WEEK GIGS THIS WEEK
"When I am on earth,
I listen to Joel Cage"
believe that all the songs I play,
no matter how I play them,
are truly great songs.
I just try to do them justice ...
and hopefully then some.
My Favorite Compliments
"From The Book" Department
"Bravo in paradise! As gentle as
ever, but still play possessed. Remarkable."
"People don't generally well up with tears when
listening to a single
musician's interpretation of a rock song. It is more typical of those
viewing an opera for such an emotional response to be evoked. There are
many factors that blend together when watching you perform. Your
passion and sincerity, prodigious skill combined with humility, rapport
with the audience. Your performance last night was a transcendental
experience. You reached for something metaphysical, whether intentional
or not, that resulted in beauty."
"The energy you give has always been good (could
always feel your
passion for what you do), but of late, it has been unbelievable and
charged with so much positive energy—it washes over those of us out
there listening, watching, even those who aren’t paying attention, and
we can’t help but send that back to you. Dare I say it?
It’s as if
you are actually having fun…yes, I know you always have fun, but it’s
nice when you let us into your world to witness that, other than
through your music.--your laughter, smiles, stories, sense of
That you connect with people through that AND your music…a powerful
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Just a few
words that come to my mind when I think of you and what it
is that you give to all of us ordinary people…
Amazing, Remarkable, Wonderful
Incredible, Marvelous, Mind-blowing, Phenomenal, Extraordinary,
Exceptional, Unique, Rare, Unparalleled, Unmatched, Beyond compare,
Breathtaking, Brilliant, Awesome, Awe-inspiring, Stunning, Astounding.
And the list goes on…
Thank you Joel—what I loved most about last night wasn’t just the
music, but it was the reaction of everyone who was
listening to you…even those who you might not think were listening
you and that made me smile. It was so good to see and
hear that appreciation—that awe—for you and what you do and THAT is
what made the night for me.
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" What a great night! I'm amazed at how
every time I see you it is a different experience.
Thanks for making music to make the world more sane."
" Some people deserve to get rich playing music, and you're one
What a lovely
thought! Thanks Dougie
" I NEVER clap for
"dude....listening to streets
hearing the sounds of what I
thought were two or three guys playing...
again.... and again....and again....
wondering, were you born with extra fingers??"
if ever there was a smile put down in words ... thanks k
I came around the
corner of the venue and saw this guy
just beating the
piss out of his
"Joel Cage blew me away.
a complete commitment to sound and performance while allowing
chance to experience his experience of some 'great tunes'.
forward to sippin and listenin again
my favorite kind
"Masterful guitarist. Exceptional singer. His performance is
and sublime at the same time. "
Matt Lindi -
The Rose Garden, Upton,
figured that if ya died broke & crazy then ya
did the art thing just right!"
musicians play and sing well and have a decent repertoire, not so many
have truly unique qualities. Joel is truly
unique; his guitar playing
is friggin' wild, his song choices
are wicked cool.
Striker- Portsmouth, NH
He is at once a
throwback to the great days of rock and roll and
a modern songsmith of
the highest order.
You will leave saying
a pleasure to
listen to you! To try to describe my
appreciation of your music, your guitar playing,
your compositions & your sound
would be like describing a song of yours instead of just hearing it. So
let "wow" suffice. - Although, your open chord sounds and the wide open
counterpoints that the vocals create and the cascading intricacies and
the rhythmic percussiveness are amazing."
your unique, sweet,
honest, strong &
true sound ... Anyone within earshot of [JC] is a lucky
~ anonymous, but real !! ~
"Joel Cage is probably one
of the best
kept secrets in the music
( Review -
"He's worth going out of your way to find."
Folk & Acoustic Music
( Review -
been blogged! ~~
Cage is a solo acoustic-rock singer/songwriter. Joel's style is unique,
passionate, and somewhat eccentric, a hard-rocking style that's both
emotionally and intellectually stimulating, accented by heart-felt
rhythms and melodies with some impressive (but not oppressive) guitar
licks. What few cover songs he plays are decidedly in his own style, in
the manner that one would expect someone with his passion and love for
music the present them.
One of Joel's fortes is his ability to musically illustrate imagery,
presented in short soliloquies that punctuate the performance."
Why We Need Live
By Randall Richards
heard my good friend Joel Cage play an evening at the
Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse. This will be one of the harder posts to
write because no words will justify the experience. You had to be
Joel has always been the consummate professional. When I first heard
him during our early days, when the CoffeeHouse was just starting out
in Sunapee Harbor, he blew us all away with his style and technical
know how. But hearing him tonight was like hearing a different
He seems wise beyond his years, and presents an affable style.
Aside from his stunning guitar playing and vocals, he's really made a
major shift skyward. He’s whole energy, the way he takes the stage,
feeling put into every note, brings the audience, at least those
willing to go, to a new level of warmth and community. It seems
been on a long journey in a short time. He’s making the most of his
journey with the time he’s given – that is clear.
The second thing I noticed about Joel, (The first thing I noticed
immediately, was his total commitment to the performance, right from
the first note) was his guitar.
At first I thought, “That’s an interesting sound hole placement
guitar”, and “what a cool finish and woodwork.” Then I realized what I
was seeing. It wasn’t a sound hole. Joel had actually worn away the
finish, and then the wood just above the strings with his strumming,
until he created the hole after years of playing .” That in
might be a curiosity, but it’s how he plays the thing, and how he and
the guitar are one. The guitar is an extension of Joel.
Joel Cage consciously creates a space, for himself, the audience, and
each person in the room. He’s got the technical skills to pull off an
amazing performance, but more importantly has put the heart behind his
craft that puts him at the cutting edge, leading the way.
Often I talk about leadership in these posts, and the “Courage to
Create” comes to mind (Read Rollo May’s book about this, with
title). Joel is a true leader. It takes courage to present and show a
new way, and break the mold of what we think music should or
be. The gift that Joel brought to the audience tonight, was his
ruthless walk to the edge and his skill in bringing us with him on his
SAT JUNE 8
The Back Room
at THE MILL
check this out
"We were wow-ed!
You are a feeling guy!"
- Autumn's End -
"You make your instrument
sound like a whole orchestra, a lone soaring violin, a full-on rock
band, a frat-house beater, and, mostly, a beautiful, beautiful
acoustic guitar, sometimes
in the same song!"