Possessed by Paul James

Possessed by Paul James

Tom VandenAvond, Dennis Robicheau

Thu, June 13, 2019

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Possessed by Paul James
Possessed by Paul James
Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people's lives doesn't. When Possessed by Paul James performs, his passion equals the passion he brings to his class Monday through Friday, with many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show referring to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one man music show.

"If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." - No Depression

"The one-man folk wonder Possessed by Paul James."
— Leah Nash, New York Times

"Playing to the rafters, singing like a man possessed."
— NPR Staff, National Public Radio/Wkend Edition

"Urban Roots with the Occasional Rural Punk...folk with a gut."
— Amy Jacques, RELIX Magazine
Tom VandenAvond
Very special performance by old-time county troubadour Tom VandenAvond from Green Bay, WI, Austin, TX, and Nor Cal.

He is part John Prine and a bit of Mark Twain …

Tom Vandenavond is a contemporary ghost with a wisdom in his music that exceeds his years. His sound embodies the nature of solitary travel and the inevitable connections made from a life on the road. He has torn through his Midwest roots and created an auditory imprint of the highways and byways, truck stops and roadsides of the afforded white line spectacles of the American construct. ...

He has written some of the saddest songs ever heard, but most are coupled with a wink and a nod. ... From the squint in his eye, you get the idea he knows something we don't, and no matter how rough it gets, there is comfort in the stock that he'll pull the ace from his sleeve and more or less come out on top.

Tom is a great act to catch when he flies solo but there is a great deal of magic in the company he keeps ... it's clear he can't make a bad album.
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804