A band new to Jacoby is bringing its brand of “indie folk” to the Riverbend Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Peters and Justin Johnson, the original members of The Fog Lights, are coming to Jacoby on the recommendation of the most recent addition to the band, Matt McGibany.
“I’m good friends with Matt. He suggested Jacoby would be the perfect place for our sound,” says Peters.
Peters said when he met McGibany, he “fell in love with his sound. Matt is a complement to our acoustic sound and blend of voices.” Peters and Johnson play acoustic guitars; McGibany plays fiddle and violin.
“This is one of the most creative groups I’ve had the pleasure of playing fiddle with. Their songwriting always amazes me, not to mention that we instantly clicked as far as our personalities go,” says McGibany.
Peters describes The Fog Lights’ music as “folk but with a little bit of an indie sound. Our vocals have been compared to Simon & Garfunkel. We do a lot of original music but we do have our favorite cover artists.” Those range from Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is My Land” to music by The Smashing Pumpkins.
“But we make it to fit our style.”
In July 2015, The Fog Lights released their first album, “Manhassett.” It will be available that night in both CD ($10) and vinyl ($15).
Peters and Johnson were high school friends but Peters said they never played music together until about 2-1/2 years ago. That’s when they had a “great musical connection” and now play a variety of venues.
McGibany came on the scene after Peters met him last winter at Broadway Oyster Bar. Each Wednesday, St. Louis guitarist Sean Canan hosts a Wednesday night residency there. The band features a rotating cast of musicians and focuses on different styles of music from week to week. One evening, Canan put McGibany together with Peters and Johnson and they played The Last Waltz by The Band.
“That was the first time I’d heard Matt and felt an immediate connection,” says Peters.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, or follow the link at http://jacobyartscenter.org/event-2225185. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis with a cash bar. Doors open 30 minutes in advance.
The public is invited to preview the exhibit “Natural Force,” which showcases Illinois and Missouri-based artists Danne Rhaesa and Megan Singleton. Their place-based works seek to raise environmental awareness and engage audiences with nature, from a landscape's physical elements to the rhythms of biological processes.
“Natural Force” is on view August 17-September 24, with an opening reception on Friday, August 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and a chat with the artists September 17, 3:00 p.m.
About the Jacoby Arts Center
The mission of the Jacoby Arts Center is to nurture and promote the practice and appreciation of the arts through education, exhibits, cultural programs and community outreach initiatives. Jacoby Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Jacoby Arts Center is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
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