American Provenance Presents: Artist Support Concert Series
American Provenance is proud to support our local artists by co-sponsoring a concert series. Like many industries, performing arts have been impacted by COVID-19. When our own employee, Corey Mathew Hart, came to us about sponsoring this event, we knew we had to be involved.
Over the next several weeks, we will be broadcasting performances by 4 different artists: Corey Mathew Hart of Lost Lakes, Bright Arcana, Josh Harty & Erik Kjelland of The Mascot Theory.
You can tune into any of these performances through our Facebook @American Provenance.
Event details can be found here through our Facebook Event.
Meet our Artists
Corey Mathew Hart, Lost Lakes
From the time Corey Mathew Hart started singing at a young age, his voice has amazed audiences. “The human voice is such a wonderfully complex instrument. So often, words can fail to portray the whole meaning or idea you are trying to get across, but in song you can convey more emotion and add more depth and dimension to the written word,” says Hart. And he does just that with a voice and songs that earned Hart two MAMAs (Madison Area Music Association awards) in 2011, one for best male vocalist and the other for best Folk/Americana album. Most recently, Corey won the Overture Rising Stars competition in 2014 and has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 NewSong songwriting competition. His latest project, Lost Lakes, is turning heads both locally and nationally.
“Corey Mathew Hart is one of the Midwest’s most gifted songwriters” — The Isthmus
John Everett Hardin was raised in a small Mississippi River town 10 miles north of St. Louis, MO. Eventually settling down in Wisconsin, he released an EP and a full length album while extensively touring the U.S. before “mental maelstroms” caused him to step away from performing and releasing music for 5 years. He returned in 2016 with a solo album, The Piasa Bird, followed by an album with frequent collaborator Hayward Williams under the name Coyote Brother in September of 2019. Hardin’s next solo album, which he is releasing under the name Bright Arcana, was produced by Shane Leonard and will be released in the Summer of 2020.
As the son of a small town police chief and preacher, grandson of a South Dakota polka legend, Josh Harty grew up performing with his dad at every Lutheran Church, Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and Rotary Club in the Upper Midwest. Having released several internationally-acclaimed albums and performing across the US & Europe, it is clear that Harty was born and bred for this. His live shows prove that good storytelling combined with journeyman musicianship is as authentic as music gets.
When Josh is not on the road, he resides in Madison, WI where he is an active
member of the local music scene. Josh is also a long-time member of Folk Alliance and a founding member of The Wisconsin Room: an organization that promotes Wisconsin artists to an international audience and brings world- class music to Madison from elsewhere in the form of intimate gigs at various venues.
Erik Kjelland, The Mascot Theory
Erik Kjelland has been writing and performing music for over two decades throughout the midwest and has recorded over twenty albums of original music with various acts. Currently Kjelland fronts the Madison, WI based folk rock band The Mascot Theory, winners of over twenty Madison Area Music Association awards. The band has played major festivals throughout Wisconsin including Summerfest, Freak Fest, and Mile of Music Festival, and have shared the stage with BoDeans, Vance Joy, Frank Turner, The Jayhawks, The Verve Pipe, Chase Rice, Kaleo, The Wild Feathers, Guster, Blitzen Trapper, Cory Chisel, Don McLean and America. Kjelland also won the 2017 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for Best Male Vocalist in the state. His songwriting partnership with fellow Madison singer/songwriter Beth Kille has developed into the duo (and sometimes full band) Kerosene Kites. Alongside mega-producer Butch Vig, Kjelland also created and curated the Wisconsin Vinyl Collective project that released three vinyl (and CD) albums of previously unreleased original songs from artists with Wisconsin roots while raising funds and awareness for the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund charity.
We are co-sponsoring this event with One Barrel Brewing Company, Madison Chocolate Company & Landmark Creamery.
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