Minnesota-based musician, jeremy messersmith and band are in concert at The Reif performing arts center on Thursday, Sept 20, 7:30 p.m. featuring songs from his new album, Late Stage Capitalism. Messersmith will begin the week with a series of solo pop-up concerts with his ukulele at several Grand Rapids locations.
“The Reif is thrilled to have jeremy and his band at our Ives Studio Theater,” said Shantel Dow, Reif executive director. “It is the perfect intimate spot for his show. jeremy is not only an outstanding musician, his lyrics and presentation overflow with his dry humor and life insights.”
In a recent interview with Twin Cities PBS, exemplifying his typical whimsical outlook, messersmith embraces nerd culture and brands himself as a “king of wuss-rock.” He goes on to describe that moniker.
“It’s rock with feels and maybe not the stereotypical masculine feelings of ‘fight, hurt, anger, destruction, death’ – you know,” Messersmith explained, tongue-in-cheek. “But the other range of emotions that human beings are capable of experiencing.”
Thursday’s show will feature songs from the recently released Late Stage Capitalism album along with, as messermith describes them, “obscenely optimistic songs” from his ukulele album; an album he wrote in response to the presidential election.
Prior to the full show at The Reif, Messersmith will perform several pop-up concerts, solo with his ukulele and will also host short workshops featuring the seldom highlighted instrument.
- Tues – Grand Rapids Area Library, 7-8 p.m.
- Wed – NoPo Coffee, 10-10:30 a.m.
- ElderCircle (YMCA), 11-Noon
- Brookstone Manor (for residents only)
- Brewed Awakenings, 4-6 p.m.
- Thu – Central School Grounds, 12-12:30 p.m.’
“In addition to the pop-up concerts, jeremy will be working with elementary and high school students,” Dow said. “This is exactly the type of work we love to see with our featured artists. Not only do they bring great performances to The Reif, but they enrich our community by sharing their talents and inspiring others.”
Born in Charleston, SC and raised in rural Washington, singer-songwriter jeremy messersmith began playing music in church at a young age. After a promising trumpeting career was tragically cut short due to braces, jeremy turned to the guitar as his instrument of choice. Since then he has become one of Minnesota’s most recognized and celebrated artists receiving praise from The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Paste Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Spin, and Rolling Stone among many others.
In 2010, messersmith’s Reluctant Graveyard was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2010 by NPR, and in 2014 he released Heart Murmurs to critical acclaim on the prestigious Glassnote Records. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and his songs are often featured on television and film. jeremy has toured extensively throughout the world – even opening for Barack Obama. His latest record, Late Stage Capitalism is available on Glassnote Records.
Live@TheReif with jeremy messersmith is part of KAXE CenterStage Minn concert series and is generously sponsored by Computer Enterprises. Get tickets online, by phone 218-327-5780 or at the box office.