John Oates

One half of the best-selling duo of all time: Hall & Oates

John Oates

Matt Jaffe

Thursday, September 27, 2018

8:00 pm

VIP $72. GA $47 Advance/$57 Day of show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

VIP doors 6:30 p.m.

GA doors 7 p.m.

John Oates
John Oates
John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo
artist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was
destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of
Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s, a move that would change the course of his life.
Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, John was influenced by the nascent folk scene, bluegrass, delta blues,
and ragtime guitar styles, while also immersing himself in R&B legends such as Otis Redding, Sam and
Dave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. One of his biggest
mentors was his guitar teacher Jerry Ricks, who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurt
and Son House, and introduced John to the music of Doc Watson and Reverend Gary Davis, passing
down their signature finger and flatpicking styles.
John Oates met Daryl Hall while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The two began
collaborating and playing music together, marking the beginning of their historic partnership. Since their
formation in the early 70s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold
over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number
one records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the
original "Live Aid" concert and the groundbreaking "We Are The World" charity recording have further
established them as legendary artists, who have personally and through their music, stood the test of
time.
In addition to their numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations, in 2005
they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented the
prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in songwriting. In April 2014, Hall
& Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: Phunk Shui,
100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good Road To Follow,
(which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, Jim
Lauderdale, and Jerry Douglas).
In January 2015 John released Another Good Road (Warner/Elektra), a DVD docu-concert that premiered
on Palladia Music Channel. Recorded live in a Nashville studio in one session, the video featured some of
Music City’s finest musicians and singers as well as rare, seldom seen footage of John’s family ranch in
Colorado; a glimpse into his world behind the music.
John is a diverse musician and songwriter active in Nashville community and beyond. Founded in 2010,
he was the creator and executive producer for the “7908 the Aspen Songwriters Festival” at the historic
Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. In 2013, John teamed up with Jim James (My Morning Jacket) to
curate the Bonnaroo Super Jam with special guests Britney Howard, Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Larry Graham and
the Preservation Hall Jazz band.
In April 2017, John released his memoir Change of Seasons co-written with Chris Epting and published
by St. Martin’s Press. The acclaimed title was an Amazon best seller and has been received with both
outstanding critical and fan reviews. After completing an extensive book promotion tour in the spring of
2017, Oates resumed work on an important music project that represents the next exciting phase in his
burgeoning solo roots music career. The project is entitled Arkansas and is set for release in 2018.
Originally inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, the project grew to
encompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music. Stylistically
diverse and eclectic, the collection features a full band that was put together specially to bring the full
range and flavors of classic American musical styles to life. Oates crafted a number of original songs for
the Arkansas album; selections actually inspired by the process of digging deep into the sonic soil of
authentic roots music. “I really believe this is the most vital and satisfying solo project I’ve ever
embarked upon,” Oates says of Arkansas. “Of all the music I have ever made with anyone, for me this
album sits right up there.”
John resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Aimee.
Matt Jaffe
Matt Jaffe
Matt Jaffe is a rock & roll singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started taking music (a little bit) more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record. Since then, Matt has continued to churn out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturate the market with gigs (opening for the likes of Mavis Staples, Wilco, and Blues Traveler), and collaborate with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s. Fresh off the release of his first LP, California’s Burning, Matt Jaffe is street-teaming with the best of them to bring rock & roll back to the masses.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/