This is from Homecoming Sunday at All Saints Church in Pasadena. It was such an honor to be a part of this celebration. The camera takes a while to find me and I’m singing behind a mask, but it’s a thrill when the choir comes in for the bridge. And if you listen through the sermon, Rev. Kinman weaves the lyric throughout and we reprise the song with the whole church to close it out! A gorgeous experience!
I’m really excited that at the beginning of the summer I was invited to play at The Grand Annex in San Pedro. I was able to debut a batch of new songs and rearrange some old favorites for an in-person audience for the first time in months. It was also the first time I’d played piano onstage for probably a few decades! Here’s “Reimagine,” a song I wrote thinking about what we were going to do when we emerged from this time of lockdown.
I’ll be releasing more music from this show very soon, so watch this space.
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You know that career question, “Where would you like to be in five years?” It always intimidates me. I’m too busy putting out the current fires.
When I moved from Laurel Canyon to Beachwood Canyon about 5 years ago, the answer was, “playing small theaters, writing music for films, writing, and teaching.” I didn’t think a lot of that would happen emerging from a global pandemic that — as it has so many — touched me intimately.
And yet, on the week that California opens up, I’m playing a small theater, on a stage with a grand piano and a few guitars, so eager to share what’s developed from the past year. I’ve been writing music for short films, engaging in deep conversation/writing about cultural reckoning in the US, and teaching. I’ve learned so much.
This won’t be the pandemic show though, of course. It’s part of the Roots and Rambles series that received an NEA grant to explore cultural underpinnings of American music. The show will be a celebration of life and other joys, with new songs and old. I’m just so happy to be doing it. I’m happy that the grant required an educational component, so we were able to do a songwriting workshop on Memorial Weekend.
I don’t know where all this goes. What fires will emerge? I do know, however, that this Friday will be special.
If you’re unable to come, please stay in touch and spread the word if you think someone else might be interested.
Finally, especially for those who can’t make it on Friday, I took part in an online tribute to singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson to celebrate his 80th birthday. Enjoy the whole Harry affair here. I’m smack dab in the middle singing his song “Perfect Day” which you can see here. I’m just singing into my phone from my studio, but Harry’s song captures the sweetness I feel when I get to share a night with you and friends.
Stay safe, stay engaged, hug when you feel able.
Jason Luckett / Roots and Rambles
June 18, 2021 Grand Annex 434 W. Sixth Street San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 833-4813 Doors open at 7:30 Show begins at 8
A live, in-person show in a San Pedro theater! This is a great way to head back to “normal.” See details below, or go to the event page on the Grand Vision website. Audience will be limited to 40 people, distanced, of course. But, tables up front are available at $100 flat and can accommodate up to four people. I cannot wait! This show is part of the Roots & Rambles series, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
I’m so excited that I’ll be able to play the beautiful grand piano there, in addition to the couple of guitars that I’ll bring, while I share a crop of unreleased songs and some old favorites. We’ll also be filming this show, so it’s going to be a really special night! [Read more here]
Admission:Single Ticket: $22, Front Cabaret Table (up to 4 seats): $100
Age restrictions:All Ages/Licensed
Notes:This is a IN-PERSON Live Concert! Tickets are limited.
Grand Annex Roots & Rambles series features Los Angeles-based roots rock musicians who shine a light on the cultural influences of Americana.
The third Roots & Rambles concert features the prolific Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Jason Luckett. His six albums and three independent EPs move combine folk with jazz, rock and world influences – in a personal style Jason calls groovy acoustic soul. “A tasty brew of pop, soul, and folk that’s both relaxed and infectiously danceable.”- Victory Review
Let’s create songs together. In 45 minutes, we’ll work together to find descriptive and emotional language that will convey a story or an idea. We’ll look at tricks of rhyme and expectations to add depth and create interest. We’ll look at how we can model our song on existing material and create something entirely new. This is part of the Roots and Rambles series for the Grand Vision Foundation and the Grand Annex. See details below and look here for info on the live show on June 18.
Notes:Grand Vision Foundation presents:
Roots & Rambles Workshops at the Garden
Come on down to San Pedro for two MUSIC MAKING workshops at the Garden Church/Feed & Be Fed Garden, 429 W. 6th St. San Pedro. Workshops are FREE, 45 minutes, and open to all age 13 and above. All participants must register by purchasing a free ticket.
The two workshops are:
1:30 pm “The Art of Songwriting” with Jason Luckett
Participants will explore ways to write lyrics that use creative language, tricks of rhyme and sound to make ideas and stories come alive in song.
2:30 pm “Sing, Shout & Stomp” with the Honey Whiskey Trio
Participants will learn about shape note singing, body percussion, and shout songs. The workshop is a mix of singing, movement, musical history and vocal demos by the Honeys.
The Roots & Rambles workshops are in-person experiences that complement two concerts: Honey Whiskey Livestream on June 4 and Jason Luckett, LIVE at the Grand Annex on June 18.
The Roots & Rambles series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
COVID SAFETY: 30 participants max and please plan to wear a facemask and expect social distance seating.