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Past Event Sound Series: Jake Xerxes Fussell & Joan Shelley

Two photos. The left one is Jake Xerxes Fussell standing outside in front of many leaves wearing a blue hat and a blue button down shirt. The photo on the right is Joan Shelley sitting on a piano bench with her legs crossed inside in front of a piano.

Joan Shelley photo by Luke Sharrett

We welcome two unique songwriters and guitarists, Jake Xerxes Fussell and Joan Shelley, on a tour together, performing separate sets. Singer, guitarist, and folk music interpreter Fussell has distinguished himself as one of his generation’s preeminent interpreters of traditional (and not so traditional) “folk” songs. By recontextualizing ancient vernacular songs and sources of the American South, he allows them to breathe and speak for themselves and for himself; he alternately inhabits them and allows them to inhabit him.

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Kentucky, not far from where she grew up. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Since the 2015 release of her album Over and Even, Shelley has toured extensively, often with guitarist Nathan Salsburg and performing with artists such as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Wilco, Patty Griffin, and Andrew Bird.

  • Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Please note: Jake Xerxes Fussell‘s performance begins at 8 p.m.
  • This performance is primarily standing room only. Limited seating is available upon advance request. We are committed to offering inclusive, engaging experiences for people of all abilities. To request accommodations to enhance your visit, please contact or call 412.237.8354.




Sound Series

Sound Series is an ongoing concert series featuring internationally touring contemporary artists and bands from around the world. Learn more about our Sound Series.