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CHRIS PUREKA ; special guest Garrin Benfield

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CHRIS PUREKA ; special guest Garrin Benfield
Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:00 PM
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
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It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her life’s work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, “Back in the Ring.”

Chris’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist, and her flair and immediacy as a lyricist, have garnered her favorable comparisons to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Patty Griffin. She’s earned accolades from such distinguished taste-making outlets as The New York Times, Paste, Magnet, Billboard.com and The AllMusic Guide. She’s shared the stage with such diverse and esteemed artists as Dar Williams, The Lumineers, The Cowboy Junkies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martin Sexton and Ani DiFranco. Along the way, Chris has remained fiercely independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records.

Garrin Benfield gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You’re Hiding,” which was used in a production of “The Laramie Project.” In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter,” with Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release, “August Live.” 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow” and Benfield’s first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield’s hardcore fans have come to expect.

$15 advance/ $20 at the door