Alex Ashley at Old Liberty

The 71-years-young Old Liberty Theater will serve as the backdrop for an evening of powerful songwriting, impactful storytelling and scorching performances by Bellingham, WA-based roots artist Alex Ashley, along with his full band, on May 20. Opening the night will be special guest, Seattle soul singer, Kara Hesse.

Alex Ashley: “Masterfully weaving the old with the new, Alex Ashley brings fresh eyes and an old soul to the gritty realities of life and love lost,” says Dillon Honcoop, with the Cascade Radio Group. “With an unorthodox approach [speaking of his method of playing upside down and backwards], Ashley delivers heartfelt vocals and wields his well-worn six-string to stir fresh reflection on the human condition in a way only honest American music can. And that’s what he makes: real music of the tortured and fiercely independent West, rooted firmly in the musical traditions of country and rock & roll.”

Kara Hesse: Native to the Wichita plains and raised in Boulder, CO, Kara’s midwestern roots seep through her sultry voice and songwriting with an eclectic blend of soul and rock ‘n roll. In 2010, she opened for the late B.B. King at Red Rocks, alongside Al Green and Buddy Guy, with Denver-based classic rock band, the Groovehawgs. “It’s as if Bonnie Raitt, Sia, & Janis Joplin had a baby.” – Pulse Music TV, San Francisco. | karahesse.com

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