Joel Cage Biography

JOEL CAGE:
Acoustic Rock Song Stylist

You can’t compare Joel Cage to any other player – he stands alone. He inspires amazement but he’s a most delightful person. His command over his guitar is incredible – he’s an original – completely subsumed by the instrument..

When you go see Joel Cage play in a restaurant or tavern, you want to watch him as if you were at a concert .. When you do this, the hustle and bustle of the establishment doing business disappears, and you get a better view of the place from which he plays. It’s a whole different environment .. and while Joel would insist that it’s a lateral move, you can’t help but get a feeling of transcendence..

“With his treasured guitar bearing earnest timeworn character, Mr. Cage delivers a performance music lovers quest. In true artist form, Joel reverently puts his heart and soul into his music as evidenced with the onset of each song when his eyes close and, devoid of all visual distraction, he transitions from his physical space into a spiritual place - his music. His guitar skills are commanding taking you on a musical journey under constant direction of his soulful rhythm weaving artistic inflections produced only by skill and technique at the hands of time. Keeping intrigue alive, Joel interjects percussive choreography with an impassioned spirit that takes animated form working him into a sweat- an honorable sign of a soulful musician. Whether he’s delivering a raspy quality from deep within or the light-hearted easiness of natural tones, his vocal qualities lend rich substance and meaning to his repertoire of songs in full complement to his genre. Then, as if backing out of his spiritual place, Joel returns to the place he began looking pleased with his journey just taken and rendering his audience rewarded for having traveled along with him. A sound musician and entertainer in his own right, he’s a “must see”.

Cage on Stage:
Dedham Square Coffeehouse

When I have a chance I'll ask my friend why he came in tonight.
I mean most of my friends are usually working on a Saturday night, or have been to so many concerts that the idea of sitting in a cafe drinking beer or wine and listening to some guy play guitar and sing songs, well they just don't think it'll do it for 'em.
The place filled-up early tonight, most took the seats toward the front, but some asked if they would be able to have a conversation if they sat in the back. We told them they would be fine; we didn't tell them that when Joel Cage plays, everyone moves forward.
It's just what he does, draws you in. One man, one voice, one sixty-something year old Gibson arch-top, a sonic landscape, and a bunch of amazing songs. The folks who came in to have a conversation gave up, (in good way) and moved forward by the end of the night. It's what he does, he draws you in.
When I finally had a chance to talk to my friend he was gone, gone closer, you can't help yourself. When I have a chance I'll ask my friend why he came in tonight, But I don't have to ask him why he moved forward.
Joel puts on a show you are sure you will never see again. Every time.

JOEL CAGE, Live!

JOEL CAGE:   A one-of-a-kind virtuoso guitarist and impassioned vocalist! Joel Cage puts on an evocative and raucous performance spanning from a full rock band sound to 'hear your own heartbeat' intimacy. Joel's performances are consistently excellent. An impassioned musician, Joel delivers artistically crafted original music, along with meeting audience requests, all of which demonstrate extraordinary guitar-playing skills only years of experience can deliver. Patrons can expect musicianship at its finest, and, when seen regularly, delight in unexpected improvisations while always preserving the integrity of the music.
The BACK ROOM at The Mill

‘Eponymous’ available now

"Ruminations of Life, Love, and Longing. Nothing but extraordinary for this New Hampshire progressive folk-singer who sat on these tremendous varied tunes for years before hatching. Multi-layered virtuoso guitar and that gentle voice turn rarefied air into solid ground." - New England Noise Magazine
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The Search For Solid Ground


THE SEARCH FOR
SOLID GROUND

by Harry C. Tuniese  -  April 2014

Once upon a time, Joel Cage was a different person, playing a different type of music, and treading another musical turf. Something happened and he quietly transitioned into an award-winning acoustic talent. During the past twenty years, he has only released a handful of albums [culminating with recent Eponymous, one of the best albums of 2013), but has chosen the well-worn path of traveling troubadour (much like Bob Dylan and his never-ending tours), performing hundreds of shows in concert, festivals, coffeehouses, clubs, churches, and bars with an indefatigable burst of vocal energy and guitar prowess. Each performance seems fresh, enhanced, and downright direct. In short, to fully appreciate this man's talent, you MUST see him live! Now living in Meredith, New Hampshire, we recently corresponded to trace the steps he took be here & now.

