On Saturday (April 17), Gregory Alan Isakov will bring his hushed folk music to the Ninth Ward. Isakov creates subtle, intimate music suitable for staring at stars and reflecting quitely on things like grass and newsboy caps. There’s a secretive quality to Isakov’s music, as brushes gently brisk a snare drum on songs like “Garden.” It’s as though the singer and his band are trying to be as gentle and delicate as possible, to not scare anyone away. The lyrics show a love for detail and music itself, as can be heard in “Big Black Car “: “You were a phonograph, I was a kid. I sat with an ear close, just listenin’.” The young singer/songwriter lists Will Oldham and Bob Dylan as some of his influences, easily heard throughout his music. Isakov was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and eventually moved to Colorado. He’s released four albums, the most recent being 2009’s The Empty Northern Hemisphere. Isakov has gained much critical praise from publications like Paste Magazine and has toured with such well known acts as Fiona Apple and Richie Havens. He was also named Denver Westword’s Best Male Singer-Songwriter for 2007. Saturday’s show at the Ninth Ward starts at 7pm with local folkies A Relative Term. Get close to the stage. Feel the hush.
7pm. Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. (852-3835 / babevillebuffalo.org). $10 advance at Tickets.com / 888-223-6000, Tops Markets, and Babeville Box Office.