This past Friday, Carter Hulsey with special guest American Opera both play a rather unique set at The Whiskey House Bar and Grill in Ankeny, Iowa.  First of all, the show was free, secondly the show was in a restaurant atmosphere.  As a rocker, it has truly been a long time since I have seen a dinner show.  A person can get steak while enjoying some music.

Carter Hulsey and American Opera swapped songs, shared the stage, and exchanged some unique stories on the meanings behind the songs that they penned.  During the sets, you can feel the mutual admiration for one another as they would perform their songs.  They both have contrasting styles in their music, as American Opera is more of the crowd that listens to Alison Weiss or This Wild Life, acoustic singer/songwriter music with a punk twist.  Forthcoming, you will get to see an interview with American Opera in regards to their upcoming record entitled “Small Victories”.  I am looking forward to that record.

Carter Hulsey has a contrasting style from American Opera in the sense that his style has more of a folk/country-rock twist to it.  It is easy to see why Carter Hulsey has been involved in as many showcases as he has been involved in and including an NPR performance that is becoming a viral hit on YouTube.

Ankeny, Iowa, you have no flipping idea what you missed when Carter Hulsey and American Opera played a free show for you all!  It was such a wonderful, intimate setting for music, that made you feel like that you were on one of those tv-concerts, yes, the setting was that inviting and intimate.  You better check out Carter Hulsey and American Opera while you still can!  Here are the tour dates listed below!

Monday, March 27th- The Warming House in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, March 28th- Crescendo Espresso Bar + Music Cafe in Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 29th- Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thursday, March 30th- Wire in Berwyn, Illinois

Friday, March 31st- The Robin Theatre in Lansing, Michigan

Saturday, April 1st- Fischer Hall in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Sunday, April 2nd- Mahall’s in Lakewood, Ohio

Monday, April 3rd- Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, April 4th- 4th Street Bar in Mansfield, Ohio

Thursday, April 6th – The Basement in Nashville, Tennessee

Friday, April 7th- The Embers Venue in Rensselaer, Indiana

Saturday, April 8th- Fountain Square Brewery in Indianapolis, Indiana

Wednesday, April 12th- Stone Arch Brewpub in Appleton, Wisconsin


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Check out the song “Jack Pine” by American Opera below!

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