Joe Werne, Nederland. Wild Bear is excited to host phenomenal singer, songwriter, and multi-intrumentalist Kevin So for a fundraiser concert Saturday June 11th. Kevin has been touring internationally with Keb’ Mo’ for the past few years. He is an accomplished piano man, an impeccable guitarist, a beautiful singer, and an award-winning songwriter. In addition to Keb’ Mo’, Kevin has played with the likes of Amos Lee, Joe Cocker, Randy Newman, to name just a few – the full list is ridiculously loaded with famous talent – see the attached abbreviated bio below. We are very lucky and proud to host Kevin, and we are grateful he has agreed to play a fundraising event for Wild Bear.
Get tickets at Wild Bear: $20 advance, $25 the day of the show www.littletreeacoustic.appspot.com/WildBearConcerts.html
A little about the artist – Since graduating from Boston’s Latin School in 1989, and in over 25 years of performing around the world, Kevin So has earned the respect of and performed with the likes of Keb’ Mo’, Amos Lee, Melody Gardot, Simon Lynge, Joe Cocker, Randy Newman, Billy Bragg, Robben Ford, Jack Hardy, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, and the list just goes on and on.
Kevin is a remarkably talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He’s produced 11 CDs. He’s the subject of the documentary titled “Have you heard of Kevin So?” and he’s co-written an award-winning autobiographical musical titled “Great Wall”.
Kevin was “discovered” early, while still a teen, on TV’s “Big Break”, hosted by Natalie Cole. He toured nationally for a year as part of a pop-cover band, then he took a turn and immersed himself in the Folk and Blues scene, crediting captivation by Bob Dylan’s early recordings.
At this point in his career, Kevin was “discovered again” performing on the open-mic folk scene in Cambridge, where Boston Globe critic Steve Morse wrote that Kevin was “riveting … a smooth, impeccable guitarist” (1996) and, later that same year when Kevin attended the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival, the Austin Chronicle wrote that Kevin was the festival’s “big discovery”.
After sold-out shows for his CDs “Individual” (1997) and “Along the Way” (recorded in 1998), Kevin moved to Chicago, booking his own gigs and performing shows in the Midwest and elsewhere. At the 2000 SXSW Festival, Kevin was “discovered” by head of The Agency Group, Steve Martin. Subsequently, he opened for Joe Cocker, Billy Bragg, Randy Newman and Robben Ford. That year was documented in Frank Floyd Films “Have you heard of Kevin So?”
The day after September 11th, Kevin connected with Grammy-award winning bluesman Keb’ Mo’ and co-wrote “Talk” which Keb’ would eventually record (Peace … Back By Popular Demand, Sony/Okeh).
Kevin relocated to Nashville in 2009, continued producing CDs and touring around the world. In 2011 Keb’ Mo’ hired Kevin as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in the Keb’ Mo’ Band.
In 2016, Kevin will be performing his “Countryside” CD tour, playing stages in France and China, as well as at our Little Tree.
About the concerts ~ This fundraising concert series supports the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, which is a unique gem in the front range. Since 1995, Wild Bear is Boulder County’s only all-ages nature center annually serving thousands of people through the free and open walk in nature center as well as formal workshops for all ages. Wild Bear is known best for its high-quality creative children’s workshops, keeping the next generation connected to the natural world. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildbearecology or go to www.wildbear.org to learn about this thriving non-profit nature center located in Nederland, Colorado.
If you’ve not been to a show like this, you are in for a lovely, intimate listening, and very musical experience. You just can’t beat small-venue listening to bring live music to full life.
Donations ~ All artist donations support the performer. In addition, separate donations can be made to directly support Wild Bear’s mission. (See separate donation links above.) We suggest $20 and up to support the artist, on a sliding scale, meaning you are welcome to pay more if you value and can afford a little more to support live music. If you are in a rough patch and can’t afford $20 right now, that’s OK. Pay what you can. Times are good for you, and you can afford to donate a little more. Please do what you can to keep live music and Wild Bear alive and thriving.
Alcohol ~ We encourage you to purchase wine and beer directly from Wild Bear so they can put some money in their pockets to put on the show. Wild Bear’s venue is perfect for live music, and we want to do everything we can to support them in putting on these shows.
When ~ Pot luck at 6:30pm. Music starts at 7:30pm.
Format ~ The pre-show pot luck begins at 6:30pm. Come early, bring food to share, and meet Kevin. Music begins at 7:30pm and will be presented in two sets, with an intermission for meeting the artist, purchasing CDs, and connecting with Wild Bear and other guests.