With Drew McDowell, Tuesday, Dec. 10, Pub Station Taproom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25, plus any applicable fee. Reserved tables for four are $140, plus fee.
Some 30 years into his career as a recording artist, Art Alexakis— best-known as the singer-guitarist and sole songwriter behind the iconic alt-rock outfit Everclear — has started a new chapter as a solo artist. Writing all of the songs and performing all instruments on his own, Alexakis is releasing his first ever solo album "Sun Songs" on Oct. 11.
“For the most part, it’s an acoustic singer-songwriter type of album,” said Alexakis in a press release. “It’s not about making another Everclear record; it’s about doing something that’s just me. I’m pushing my ability and pushing the envelope, and having fun at the same time. I’ve always wanted to do something like this.”
While the singer-guitarist has always been the driving force behind Everclear, there’s still a sharing of ideas and playing styles among its members that ultimately shapes the music. Contrary to that approach, his solo album finally offered Alexakis an opportunity to create music solely on his own, without any preconceived notion or collaborative influence as to what it should sound like.
"I’ve never wanted to make the same album twice. That’s why I’m excited about my solo material, because it doesn’t sound like any Everclear record. Not even close.”
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This solo record comes at a time of transition and honesty in Alexakis’ life. Recently, the formidable front man announced his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
“The words Multiple Sclerosis conjure up all sorts of images: helplessness, wheel chairs, pain, misery, and worst of all, hopelessness – and pity in the eyes of my family and friends. I remember the night I told my wife, Vanessa, she held my face in her hands, and told me, 'we got this,' with not a shred of pity or fear in her eyes. I knew then that I wasn’t going to go through this alone.“
After sharing the news with his fans, and the rest of the world, earlier this year, Art Alexakis is in the most honest and vulnerable place he has ever been.
Although he’s not always sure of where those ideas will ultimately lead, one thing is certain: The journey will bring Alexakis — and fans — to places where he’s yet to venture. It will be exciting to hear the sonic offspring of that pioneering voyage.