Jacobs brings inspired sound to Astra

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JASPER — Musician Cris Jacobs will bring his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuoso guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice to the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, May 18.

Doors for the performance will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale now at www.TheNextAct.org. General admission tickets on the main floor and balcony are $20.

Jacobs broke out on the music scene with his critically acclaimed 2016 album “Dust to Gold,” which spent time at No. 1 on both the RMR Roots and Rock charts. Since then, life has rolled on and brought about changes both throughout the world and more specifically for Jacobs himself. Marriage, fatherhood and a thriving career made Jacobs realize that he would have to do things differently with his next works. His new album, “Color Where You Are,” was released on April 12. The name of the album is a nod to writing the featured songs wherever he was because of the many demands that accompanied his life changes. “Color Where You Are” is the work of an artist at an exciting new stage in his life and career, ready to use his talents to share a little beauty with the loved ones and fans who have already given so much to him.

Jacobs’ album reflects several musical influences. “Painted Roads” was one of the first songs he and his band recorded for the new album, with his bandmates taking Jacobs’ original Tom Petty-inspired arrangement and giving it an off-kilter, syncopated groove. In a search for optimism and healing during trying times, Jacobs’ emotional vocal on the song “Afterglow”  is buoyed by a passionate, swelling performance from the band Furthermore, Jacobs channels swampy, gritty, Southern rock influences on “Under the Big Top” that you can’t help but move to, while country and funk are merged on “Rooster Coop.”

Spanning rock, folk, soul and funk, “Color Where You Are” is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Jacobs as a songwriter, musician and bandleader. It is the work of a devoted father and an empathetic member of the human race. More than that, it’s a reminder that there’s beauty to be found everywhere if you just take a moment to color where you are.

Chris Tapp from The Cold Stares will return to the Astra to open the show at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to sharing the evening with Jacobs, make plans to attend events from the scheduled 2019 Next Act, Inc. shows including the screening of the original “Mary Poppins” on Saturday, June 1. Tickets and information on upcoming shows can be found at www.TheNextAct.org.

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