ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Campus Activities Board and Appalachian Music and Dance Club will present The Suitcase Junket in concert at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9 in the Augusta Dance Pavilion. The one-man band performs the sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks and rock clubs on instruments he makes from common objects.
Tickets are $10 general admission, free to the D&E community and can be purchased online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment.
The Suitcase Junket, better known as Matt Lorenz, is a self-described artist and tinkerer. From his penchant for thrift and ingenuity comes the full-length album “Pile Driver” on Signature Sounds Recordings. The album’s original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity is performed on instruments built of broken bottles, thrift store forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, salvaged instruments, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.
The Suitcase Junket has combined streams of 1.25 million on Spotify and was named to Spotify’s Best of 2016 Folk & Americana and Blues & Roots Rock playlists. Lorenz also caught the attention of National Public Radio who chose his video session for "Earth Apple" from his 2015 album Make Time as one of the year's favorite sessions.
For additional information, call 304-637-1211.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.