Arts, Dining & Entertainment

ArtisTree welcomes The Contenders

By Anna Ulery

The Contenders

Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. — POMFRET —The legend Levon Helm said that if you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart, and good performance, the song will play for you. If that’s true, then Jay Nash and Josh Day are well and truly played by the set of songs in their debut EP,  “Meet The Contenders.” The collection breathes with musicality and grit in the  tradition of heroes — The Band, Tom Petty, The Dead, Dylan. Thrumming and heady, with a steady heartbeat and a hint of honky-tonk, this EP speaks of wanderers and highways, lovers and losers, good times and missed chances, swimming pools and movie stars, all with a ferocity born of hard work and honed skill. Nash and Day have been players and poets for the better part of  two decades; they have been making music, telling tales, drinking whiskey, and having fun touring together since 2012. Catch the vibe on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m., at ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret. There is a $20 cover at the door.

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