November 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$20 – $25
Minnesota favorite Mason Jennings returns to the Sacred Heart Music Center stage as part of his first midwest tour since the 2020 pandemic shutdown.
Performing virtual shows and only a handful of live audience events, Jennings has spent the pandemic painting, making visual art and releasing music in his side project band Painted Shields. This solo tour will feature songs from his most recent album “Songs From When We Met,” old favorites and new creations.
When Jennings started writing songs for his new record, Songs From When We Met, he was in a setting he had never written in before. “I was living out at a farm for a month and walking through some old woods on the property every day. There was a river. And each day an owl would come find me, and then perch above me, day or night. I saw lots of snakes. Songs just came to me there. They were coming in so fast they just about took my head off. It was unlike anything I’ve experienced before,” recalls Jennings. In Native American animal medicine snakes symbolize rebirth, owls symbolize seeing what others cannot and turning darkness into light. Both are themes throughout the album and the music has a clear hopeful feeling.
In addition to his solo work, Mason has started a new band called Painted Shield with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Matt Chamberlain, and Brittany Davis. Their first album called Painted Shield was released on Nov. 27, 2020 on Loosegroove records.
The single “Fourth of July” from Painted Shield II was released – fittingly – on July 1 of this year. The video is available on YouTube.
“The lyrics to this song were inspired by the stories of friends of mine who have served in the military. It touches on the recovery work needed to integrate back into civilian life after being in conflict. It also touches on the fact that most of my friends who joined the military were coming from troubled homes and were looking to find a “way out” by joining,” wrote Jennings on his Facebook page. “This song is about bringing these inner children home to get the love they never received, as well as sending love to the actual children affected by war around the world everyday. There is a tension represented that I hope encapsulates and reflects the human struggle, the struggle for peace and love in the face of violence and fear.”
Jennings has written, recorded music and toured for close to 25 years. After spending almost 18 months away from the stage, he recently performed at the Parkway Theatre in Minneapolis.
NOTICE: All concert-goers must provide proof of vaccination or a 72-hour negative COVID-19 test at the door prior to each show. Phone photos of vaccination cards will be accepted. Further precautions may be taken pending state and county health guidelines.
Doors at 7pm. Music at 8.