It’s not often that we have a show in the Stoltz Listening Room on a Tuesday evening, and it’s not often that we ask a performer to return less than six months after his Stoltz Listening Room debut. But before Matt Andersen had even finished his sound check for his first performance last November, we knew we were in for a special night, and that we’d jump at the chance to have him again.
Combining a soulful blend of blues, rock and folk with a powerful voice and astonishing guitar skills, Andersen was touted as one of the most exciting performers to emerge from the Canadian music scene.
And his first performance lived up to the hype: intimate story telling blended with an energy that fills his massive frame. From the first note to the wild flipping of his long blonde hair, this mountain of a man captivated us. Several Stoltz Listening Room regulars joined us for Matt’s performance in November, perhaps not fully aware of his talent but trusting us to steer them toward a quality performance, and they left us that night with tremendous feedback and rave reviews.
“His performance takes you a little off guard. He has the ability to draw you in while his big voice blows your hair back,” said Jim Fodrie, front man for the local Americana band MuleTrain. “When that dynamic voice isn’t blowing you away, his guitar playing will. He’s very entertaining.”
Owen Lyons, a local regular who rarely misses a blues act here, was more succinct in his praise: “Powerful, genuine & perpetually full throttle! Another great find in the Stoltz Listening Room!"
Perhaps the most telling testimonial comes from fellow Canuck Susan Linke, who after learning we had booked Matt again, changed her international flight plans to catch Tuesday’s show, “I've been fortunate enough to see some great shows at the Avalon, but Matt Andersen is in a league of his own. I was scheduled to fly back to Canada on March 2nd, but when I found out Matt was returning to the Stoltz on March 3rd, I rescheduled my flight so I wouldn’t miss this show!”
Matt Andersen will return to the Stoltz Listening Room on Tuesday March 3rd to help you trade those early week monotonous blues for a different blend of blues that are “encompassed in total honesty. He takes listeners on an exhilarating ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work, and over-the-top showmanship.”
Unless your international flight plans on March 3rd are strictly non-refundable, there’s no reason you shouldn’t catch this unique encore performance in the Stoltz Listening Room! Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 410-822-7299.