The Depot and Jazz in June welcome Davis Coen to the Winter Wind stage on Sunday, November 19, 2017, for the second concert in their collaborative partnership. Coen characterizes his style as ‘contemporary country-blues’ . . . a modern culmination of the hodgepodge of musical influences absorbed from living in the Mid-Southern U.S. and from touring. Tickets are $20 for the 7:00 pm concert at The Depot, 200 S. Jones.
Coen will be accompanied at this concert by the Oxford, Mississippi-based ‘Downstream Drifters’ for a showcase that will include both a full band experience and intimate moments with just Coen and his guitar.
“When describing a particularly authentic blues artist, one often hears the term ‘real deal’ applied,” says Jim Johnson, Program Chair, Jazz In June. “Well, Davis Coen is as real as it gets. His sound is all his own – a uniquely southern amalgam that goes down like a tall glass of fresh lemonade on a sweltering summer day.”
Coen’s recordings are strongly rooted in blues, country and religious-based music. He has been touring the U.S. since his teens, either as a solo guitar & vocal act or accompanied by a small rhythm combo. For more than twenty years he has played festivals, clubs, and bars throughout the U.S., and has been billed repeatedly at world-renowned Mid-South regional events and festivals such as the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR and Juke Joint Festival in the Mississippi Delta. Davis has also enjoyed a dozen blues circuit tours of Europe, sharing bills with R.L. Burnside, Koko Taylor, Big Jack Johnson, David “Honeyboy” Edwards & Bo Diddley.
Coen’s music has been featured in TV and documentary programs, including: Martin Scorsese’s PBS special The Blues; reality cable show Lizard Lick Towing; and ‘Dare You To Do It Again,’ a documentary on the music of the late Hillcountry Mississippi blues matriarch Jessie Mae Hemphill. He has also enjoyed spotlights on NPR’s Morning Edition and World Café programs. His latest album, ‘These Things Shall Pass’, fulfills Coen’s long-standing goal of recording an entire spiritual-based album.
Collaborative Concerts produced by Jazz in June and The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from The Norman Arts Council, The Oklahoma Arts Council, and by the numerous sponsors of and donors to both Jazz in June and The Depot. Both are non-profit organizations serving the people of Norman and surrounding communities with great musical programming.
The Depot, located in the historic Santa Fe Train Depot, produces Summer Breeze, Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts, Gallery Exhibitions, Second Sunday Poetry Readings, and manages the rental of the Norman Depot for weddings, meetings, parties and other events. The Depot is dedicated to creating and presenting excellent and innovative fine arts programming for the enrichment and education of the community.
Jazz In June Inc. is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and perpetuation of jazz and related musical forms. Jazz In June was founded in 1984 by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera. The Jazz in June festival has since developed into a much-anticipated annual event, featuring three evenings of outdoor concerts, related artist clinics, public radio programs and public jazz and blues jam sessions attended by a total of some 50,000 people per year. Past performers include David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione, the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Duke Ellington Small Band.