Saturday, March 30th, 7PM (doors at 6:30)
Beth Wood and Ara (Lee) James
Beth and Ara’s new duo project.
Texan-raised, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Beth Wood has won almost every major songwriting competition in the United States. Beth’s mission is to communicate and share the joy she feels through singing – through music as a spiritual practice. When you see her live you’ll taste this, and you’ll understand why Beth has long been one of the most beloved singer-songwriters in the industry.
Appalachia-raised, Washington-based Ara James (formerly Ara Lee) is a singer, poet, and activist with an unmistakable sound, commanding presence, and a voice that will leave you speechless. Ara has been singing professionally for over 20 years as an award-winning soloist, studio vocalist, and songwriter. Rooted in the traditions of gospel and deep South soul, Ara holds court on stage like a modern-day mystic.
As a duo, Wood and James push the boundaries of soul and folk music and attempt to break down the walls that have separated the worlds of music and poetry. They write, speak, tour, and teach poetry and singing workshops. Their upcoming album, set to be released in the Spring of 2019, takes soul, folk, spoken word, Americana, gospel, and blues, shakes them around in a basket of harmony, and makes what they affectionately call “grown-out-roots-music.”
Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.