Joshua Davis, Concerts on the Lawn
August 06, 2021 | 7:00
Speaking or singing, the voice of Joshua Davis is a disarming instrument: weathered and warm, as capable of conjuring confessional intimacy on a global stage as it is of making a small room, well off the beaten path, resonate with startling urgency and power. Couple it with an earnest poetic sensibility, a boundless work ethic, and an uncanny gift for connecting with audiences spanning generations, and it’s no wonder that Davis is now poised at the brink of the sort of widespread recognition that typically passes right over such a humble troubadour.
Over the past twenty years, Michigan-based Davis has honed an impressive range of skills – songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist among them – in the most honest possible fashion: night after night, song after song, show after show Davis simply delivered every performance as though his life depended on it. Investing himself in the American musical diaspora, he has explored the common thread connecting folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and country forms – discovering his personal perspective as a composer
in the process.
“My sound is rooted in the folk tradition,” Davis explains, “but it’s not folk music. Terms like Americana, roots rock, and heartland rock come up, but there’s so much more to it than that. I’m not a purist: I play with that American folk lineage, I play with those metaphors.” His versatility and ravenous musical curiosity has resulted in a divergent and fervent output. Since his appearance as a finalist on Season 8 of NBC’s “The Voice”, Davis has been churning out an album a year and has plans to continue to do so. His sensibilities shine brightest on his latest trio of solo releases, each a thoughtful dispatch on life, love, change, and growth.
Concerts on the Lawn
This outdoor event will be held on the lawn behind the Lorenzo Cultural Center and Macomb Center.
- MCPA Donors: $20
- All Others: $25
- All Concerts on the Lawn start at 7:00 pm – Rain or Shine – concerts will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.
- Please enter through the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Main Entrance as early as one-hour prior to show time.
- It’s general admission seating on the lawn, please bring your own blanket/lawn chair.
- Wheelchair seating is available on the patio.
- No outside coolers, food or beverages; beverages and pre-packaged snacks will be available at concessions.
- No smoking is permitted on campus.
- Tailgating is prohibited in the parking lots.