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Garland Jeffreys and Steve Forbert at The Double E!

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The Double E: T Rex Theater

21 Essex Way

Essex Junction, VT 05425

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Garland Jeffreys

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Garland Jeffreys has been making provocative, personally charged urban rock and roll since the late 1960s. The “Brooklyn-born, socially conscious singer-songwriter who summed up a solo recording career of nearly half a century with 14 Steps to Harlem in 2017” (New York Times) has never been easy to pigeonhole but has always carried cultural significance well beyond his name recognition.

George Pelecanos wrote a scene in HBO’s “The Deuce” as an homage to Garland and the shows he performed wearing blackface masks back in the 70s. In UPROXX, when Pelecanos was asked “What’s the significance of the band doing the “96 Tears” cover at the bar in the finale?” he replied “It’s Garland Jeffreys. He was covering that song in the early 70s, and he’d sometimes perform it in blackface, though he’s half-black himself. When punk started in the 70s, they were covering a lot of garage band songs in the ’60s that were punk before punk, and that was one of them. What we’re doing there is saying, ‘There’s something happening here, but it hasn’t been identified.’”

From proto-punk to rock to folk to blues to reggae (Bob Marley once said he was the best interpreter of reggae in the US) Jeffreys has long held the respect of his peers and the breadth of contributors to his recordings and performances reflect that, as well as an ahead of his time penchant for musical genre-bending: Dr. John, The E Street Band, John Cale, Michael Brecker, Larry Campbell, The Rumour, James Taylor, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Rollins, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lou Reed among many more have recorded and performed with him. It’s a testament to both the broad appeal and diversity of his music that his songs have been covered by hardcore punk legends The Circle Jerks (whose version of “Wild in the Streets” is a skater anthem), psych-folkies Vetiver and jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker.

On his latest release14 Steps To Harlem, co-produced by James Maddock and featuring core band members Mark Bosch, Charly Roth, Brian Stanley and Tom Curiano, guest spots by Brian Mitchell, Aaron Comess and Ben Stivers, a gorgeous duet with daughter Savannah and a radiant violin solo by Laurie Anderson, Jeffreys delivers what fans have come to expect: edgy immediacy and literate, emotionally raw lyrics combined with a still supple voice capable of singing in a practically limitless number of styles.

Steve Forbert

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More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City from his Meridian, Mississippi birthplace in quest of a career in music. It was the most unlikely time and place for a folk singer to leap into the fray in a burgeoning scene where new wave and punk were emerging while he took the stage as a the archetypal folkie, armed with just an acoustic guitar and sheaf of very personal songs. After busking on the street for change from passers by, he rose to sharing bills at CBGB’s with the likes of Talking Heads, The Shirts and John Cale as well as headlining more traditional venues such as The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. Against staggering odds, he found blazing success early on with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially accepted albums including Alive on Arrival (1978), Jackrabbit Slim (1979), and Little Stevie Orbit (1980) and a most unlikely smash hit single, “Romeo’s Tune.”

His career had its share of triumphs as well as stumbles and disappointments as did his private life. Through it all, over the course of a marriage, divorce, raising three children, writing and recording 18 studio albums and fronting an ever changing line-up of supporting musicians, he persevered and stayed true to his roots and the folk ethos.

Now, those life-changing experiences have been chronicled by Forbert in Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock, co-written with Therese Boyd, that will be released September 14 by PFP Publishing. The memoir, originally conceived as a stage play, offers a uniquely introspective view of a life and career during a period of cultural upheaval and the author’s emerging self-awareness. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, Forbert weaves an absorbing narrative that fully addresses the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40+ year career. With a colorful cast of characters that includes managers Danny Fields and Linda Stein, along with such music legends as Doc Pomus and John Simon, it offers a revelatory look at his personal life and family, as well. Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock features first-person commentary from those who worked with Forbert on the road and in the studio.

Doors at The Double E open anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour before the advertised start time of the concert. The Mad Taco is open for preshow meal and drinks at 11AM each day, so feel free to come by early. The Mad Taco will remain open throughout the evening for drinks and snacks as well. Yes, you CAN bring your drinks and snacks into the theater with you!

Tickets are available online at our website, Eventbrite.Com, and Facebook. You can also purchase tickets between 11AM-9PM everyday at The Mad Taco - just ask a bartender!

Our theater boasts some of the comfiest seats available for you to enjoy a concert from! We are also 100% handicapped accessible, so please reach out to Tim at Tim@DoubleEVermont.Com to arrange accommodations. We want to make your visit as comfortable as our chairs!

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