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The three male members of the East Pointers sit next to each other in a row

Friday, March 2, 2018

The East Pointers to perform as part of Jewel Box Series

The East Pointers, with special guest Liz Carroll, will perform March 9 as part of Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall on the Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

The East Pointers replace the Nuala Kennedy Band, which was forced to cancel its appearance due to health reasons.

There’s a reason—beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows—that The East Pointers have connected with audiences across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going. ​Fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy.

And it’s why listening to The East Pointers’ brilliant and hotly anticipated second album “What We Leave Behind” is akin to meeting up with an old friend.

As a follow-up to 2015’s internationally acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning debut “Secret Victory,” “What We Leave Behind” shares stories previously unheard but framed by a familiar context. The album reflects on the traditions of Canadian Celtic music, where it comes from, and what it means to the people, but also strides in new directions. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and catchy radio-ready songs, The East Pointers reach out with open arms to a wide range of listeners, inviting them to discover a new love of folk music.

This performance is a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern’s Office of Cultural Events.

Tickets are $25, $17.50 and $10 and can be purchased online or by calling (773) 442-4636. Parking permits are required.

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