Steve Hartsoe brings Americana rock to The Arts Place

Photo is of Steve Hartsoe, a middle-aged white man wearing black sunglasses, a red button up with white polka dots, and a black denim jacket. He's looking off into the distance - or appears to be, since his eyes are shielded by shades.

** Steve Hartsoe concert will be RESCHEDULED – DATE TBA. All previous tickets purchased will be honored at the show.**

Mixing the honesty of a veteran singer-songwriter with the raw angst of a garage rocker, Steve Hartsoe plays Americana rock in the style of Tom Petty, Son Volt and Jason Isbell. Steve Hartsoe honed his musical skills fronting one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s popular indie rock bands of the late 1980s and early ’90s, London Down, later renamed The Raging Marys.

As a band member and later a solo artist, he shared the bill with many notable artists such as Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows), The Smithereens, Chris Isaak, Mudhoney and Todd Rundgren. Burned out and needing to move on to a “real job,” Hartsoe then devoted his energy to building a career as a journalist and raising a family, with the occasional coffeehouse gig. 

Thanks to a Father’s Day gift of recording studio time in 2014 that jump-started his music career, Hartsoe is again writing songs, recording and performing in and around his current home near Raleigh, North Carolina. Hartsoe and his bandmates plan to record and release an EP of new material this year. 

Joining him at The Arts Place of Stokes is his son, Eli Hartsoe, on drums and Russ Bullock on guitar and mandolin. 

Doors open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for eighteen and under. Purchase tickets by calling Stokes Arts at 336-593-8159.