Stuart’s Wraps Up Summer Concert Series, Hosts Poetry Exhibit This Friday

Posted on:

< < Back to

Quiet Life

Quiet Life

Stuart’s Opera House wraps up this year's Free Summer Concert Series this Friday at 7 p.m. with a performance from Portland, Oregon band Quiet Life.

The concert will take place in Stuart’s parking lot on the Public Square and is free and open to the public, no tickets needed. A beer garden will also be set up.

The event is being held in conjunction with Nelsonville's Final Fridays celebration, featuring art gallery exhibitions, vendors, live entertainment and more.

With roots on the Jersey Shore, Quiet Life gained notoriety in recent years via tours with Dr. Dog, Alabama Shakes and The Lumineers. The band is currently touring in support of their latest album, Wild Pack, produced by Adam Selzer (M Ward, The Decemberists) and mastered by Joe Gastwirt (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan).

A.B. Slater, Quiet Life's merch guy, sums up the band's time on the road: "Just a pair of brothers and a few good friends in a van that runs on waste veggie oil. They take advice in dingy backstage green rooms from road weary veterans like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Hayes Carll. There was one show, when the floor was bouncing and the ice was spinning, and somebody screamed, 'THIS.' Then there was the 3½-hour set at some backwoods lodge in northern Alaska; all originals except one Neil cover. From Portland to Asbury Park to the California coast. Remember to check your mirrors. Cut the wheel. Flash your brights at the big rigs and let 'em pass."

In addition to the concert, Stuart's Opera House will host opening night for the exhibit Water Visions: Close Writings, curated by Andrew Russ, in the 1879 Gallery.

In 1970, the late Canadian author bpNichol published the award-winning concrete poetry "visual book" Still Water, including the booklets The True Eventual Story of Billy the Kid and Beach Head, as well as an anthology of concrete poetry, The Cosmic Chef. This exhibit presents those works, along with other pieces inspired by bpNichol from Stuart Pid, Paloin Biloid and Geof Huth. The show, which runs through Oct. 24, also includes an encore presentation of prints from The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008.

Final Friday events get underway at 5:30 p.m. In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved inside Stuart's Opera House. For more information, visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org.