Jake Allen to play at Pines of Arcadia

Jake Allen

Jake Allen performs a show. (Courtesy Photo) 

ARCADIA — Jake Allen, singer, songwriter and guitarist, will perform on Jan. 10 at Pines of Arcadia.

Allen spent a lot of time touring around as part of The Accidentals, and also in support of the band. Soon, he will be releasing a new solo album, “Deviant Motions” before the spring that features violin and cello by The Accidentals’ Sav Buist and Katie Larson.

Among other accolades, one of Allen’s influences, renowned finger style guitarist, Andy McKee described Jake as, “the most creative and interesting singer/songwriter I have heard in many years.”

The ethereal sound of Jake Allen’s music attaches to your heartbeat and reverberates through your veins with the warmth of a long-lost embrace.

He moves around the acoustic guitar like he’s been holding it for a lifetime, gliding from end to end and producing sounds that you’d normally expect from a full band. Although most audiences are introduced to Jake Allen through the spectacle of his solo acoustic performances, the scope of Allen’s artistry runs much deeper.

At age five, Allen began exploring synthesizers and recording music in his father’s Northern Michigan studio. By fourteen, he had become proficient with a variety of instruments and he solidified his commitment to a life of producing and performing music.

Allen has since gone on to produce several acclaimed solo records, playing every instrument himself, while tastefully complementing his smooth to soaring voice. In addition to drums, keyboards, harp and other various instruments, Jake often stresses his belief in using the studio itself as a key instrument in creating his massive productions and concept albums.

“Jake Allen is a musician who is very necessary in the 21st century music landscape in that he has learned from genre forefathers and taken the next evolutionary step, bridging a time-and-age gap to make traditional sounds relevant in the modern era.” said Mark Morton, of Music Emissions.

By his late teens, Allen found himself being drawn to the sounds of finger-style guitar trailblazers like Michael Hedges and Andy McKee. He started to pin point his focus on acoustic guitar, crafting his own breed of six string wizardry. On top of a two-hands on the neck, percussive tapping style, Jake employed an array of effects and live looping to create an engaging solo performance.

Through the art of looping, he discovered a way to create a virtual clone-like backing band. With this sufficient bag of tricks, Jake took his solo show to the road in 2009, touring twice a year ever since.

In addition to his solo endeavors, Allen has actively toured the U.S. with his full backing band bringing his lush studio productions to life on stage. These live efforts have garnered endorsements from musical gear companies like Takamine, Fender and Gretsch guitars.

“I observe, report and affirm my life through the act of making music,” said Allen. “In turn, I wish that act will enrich the lives of others and inspire them to be their own definition of great.”

The show starts at 6 p.m. located at 15027 Lake Bluff Drive. Email jashinsky@mac.com for reservations.

 

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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