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Joe Pug, Solo Acoustic in Concert

Joe Pug is a singer-songwriter from Chicago who has spent the last 4 years fully immersed in a career and lifestyle of telling the world how it is. At 23 years old, Pug dropped everything in Maryland and set out for Chicago. Working as a carpenter during the day, Pug decided to pick up his guitar at night; something he hadn’t done since his teenage years. Using ideas originally slated for a play he was writing called "Austin Fish," Pug began creating the lyrical arrangements that would later become the Nation of Heat EP. The early rumblings of critical praise for the EP were confirmed when his first headlining gig sold out Chicago’s storied Schubas Tavern in 2008. Nation of Heat took on a life of its own, passing from friend to friend and iPod to iPod. The crowds swelled and the media took notice. Tours with Steve Earle, M. Ward, and Josh Ritter followed, as did invitations to Lollapalooza and the Newport Folk Festival. He crisscrossed the country incessantly, traveling mostly alone in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager with no stereo or air conditioning. As the tours went on, he became closely linked to the burgeoning indie-folk scene that was coalescing loosely around Pug and his young contemporaries in bands such as The Low Anthem, Langhorne Slim, and Horse Feathers. “In Pug’s hard plucking, exaggerated choruses, and lyrical vignettes you can draw a pretty straight line from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash to Bruce Springsteen to Steve Earle to Josh Ritter. Like all of them, Pug is a populist at heart, a singer who can’t help but talk about all of us when he sings about himself and can’t help but sing about himself when he’s talking about all of us…… “Hymn 101″ is full of lines that will fill you with both heartbreak and euphoria. It’s good to be reminded that that’s why we listen to music in the first place.”–3Hive See Joe Pug live in person for yourself at the Sheridan Opera House on Tuesday, December 27th at 8pm. His solo acoustic performance will open the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s annual Holiday Concert Series fundraiser. Enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment with the family, $23 Reserved Seats.

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