When

Elden Kelly and Jake Allen

Friday, March 9
From 6 to 9 p.m.

1213 Turner St.
Lansing MI 48906
Doors open at 6pm
Elden Kelly starts at 7pm
Intermission at 7:50pm
Jake Allen starts at 8:05pm

Followed by a Meet and Greet!!!


Elden Kelly is a jazz improviser, band leader, and solo guitar fingerstylist, composer and singer. Reviewer Lawrence Cosentino wrote, He meandered from the Ganges to Delta blues, bluegrass, flamenco and a folk idiom so heartfelt it bordered on the devotional.

After graduating from Boston's prestigious New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation in 2008, Elden accepted a full scholarship and teaching assistantship at Michigan State with Rodney Whitaker, earning a graduate degree in 2011 in Ethnomusicology.

In addition to performing across the country as a solo artist and with his band, he is an active educator teaching private lessons, group workshops in Michigan and around the country, as well as online via Skype.

In addition to a variety of guitar styles, Kelly incorporates a vocal style influenced by jazz, classical and world music. Award-winning vocalist Dominique Eade wrote "Elden Kelly's music is like a chance meeting of brilliant forces embodied in one person: his illuminated guitar playing, hauntingly pure singing and expansive songwriting are all on the same quest of metaphysical discovery in which he includes us, the lucky listeners."

In addition to nylon string guitar, Kelly is known for his work on the Glissentar, and 11-string fretless guitar which conjures up sounds reminiscent of India, Africa and the Middles East, or Indo-Turkish bluegrass.

In this solo performance, Kelly will showcase his latest music which includes live-looping on keyboard, percussion and effects in addition to his guitar and voice.


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 fathers 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. His deep and detailed records lend themselves to the fleeting practice of sitting down and really listening to a record from start to finish.

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. Jake can often be found online and in the flesh showing off new guitars and other products made by these reputable companies.

For the last year Jake has been vigorously touring North America with the Sony Masterworks recording artists, The Accidentals. In addition to opening their shows with his innovative solo acoustic performances, Allen has been guest performing in the band on guitar and keyboards. As they continue to tour extensively, Jake is preparing to release his highly anticipated new album Deviant Motions which features dynamic violin and cello performances by Sav Buist and Katie Larson of The Accidentals. This new album will be released in early 2018.

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