Jill Sobule at Midtown Scholar Bookstore Oct. 21

Since last “kissing a girl,” full-of-energy Jill Sobule appears in solo concert Oct. 21, 8 p.m at Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. $20 general admission.

The Denver-born Sobule last appeared in the region at a benefit for AIDS Community Alliance at Lancaster’s Chamelion Club. Hear her iconic “I Kissed a Girl” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4r41vPTF8k

Her solo show is a combination of music and social commentary. “I don’t have a set list of issues I cover. My social commentary varies, depending on what’s on my mind or what’s in the news. The thing I will say is when making political or social commentary, I don’t lecture or get all righteous. I think with a bit of humor you can be way more subversive,” Sobule said.

As will be reflected in her local performance, Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Over five albums and a decade of recording, the Denver-born songwriter, guitarist, singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. And love – found, lost, wished for and taken away. No sloganeering flag-and-fist waving here, but rather story songs about human beings, real and imagined, which allow us to step back from the issue, be it personal or social, and relate to it as we would a close friend.

Sobule has made four critically acclaimed albums, Happy Town, Pink Pearl, Underdog Victorious, and 2009’s California Years, which Jill released on her own record label, Pinko Records, after collecting over $85,000 from fans who funded the project. “California Years” is 14 songs of cities and experiences there, full of Sobule’s humorous take on life. Hear “San Fransisco” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N_r0Ka765E

As usual, she’s busier than ever.

“I am working on the musical, “Times Square”. We will be doing a reading the end of November at the Public Theater in New York City,” Sobule says. She’ll be releasing “The Jill and John Doe” by December. “I’m working on a new record with lyric collaborations by some of my fav authors – David Hajdu, Rick Moody, Luc Sante, Michelle Tea, others.” She’s also trying “to eat better, which is hard on the road, and exercise at least once a month,” Sobule said.

Tickets: Advance purchase highly recommended. Tickets are nonrefundable and will be held in purchaser’s name at the door. 717-236-1680 (hours Wed-Sat 9-9, Sun 12-7) or online at midtownscholarbookstore.com. The City of Harrisburg requires a 10% amusement-tax ($2) be collected, whether tickets are purchased in-store or online. This fee will be included in the “shipping” charge when you checkout online.

Song samples at http://www.JillSobule.com.


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