Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Damien Juardo


Deborah Kennedy

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 22, 2017

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Indie singer-songwriter Damien Jurado might come from Seattle, but he’s one of Fort Wayne’s favorite adopted sons, and he’ll be at the Brass Rail Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m. as part of his 50-state tour.

You read that right. Jurado is spending this year gigging all over the country, making a point to stop in every state in the union. The tour started with an idea he had on the way to a supermarket. The idea was that divided we are nothing, but connected we are everything. He states on his website that he hopes the tour will celebrate the things we have in common while, at the same time, celebrating our differences.

Jurado is a musician who seems content living with contradictions. His 15-album discography includes 2000’s Ghost of David, a concept album that explores the fictional death of the very much alive David Bazan of Pedro the Lion, and 2014’s Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, of which Father John Misty had this to say: “Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun, the purple anteater, the paper wings, the avalanche, the air show disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend’s wife … You might go as far as to call it a religion, and your religion is a character in his religion.”

Ambitious? Check. A little odd? Check. Down-right spooky? Check. Also homegrown. For more than a decade, Jurado has recorded his albums with Bloomington’s Secretly Canadian label. Speaking of homegrown, local talent Jess Thrower will open the show.

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