About 16 months ago, I met Bjorn Jacobsen and music changed for me. I had never seen anyone sing and play folk music with such abandon. As I got to know him, the crazy sad songs made a lot of sense. He was living in his car, had been abandoned by everyone he’d ever loved and had survived a deadly fall off Chiques Rock. The mersa infection he developed in the hospital prompted the staff there to suggest they amputate his hands to save his life. His response: “I’m a guitar player. I’d rather die.” I guess they took him seriously. He still has his hands and can play the shit out of guitar, banjo and mandolin. This dude is heart, scar tissue and gristle with a crooked grin.
Bjorn has decided to move to NOLA in early September. I’m thrilled for him and sad at the same time. So we are throwing shows at him left and right. Thursday August 7 is our first Gigspots Presents event at World Café Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE and Bjorn’s Wayfarer Experiment is the headliner. Ever-ready, ever-steady Jake Lewis opens this special duo show. Jake plays with Katie Seifarth, his Clergy drummer/vocalist. Bjorn is bringing Robin Chambers on violin and you know the heat she brings.
Friday August 8th, The Wayfarer Experiment plays their last Chameleon Club show. Rock beasts Medusa’s Disco (formerly SEEDS) is also on the bill and will have copies of their just-released live cd. Bjorn just got his electric Ibanez hollow body out of the shop so who knows what kind of show this might become! We only guarantee that no holds are barred! Bjorn’s other adieu shows include Gettysburg Rocks 8/9, Sofrito Gastro Pub (Reading) 8/15, Central PA River Fest (Wrightsville) 8/23 and Bistro 19 (York) 8/29.
The Gigspots Showcase returns to Lancaster Dispensing Company Friday August 15 for a special Music Friday edition. From the mountains of Ephrata, Clinton Hibshman (Burning McGuiness) will jangle your jingle and make you say, “Holy Cats, why haven’t we seen this guy before?!” The night also features The Plate Scrapers, a dynamic string band from the south west: Hagerstown. You will love this bluegrass band that bridges that Cumberland Gap. Stay tuned for the Showcase schedule for September through May!
Of course Music Fridays in Lancaster are always special! You know we’ll be at Binn’s Park at 6pm sharp to see Jake Lewis and The Clergy (full band)! They have been working on a new album most of the spring and summer and we can’t wait to hear it! The only hints I’ve received about the new work are that, “It’s what you love about Jake and the Clergy, just bigger and bolder.” I’m intrigued. There’s only one more outdoor Music Friday after this: September 19 with Silver City Rodeo. Come feel the beauty of outdoor music in our wonderful, walkable city. These shows are free and so are you.