Joe Uveges’ web site biography says that he “has meandered the path of quiet musical anonymity on Colorado’s front range for more than 18 years now. Raised a farm kid in Schoharie, New York, pummeled by liberal academics at Union College and Catholic University, a grizzled veteran of bar bands and coffeehouses, he should be a burned out skeleton of a man playing Allman Brother covers, tipping lukewarm Coors from a can, and lamenting broken marriages and illegitimate kids. He is not.”
Joe is, in fact, one of the warmest people I know. Obscure, not so much, at least not around Colorado Springs, where he is one of the pre-eminent acoustic musicians in the area. Joe was also the first singer/songwriter we hosted for a house concert (when we lived in Colorado Springs), which we did a number of happy times!
Last year, Joe came to Las Cruces for a lovely concert in the Currys’ orchard. We are hosting him indoors this year, since it will be a bit chilly by the time this show happens in November. Here’s a bit more about Joe in his own words:
My heart is in songwriting. I like to tell a story. I am a folk singer in the non-traditional sense. I like story songs that are heavy on evocative poetry and the emotions evoke a response in you. I like a strong lyric and want the music to be accessible lyrically, melodically and harmonically. I just like songs – great songs. I love harmonies. The favorite song I have written is ‘Little Break.’ It is an engaging, true story with twists and a sweet message. The event actually happened near Butte, Montana. I like songs with hope.
Joe is also a very spiritual person. Regardless of whether you share his Christian beliefs and faith, you will also be uplifted by his positive and hopeful worldview:
For me, music is a mixture of two things. I am an inherent performer and I am completely taken with the music. Music is a creative outlet for me. Next to prayer it is the only thing I do every day. Music is what I use to see myself. It gives me a sense of worth and at the same time allows me to look deeper into myself and see how I measure up. Every day I am thinking about songs. I play with the intention of singing a song.
You are warned ahead of time that you can’t attend a Joe Uveges concert without becoming involved. Joe’s songs and stories have universal appeal, since they deal with life and the human condition, often in a humorous way. Audience members are also frequently expected to sing along. Joe is an ideal house concert performer because he gets such a kick out of connecting with people and he does it so well.
Joining Joe will be Stephanie Pauline, another singer/songwriter from Colorado Springs. She has a beautiful voice and her own songs of life and her spiritual perspective. Having heard Joe sing harmonies with other folks, I expect a beautiful blending of voices from Joe and Stephanie. We hope you will join us for a warm evening of music and friendship.
Suggested artist donation $15
Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.
Light refreshments provided, BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are welcome.
For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (at) gmail.com.