Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

Matt Bednarsky

Wednesday, October 21st

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$57 adv / $62 door / $75 premium

Joan Armatrading
Joan Armatrading
Three times Grammy nominated, Joan Armatrading has come a long way since her birth in the West Indies and her upbringing in Birmingham, England. With 19 stunning albums to her credit and a new album _This Charming Life_, Joan's subtle and sublime music has touched millions of people all over the world. _This Charming Life_ was released in Europe & the U.S. in March of this year.

Known as a true craftsman, her distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship – she has arranged as well as played every instrument, with the exception of drums on her forthcoming album – have led to unanimous, widespread and, perhaps most importantly, consistent critical acclaim. Effortlessly eclectic, her sound has ranged from true soul to sophisticated pop driven by her passionate guitar.

In musical terms, Joan Armatrading has achieved far more than most performers even dream of - she has played, and still does, with some of the finest musicians around. She has received countless gold, platinum and silver discs, has been nominated for the Brit Award, has been the recipient of a highly coveted Ivor Novello Award, and figured large in VH1's Top 100 voted poll The Most Influential Woman In Rock. To top all these accolades, Joan has been honored by the Queen and is one of the few female artists ever to receive an MBE.

Leaving school when she was 16, Jaon undertook various jobs, all while writing songs, until signing to Cube Records in 1971. Her debut album, _Whatever's For Us_, produced by the late Gus Dudgeon and written with her friend Pam Nestor, was released the following year on Cube in the UK and A&M in the States. In 1974 Joan signed to A&M worldwide and the career that followed has witnessed a plethora of classic and memorable songs – "Love and Affection," "Down To Zero," "Drop the Pilot," and "Me Myself I." Joan has worked with members of Little Feat, Fairport Convention, XTC, The Police and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Musicians such as Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), Mark Brzezicki (Big Country), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Manu Katche (Sting), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), Mark Knopfler and Greg Phillingames have all joined her in the studio.

The first non-jazz artist to play at London's Ronnie Scott's in the main room, Joan has many distinctions to her credit. A long time Ambassador and performer for the Prince's Trust, she lends her support to various charities across the world.
Matt Bednarsky
Put a guitar in his hands and give him an atmosphere in which to sing and you'll soon realize that Matt brings something fresh and exciting to music. Browse his YouTube channel with more than 200 covers and originals and over 2 million video views and you'll get an idea of his talent, prolificness and diversity. Click around his online community throughout Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and you'll see his commitment to and gratitude towards his growing fanbase. It's clear, Matt is no ordinary musical artist.

Born to a mother with a classical pedigree and a professional jazz guitarist father, Matt grew up in Shelton, CT engulfed in music. He began violin at the age of 4 (soon after left behind), began the guitar at age 8, and started singing probably not long after he could make farm animal noises. He first put pen to paper in songwriting at the age of 12, finding it as a way to creatively engage.

After high school, Matt attended New York University and studied Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, psychology and music. This choice of studies led to fluency in these three languages (in addition to English), and spurred him on a creative pursuit: to combine foreign languages with the universal language of music. After studying abroad in Italy, graduating from NYU, and living at an orphanage in Trujillo, Peru for eight months, Matt's musical roots sprouted one step further and he recorded his debut EP entitled Ready. With two songs in English, one in Portuguese and two in Spanish, this was the beginning of a tenacious recording drive.

In January of 2012 Matt flew down to Tennessee and worked on his follow-up album alongside producers Dave Flint and John Griffin. Crafted as a collection of four lyrically rich and musically layered tracks, Matt's sophomore EP entitled Happy Go Lucky was released on May 1st and reached #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, gracing the listings with the likes of Norah Jones, James Taylor and Carole King.

Having spent the majority of 2012 based in New York City, Matt made the move to Nashville for 2013 to dive into Music City's vibrant scene. His unique style draws influence from a variety of genres including pop/rock, folk, jazz, and blues and is characterized by poignant, thoughtful lyrics and soothing yet powerful vocals. Continuing to write and perform meaningful and high quality music, Matt seeks to be heard by and connect with as many people as possible.

Since the move, Matt has released an acoustic demo album entitled Fragments and Glimpses, as well as the Christmas EP Acoustic Tidings, both of which you can download for free at

However, breaking through to another level, in March of 2014 Matt released his first full-length studio album, entitled A Bigger Picture. In part executive produced by Ed Cash, this record represents the culmination of Matt's musical journey thus far. He hopes it inspires, challenges, and entertains you, as well as stirs within you the sense of yearning we all find inside of us.

Matt is currently touring the country, and recently opened for soulful American Idol Season 9 Runner-Up Crystal Bowersox at City Winery Chicago.