A double bill featuring the UC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ted Moore and the Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, directed by Myra Melford.
Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.
Mar 6, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall
The Young Fables (TYF) are a promising modern, traditional country duo comprised of three-time American Idol vet Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wesley Lunsford. The act hails from Maryville, TN and has already collected impressive accolades including the Grand Prize at the Texaco Country Showdown which landed Laurel on the Ryman Auditorium stage at age 16. TYF first engaged and organically expanded their grassroots following while on the road supporting their debut release Two in 2017. They've sold out appearances at the City Winery in Nashville, TN and the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC in addition to appearing with such notable acts as Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser and Chris Lane.
Capturing the ears of three of the industry's most revered names, Keith Urban said they "had me immediately," Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta praised "a flawless vocal" and Sheryl Crow tweeted, "Just heard The Young Fables in the Nashville Airport. Laurel's as good as any country singer out there!" The nationally syndicated Cumulus morning show The Ty Bentli Show embraced the duo, featuring them regularly in the hot topic #10MinuteTune segment. In addition, CMT exclusively premiered the music videos for "Completely" and "Half as Good," with both going on to garner regular rotation on country music video channels.
Following the launch in May of 2018, the rave reviews and impact of their sophomore release Old Songs, a ten song album produced by the Grammy Award-winning Mitch Dane, secured TYF their official debut at the CMA Music Festival on the Spotlight Stage.
Their milestone year closed with two breakthroughs: Rolling Stone spotlighted TYF with a "10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week," with the release of their adaptation of the Patsy Cline iconic hit "Crazy" stating, "Simple and heartbreakingly direct...a poignant performance that's as lonely as the song's lyrics." Also, via an invitation from Shania Twain, TYF were featured on USA Network's Real Country premiere featuring the aforementioned Twain alongside Jake Owen, Travis Tritt and special guests Big & Rich. "When I heard Laurel's voice for the first time, it was just extremely impressive," said Shaina. "Wes is a perfect partner for Laurel's voice. I fell in love with these guys as a genuine, authentic talent and sound. We need you in this industry right now."
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!
Mar 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley