ALTON — The Performing Arts Committee of Jacoby Arts Center will present Songwriters in the Round, featuring Doug Raffety of Judge Nothing, Matt Taul of The Five and Dimers and Fritz Beer of The Bishops.
Alton welcomes home Doug Raffety, now based in Chicago, and Fritz Beer, now based in Asheville, N.C., along with local staple Matt Taul on Saturday, Dec. 20, for an intimate evening of songs, stories, collaborations and candid banter.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $12.50 general admission or $10 for students and seniors. All ages are welcome, and there will be a cash bar available to those of legal drinking age.
The show will be produced “in the round” style, as one might see in the Nashville songwriters’ scene. Performers and the audience convene as one entity for an intimate and laid-back, up-close and one-of-a-kind experience. The content of the show will include candid storytelling moments; surprise guest accompaniment as well as some spontaneous onstage collaboration.
Judge Nothing, The Bishops and The Five and Dimers were successful Alton-based bands ranging in styles from pop-punk to Americana. Each band garnered critical appraise for their numerous releases and supporting national tours. Judge Nothing and The Bishops are enduring dormant periods, while The Five and Dimers continue to play locally and regionally.
The Performing Arts Committee at JAC is producing a new series of concerts into the New Year that aims to broaden the reach of the center and engage a larger percentage of the Alton area community. For information about this concert and others, visit the Jacoby Arts Center’s page on Facebook and click on the events tab.
Located at 627 East Broadway in Alton, the Jacoby Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and is closed Sundays and Mondays. For information, visit www.jacobyartscenter.org or call (618) 462-5222.
The Jacoby Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that has a mission of fostering the artistic development and economic success of artists, and to expand accessibility to the arts through programs that promote education, participation and exploration.