Please join us for special Joshua Davis Quartet show as part of our Summer Evenings at Flintfields-Concert, Dinner and Horse Series!
JOSHUA DAVIS QUARTET
Friday, July 29, 2016
Flintfields Horse Park
Doors at 6:00PM / Show at 6:30 PM
General Admission and Reserved Seating, All Ages
TICKETS ON SALE Thursday, June 16, 2016!
Available online at www.mynorthtickets.com
Porterhouse Presents- Joshua Davis Quartet featuring, Mike Lynch, Dominic Davis and Michael Shimmin, as part of the Summer Evenings at Flintfields concert and dinner series.
Flintfields Horse Park began as an equestrian show grounds hosting national and international participants, as a sanctioned AA hunter, jumper horse show. Over the years, it has evolved into an event space, hosting the Acme business association fall festival, numerous weddings, concerts, the high school equestrian district finals and more.
Enjoy over 80 acres of beautifully manicured grounds and wonderful farm setting. Soak in the up-north beauty of an evening at Flintfields Horse Park.
General Admission – $25
General Admission with Paella Dinner – $35
Table Seating with Paella Dinner – $55
Table for 8 with Paella Dinner – $400
*All prices subject to additional fees
**Please Note: While this is an all-ages event, it is designed for mature audiences. The focus of the evening is on the live music and setting. Accordingly, tickets are required for all attendees (kids 12 and under are free). You are welcome to bring along a low-slung chair or blanket to sit on.
Over the past fifteen years, Michigan-based Davis has honed an impressive range of skills – songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist among them – in the most honest possible fashion: night after night, song after song, show after show Davis simply delivered every performance as though his life depended on it. Investing himself in the American musical diaspora, he has explored the common thread connecting folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and country forms – discovering his personal perspective as a composer in the process.
“My sound is rooted in the folk tradition,” Davis explains, “but it’s not folk music. Terms like Americana, roots rock, and heartland rock come up, but there’s so much more to it than that. I’m not a purist: I play with that American folk lineage, I play with those metaphors.” His versatility and ravenous musical curiosity has resulted in a divergent output, from his five albums with roots rock outfit Steppin’ In It to the vintage swing styles documented on the album he recorded with Shout Sister Shout.
Davis almost didn’t audition when the popular NBC musical showcase The Voice called. “I’d never even seen the show. Looking at music in a competitive way is totally against the way I was raised,” he says. “Collaboration is what it’s about. Music brings people together. So the competitive aspect of it was really foreign – to be judged like that.” From his first performance, Davis triumphed, and over the course of the season, his rootsy, sincere approach emerged as a refreshing alternative and propelled him all the way to finals.
“Looking back, it was good to be under the gun for a little bit, to look closely at the way I perform,” he recalls. “I didn’t think of myself as a singer before this happened – I thought of myself as a songwriter first. My goal throughout the whole surreal experience was to just maintain the respect and integrity that I’ve staked my career on so far. The amount of support I received from new and old fans has been mind-blowing. A lot of people were just happy that the kind of stuff I do reached the mainstream, and that I actually got an original piece of music [his stirring ‘The Workingman’s Hymn’] on the show.”
The unexpected gift of an instant national audience has given Davis a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and he is careful when considering its implications and possibilities. “The people who have been with me for the past fifteen years understand this wide scope of American music that influences everything I do,” he says. “I want to show my new listeners this range – which wasn’t always on display on the show.”
The combination of his recent success and his long journey to get there is inspiring a new batch of songs, still in their “larval form,” as Davis puts it. But he’s still doing things as he always have: Walking into the studio with his guitar, his songs, and his band, counting off, and rolling tape – taking the performance live off the floor, with little post-production sweetening.
“More than anything else, it’s really important to me to show people that you don’t need to rely on studio tricks and cheats to make a great album,” he says. “The music I love is raw and organic and it’s perfectly flawed. If more people are listening, I’d like that to be highlighted a little bit more. That’s where I see my place: Playing music that’s a little more raw, that’s a little more organic, that lives and breaths. And also that’s timeless in some way.”
“More than ever,” Davis concludes, “I want to put everything I can into the music I write and the music I make. I’m proud of what I’ve done in the past, but this has made me look at my life and my work differently. And what it comes down to is the people around me: The people I’ve met, the people who supported me from the beginning and during The Voice – the people I’ve been around, the people I’ve been exposed to, the support, the community that surrounded me, my family – the way they sacrificed and helped set me up. I want to make the most of this.”
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