Thursday, August 10 - 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$33.00 - $48.00 ($30.00 - $45.00 Concert Member)*

“Fierce Mercy” is an epic, cinematic step forward for singer-songwriter Colin Hay, most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman. The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse, or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year, spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal. Recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) and Gordon Hammond (Buddy Miller, Don Williams), “Fierce Mercy” explores themes of love and loss, mortality, and even the odd UFO sighting, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that define Hay’s work. He has created a new classic in his impressive repertoire (13th solo release), using a palette of pop song craft, Americana flourishes and soundtrack-ready strings. “Fierce Mercy” is animated by its pensive, honest, and impassioned lyrics, and, Hay adds, by a sense of urgency felt deeply in the song “The Last to Know,” which introduces the album’s title concept of “fierce mercy.”

Though many music fans were glad to see the end of 2016, it was something of a breakout year for this career artist that included a three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe; performances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ABC’s Greatest Hits; sharing the stage with Of Monsters and Men, Milk Carton Kids, Choir Choir Choir!, as well as the completion of a documentary film “Waiting for My Real Life.” Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both ’80s fame and indie credibility, it’s possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his solo career.

Trace Bundy will open tonight’s show. Trace Bundy, dubbed the “Acoustic Ninja,” is an internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso who must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos and his unique stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience.

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