Avi Jacob

ONCE Somerville presents

Avi Jacob

The Smallest Town Ensemble, Tad Overbaugh

Thu, October 19, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Off Sale

Avi Jacob
Avi Jacob
“My first memories, all my memories, are of feeling completely isolated, sad and alone”, says Avi Jacob. Though it would be easy for Jacob to lose himself in this darkness, his new EP, Surrender, does the opposite of that. Instead of retreating into himself Jacob uses the vulnerability of songwriting as a therapeutic form, for himself and for others. on Surrender Avi Jacob works to uncover his own deepest fears to mine that empathy. As he says “I’m trying to connect people to the reality of their emotions, if they understand them then they can understand and have empathy for others.”

“There was a guy after I sold all the albums opening for Dr. John, this guy came up to me and was wearing all camo, he was in town for a hunting conference. You could tell by looking at him he was very conservative. He had tears in his eyes and said “that song pickup truck was really beautiful, it touched me and made me think of my father”, or something to that effect. That to me was really important because I could tell that was a really big thing for him, to open up like that.”
James and Simone Felice holed up in a barn in New England in the dead of winter with Jacob to record this EP. You can hear the influence of the Felice’s, with an organ flourish, a touch of accordion, coaxing out those spacious, poignant moments on Surrender. Combining folk sensibilities with classic soul, in the vein of Alabama Shakes or Ray Lamontagne, Jacob’s EP is influenced equally by South Carolina, where he spent most of the past decade, and the Northeast where he spent his formative years. It’s a plainly self-reflective piece, not trying to impose itself on your but to bring you along for this frightening, elating, confusing journey.
The Smallest Town Ensemble
The Smallest Town Ensemble
From the heart of Inman Square, Matt Bowker (Mount Peru trumpeter and keyboardist)
has launched a charm offensive of lush arrangements and gorgeous harmonies, at the
intersection of old-time song craft and contemporary musical currents, where the
Crosswalk Cowboy is always up early, lending a hand to guide people through the
kaleidoscopic landscape of his vibrant little city.
Joined by Belfast singer/songwriter/producer Colin Campbell, along with fellow Mount Peru
alumni, Tim Nylander (Drums), Alan Durell (Bass), and Thom Valicenti (Guitar), The
Smallest Town Ensemble takes its inspiration from the City of Somerville, where the
patchwork of townies, hipsters, Irish bars, and artisanal donut shops has begotten the
throbbing neighborhood vitality that is the grist for the band’s songs.
Brian Varneke at Deli Magazine has praised The Smallest Town Ensemble’s debut EP, ‘Out
East’, as a “love letter to the Somerville, MA, community… (that) weaves through a
multitude of genres, creating a beautiful and poignant tapestry”.
Tad Overbaugh
Tad Overbaugh is a rock/alternative-country singer-songwriter from the coastal town of Swampscott, MA, 12 miles north of Boston. Tad is best known for his work with his previous band The Kickbacks (1996-2009) and for writing "songs that ring with depth, authenticity, and plenty of hook-infused power.” - (Pop Culture Press)
Venue Information:
ONCE Lounge
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143