the Irving Theater welcomes
Luke Austin Daugherty
Friday, June 24 | 8:00p | free ($5 suggested)
Currently touring the U.S. in support of his latest album, No Road Too LongZ, Toney
Rocks straddles Americana music styles with songwriting that identifies with everyday struggles & triumphs. In solo
concerts, Rocks supports his soulful singing performing a variety of acoustic guitars as well as piano.
When asked how to describe his music, Toney Rocks says "Think about if Keb' Mo' and Jackson Browne were stuck at Jimi Hendrix's
House..." He has shared the stage with folk music legend, David Bromberg. In addition to headlining concerts around the
U.S., he has opened for artists such as Corey Harris, Jarekus Singleton, and Freekbass.
A respected songwriter, composer, and superb musician, Toney Rocks is known for his infectious stage presence and engaging
songwriting that has driven audiences to tears. His latest album, No Road Too Long, delivers the same promise with songs
such as "One More Time" written for one of sons. This has been a crowd favorite as well as "Don't Look Back" and the title
song, "No Road Too Long", a story of a romantic love that conquers any distance.
Cresent Ulmer is a folk songwriter that travels like a blues-man, a troubadour of
sorts, living life with a mantra of spontaneity and honesty. It is no wonder that they are known for their raw, acoustic
sound and sincere, real-life songwriting. In one show, expect to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously.
Crescent's first album, Creature Comforts, was funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign after being voted Bloomington's
best songwriter in 2014. The album gives a window into their life as a teenager struggling into a young adult -- searching
for direction and purpose. "As an entire body of work it really defined who I had been and the journey of introspection I
was going through", Crescent observes. While struggling with issues such as sexuality, Crescent was balancing their first
heartbreak, excessive partying, drugs, and alcohol. "There was a lot of shame that I felt living that way and that's what
I wrote about," states Crescent.
Crescent Ulmer started out writing thoughts, poems, and short stories on scraps of paper. At 15, they were given a guitar by
a friend and that was when the floodgates of creativity opened. Within a month, Crescent was writing dozens of songs. "I
didn't even know how to tune it at first, I would just sing over the strings" notes Crescent.
Luke Austin Daugherty is an artist who deeply loves performing and puts his
heart into sharing his music. As one who believes in collaboration and improvisation, he likes to keep things interesting for
his audience...playing acoustic and electric guitars, with harmonica and live loops, it makes for a great show.
Luke has released 7 CDs and the most recent is Half Life. His genre of music is acoustic, folk, folk rock & blues.
Next Songwriter's Circle - Friday, July 22