Citizen Cope @ The Showbox, Seattle [23 March]

Citizen Cope


1581
23
March
20:30

 Facebook event page
The Showbox
1426 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Showbox Presents

CITIZEN COPE
with G. Love & Special Sauce

SAT, 23 MAR 2019 at 08:30PM PDT
Ages: 21 & Over
Doors Open: 07:30PM

OnSale: Fri, 7 Dec 2018 at 10:00AM PST
Announcement: Tue, 4 Dec 2018 at 10:00AM PST

“Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy,” says one Rolling Stone writer, “is what gives Citizen Cope his edge. As a singer, songwriter and producer, he stands alone—an artist immune to corruption.”
Dug deep into the rich soil of American music, Cope’s roots are complex You may think of Bill Withers or Neil Young or John Lee Hooker or Van Morrison or Willie Nelson or Al Green. Yet, listening to Cope, you also may think of none of the above. You may not think at all, but rather feel a man exposing stories that haunt his heart.
He was born Clarence Greenwood, a child of the seventies, and his life journey is as singular as his art. He is the radically mashed-up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt everywhere in his stories. His sounds are southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban, and painfully romantic.
In the past nine years, he has produced four albums of depth and distinction, each a critical chapter in his search for a sound that paints an auditory American landscape in which despair wars with hope and hope, tied to love, is elusive.
Cope’s musical education was catch-as-catch can. Folk tales—whether through William Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy—shaped his sensitivity. A few college courses at Texas Tech alternately bored and excited him. In the Austin of the eighties, he took sound classes and found himself fooling with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him. He heard hip hop as inspired invention. For years, he got lost in his self-designed lab, cooking up beats and motifs that only later would be shaped into songs.
In the midst of the squalor, grandeur, and hypocrisy of the nation’s capitol, Cope set up camp. Vocalist Michel Ivey recruited him as a mad scientist who feverishly concocted samples for the artsy-edgy configuration known as Basehead. As the group hit the road, Cope stayed in the background, moving dials and pushing buttons. Inside his head, he heard stories that still had not assumed full form.
The long night of gestation got even longer. Finally, as the songs gave birth, Cope assumed others would sing them. He had sculpted certain stories and developed certain sounds. As a serious artist with no interest in rock star glory, Cope presumed he’d eventually find the right voice to sing his songs.
The right voice was found. By playing in local venues, the writer/producer ultimately met the only singer equipped to narrate the idiosyncratic stories. That voice resided within his own soul. The writer/producer/singer were one, living inside the wide confines of Cope’s vision.
On record the vision is first expressed in Citizen Cope, the debut album from 2002. The artist is still finding his footing and, although his trademark poetry is firmly in place, this is the only record where the production isn’t entirely his own. The aural environment is more elaborate, the sound not yet reduced down to the common denominator that we come to know as Cope. The theme, though, is clear—it’s “Contact,” the cry for a connection to a world that is at once bewildering, necessary, and fraudulent. The issues are serious. “You’ve got them crooked politicians,” he writes, “eating up the treasury and taking our cash to spend on the prisons while the youth they fast.” The groove is insistent. “Let the Drummer Kick” is the name of the song that says, “You’ve got to bust through…mass confusion, solution, conclusion, inspiration is what pulls you through.” Busting through, pulling through, getting through to “Salvation,” a story in which Judas shows up in DC and takes aim at the singer’s soul.
STREAM LATEST ALBUM «ONE LOVELY DAY» https://soundcloud.com/citizencope/sets/one-lovely-day
Discussion
image
Only registered users may comment.
Pass a quick registration or authorization.
8
To event organizer

Information about this event was found on Facebook and automatically published unchanged through its API.

If you are an organizer of this event, you have the following possibilities:

Right now you can synchronize the information on the web-site with the information on the Facebook page (facebook.com/events/369118290509996/).

Do not want your event to be published on our website? Write us about this and we will remove it as soon as possible.

Still have questions? Any proposals?
Please, use the feedback form.

Upcoming events @ The Showbox:

Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
The Showbox
Colter Wall
Colter Wall
The Showbox
Andre Nickatina
Andre Nickatina
The Showbox
The Knocks
The Knocks
The Showbox
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Showbox
The Green
The Green
The Showbox
The Amity Affliction / Senses Fail
The Amity Affliction / Senses Fail
The Showbox
Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestra
The Showbox
Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y
Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y
The Showbox
Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke
The Showbox
AURORA
AURORA
The Showbox
The Motet
The Motet
The Showbox
Guster
Guster
The Showbox
Boogie T.our ft. Boogie T.rio
Boogie T.our ft. Boogie T.rio
The Showbox
Poppy
Poppy
The Showbox
Saves The Day
Saves The Day
The Showbox

The most anticipated events in Seattle :

Monster Energy Supercross
Monster Energy Supercross
CenturyLink Field
Tunnel to Viaduct 8K Run/Walk
Tunnel to Viaduct 8K Run/Walk
New SR 99 Tunnel (Sixth Ave. North & Harrison St.)
Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish
Paramount Theatre
Monster Jam
Monster Jam
CenturyLink Field
2019 Lunar Eclipse
2019 Lunar Eclipse
Seattle, Washington
Mimosa Me Crazy 5K
Mimosa Me Crazy 5K
7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115-5301, United States
Ken Jeong
Ken Jeong
Snoqualmie Casino
Introduction to Mushroom Hunting 101
Introduction to Mushroom Hunting 101
Puget Sound Mycological Society
The Debut Tour with Ella Mai
The Debut Tour with Ella Mai
Showbox SoDo
Ella Mai at Showbox SoDo
Ella Mai at Showbox SoDo
Seattle, Washington
The most popular events in your news feed!