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Amazing Things Arts Center



October 14, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

He’s been described as “the love child of Hank Williams and Otis Redding.” “The John Legend of rockabilly.” And even, “the ‘what-took-you-so-long?’ fusion of Elvis Presley and Marvin Gaye.” At every performance, whether in a venerable metropolitan concert hall or a grimy dive in an anonymous strip mall, Dwayne Haggins is always at work. Adding new subtleties to an obvious melody line. Reinterpreting a time-worn lyrical cliché to imbue it anew with genuine feeling. Unleashing a gentle cascade of vocal acrobatics when least expected (and hence most effective) — never for show alone, but always to express a likewise unanticipated nuance of feeling: a whisper of love, a curse of anger, a groan of pain, a whoop of joy that feels, paradoxically, both surprising and inevitable at the same moment.

Opening is Jim Weeks! Weeks has long been recognized as one of the finest songwriters in town, but he doesn’t stop there: his live performances are dynamic celebrations of survival in the face of life’s daily challenges, big and small. His songs are laced with candor, courage and self-awareness — they challenge his audience to be as honest with themselves as he dares to be.

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