7:15pm – Jack Grelle
8:15pm – Pokey LaFarge
Pokey LaFarge may have cultivated a devoted following for his old-timey, early jazz-inspired American roots music but don’t expect him to be bound by that approach.
The 33-year-old singer and musician recently completed recording the follow-up to his acclaimed 2015 release, “Something in the Water,” and he’s convinced that the new project has “blown the top off of certainly what has come before it.”
“I know my voice is changing and I’ve been experimenting more than ever and certainly it’s a response to the music I’ve been listening to,” he said in a recent telephone interview with Local Spins, describing his last album as “very traditionally based” in terms of its jazz underpinnings.
“I think I was more focused on making a certain kind of music. Now, I’m focused on making good music, any kind of music. So, I think I’m keeping myself open to any possibility. It has been kind of a message to myself and my creative mind to let things flow and not have any rules or create any boundaries for myself. … My music is always changing and it gets redefined.”
West Michigan fans will the among the first to hear some of these new songs live when Pokey LaFarge and his band play Thursday’s Acoustic Café Folk Series concert at St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids.