If all press kits were as succinct, evocative and well-written as California freestyle-folkie and multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven’s, I would be out of a job.
Fortunately, most aren’t. But Craven’s bio is a terrific snapshot of what he does and why it’s special, so much so that I think we should just let it have the floor:
“Picture a stage that looks more like a yard sale; found objects from the natural environment as well as dumpsters, yard sales & thrift stores. Throw in string & percussion instruments from around the world — and around the house.
“Connect this with a dash of technology involving plugging in electric bedpans, 3 stringed thing-a-majigs and looping landscapes of sound — all created in the moment by Joe. Then toss rhythmically with some corny jokes, a little theater thickener, a pinch of audience participation and — voila! Welcome to ‘The Joe Show.’"
Craven’s music is fun and creative, and he’s got serious chops, too: He played percussion and violin alongside legendary mandolinist David Grisman for 17 years. Seeing him do his thing in an intimate environment like the HarmonyHouse in Sisters sounds like a very good time.
Joe Craven; 8 p.m. Saturday, doors open 7 p.m.; $15-$20 suggested donation; HarmonyHouse, 17505 Kent Road, Sisters; 541-548-2209.