined bluegrass festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Sierra Music Festival, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, and Kate Wolf Music Festival.

 The Brothers Comatose have also led extended tours with The Devil Makes Three, Yonder Mountain String Band and Lake Street Dive.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $21 day of show.   Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

 

 

Door Time: 
December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$16 Advance, $21 Day of show