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Chris Smither at the Hangar Theatre

September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

The Chris Smither show originally scheduled for May 9th and postponed to October 2nd, 2020 at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca has been rescheduled for Friday, September 24th, 2021. All tickets will be honored for the new date. If you have any questions or are not able to make the new date, please contact us at info@dspshows.com

DSP Shows Presents:

Chris Smither
Friday, September 24th, 202
Hangar Theatre | Ithaca, NY

Chris Smither

Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother’s ukulele. “Uncle Howard,” Smither says, “showed me that if you knew three chords, you could play a lot of the songs you heard on the radio. And if you knew four chords, you could pretty much rule the world.” With that bit of knowledge under his belt, he was hooked. “I’d loved acoustic music – specifically the blues – ever since I first heard Lightnin’ Hopkins’ Blues In My Bottle album. I couldn’t believe the sound Hopkins got. At first I thought it was two guys playing guitar. My style, to a degree, came out of trying to imitate that sound I heard.”
In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-’60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses there. Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, “Love You Like A Man” and “I Feel the Same. (Their friendship has endured as their career paths intertwined over the years.) What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences is his enduring, singular guitar sound – a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always mic’d in performance).

Details

Date:
September 24
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Venue

Hangar Theatre
801 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY 14850 US
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