John Craigie

John Craigie

Jack Symes

Sun 11.19.17

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$13 in advance, $18 at the door

John Craigie
John Craigie
“…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” – The Stranger

“The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number “Virgin Guitar,” which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.” – The Portland Tribune

“Craigie’s latest, “I Am California,” is haunting, poetic, and just how a longing for California should sound. Draped in nostalgia and covered in memories, Craigie paints a beautiful homage to the Golden State, with the assistance of singer Gregory Alan Isakov.” – Impose Magazine

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.

The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm. Although based in Portland, Craigie’s true home is on the road, and just like that he’s on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen.

He’ll make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, John Craigie’s true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.
Jack Symes
Inspired by artists like Van Morrison and Mason Jennings, Symes creates an electric blend of acoustic and indie-folk ballads packed with lyrics that can take one away to a simmering fireside. A singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, Jack Symes relocated up to Berkeley five years ago and has been dipping into the Bay Area folk scene since. During his college years in Berkeley, he spent his summers working in the Sierra Nevadas where he was able to dedicate time to maturing his musicianship, unearthing a deeper love and appreciation for music while further evolving his sound.

Symes released his debut EP Gargoyles back in December, followed up with his single Roll Me Away this past March, and is hoping for a second EP release sometime this year. Covering most of the western US, Jack recently wrapped up his first tour of the west coast with long-time collaborator and friend Nat Lefkoff.
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101