Alt-country climber makes Vashon a stop on new album tour

Free tickets to the event for everyone are available online and at the door.

Last fall, Vashon was graced as a stop on singer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Jordan’s power-alt-country, genre-bending West Coast fall tour.

Luckily for islanders, lightning has struck twice. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Open Space for Arts & Community will host another unforgettable evening of live music in celebration of Jordan’s newest record, “Queen Kerosene.”

Best yet? Free tickets to the event for everyone are available online and at the door.

Jordan first performed on Vashon last September, and the call to return to the Rock was strong.

“When my trio came to Vashon last fall, we didn’t know what to expect, having never had to take a car ferry to make a show before,” Jordan said. “What we found was a beautiful place, lush and green, with friendly faces and music lovers of all ages. The show itself was intimate and high energy, and the trio felt like it was among the highlights of the year. If that wasn’t enough, as we took the ferry back toward Point Defiance, we were fortunate to see an orca swimming along with us.”

Alex Jordan’s musical journey is diverse. Raised in a musical household, he explored various instruments, from jazz trombone to harmonica, before finding his groove with the electric guitar at the age of 17. After college, he hit the road with “Cubensis — The Grateful Dead Music Experience,” playing rhythm guitar and vocals.

In 2014, Alex became a part of Midnight North, further expanding his repertoire to include piano and Hammond B3. His musical journey led him to share the stage with legends such as Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Peter Rowan, and many others. His debut solo record, “The Subtle Exhibitionist,” released in May 2020, marked a significant milestone in his career, earning critical acclaim and solidifying his place in the music industry.

Helmed by four-time Grammy Award winning producer (and longtime Los Lobos member) Steve Berlin, Jordan’s new album, “Queen Kerosene,” is a colorful, kaleidoscopic record whose songs make room for soul, Tex-Mex, groove-driven R&B, Americana, jazz, honky-tonk, and heartland rock and roll. It was recorded at The Finishing School in Austin, Texas with a band of Austin-based musicians — including harmony singer and fiddle player Carrie Rodriguez and accordion player Josh Baca.

Open Space for Arts & Community executive director Chuck Zimmer sees this free concert as a great way of bringing the island together.

“Open Space is proud to share the talent and joy of Alex Jordan’s music with our Vashon community,” Zimmer said. “As we embark on our journey as a nonprofit, we want to celebrate our mission to bring the arts to everyone in our community — please join us.”

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