Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Show Preview - Ari Hest - 3/2/11 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh - Concert Preview

Ari Hest will be performing at Club Cafe next Wednesday 3/2. He is releasing his new album Sunset Over Hope Street on March 1st on Downtown Records.

From his press release:

The release of Sunset Over Hope Street on March 1, 2011, on Downtown/Mercer Street Records, marks Ari Hest's first full-length album of new material in four years. Sunset Over Hope Street follows Hest’s highly successful 2009 Twelve Mondays, an album one could say was “A&R’d” by his fans. In 2008, Hest utilized all the current technology to launch the 52 project, an ambitious web-based subscription service that found the prolific singer-songwriter writing, recording and releasing a new song every Monday for an entire year. Performing Songwriter called these songs “high-caliber and heartfelt.” At the end of the year, his fans voted for their top twelve choices resulting in Twelve Mondays, which The Washington Post praised as “skillful, pretty and straightforward.” “How Would I Know,” the first single from the album will impact at radio on January 31st and will be available for sale digitally on February 15th.

Sunset Over Hope Street, is a slight departure from Hest’s previous work. Ari expressed his self-challenging nature by taking his guitar parts and seeing if another lead instrument, like a piano, could take the guitar's place. The album is also awash with a variety of string arrangements and unique percussion parts. Also, unlike previous albums, Sunset Over Hope Street was created over a protracted period of time - more than a year. Because of this, Ari was really able to take time, listen back and edit – a luxury that on previous albums had not been afforded him. There were vocals, drums, guitar parts, and even full songs that wound up being scrapped and others added as the album evolved. His patience paid off and the result, despite this different approach, is unmistakably Ari Hest.

Ali Klaren will be opening. Doors at 6p with show beginning at 7p.