Aug 12, 8pm; Aug 13, 2pm
Wrapping up the summer shows at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton is the popular duo of Swearingen & Kelli, with two concerts celebrating The Music of Simon & Garfunkel.
AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli recreate the music, memories and magic of the beloved folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, in a tribute to the sound of the 1960's Greenwich Village, NY coffeehouse performances.
Swearingen is known for his mastery of Paul Simon's intricate guitar performance style and technique. AJ's deep baritone blends perfectly against Kelli's angelic vocals, which invoke a true, clear sound in the spirit of Art Garfunkel. The duo has been performing music together since 2010. Together and separately Jayne and AJ have shared the stage with Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Livingston Taylor, John McCutcheon and many more.
"[Swearengin & Kelli are] one of the most talented duos of today playing the music of one of THE most famous duos of yesterday" -Broadway World, 2017
AJ Swearingen, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, grew up in a house where the classic country records of Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson were always spinning. "I love that music, but the folk records of the early '70s like Gordon Lightfoot and Simon & Garfunkel are what really fueled my desire to pursue a life in music." His acoustic guitar finger style echoes his influences - James Taylor, Paul Simon and Lindsey Buckingham - but his silky, soulful baritone voice is definitely his own.
Jayne Kelli's voice has been described as both husky and sweet, tender and bluesy. Jayne began writing and recording her own songs at the age of 15, and her first release garnered praise from critics, calling her "a formidable talent with elegantly poetic and emotionally charged songs." Jayne's song "Sweetness" was chosen as an anthem song for the domestic violence foundations Victim Services International and Angel Wings International in 2015.