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Frances Luke Accord wsg Chris Dupont

May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
20 Front Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362 United States
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When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate and powerful magic that commands the room to attention. The duo is known as Frances Luke Accord, and they are what NPR’s Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soulful, effortless branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.
Both raised in South Bend, IN, Gunty and Powers met and began performing together during their time at the University of Notre Dame. Their first release, Kandote, was a bold intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Uganda, a not-for-profit effort which provides ongoing support to the choir to this day. Relocating to Chicago in 2013, the duo honed their songwriting craft while releasing two more self-produced EPs, laying the groundwork for their breakthrough debut full-length, Fluke, in 2016. This immersive, philosophically rich album set them off on their first national tour, which included support dates with DarlingsideAnaïs Mitchell, and The Ballroom Thieves.
The duo’s new release, Silver & Gold, finds Gunty and Powers exploring new territory as a distance band, writing and recording from their respective homes in Philadelphia and Chicago.







A letter arrives in a handmade envelope.


“I’ve been to hell and back again,” it says. “Thank you for inspiring me, and helping me achieve a sense of peace that years ago I thought would never happen.”


Letters like these tend to find Ann Arbor-based singer/songwriter Chris Dupont. His ruminations on inner peace and personal growth infuse his newest album, Outlier. Faced with the new challenge of becoming a father, Dupont bares his own difficulties with family and his own sense of belonging.


Full of his trademark vulnerability and candor, Outlier is a confession and an absolution in one.


With influences ranging from classic american songwriters like James Taylor and Tom Waits, to artists like Tycho and Philip glass, Dupont’s sophomore effort has its roots in folk music, and its branches spreading wide across conventional genre divides. In Outlier, the classic eloquence of the 70s collides with a present-day catharsis; classic americana themes become married to contemporary notions of self-care, and speaking your own truth. Throughout the whole work, Dupont’s focused baritone remains a constant, bringing a steadiness and reassuring cohesion in the midst of the album’s at-times heavy themes.


Outlier wades deep into Dupont’s head. It is simultaneously loud, soft, angry, forgiving, danceable and upbeat, cinematic, sweeping, and immersive. His inimitable guitar style incorporates techniques from a wide array of disciplines, including body percussion, harmonics, and looping.


Chris is endorsed by Godin guitars.


Chris was a finalist at the rocky mountain folks festival in 2013, and has shared stages with a host of midwest acts, as well as national acts Edwin Mccain, Brendan James, Needtobreathe, and Lucius. Chris is endorsed by GHS strings.





Date: May 9
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $18


Venue Name: 20 Front Street
Address: 20 Front Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362 United States

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Organizer Name: 20 Front Street


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