Jesse Goodman presents Sharon Van Etten in a benefit for the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Big Sur cultural institution
This performance marks the 13th annual benefit concert curated by Jesse Goodman Presents for Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library, a 501 (c) 3 arts center, bookstore, and performance space dubbed by CNN as “the beating cultural heart of Big Sur.”
Sharon will join some rarified company — previous Jesse Goodman-curated benefits performances have included Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Henry Rollins, Rufus Wainwright, Father John Misty, Cibo Matto, and most recently, Pink Martini.
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Unlike previous benefits, this one will be capped at 120 tickets, so space is limited!
Please note we have intentionally set capacity for this event given the increased volume of visitors to the area, particularly during the summer months.
Future events will also adhere to this lower-capacity policy in an effort to help minimize congestion and strain on Highway 1.
This policy, of course, brings with it a wonderful benefit for all concert-goers: a particularly intimate, memorable, and beautiful performance!
Drinks and desert treats will be available!
Proceeds from this event with help the Henry Miller Library address important renovation and capital challenges, including installing a proper public water system, upgrading bathrooms to facilitate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and implementing a new parking plan in collaboration with county officials to accommodate unprecedented traffic volume.
Sharon Van Etten has never needed much room to make a grand statement. With four albums diligently released during the last six years, she’s become one of music’s most astute new cartographers of the heart, able to capture emotional trials and triumphs with incisive lines and a voice that loses nothing in the translation and transmission of feelings.
Her second record, epic, needed only seven tracks to live up to its title. Her subsequent albums for Jagjaguwar, 2012’s Tramp and 2014’s Are We There, went longer, but Van Etten managed still to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces. From start to rising stardom, Van Etten has forever understood the impact of economy. It should come as no surprise, then, that Van Etten’s five-song EP, “I Don’t Want to Let You Down,” functioned as much more than some between-albums, on-tour stopgap.
In only 22 minutes, Van Etten offers documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing. The songs are as sophisticated and evolved as anything Van Etten has ever done. Produced by Van Etten and Are We There producing partner Stewart Lerman, the EP features a sterling crew of collaborators: Heather Woods Broderick (keyboards, strings, vocals), Doug Keith (guitar), Zeke Hutchins (drums), Brad Cook (bass), Darren Jesse (drums), Peter Broderick (strings), Stuart Bogie (woodwinds), and The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel (guitar) and Dave Hartley (bass).
The EP culminates with a live rendition of “Tell Me,” capture at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu. The song, a Van Etten gem about yearning for affections that may never be reciprocated, had previously been available only on an expanded edition of Tramp. That acoustic demo remains intimate and wonderful, a showcase for the remarkable candor of Van Etten’s voice. But backed here by her four-piece touring band, the tune becomes a kind of battle cry for respect and a charged pronouncement of Van Etten’s cultivated powers.
It’s a map of the singer’s progression from an acoustic songwriter to a bona fide bandleader, a reminder of the poignancy and efficiency her work has long paired. Sharon Van Etten’s “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP was released June 9th, 2015 on Jagjaguwar and is available for purchase now.