Music, in a Cheese Shop?

by Alifair Skebe

Why, yes!

An intimate concert this Monday, June 24, 7-9 pm featuring singer-songwriter Johann Wagner. 

Johann Wagner

When I asked the award-winning, Austin-based artist Johann Wagner to perform in concert at The Cheese Traveler on his national tour, he replied, “That would be cheesy.” We’re cheesy people, right?

We learned first-hand of the shop’s remarkable acoustics during our grand opening last November, featuring local singer-songwriters Mike Grosshandler and Tor Loney. Their folk-rock style music filled up the space and resonated powerfully with only a small amplifier. Local writer Phil Goode, who attended the grand opening, wrote a poem about listening to poetry here too, and he noted that the experience was surreal and unique. While we focus on the food side of things, we also seek to cultivate a sound environment and art space to highlight contemporary culture (no pun intended!) through music, poetry, and art. Kinda like Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY, which has opened its lawn to contemporary musicians, we feature some fermentation as well as contemporary artists in a place that’s off-the-beaten path.

Come check out Austin-based musician Johann Wagner this Monday, June 24, 2013 from 7-9 pm. Tickets are $5-10. Call 518.443.0440 for more information. Seating is limited, so arrive early. If you like, you can bring your own chair. We will have light refreshments for sale during the show.

Johann Wagner

Austin-based musician Johann Wagner is “The number one best bet” by Austin American Statesman and a “Texas Folk Music Staple” by the Dallas Morning News. A child of Albuquerque, New Mexico and one-time park ranger of Joshua Tree National Park, Wagner weaves the landscape of the American Southwest into tangible and intimate progressive folk rhythms, and deeply emotive and lustrous lyrics. His performances are witty and upbeat as well as melancholic, balancing Wagner’s comical, lighthearted nature with his poetic side. His songs have been covered by musicians Gregory Alan Isakov, Victoria Williams, Bart Crow, Shannon Wurst, 3 Penny Acre, and countless others. A finalist in the Kerrville Songwriting Competition, his co-written “If I Go, I’m Goin” appeared in season four of Showtime’s television series “Californication.” He performs throughout the Southwest and is currently on national tour for his newest album “Disappear.”

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