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Bourbon and New Folk with Joe (Joe Cartoon) Shields at Jackson Symphony Orchestra

September 10, 2017 @ 12:00 am - 3:00 am

2016 Kerrville Folk Festival, New Folk Winner, Joe Shields will have you laughing, crying and everything in between with his funny, poignant and clever catchy folk songs. This is a show not to be missed!
Featuring Kerrville New Folk Winner 2016 Joe Shields (aka: cousin joe twoshacks, aka: the joeman, aka: joe cartoon) with special guest Lara Fullford.

Joe Cartoon has given way to Joe Shields. That means it’s mostly about the music these days, even if there’s still plenty of room for clever wordplay and creativity. After what Grand Rapids animator Joe Shields concedes was an “extremely rocking” time as Joe Cartoon, creator of a wildly popular and irreverent cartoon series that became a true trailblazer on the Internet some 16 years ago, the artist has turned his attention to music. And if recent history is any indication, there’s a chance the 55-year-old West Michigan singer and guitarist might be just as successful in this new venture.

Shields earlier this year was named one of just six winners of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition in Texas, chosen from 32 finalists and more than 600 entries submitted by emerging songwriters from across the globe.

“No one was more surprised than me,” says Shields, who released his debut album, “Rocks & Toads,” in 2014, combining his songs with videos by 12 different animators. “They called my name and I could not believe it. … I was very honored. It’s validation for what I’m trying to do.”


September 10, 2017
12:00 am - 3:00 am