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J.S. Ondara

3S Artspace

Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

J.S. Ondara

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission / ADV / Seated Mar 23, 2019 $12.00 $2.65
General Admission / DOS / Seated Not Started $14.00 $2.76

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J.S. Ondara

Sunday, March 24
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
All ages / Seated
$10 Members / $12 ADV / $14 DOS

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J.S. Ondara offers a unique take on the American dream on Tales of America, his debut album. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. After discovering the music of Bob Dylan, he moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career in music. There he began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home.

From a stockpile he says is hundreds of songs deep, Ondara chose 11 for Tales of America. They’re captivating tunes built around acoustic guitars and adorned with subtle full-band accompaniment for an openhearted folk-rock feel. He sings in a strong, tuneful voice well-suited to the gorgeous melancholy he expresses on the wistfully lovelorn “Torch Song,” or his steadfast infatuation on “Television Girl.” Ondara sings rueful lyrics in an anguished tone on “Saying Goodbye,” and leaves plenty of room for interpretation on “American Dream,” the first single.

“I knew I wanted a song called ‘American Dream’ on the record, but I didn’t have that song,” Ondara says with a laugh. “I couldn’t find it. I wrote like twenty songs called ‘American Dream’ before I found the one that ended up being the record.” 

His persistence is evident throughout Tales of America, which is indeed a classic American tale. It’s the story, told in song, of an immigrant seeking a new life, who dedicates himself to achieving his vision through hard work and determination.

Written by Eric Danton


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Recommended if you like:  Leon Bridges, Michael Kiwanuka, John Craigie, Rayland Baxter, Lindsey Buckingham

 
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3S Artspace
319 Vaughan Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)


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3S Artspace, a 501c3 non-profit, is dedicated to presenting and supporting contemporary artists and their work in order to stimulate the artistic community and creatively engage and educate the public at large, while establishing a vital and accessible regional gathering space.

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