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Joy Oladokun w/ special guest Bre Kennedy

Joy Oladokun w/ special guest Bre Kennedy

Thu, May 5 2022 - 8pm

Presented by DSP Shows

$18 Adv. / $22 DOS

Music Hall Doors Open at 7pm

16+ unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

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For the safety of our artists, venue staff and our community as a whole we will be requiring proof of vaccination for admittance to all shows at Gateway City Arts until further notice. Results from a negative COVID test will NOT be accepted for entry. In addition, masks are required to be worn at all times while at the venue. You may pull your mask down when eating or drinking only.

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General admission standing room only.

Dine at GCA! Judd’s Bar & Restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Small bites are available during all concerts at The Famous Cafe starting at 7pm.

Joy Oladokun performs at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke with special guest Bre Kennedy.

About Joy Oladokun

With her major label debut album, in defense of my own happiness, Joy Oladokun is forging her own path, sharing the unique perspective she’s gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer woman and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants. Born in Arizona and now living in Nashville, her musical exploration began at age ten when she was inspired to learn guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman — the first time she’d ever seen a black woman play the instrument. The new record, which features collaborations with Maren Morris, Jensen McRae and Penny & Sparrow, has been named one of the “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” by Variety and Rolling Stone, who proclaims, “a serious talent with a kind of low-key, casual ease…she’s always seeking out the light to point the way, making for one of the year’s most uplifting listens.” Additionally, NPR Music declares, “She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act.” Oladokun also released a special deluxe album this summer, in defense of my own happiness (complete), which features all 14 tracks from in defense of my own happiness, ten songs from her self-released 2020 record, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), and new track “judas.” Most recently, Oladokun has collaborated with Brandi Carlile and Lucie Silvas on new song “We Don’t Know We’re Living” as well as with Noah Kahan on his track, “Someone Like You.”

 

Adding to her breakout year, Oladokun was recently featured as part of NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series, performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “TODAY” and will make her debut on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” early next year as part of the legendary program’s 47th season. She has also been named a member of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, a NPR Music/Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch, a Billboard LGBTQ Artist of the Month, Spotify’s RADAR US: Artists to Watch 2021 and Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch 2021, was highlighted as part of HULU’s “Your Attention Please: The Concert” alongside 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty and Swae Lee, and had her music featured on CBS’ “CSI: Vegas,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Station 19” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” After performing shows earlier this summer with Leon Bridges, Cautious Clay and Dermot Kennedy, Oladokun will continue to tour throughout the fall, including several dates supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Pink Sweat$.

About Bre Kennedy

Singer-songwriter Bre Kennedy creates music soaked in rich storytelling with piercing pop sensibilities. For many years she wrote with other artists and for other artists, and is now allowing her own music to take center stage. Influenced by mesmerizing talents like Brandi Carlile, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Cat Power, her delicate, raspy sound simply soars. Throughout her music, she touches on profound themes of life’s messy moments and self-growth. She has been featured on notable publications such as Billboard, Atwood Magazine, Paste Magazine and American Songwriter. The singer has also opened for renowned artists such as Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr. and Birdtalker. In 2019 she released her acclaimed, buzzworthy EP Jealous of Birds making her a definite artist to watch. With her second EP released the following year in 2020 Twenty Something, she continues to build that momentum leading to an exciting release of her forthcoming debut album Note To Self arriving on October 8th.