By Kim Lyle
If you were a child of the ‘90s, the band name Everclear should bring about a generous dose of auditory nostalgia.
Art Alexakis, the multi-platinum group’s charming lead singer, is giving millions the opportunity to expand on this memory. In the coming months, he will be delivering a series of solo performances across the country in light of the band’s ninth album release, “Black is the New Black.”
Members of the Baton Rouge community will have a chance to see him perform live on the Roux House stage this Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
“We like to change up the flow of downtown every now and then so it isn’t the same old stuff every weekend,” said Rebecca Jacobs, the event coordinator at the Roux House. “We are always striving to have the best possible performances to keep the downtown nightlife entertaining and fresh.”
Trading in electronic for acoustic, the night promises to be one full of intimate audience exchanges and rare insight into the stories behind some of Alexakis’ most popular songs. The music will be stripped down to its bare bones, taking it back to its primal origins.
Devoted fans of the band and Alexakis’ unique voice will already know about the troubled background forming many of his most memorable songs. His dad abandoned Alexakis’ family, his older brother died of a heroin overdose, and his girlfriend committed suicide. Any one of these tragedies would be enough to fill a lifetime with suffering, however he emerged from the pain with a message that connected with many.
The raw, honest emotion in his voice is the driving force behind what listeners have been singing along to for decades. Possibly the most sobering of the lot is “Father of Mine,” a powerful nod to his absent father. “I Will Buy You a New Life” and “Wonderful,” two other major Everclear hits, are seemingly fueled more out of love for his kids despite his own troubled past.
Recently, Alexakis has directed more of his energy towards political activism—specifically, fighting for tougher child support laws and greater support for military families. The intention of helping others get through similar struggles he experienced can only mean things have begun to go full circle for him.
While Alexakis’ performance will be the highlight of the evening, some of the Capital City’s favorites will round out the night. Mike Hogan of Startisan will be the opening performer and West Without will be closing the set leading into the after party.
“We still love to incorporate our local bands, so we’ll have two of our favorites opening and closing for Art,” explained Jacobs. “This is our kickoff to summer and is the first of many exciting artists that will be making an appearance at the Roux House.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door or ahead of time online through the Roux House Facebook page or at www.eventbrite.com. There will also be a few VIP seating options available for dedicated fans that would like to sit just a few feet from the Everclear frontman.