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Sunday Sessions: Stephen Chopek with guest Julia Blair
Apr 22 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
It’s a Sunday session! Doors open at 5pm. Music starts at 6pm. $5 suggested donation. Eight years ago, Stephen Chopek was performing songs in the New York City subways. He treated it like a full-time job – heading out in the morning, picking a spot, and sticking to it for seven hours. He’d pack up his guitar, head home, and do it all again the next day. It’s clear when Stephen tells the story that it doesn’t strike him as unusual. He was a professional drummer learning to play guitar and sing – what better way to hone your skills? He refers to his time playing underground as casually as he talks about his life on the road or studying with drummer Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood. Stephen is a perennial student, as disciplined as he is curious. Long before those subway sets, Stephen’s apprenticeship with legendary jazz percussionist Leon Parker led to touring and recording with guitarist Charlie Hunter from 2000 to 2002, which opened the door to a world tour with John Mayer and the recording of Any Given Thursday. He’s kept the beat for Marc Broussard, Jesse Malin, The Alternate Routes, The Pimps of Joytime, Todd Carey, The Everymen, Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, Shannon McNally, and many others. Not surprisingly, his stories tend to be about what was learned from every adventure; each tour, each artist, each session, was a prerequisite to the next. It is this collection of his experiences that laid the foundation for Stephen’s career as a solo artist. For more info, visit http://