The Sundilla Concert Series & Radio Hour kicks off its 30th year of bringing performers from around the country and the world to Auburn with the Sundilla debut of acclaimed singer-songwriter Tim Easton on Friday, Jan. 20.
For the first time since March 2020, a Sundilla concert will be held at its longtime home, the AUUF, located at 450 E. Thach Ave. in Auburn. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and advance tickets are $20 and can be found at Spicer’s Music, Ross House Coffee and online at sundillamusic.com. Admission at the door will be $25. Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available, and the audience is welcome to bring their own favorite food or beverage.
Easton was born on the Canadian border in upstate New York and spent his formative years living in Tokyo, Japan and Akron, Ohio. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent seven years as a bonafide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs, living in Paris, London, Madrid, Prague, Dublin and wherever he laid his hat. It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style — folk-based storytelling and personal traveling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or “tell it as it is” reality. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as “having a novelist’s sense of humanity.”
A mainstay of American roots music for more than 20 years, Easton crafts songs that blur the lines between folk, blues and workingman’s rock ‘n’ roll. Years before Americana music received its own category at the Grammy Awards, he helped pioneer the genre’s mix of classic inspiration and contemporary interpretation, writing songs that nodded to his influences while still acknowledging the sounds of the modern world.
Sundilla is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that has been bringing musicians from around the world to Auburn since 1993, presenting them in a smoke-free listening room environment. In 2017 the SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance presented Sundilla with an award for Outstanding Contributions to Folk Music, the first and so far only venue to receive that honor. For more information, go to www.sundillamusic.com.