Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart emerged from the Southern California coffeehouse circuit, each building sizeable followings of their own before joining forces. As a duo for 18 years now, they have become fixtures on the folk circuit, making appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as playing some of folk’s most prestigious venues including The Birchmere and The Bluebird Café.
On April 19, Berkley Hart will return to the Oregon Coast, offering a Thursday night performance at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Doors in the LCCC will open at 6:30 pm, with a curtain set for 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now at lincolncityculturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.
The combination of Jeff Berkley, winner of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award, and Calman Hart, a stand-out wordsmith, has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as the duo combines their natural down-home humor with poignant, delicate, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship.
Between songs, the obvious camaraderie between these two top songwriters shines as they effortlessly play off each other, make jokes and improve. Add in virtuoso playing from both Berkley (guitar) and Hart (guitar, harmonica) and it’s easy to see why the two have become live favorites.
With their most recent studio album, “Crow,” the duo explored the ups and downs of life in song. Much like how the crow symbolizes despair and darkness in some cultures, while in others it is a harbinger of hope and light, this contrast fits the yin and yang of the songs on “Crow” both musically and lyrically, and thus inspired the title. “Crow” was nominated for Best Americana Album for the 2011 San Diego Music Awards.
Tickets for the April 19 concert at the LCCC are $20 in advance and $22 at the door, on sale at the LCCC box office, 541-994-9994 or lincolncity-culturalcenter.org. The center accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express, as well as checks and cash. The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located inside the historic brick Delake School building at NE Sixth St. and Hwy. 101.
A selection of Northwest beers and wines, sodas, sweet treats and Mountain Man savory snacks will be sold before the show, and during intermission.