Michael Shoup, Susy Sundborg, Josh Hoke at Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater 5/6Posted by Lindsey Bluher
The Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater is fast becoming one of the best places to catch an intimate show. This weekend is no different, with a late night show Sunday May 6th featuring Nashville’s Michael Shoup, Seattle’s own Susy Sundborg, and Portland’s Josh Hoke.
Sunday’s are a tough night to go to a concert if you work a 9-5 Monday through Friday job, and a show with a late start such as this one can make that it even more difficult. However, this line up is comprised of a collection of artists that will start your week off on a high note.
Headliner Michael Shoup is an eclectic artist and one that’s difficult to place into a genre bucket. He specializes in the type of rock similar to the Matt Kearney’s of the industry, while at the same time some of his softer melodies would easily find a place on country radio. His role in Nashville’s club circuit led to a tour with Lady Antebellum, but his thoughtful lyrics and guitar licks in his most recent album strike a note that will surely lead to winning over audiences outside of the Southern States.
Capitol Hill dweller Susy Sundborg can often be found playing to a crowd at one of the many clubs around town, such as The Triple Door or The White Rabbit. Having grown up in Ellensburg, Wash., a town best known for its college and rodeo, you may expect her roots to be that of country music. However when her subtle, sweet voice floods a room, it’s easy to recognize that she is far more in tune with other female singer/songwriters who specialize in gorgeous, airy melodies accompanied by a guitar. She’ll be one of Shoup’s openers, and is a local artist to pay attention to. Listen to her EP here.
Josh Hoke is the first opener of this Sunday night show, and has been called an “up-and-coming Portland local.” After listening to songs on his website (found here), you’re sure to be mesmerized by his emotionally charged voice and simple guitar playing. What is most noteworthy about this singer/songwriter is not how similar he sounds to Damien Rice, but rather how incredible his song lyrics are when combined with his soulful voice. He writes soft, thoughtful music that is sure to cut a listener to the core. As the night’s first opener, make sure you get down to the Rendezvous Theater in time to catch his set, he’ll lull you into a feeling of warmth that everyone should be so lucky to feel on a Sunday evening before another monotonous work week.