After a little more than nine months and 16 shows, the inaugural season of Kable House Presents comes to its dramatic conclusion in York’s Central Market tonight.
Headlining the final concert in the series is the up-and-coming Houston-based 10-piece soul band The Suffers, who have been making the rounds at major music festivals across the country and even landed a spot in the closing months on the Late Show with David Letterman after releasing their critically-acclaimed debut EP, Make Some Room, in January. Fronted by the deep retro soulful voice of Kam Franklin, The Suffers started to take shape in 2011 under the careful curation of bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly and have hit mainstream success with songs like “Make Some Room” and “Giver.”
Besides being the finale in the inaugural season, tonight’s show is also a highlight of the new music series, marking the first sell-out performance for Kable House. It’s quite a milestone for the all-volunteer group who started organizing the series well over a year ago as a way to bring up-and-coming acts to a venue that’s not quite as large as a full-size theater but who would draw significantly more than do-it-yourself house shows and still maintain an intimate setting.
This season’s roster of musical acts is an impressive list of who’s-who in the world of indie music, with many of them experiencing major career achievements since performing at Central Market. For example, Philly’s Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks (Fly’s cover story in the September issue) played a rousing show at the Bonnaroo Music Festival last week in Tennessee and was featured on NPR Music’s popular Tiny Desk series.
Columbus, OH-based Lydia Loveless (also featured in the Fly) is currently having a film made about the making of her new album by well-known documentarian Gorman Bechard. Jessica Lea Mayfield, who played for Kable House in November, recently released a cover album of Elliott Smith songs with friend and musical collaborator Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers, later taking the tour on the road around the country (read about the tour in the Fly web feature).
There’s also Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs’ April performance, whose most recent album, All these Dreams, was included on NPR Music’s First Listen series, and Brooklyn-based folk musician Christopher Paul Stelling, opening for J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices in November and later signed to the prestigious indie label ANTI- – a label representing acts like Tom Waits, Wilco and Dr. Dog.
As a way to pay tribute to some of the most memorable moments of the first season of Kable House Presents, local artist and house photographer Dave Wagenknecht exhibits a series of photographs he captured over the last nine months of concerts, showing them at CoWork155 (155 West Market Street, York) through the month of July. The opening reception takes place on July 3 from 5-7 p.m., with the full exhibit of prints created on metallic photo paper on display.
And while the volunteers for Kable House Presents take a few months off to regroup, co-founder J.J. Sheffer says fundraising for the second season has already started with ticket sales soon to be announced. Look for the new season to start in September with concert announcements coming later in the summer.
Tonight’s Kable House Presents show is sold out, but keep looking at the concert promoter’s website for updates on future shows and to sign up for its newsletter. And for more information on the Kable House photo exhibition, go to CoWork155’s website of future events.