Saturday, July 11th, 2009 at 7:30pm
DUSTY PASCAL and guitarist DAN BLISS
With opener Kevin Barrigar
The 32-year-old Skaneateles, NY resident has a refreshingly old soul, and he expresses himself lyrically like a modern version of acoustic icon John Prine. Early on, I was influenced by guys like Kris Kristofferson and Jim Croce, because that’s who my dad listened to, but actually, I was most influenced by my dad, who’s a songwriter himself. Since his father first put a guitar in his hands at age 13, Pascal has trusted his musical instincts and has refused to let the commercial side of the music business affect his creative process. Writing music has never been about the money, he said. One of the most likable qualities of Pascal’s music is that, unlike some bands who try to boast about their musical skill while playing or singing, he lets the tunes speak for themselves. I try not to waver too far from what the feeling of the song represents. My philosophy is to put you in the room, I like it better when you can hear little inconsistencies like the pop’ of a guitar string or something. I’ve always just had a real appreciation for the honesty of the music. I like to think of my albums as a sequence of life, he explained. So 20 years from now, I can look back at the songs and really know what was happening in my life at the time. Connecting with his audience is Pascal’s greatest attribute. You want to say as much as you can while you’re up there on the stage, he said. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to (write and play) music. I have five kids and a business, and they come first. So I want to express as much as I can while I still have the chance to do it.
DAN BLISS: Dan Bliss is an acoustic roots musician with a well traveled play list of traditional blues, folk and swing tunes. The Kansas City guitarist has twice made the top three (2005 & 2007) in the FINGERSTYLE GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP at the WALNUT VALLEY FESTIVAL in Winfield KS. His all original CD “THAT’S WHAT I’M HERE FOR” was released last year and his busy schedule this summer includes his third appearance at the NEW YORK STATE BLUES FESTIVAL in his home town of Syracuse, NY. Bliss has performed in Kansas City and around the Midwest for over 20 years and has opened shows for artists such as Steve James, Honeyboy Edwards, Marcia Ball, The Waybacks, John McCutcheon, and St. Louis blues legends Henry Townsend and Johnnie Johnson. In addition to working as a solo act, he has also played with KELLEY HUNT, his own band BLUETONIUM and on numerous acoustic duo gigs with jazz guitar great ROD FLEEMAN. Most recently he and Fleeman joined with guitarists TOM DEMASTERS and BILL DYE in “KC GUITAR 4” a jazz and blues guitar quartet. For more info please visit www.danbliss.com