BJ Kocen

BJ Kocen

Jul 27, 2017 |  0 comments
Date: Jul 27, 2017 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $10 advance / $13 door Type: Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic

BJ Kocen has been in the Richmond, VA music scene for decades now. His work really started to get noticed in the early days of the Ashland Coffee and Tea where he opened for Todd Snider, hosted and won The Singer Songwriter Showdown, and played many shows there with some of the top musicians in the area. Bj then broke off and founded his own music series hosted at The Barksdale Theatre called “Stretchin” which ran for 5 seasons.

Kocen also loves to don the suit and the glasses as”Radio” Ray Cadbury in the widely popular Rock and Roll Jubilee which has been selling out audiences for years. Bj enjoys comedy as much as music and gets to flex that muscle co writing bits for the Jubilee with his pals Jim Wark and Brian Sulser.

His first solo release “The Breaks” was produced by Paul Curreri and gave BJ the lift he needed to keep writing and improving. It took Kocen three years to finish a most ambitious project, “Searching for Signal/ Old Lake.” This double album features 20+ musicians and truly is two separate albums packaged together. “Searching for Signal” is a highly arranged studio effort whereas “Old Lake” was recorded live to focus on performance. This massive efforts features the talents of Brad Tucker (The Taters), Jeff Bunn (Funkadelic), Steve Bassett, Jackie Frost and many others from Richmond and Charlottesville’s finest.

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AND……. SARAH WHITE will be opening!!

Sarah White has a new album ready for summer 2017.  Recorded at Montrose Studio in Richmond VA.  Produced, mixed, and engineered by Stewart Myers of Dixie Five.  Players include Daniel Clarke (Ryan Adams, k.d. lang) on keyboards, pianos and accordion; Charles Arthur (Slaid Cleaves) on guitars, Charlie Bell (Charlie Louvin, Hackensaw Boys) on pedal steel; and John O’Reilly Jr. on drums. “Sweetheart” features fellow Virginian Dave Matthews.  Other guests include Austin and Michael York (Sleepwalkers) on vocals, Carl Anderson (vocals), Carleigh Nesbit (vocals), Carter Gravatt of Carbon Leaf on guitar, and a cappella trio Resound on vocals.

“Sarah’s music kills me, beautifully from the ground up, no plastic.”

— Dave Matthews

“Gorgeous, catchy, and ultimately moving songs. ”

— Richmond-Times Dispatch


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