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FPC Live Presents

Pokey LaFarge

with special guest Esther Rose

Tuesday, October 12

7:00pm Doors |

8:00pm Show

$20 ADV | $25 DOS

All Ages. Doors 7:00PM

Pokey LaFarge was ready to move forward.

In March 2020, the veteran singer-songwriter packed up and left his Los Angeles abode
behind, putting his belongings in storage in anticipation of spending extensive time on
the road in support of his then-forthcoming album, Rock Bottom Rhapsody. He couldn’t
wait to head down to Austin a few weeks later to showcase those songs and launch the
album with his band at South-by-Southwest. Then the pandemic hit and all of LaFarge’s
well-laid plans went into thin air.

Stuck in East Austin with nowhere to go, LaFarge did what he does best: he got to work.
Throughout his career, nine albums to date including a stint on Jack White’s Third Man
Records, the singer-songwriter has never been one to look back in anger or
disappointment. LaFarge used the sudden change in plans to his advantage, having
perhaps his greatest period of personal growth in the midst of this crippling pandemic.
It came as no surprise that the songs instantly started to flow out of him. LaFarge is an
artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and compromise. He’s always motivated and
ready to create — and when he’s at peace in isolation like he was here, the results can be
magical. Looking in, inspired by the deep soul not just from these shores, but from
distant geographical places like Africa or South America, LaFarge set out to create a
body of work that paired emotional lyrics with a killer groove and grabby melodies.
Written by LaFarge and co-produced with Chris Seefried, the album is one of LaFarge’s
strongest and most mature lyrical efforts to date. The album’s title, In the Blossom of
Their Shade, is taken from a lyric in the stunning, yet dusty “Mi Ideal.” That song
sonically draws influences from the Southwest, South America and Caribbean. The
distant warmth of the music, especially rhythmically, adeptly coincides with the longing
that’s expressed in the lyrics.

Unlike its melancholy predecessor, In the Blossom of Their Shade showcases the
positivity of coming out of the darkness and into the light. The record was nearly titled
Siesta Love since it captures the thematic notion of being the perfect summer afternoon
soundtrack…the type of music you want to listen to while having a cocktail with your
significant other. It makes sense musically as well — LaFarge intentionally crafted songs

that created space and have melodies that can glide throughout a composition that’s a
far cry from the swing and blues-infused songs of his earlier work.
LaFarge’s rigorous work ethic powered him through this potentially challenging creative
period. As days became a couple months, songs blossomed from embryonic ideas into
full-formed ones and he was ready to move on, which typified his mindset as a working

After he left Austin, he headed up north to Chicago for two-and-a-half months to record
In the Blossom of Their Shade. At home in the city two hours north of where he grew up
and became a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, LaFarge rigorously and meticulously recorded
the songs (half of which he wrote with his best friend Nick Africano over FaceTime) in
the Windy City.

Thematically, LaFarge, in a way only he can, tackles a wide gamut of emotions. On
“Rotterdam,” it’s easy to hear how the dreamy song encapsulates a notion of a
Shangri-La even in the most unusual of places.

Look no further than album closer, the twangy “Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not
Forever).” The song neatly ties the past year along with a universal longing that brighter
days are on the horizon, even if it doesn’t seem so right now.

Pokey LaFarge never wanted to be an artist that had one gigantic record and was then
lost to the annals of history. As for now? He’s back to where the whole odyssey began
over a year ago: Los Angeles. Even with In The Blossom of Their Shade on the horizon,
LaFarge hasn’t put down his pen. You can’t keep a great songwriter idle.

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