The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture embarks on its third annual partnership with the Erie Art Museum to present a truly kaleidoscopic artist of the folk genre. Leif Vollebekk’s wanderlust spirit has taken him from his home in Montréal to a Manhattan studio to a mansion outside Paris, in search of a sound befitting his songs that feel familiar even when they’re new.
Playing alongside Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), Hans Bernhard and Philippe Melanson, and working with producers Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire) and Tom Gloady (Ryan Adams, Sigur Ros, Patti Smith), his latest album, North Americana, is a beautiful anthology of ballads, folk songs and vivid portraits of this 27-year-old’s watercolor life. Tales of ending love, the death of friends and journeys and homecomings float throughout guitar and harmonica folk melodies and drift effortlessly between French and English. Vollebekk captures an essence of exploration typically reserved for the likes of Kerouac, Dylan and Simon, as his music embodies the vulnerability and rusty optimism of life on the road.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/military and $9 for students/youth. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.