FREE Two Night Bluegrass + Americana Fest & Tap Takeover feat. Jade Jackson + Karen Jonas + Ashleigh Chevalier

Jailbreak Brewing Company presents

FREE Two Night Bluegrass + Americana Fest & Tap Takeover feat. Jade Jackson + Karen Jonas + Ashleigh Chevalier

Thu May 30

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Stage

FREE!

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This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

Jade Jackson
Jade Jackson
On Jade Jackson’s second full-length album, Wilderness, she casts a light more focused on her own life than ever before. To be released on June 28 via ANTI- Records, Wilderness – like her debut record Gilded - was produced by Mike Ness, the SoCal punk rock legend has carefully helped her hone her craft and sound.

Gilded (2017) was a masterful, critically acclaimed introduction to her strong soulful stylings as told through the eyes of characters and storytelling, with Jackson keeping any hyper-personal glimpses at arm’s length. But for its follow-up, the singer-songwriter from the Central Coast of California decided to embrace the concept of building her songs from an autobiographical perspective.

Two days after her 20th birthday Jackson was hiking in nearby Sand Canyon when she leaped from a rope swing and fell 15 feet onto a rock – she sustained serious injuries and wasn’t sure if she’d be able to walk again. As she recovered, she realized she was depending more and more on prescription painkillers and after stopping cold turkey by destroying her prescription refills and flushing the remaining pills, her body and brain spiraled into depression. She also developed a control-related eating disorder that would haunt her for several years following. Jackson refers to her mind state during that time as “suicidal.”

“Needless to say, for the first time since I had written my very first song, I didn’t believe in my music anymore,” Jackson says. “Because of my depression I didn’t like myself, so I couldn’t possibly imagine someone else liking what I created. But even that couldn’t stop me from writing, and songwriting remained my therapy through it all.”

The theme of her new work deals heavily with those attitudes and feelings while focusing largely on other true encounters and relationships in her real life. Wilderness is a powerhouse of a record about the in-betweens and stepping stones we dwell in and leap across while coming to terms with our senses of self, and how melancholy can be a powerful weapon to wield—especially in the form of a roots-rock or country song. With Wilderness, Jade Jackson has braved the depths of her soul and figured out a course for survival—though she will be the first to admit that her journey still has miles to go.

“Wilderness as the title of my album is this in-between area I’m in right now as a musician. It’s the unknown—like when we’re touring, you don’t know where you’re gonna play, or sleep, what you’re gonna eat, if you’ll have monitors…there’s so much unknown at this grinding stage in the game. I am incredibly thankful for the way my career has started, but I’ve always had this urge propelling me forward. I know where I want to go—I can visualize it—but right now I’m walking through the wild, still picking up tools, still learning, and making my way.”
Jailbreak Brewing Company
Jailbreak Brewing Company
Karen Jonas
Karen Jonas
Karen Jonas is an Americana singer/songwriter from Fredericksburg, Va. Her intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery, and international praise with her second album, Country Songs. Five years of non-stop touring have produced a smoldering live act that’s culminated in her latest album, Butter, which debuted strongly on the US and UK Americana charts.

Jonas has been nominated for Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Award’s Best Honky-Tonk Female, the Washington Area Music Award’s (WAMMIE) Best Country Album, won Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Local Band in 2017 and 2018, and her albums have been featured on Best of the Year lists around the world. Her performances anchor themselves in Southern storytelling and Jonas’s smooth, unforced croon, sided by guitarist Tim Bray’s dazzling contributions. She’s shared stages with Dale Watson, Alabama, Joe Ely, Bob Schneider, The Lone Bellow, Brandy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, and Amanda Shires—lighting up venues around the country, from intimate house concerts and listening rooms to rowdy honky-tonks and outdoor festivals.

“Karen Jonas’s moody twang effortlessly swings from sultry ballads to high-speed two-step, backed by a veteran band with deep roots” (Ryan Little, writer for RollingStone.com)

“Clearly one of the best songwriters in country music today” (Country Perspective)

“If music was a lottery, then Karen Jonas hit big. But this is no fortune to be chocked up to sheer luck. The toil, the heart that Karen Jonas put into this music and this record is eminently palpable.” Saving Country Music

“Retro cool” (Popmatters.com)

“A breathlessly fierce trip through all the emotions that make the art of music so addicting, so precious” (Colin McGuire, Frederick News Post)
Ashleigh Chevalier
Ashleigh Chevalier
Raw & real roots rock
Venue Information:
Union Stage
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.unionstage.com/