Thursday, May 17, 2018
McMenamins Kennedy School @ The Gymnasium
7 p.m. til 9 p.m. | Free | All ages welcome
Los Angeles based solo artist Matthew Szlachetka (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) is a Rock &Roll/ Americana singer-songwriter who plays between 150- 200 a year throughout the United States. He released his debut solo album, Waits For A Storm To Find in Spring of 2014 to high critical acclaim.
From 2006- 2013 he served as frontman for The Northstar Session an acclaimed Los Angeles-based roots-rock band. During his tenure in the band they released 5 albums.
Szlachetka's music has been heard on various movies and TV shows, including the hit NBC show Parenthood (Season 2, Episode 2) where he performed in a scene with actor Dax Shepherd.
Artists he has opened for and/or shared the stage with include Chris Isaac, Brandi Carlisle, John Waite, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Chris Hillman, Laurence Juber, John Jorgensen, Lee Roy Parnell, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, Greg Laswell, Johnette Napolitano, Hanson, Fishbone, The English Beat, Madi Diaz, The California Honeydrops.
Szlachetka is a proud endorsee of these brands: BOSE, Monster Products, Jim Dunlop, LR Baggs, Blue Microphones, Schreyer Audio, G7 Capos.
Press quotes that Szlachetka's new album Waits For A Storm To Find has garnered so far:
"Matt Szlachetka is more introspective here... his considerable strengths are in full flower - especially his ability to craft a song organically into something pleasing to the ears.... A guitar player who writes fine songs and a songwriter who plays great guitar, his songs are built from the ground up, melody and groove at the foundation, typically supported by acoustic guitar and colored by tight electric breaks with no time wasted on empty pyrotechnics"- Vintage Guitar Magazine
"Matthew Szlachetka has hit the ground running solo with Waits For A Storm To Find - and it's a great listen"- JamBand.com/ Relix Magazine
"Matthew's songwriting is that rare kind that rises above the cliché, but remains accessible for the ordinary listener. Waits for a Storm to Find is a good album and deserves your attention... All told, Matthew Szlachetka is for fans of good, diverse rock music. It's clear that he has mastered the art of the American rock song"- EarToTheGroundMusic.com/ Premier Guitar Magazine
"Matthew Szlachetka is a major talent who is starting to shake things up and garner some well-deserved attention, and there is no better example of that than Waits For A Storm To Find; this one is a keeper"- Hittin' The Note Magazine
"Szlachetka's new solo work has a tight, full-band, rock/ Americana glow with lyrics that bare his heart and soul... And a polished sound that film/ TV music supes will love"- Music Connection Magazine
"His songs find themselves more of a home in the hands of a singer/songwriter than a band...Listening to Waits for a Storm to Find is the best support going for Matthew Szlachetka's decision to make this a solo outing"- The Alternate Root
"Matthew is a good singer and songwriter... His new record is solid, well-produced and put together, with good instrumentation and selection"- AmericanaUK