Win Tickets ($40): Jake Xerxes Fussell @ The Old Church Concert Hall | Folk, Americana

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Jake Xerxes Fussell @ The Old Church Concert Hall on April 12. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed April 3.


From our sponsors:
Jake Xerxes Fussell
April 12, 2023
Doors 6:30PM, Show 7:30PM | $20 | All Ages
More info:

The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

“Fussell is creating his own legacy within the long lineage of traditional folk musicians and storytellers that have come before him.” – NY Times

“So elegant … relaxing in the way that pondering a Zen koan is relaxing, and sweet in the way that the wounded, honey-voiced blues of Miss. John Hurt are sweet.” – Pitchfork

“Music that resides at the seams of Appalachia and the cosmos.” – NPR

“The folk musician’s latest album is a bittersweet collection full of silence and space. Delivered with empathy, his historical subject matter feels rooted in the present.” – Pitchfork (7.7 album review)

Singer, guitarist, and folk music interpreter Jake Xerxes Fussell has distinguished himself as one of his generation’s preeminent interpreters of traditional (and not so traditional) “folk” songs, a practice which he approaches with a refreshingly unfussy lack of nostalgia. By re contextualizing ancient vernacular songs and sources of the American South, he allows them to breathe and speak for themselves and for himself; he alternately inhabits them and allows them to inhabit him. In all his work, Fussell humanizes his material with his own profound curatorial and interpretive gifts, unmooring stories and melodies from their specific eras and origins and setting them adrift in our own waterways. The robust burr of his voice, which periodically melts and catches at a particularly tender turn of phrase, and the swung rhythmic undertow of exquisite, seemingly effortless guitar-playing pull new valences of meaning from ostensibly antique songs and subjects.




  1. Brad on March 30, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Every single thing coming to the Old Church lately looks awesome. I recently caught Vasen there and it was one of the best shows I’ve seen in ages. Can’t wait to keep the ball moving and hopefully catch some good ol’ fashioned, intimate, guitar riffs.

  2. David on March 30, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    I’m sure this will be an awesome time! Fingers crossed!

  3. Diane on March 30, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    I’m a big fan of Fussell’s album, What in the Natural World. Puts me in a good mood!

  4. Hunter M on April 1, 2023 at 1:37 am

    JXF is amazing! Also the Old Church is possibly the best venue in Portland

  5. Jake on April 2, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    JXF’s music has been rattlin around my brain for years. I took my gal to see JXF a bit over a year ago and tried to see him at Pickathon but my gal got bit by heatstroke and we only managed to hear the crooning from outside the building while we sprawled on the grass in the shade and I poured water on her head. I’d love to catch another round listening to his stories.

  6. Amelia on April 3, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    Would love to check out this show!

  7. Haley on April 3, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    I saw him last year at The Old Church and it was the best show ever!! Would love to go again!

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