Incoming: Laura Gibson, March 5

It’s always a pleasure to hear from Chad Sundin, the frontman for local folk act The Via Maris, which actually played its last show in November, though Sundin promised then that The Via Maris is not dead, “merely the current manifestation of it.”

That said, Sundin got in touch to let me know about a show he put together, headlined by acclaimed Portland folk artist Laura Gibson, who is drawing high praise for her 2009 release Beasts of Seasons (Hush Records). NPR called it “nothing short of a masterpiece.”

To top it off, Sundin says he has assembled “a 3-piece wind ensemble to perform a set of old hymns with me and Zachary James Dodds, and maybe some others.”

The show will take place at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Parish (1735 S. College Ave., Tempe), inside of which Sundin’s studio is located. Since Gibson isn’t coming to Phoenix on the Damien Jurado tour, this is an amazing opportunity to see her at a unique venue.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $8 or $4 if you bring a non-perishable food or clothing item for humanitarian efforts at Arizona’s southern border.

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