Joshua Davis, John Floridis and
Stars at Night Concert Series
September 29 - October 1, 2016
Joshua Davis won over the judges and fans alike on TV’s The Voice (Season 8) with his rootsy, folk-influenced approach to rock music. His cover versions of songs on the show by such artists as Tom Petty and Sting regularly landed on the iTunes best-selling charts, and he finished third overall as a result of his dedicated fans’ votes. But Davis had been a seasoned songwriter, performer and producer long before his appearances on the show, with nine releases of original music of several different genres to his name. His latest release, 2013’s A Miracle of Birds, was inspired by a trip he made with the nonprofit organization On the Ground for the Run Across Palestine. The focus of the five-day, 129-mile ultra marathon was to raise funds and awareness in support of fair-trade olive farming communities in the Palestinian West Bank.
A veteran live performer, Davis has also shared the stage with a diverse list of luminaries in his career, including the Blind Boys of Alabama, Arlo Guthrie, Wayne Hancock, the Indigo Girls, Leftover Salmon, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pete Seeger and the Verve Pipe. Davis will hit the road with his band for the first few months of 2016 with appearances all over the East Coast. Other plans include recording a new album of original material.
Paws Up is pleased to offer guests of Montana Master Chefs a chance to experience the passion and artistry that Davis has shown on TV and on stages across the United States.
John Floridis is a Missoula-based guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Floridis has been a Big Sky resident since 1993. He has performed with artists as diverse as Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Patty Larkin, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kelly Joe Phelps, Richard Thompson and Derek Trucks.
Floridis has released seven recordings, mixing bluesy, folk-rock vocal tunes with adventurous solo acoustic guitar compositions. His most recent release is Live from 11th and Grant, the soundtrack from his Northwest Emmy Award–winning performance for the Montana PBS program of the same name. The recording features drummer Ed Stalling and bassist John Sporman, who combine with Floridis to form the John Floridis Trio. Floridis is also the producer and host of Musician’s Spotlight for Montana Public Radio, which was recognized in 2015 with the Montana Broadcasters Award for Best Non-Commercial Program.
“John’s music dances . . . between subtlety and power, and the beauty is in his ability to lean toward one side or the other at a finger snap.”
—Kelly Joe Phelps, Rounder Records/Black Hen recording artist
Ali Solomon has sang and played guitar in German train stations, on Italian olive farms and perched on a tall, lofted stage in a Chicago cafe that was so high that guests would crumple up notes and dollar bills and lob them to her. One of those notes called her voice a cross between Janis Ian and Natalie Merchant; another note requested “Free Bird.” Ali covers songs by artists you know and love, apart from Lynyrd Skynyrd, and she occasionally sneaks in her own originals.
|Thursday, September 29||Ali Solomon|
|Friday, September 30||John Floridis|
|Saturday, October 1||Joshua Davis|