Suzanne Vega – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – May 19th, 2014

Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega

Ari Hest

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$32.00 adv/$35.00 dos

Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang contemporary folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world's best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as "a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper" and as "plaintive but disarmingly powerful."

Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller, Suzanne has tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects in her music. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. In short, Suzanne Vega’s work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful, and as creative and musical now, as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 20 years ago.

With seven studio albums, a Grammy Award, and three additional nominations to her credit, Suzanne’s latest recording, Beauty & Crime is a love letter to her hometown of New York City and was hailed as "original, gritty and gorgeous as ever" by Newsweek and "lovely and literate" by People Magazine.

Suzanne Vega is so much more than her music. She hosted a public radio series about 20th Century American Composers called American Mavericks, which won a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting; she wrote The Passionate Eye, a book of poems and essays; and she currently blogs for the New York Times. An innovative educator and founding member of the Musician’s Cooperative songwriter workshops in Greenwich Village, her unique composition, writing and performance techniques have influenced a generation of musicians.
Ari Hest
Ari Hest
Ari Hest is an American singer-songwriter. Born in the Bronx and raised in a musical environment (his father is a professor of music, his mother a professional singer), Hest began writing songs for the guitar in his mid-teens. Despite his parents' professional interests, Hest considers himself a self-taught musician. Hest is a 2002 graduate of New York University.

A veteran of the small club circuit, particularly in and around his native New York City, Hest recorded and issued his first three albums on his own. Incomplete (1999), a collection of six songs, was originally intended as a demo to circulate among club owners to help secure performing engagements. Incomplete began selling well at shows, and led to the production of two more full-length albums, Come Home (2001) and Story after Story (2003). Hest's first commercial release from a national record label, Someone to Tell, was released by Columbia Records in 2004.