Port City Music Hall
Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers

State Theatre presents

Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers

Travis Cyr

Thu, June 21, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:45 pm

Empire (ME)

Portland, ME

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers
Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It's no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.

Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His latest album release, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It was listed on CBC Radio's 50 Best Canadian Albums of 2015, reached #1 on Earshot's National Folk/Roots/Blues chart, and was accepted into the Baker & Taylor NPR Discover Songs library. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.
Travis Cyr
Travis Cyr has been driving his freight train of cerebral Americana folk & roots music all around the beautiful state of Maine for 17 years. Quiet and gentle yet vast and strong, his songs are full of vividly honest and poetic lyrics and emotionally percussive acoustic guitar. He has broken over 2,375 strings (aprox.) played over 1400 shows and released 6 CDs of all original music..."Stay Glad"
Venue Information:
Empire (ME)
575 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101
http://portlandempire.com/