This show is sold out but our Wait List is activated for any late cancelations.
There is a late 10 p.m. Show that we just added.
We saw Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line at the Blue Sky Folk Music Festival last summer and then in the fall at Wilbert's and we were hooked! Now we're pleased to present them at Nighttown!
What a special St. Valentine's Day treat!
And Nora Jane will be performing in Nighttown' new heated patio the Secret Garden or in the heated Stephens Green. Seating is limited to 50. We've set aside 10 spots for Music Cleveland! right in the front.
Regular tickets at $15 but we have arranged a 33-percent discount for the group - just $10 cash at the door.
As space permits we may be able to accommodate up to 20, so I've set up a waiting list for late RSVPs. I'll do my best to find a seat for you but an early reservation is best.
Valentine's Week Celebration!
Special Nighttown small stage presentation!
Rising Singer/Songwriter, and Americana artist, and her group, makes her Nighttown debut on Valentine's Day! Special intimate show on our heated patio. 50 seats per show.
“When you go to a Carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story,” says Nora Jane Struthers. “That’s why I’m trying to do with this album – craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people’s lives.”
Struthers’ album Carnival, issued on the singer-songwriter’s own label on April 16, 2013, is an ambitious and literate follow-up to the Nashville performer’s much-praised 2010 debut.
Produced by Brent Truitt (Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks), who also helmed Struthers’ self-titled bow, Carnival comprises 14 fresh original compositions in her “Classic Americana” vein that richly show off her skills as a sensitive and intelligent tune-weaver and a warm and persuasive vocalist.
Recorded at Truitt’s East Nashville studio, the album marks the recording debut of Struthers’ touring band, the Party Line (which takes its handle from one of the record’s songs, about the early days of rural telephone calls.) Carnival caps three years of intense work by the 29 year old that included recognition of her group as best band at Colorado’s prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a stint as featured vocalist and songwriter in the Alaska-bred, Nashville-based band Bearfoot, and touring in the U.S., France and Germany.
The Party Line includes gifted instrumentalists Joe Overton (clawhammer banjo and harmony vocals), Drew Lawhorn (drums), Nick DiSebastian (upright bass and guitar), and Jack Devereux (fiddle). The album includes guests such as producer Truitt on mandolin as well as singers Rachael Hester and Nick Woods. Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line support the album with heavy touring in theaters, clubs and festivals, including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Struthers now re-emerges as a band-leader with a smart, affecting cycle of songs sporting a timeline that stretches from the antebellum 19th-century South to the middle of the last century. Reflecting her background in literature – she taught English before undertaking a full-time career in music in 2008 – the tunes are deftly-told stories that survey the American terrain from a uniquely focused point of view.
She recorded her 2010 solo debut Nora Jane Struthers with such Nashville masters as multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien and fiddler Stuart Duncan. The album was received with ecstatic reviews: Bluegrass Unlimited praised it as “a marvel that combines brilliant songcraft, a sultry yet honey-hued voice, and an inspired sense of personal musical style,” while Dave Higgs ofBluegrass Breakdown called it “one of the most mesmerizing, haunting and hard-hitting projects I’ve ever heard.”
"Nora Jane infuses bright, fresh lyrics into this traditional genre with sheer intelligence. Musically, she takes unconventional twists and turns, while 'holding you to the road' with commanding charm." - Claire Lynch
"Nora Jane Struthers is one of the most mesmerizing, haunting and hard-hitting projects I've ever heard. Her lyrics are simply spectacular and have achingly beautiful melodies to boot. This is one of my favorite all-time albums and certainly the most arresting music I've heard in a long time." - Dave Higgs, Bluegrass Breakdown
"She has a penchant for wearing vintage dresses, but Struthers' music arrives piping hot and original." - Arthur Wood, Maverick
"Nora Jane could yodel before she could talk." - Nora Jane's Mom
"Nora Jane" has more energy on stage than a barrel of Mexican Jumping Beans!" - Bill Johnson
WHO: Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line
WHAT: Bluegrass, Folk and Country
WHEN: Friday, February 14th @ 8 p.m.
DINNER: Arrive between 6 and 7 p.m. to enjoy dinner before the 8 o'clock show.
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line Returns!
Just for a change of pace from jazz, opera and classical, we’ll be seeing and listening to a very special group tonight that, frankly, plays my favorite music – a mix of traditional country, blues and with a tinge of bluegrass. Our venue is the legendary Nighttown on Cedar Hill in Cleveland Heights
6 to 7 p.m. – Dinner at Nighttown. There is no minimum and a food purchase is not required.
There will be valet parking and plenty of spots on nearby side streets. There is a municipal parking lot just west and behind the tavern with a driveway entrance on Cedar. It is metered parking (well enforced) so bring plenty of quarters.
Nighttown Jazz Club and Restaurant
12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill)
Cleveland Heights, OH
Nighttown is named after the Dublin Red-Light district in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It offers the ambiance of Irish pubs and turn-of-the-century New York bars and the food is great.
Map to Nighttown (click here)
8 p.m. – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line performs. When you arrive ask to be directed to the Music Cleveland! tables. We’ll have prime reserved seats close to the stage. Because this is a fairly small and intimate venue, your RSVP is very important. We will do our best to accommodate drop-ins as space permits. Please cancel no later than 9 p.m. the day prior to the event. Later cancellations will be considered as “no-shows.”
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana. The high energy, Nashville-based quintet perform Struthers’ original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums.
Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she lead her band to a blue ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks) and now her group is touring heavily in support of their upcoming album release, Carnival.
“When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story,” says Nora Jane Struthers. “That’s why I’m trying to do with this album – craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people’s lives.”
Nora Jane Struthers steps forward with a distinctive sound and on-stage style – her personal collection of vintage dresses makes her one of the most visually striking of modern acoustic artists. But the moving, perceptive, and witty songs on Carnival represent a new quantum leap, born of hard work and deep creative reflection. “Over the past three years, as I’ve been touring and performing, I realized that primarily I’m a storyteller,” she says. “I’ve been working to hone my skills so I can do that better.”
After listening to Carnival, no one will deny the keen edge of Struthers’ masterful new work. The album marks the recording debut of Struthers’ touring band, the Party Line (which takes its handle from one of the record’s songs, about the early days of rural telephone calls). The gifted group of instrumentalists includes Struthers’ longtime collaborator P. J. George (upright bass, harmony vocals, pedal steel guitar, accordion and banjo), Joe Overton (clawhammer banjo and harmony vocals), Aaron Jonah Lewis (fiddle, three-finger banjo, baritone fiddle, mandolin) and Drew Lawhorn (drums).
Website: (click here) Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
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