Sleder’s Tavern is delighted to be hosting a return performance by Vance Gilbert. Vance burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert’s compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?
Dirty Linen places Vance Gilbert “among the quintessential music poets,” and the Chicago Tribune wrote Vance “Gilbert took the stage, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, a whimsical sense of humor and an astonishingly smooth, pure, tenor voice. But that proved more than enough.” Sleder’s is thrilled to have Vance perform on the porch again. The show is set for 7 pm on Sunday, May 5. Enjoy this a taste of Vance Gilbert’s melodic guitar playing and milky tenor voice from his YouTube channel:
Tickets for Vance Gilbert are On Sale Now
$20 in advance | $25 at the door
- Sleder’s Tavern, 717 Randolph St., Traverse City, MI 49684
- Oryana Food Coop, 260 E Tenth St, Traverse City, MI 49684
- Brilliant Books, 118 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
- For more info or to reserve tickets by phone with a credit card ($1 surcharge), call Sleder’s at 231-947-9213.
Showtime: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm ET
Venue: The Porch at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph, TC, MI.
Sleder’s indoor porch is an ideal, acoustic listening room and intimate concert setting with table service for drinks and dining.
The On the Porch Concert Series is a monthly showcase featuring performers singing their original work in a concert in a club atmosphere. It is a commitment to allow artists to perform their music in a concert setting and the series focuses on performers who write/sing/perform their own material.