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Jan 25

Abode Venue Presents: Forum Room Sessions featuring Sky Smeed & Harrison Steele

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Time: 6:30 pm
Date: Thursday January 25, 2018
Location: Abode Venue
Address: 1330 E Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67214
Price: $10 at the door, all ages!
Category: Concert / Live Music
ABODE Forum Room Sessions is happy to bring back Folksinger, songwriter Sky Smeed. Joining Sky will be local singer, songwriter Harrison Steele.

Lawrence, Kan. - Sky Smeed will be celebrating Kansas this January and February, with an exclusive 20 date tour of the state. It’s the first of what Smeed hopes will become an annual event in his already constant touring schedule.

“Since I started driving around playing music I’ve made wonderful friendships and visited beautiful parts of the country. It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” says Smeed. “I love Kansas and the people that call it home and thought it would be fun to visit a few places I’m not familiar with, and also shine some light on some of my favorite spots to play, along the way.”

Sky was born and raised outside of Chanute, Kan,. in an old, one-room schoolhouse his parents bought and turned into a home in the early 1970s. Last year he sold the country home he built by hand and moved north to Lawrence and began settling in to an old fixer-upper on the north side of the Kaw River.

Smeed has released six albums, including Lunker Bass, which came out in April 2017.
Listeners often compare Sky’s music to Gram Parsons, Neil Young and John Prine, though his easy-going, off-the cuff banter and transparency link him to contemporaries like Todd Snider and Paul Thorn.

Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Harrison took a liking to the arts at a young age. His mom, who owned a day care when he was growing up, was very artistic herself and helped foster that creativity in Harrison, and the other children she took care of through activities like finger-painting, drawing, making papermache, building with Play-doh, and other hands-on activities.

Harrison spent much of his time as an adolescent doodling in class and drawing while sitting on his bed (for some reason) at home, but as he matured and technology progressed, Harrison discovered other forms of art such as film-making, photography, and graphic design, which he still enjoys, but it wasn’t until the end of high school that he found his true passion; his love of playing guitar and songwriting.

Harrison spent years writing songs in his room, mostly bad ones, but slowly getting better, drawing inspiration from Youtube tutorials and learning tabs of his favorite songs. Harrison started performing at open mics around Wichita in his early 20s, and eventually started playing gigs of his own.

After living in Wichita his whole life and graduating from WSU, Harrison made the move to Denver, Colorado and started traveling around the country as part of his new marketing job. Many of Harrison’s experiences on the road, especially on the west coast, traveling and seeing the country outside of Kansas greatly influenced his songwriting and style.

Harrison’s style of music is a mixture of folk, soul, pop, R&B, bluegrass, Rock’n’Roll and Americana; drawing influences from various artists such as Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Damien Rice, Bob Dylan, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Jamestown Revival, NEEDTOBREATHE, ELO, Eminem, and more. Though his personal style probably wouldn’t be considered “rock’n’roll”, Harrison also has a great appreciation for and finds inspiration in classic rock and prog rock music, especially the band Rush, along with many other great bands that he was raised on by his father.

Don’t miss Sky Smeed at Abode in Wichita, KS on January 25th at 6:30 p.m. (Doors at 6pm) Harrison Steel opens the show.
More info at www.skysmeed.com

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Abode Venue

1330 E Douglas
Wichita, KS 67214
Ph: 316.267.1330

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