If you have never been to a house concert, you definitely must go at least one time. This past weekend, Syracuse Fleet Feet owners Ed and Ellen Griffin opened their home to folk rock artist Adam Ezra as he makes his trek across the country on his “Get Folked” tour. The concept for this tour began last year as a way to raise money to give his band a month off from their extremely busy schedules. It was well received as fans graciously opened their homes to Adam and locals flocked in to these sell out shows.
The concept for a house show is not one that’s new at all. In fact, as Adam pointed out, this was how artists first began to play for audiences centuries ago. The acoustic show is up close and personal, like a family gathering of sorts. Sharing stories behind the music, Adam narrates how these concepts for the songs came about, giving audience members even more substance to the already thought provoking music and an insight to his personal life.
Adam’s songwriting ability is phenomenal. His story telling abilities are of the highest caliber. As I sat there listening to his music, it reminded me of the feeling I get when listening to Jackson Brown’s music, one of my all time favorite song writers. Although similar, it’s unique. It inflicts his wit, his insight and his soul into tunes that are diverse and not repetitive in the least, bringing awareness to relevant topics and situations. His talents have been recognized by those in the industry as well. He recently took a trek to Nashville to collaborate with Grammy Award winning artist John Oates on a series of songs for movies. Singing some of those tunes as well as many from his extensive catalog of music, attendees were treated to songs they requests and a few new ones as well that have yet to be recorded.
Adam’s philosophy of music is refreshing. He believes that music is created to be shared. Found on the merch table along with his latest CDs and t-shirts, is an “I Love You” box . He encourages all to help themselves to his music and if they wish they can throw some love into the box. Whether it’s $20, $10, or a million, he won’t price his work as he writes it to share with others. In fact, Adam and his band currently have a Pledgemusic campaign underway to produce and share an album with and by his fans. This campaign is unique as the packages created are to help create a fan produced album to give away to all. Listing all possible tracks, fans will choose all songs to be included. Take a peek as Adam explains more about the campaign below.
The “Get Folked” tour is well under way so take a peek at the schedule on Adam’s page to see if they will be coming to a town close by, and don’t hesitate to see if tickets are still available as many are already sold out.
Setlist: Basement Song, Chelsea You’re Alright, You Speak Girl, Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover), I Believe, The Toast, Steal Your Daughter, All I Am, Chasin, Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen cover), Cover Man, Hippie Girl, Sprig, Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover), The Devil Came Up to Boston, Let It Be (Beatles cover)