One-man band to play at Earlville Opera House

Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket

Matt Lorenz, who performs as The Suitcase Junket, will be live at Earlville Opera House at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12.

His latest album, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, “Mean Dog, Trampoline” marks a “deliberate departure from the homespun approach” of Suitcase Junket’s previous efforts, presenters said in a media release. In creating the album, Lorenz pulled from a “fantastically patchwork sonic palette, shaping his songs with elements of jangly folk, fuzzed out blues, oddly textured psych rock.”

The album is engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato and mixed by Vance Powell.

Growing up in Cavendish, Vermont, Lorenz began playing piano at age 5, and later took up violin, saxophone and guitar. During his time at Hampshire College, he studied music and adaptive instrument design (a pursuit that included, as Lorenz explained in the release, “building a prototype for a drummer who couldn’t use their legs, where they’d be able to play the bass drum and hi hat through a system of pulleys”). After college, he headed to Europe on a $150 plane ticket, ran out of money in Barcelona and spent a year playing music in the streets. “That’s where I learned how to sing loud, which got me figuring out what my voice could do,” Lorenz said.

Tickets are $20 for nonmembers, $18 for members; half off general admission for college students and $10 for children 17 and younger. For reservations or more information, visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call 315-691-3550. 

The Earlville Opera House is at 18 E. Main St. in the Earlville, and is handicapped accessible.