Tickets go on sale June 1 for a performance by singer-songwriter Jessie Bridges, who will play a benefit acoustic show for Elk River Arts & Lectures on Sunday, June 21 at the Elks Lodge. Livingston musician Calista will open for Bridges.
A California native, Bridges spent much of her childhood in Paradise Valley, where her parents met. Her dad, actor Jeff Bridges, gave her a guitar at age 13, setting her on a musical path. Eighteen years later, Bridges resists any particular genre, saying she uses her work to “pick apart all the knotted up memories, stories and experiences that have accumulated over time.”
With influences including Wilco, Rilo Kiley, Neko Case and Tom Petty, Bridges’ latest album, Let It Breathe, is comprised of “songs that range from spirited and twangy to soulful and vulnerable. [T]his album will appeal to listeners of many variations. Beneath the enjoyable melodies, you will find introspective, thoughtfully constructed lyrics which resonate in a way that seem to reflect the listener’s own personal life experiences.”
Livingston musician Calista Singley’s style complements Bridges’, with pared-down blues and rock riffs underlying strong, soaring vocals. Like her music, she prefers the minimalist “Calista” onstage. The Lewistown native took the area by storm with her understated flair when she started playing professionally two years ago. Her debut CD is called Beer for Breakfast, and she currently fronts a Tom Petty tribute band.
The Father’s Day/Solstice show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 130 S. 2nd St. Tickets are $20, and available from Elk River Books beginning June 1, or can be pre-ordered below and picked up at the door.
Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston for free public readings, and also to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local public school students. More information is available at elkriverarts.org.