ALTON — A band new to the Jacoby Arts Center is bringing its brand of “indie folk” to the Riverbend at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
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,” Peters said. “He suggested Jacoby would be the perfect place for our sound.”
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,” McGibany said. “Their songwriting always amazes me, not to mention that we instantly clicked as far as our personalities go.”
Peters described 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,” Peters said.
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 ½ 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,” Peters said.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at jacobyartscenter.org/event-2225185. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis with a cash bar. Doors open 30 minutes in advance.
Natural Force exhibit
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 Aug. 17 to Sept. 24, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and a chat with the artists at 3 p.m. Sept. 17.