A modern day bluesman with slicked back hair and a pinstripe suit to match his name, Pokey LaFarge is a man out of time. Now, after more than a decade spent refining his own personal brand of Americana, LaFarge is finding radio success.
Born and raised on the mighty Mississippi, Pokey LaFarge has crafted a music style that feels both ageless and current. Indeed, the standard Pokey LaFarge album plays like equal parts music history lesson and genre greatest hits compilation; blending blues, jazz, soul, and Americana influences in way that is as effortless as it is exciting. However, it is his lyricism that truly sets LaFarge apart. He has a knack for connecting modern issues to the antiquated gramophone-ready jams he so deftly pens. No one is making music today quite like Pokey.
Fresh off of his eighth release, 2017’s Manic Revelations, Pokey LaFarge comes to the Queen City as an artist on the rise. Though he has been releasing music since 2007, LaFarge first came on to the national stage in 2012 when he caught the ear of Jack White, who had LaFarge guest on one of his tracks (“I Guess I Should Go to Sleep,” of Blunderbuss) and open for him on tour. LaFarge’s two subsequent albums have only raised his profile. You might recognize him from WNKU standards “Something in the Water” and “Riot in the Streets” or from his appearance on Conan last summer. Either way, this is the perfect time to get acquainted with his work, as Manic Revelations is his most complex and polished work to date.
For fans of upright bass, washboards, and high energy performance there is no better destination than the Southgate House Revival when Pokey hits town. It’s a special opportunity to see one of America’s most unique musicians in one of Cincinnati’s most unique venues; don’t miss out!
When: September 5th, 8:00 PM; doors open at 7
Where: The Southgate House Revival
How much: $25, or $20 online advance