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Wild and Sensitive Langhorne Slim Kicks off St. Cecilia Music Center’s Acoustic Café Folk Series on Thursday, November 17, 2016

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) will present Langhorne Slim in concert on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30pm to open the Acoustic Café Series. SCMC partners with the syndicated Acoustic Café Radio Show and it’s host Rob Reinhart for this series to bring great singer/songwriters to Grand Rapids. Langhorne Slim’s music has been described as “signature, cinematic …rooted in folk, soul and blues.”

Cathy Holbrook, Executive Director exclaims, “Langhorne Slim’s solo concert at St. Cecilia Music Center will be powerful and expressive exposing his raw intensity. Great musicians are those who speak to us on a deep emotional level and Langhorne Slim has that unique quality that listeners will be riveted by.”

The Pennsylvania-born, self-taught guitarist moved to Brooklyn at 18, and began feeling out his place in a burgeoning punk-folk scene. Over the years, he wound his way to the West Coast and to the South, and now finds himself celebrated from Newport to Portland as one of today’s most original singer/songwriters.

Most recently, the sensitive depth of Slim’s music has transformed to an all time high since he’s become entirely sober. “By opening myself, I’m vulnerable and I’m fearful, but I start to get real. And in that realness, there is immense strength that I wish for everybody,” he says. “Maybe everybody’s scared to be a freak. But when you live as a freak––” he laughs––“it’s so much more fulfilling.”

Sometimes, truth can’t be explained. But it can be felt, running wild through a song. “I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. “If I can continue to refine the wildness but never suffocate or tame it, then I’m on the right path. Because it is a path. I feel it.”

Slim has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Morning, and more. He has played major festivals like Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Bonnaroo, and has toured with The Lumineers, The Devil Makes Three, and the Avett Brothers.

Concert tickets are $25 and $30 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org. A post-concert “Meet-the-artist” reception with a cash bar will be offered to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to meet Langhorne Slim and obtain signed CDs of his releases.

*Three additional concerts in the Acoustic Café Series for the 2016/2017 season will be announced as concert dates are confirmed.

More About Langhorne Slim

The Pennsylvania-born, self-taught guitarist moved to Brooklyn at 18, and began feeling out his place in a burgeoning punk-folk scene. Over the years, he wound his way to the West Coast and to the South, and now finds himself celebrated from Newport to Portland as one of today’s most original singers and songwriters.

Langhorne Slim gained notoriety first during his years touring with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, as well as, an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Originally from Langhorne, PA, Slim presently resides in Nashville, TN. In 2015, after releasing his album “The Spirit Moves” the Boston Globe commented “Slim is more reflective now, his banjo-driven rock-folk-pop hybrid [has] increased in artistry and depth. With a high-pitched, almost Neil Young timbre to his voice, Slim sings about ‘going through changes now’ – changes amounting to a highly listenable rebirth.”

Numerous press outlets have celebrated Langhorne Slim. Rolling Stone praised 2012’s The Way We Move as “damn near perfect,” while The Guardian proclaimed the band as “one of the greatest live acts.” Additionally, Entertainment Weekly called Langhorne Slim “your next obsession,” and The New Yorker described him as having “Leadbelly’s gift for storytelling and Dylan’s ability to captivate crowds.”

His most recent release, The Spirit Moves (Dualtone, 2015), was released to high critical praise, including The Boston Globe: “Slim is more reflective now, his banjo-driven rock-folk-pop hybrid increased in artistry and depth.” The Spirit Moves is also the first album of his career written and recorded entirely sober, a fact often mentioned in interviews and reviews and thematically evident upon first listen. Easily his most introspective album, it is his second with the rock-solid members of The Law.

Slim has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Morning, and more. He has played major festivals like Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Bonnaroo, and has toured with The Lumineers, The Devil Makes Three, and the Avett Brothers.

More about Langhorne Slim can be found on his website langhorneslim.com.

The Acoustic Café Series

The 2014 / 2015 season began a new partnership with the syndicated radio show Acoustic Café and its host Rob Reinhart. Acoustic Café, the Ann Arbor based radio program hosted by Reinhart is syndicated to over 100 commercial and non-commercial stations throughout the country and airs locally in Grand Rapids on WYCE on Friday mornings. The Acoustic Café Series at SCMC features touring singer/songwriter folk/Americana musicians in concert and also presents the opportunity for a live taping with the artists while visiting SCMC.

“This exciting partnership with Acoustic Café and Rob Reinhart garners national attention for SCMC as a venue,” said Cathy Holbrook, Executive Director of St. Cecilia Music Center. “I am thrilled to work with Rob Reinhart on this series. His vast knowledge of music opens up many opportunities to bring artists to Grand Rapids while also shining a spotlight on St. Cecilia Music Center and Grand Rapids through his taped interviews with the artists who appear on the series.”

Rob Reinhart of Acoustic Café comments, “We’ve been exploring different opportunities to present artists in unique settings, so we couldn’t be happier about showcasing artists in this beautiful, historic venue. Grand Rapids was one of the very first markets to broadcast Acoustic Café 20 years ago, and we are pleased to be presenting live music there, while also telling the world about St. Cecilia Music Center.”

Acoustic Café Series Single tickets (no additional service fees)