Fri, March 24  8pm

THE HEARING ROOM
Lowell, MA

IN CONCERT

THE HEARING ROOM
Grass Roots Art & Performance Center
Showetime: 8PM TIX: $6 at the door.
This is a relatively new, uber-cool venue. It'll be an honor to tread these boards ..
In their own words: The Hearing Room operates on this fundamental premise: that the creative spirit is the best of humanity, it exists in everyone and there is never enough of it around. We strive to be a destination that offers a space for creators of original works to share and collaborate with one another in an informal, accessible environment..

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Fri, March 31  9pm

THE VILLAGE TRESTLE
Goffstown, NH

GOFFSTOWN, NH
This place is old school to the bone. Been hearing aboutit for years and now, at long last, shall have the privilege. Come one and all, let us revel in the ways of bygone days - I shall endeavor to rock like the big boys ~ just me, the gear and the beast.

Eet'll be g'd'eate !!

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Sat, April 1  8pm

THE STOUGHTON
HOUSE of BREWS
Stoughton, MA

IN CONCERT

Stoughton, MA
This is one fantastic venue. A more gracious bunch of folks and a cooler vibe you'll be hard pressed to find ~ shades of a bygone era. Here begins what I hope to be an extended monthly tenure at one of the finest venues I have come across in my lifetime.

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Fri, April 7  7pm

THE UNCOMMON COFFEEHOUSE
Framingham, MA

IN CONCERT

The UnCommon Coffeehouse
24 Vernon Street
Framingham, MA 01701

No Online Tix Purchase
For Adv Reservation email: 24ucch@gmail.com

The UnCommon Coffeehouse is held at First Parish Framingham, 24 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA located on the Framingham Center Common just north of the intersection of Route 9 and Edgell Road.

Concert will be held in Scott Hall, the social hall of the church. It’s a comfortable room with a high-peaked ceiling, great acoustics and clear sight lines from every seat. "Performers like it, because they don't have to belt it out or over-amplify," Conley says. Larger shows are held in the spacious meeting house, a classic New England church space, built in the mid-1920s.
Show Time: 7:00 pm
Tickets: available at the door or in advance at Center Music House in Framingham. No online ticket sales.
$12 for general admission
$10 for seniors and students
$24 maxiimun per family

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Sat, April 22  8:30pm

THE DEDHAM SQUARE COFFEEHOUSE
Dedham, MA

IN CONCERT

DEDHAM, MA

Twice annually I feel gifted the opportunity to perform at this most excellent purveyor of bevs, vics and tunes. What remains the altruistic and philanthropic endeavor of Ray & Ali has also blossomed into a fine and viable contribution to the local economic aesthetic. Business the way business should be done. Love playing my heart out in this space for these people.

** Free admission, all ages, beer, wine and great eats. **
** 40+ beers 15+ wines, all available by the glass, or bottle. **

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Sat, May 13  7:30pm

THE CHELMSFORD
CENTER for the ARTS
Chelmsford, MA

IN CONCERT

CHELMSFORD, MA
"CABARET CAFE"
Adv Tix Online Sales will be available soon.

My past shows here have been such a blast I have, again, been honored with a return engagement . This is a lovely venue in a quaint New England settlement, wonderful people and a great sounding room. All good stuff.
Back in the day, Chelmsford used to be where my neighbors would retreat for their summer vacation .. seemed so far away. In these times of urban expansion, this area could now be deemed as part of the Boston Metro region. However you wanna see it, Chelmsford is a rustic New England community. These fine folks play host to me and my tunes on this evening, and truly honored, am I, at this. So I say "Hey" to all the peeps I know in the area, "hey", I say, and "come hang! .. again!"

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Sat, May 20  8pm

THE VANILLA
BEAN CAFE
Pomfret, CT

IN CONCERT

My favorite, and most definitely the coolest, show of each year. I've been an annual performer at this, one of the premiere venues in the country for acoustic music, for many many moons. It's a true honor to grace this stage.

www.thevanillabeancafe.com

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FAVORITE VENUE

DRAE
Derry, NH

These people have become dear to me. In my many years as a performer, of all the places at which I have played, DRAE ranks way-high in the “all-time faves” category.

If it takes the movies to make a broad statement of that which we are all born knowing, then my hat's off too the writers of K-PAX who penned:

"Every being in the universe   knows right from wrong."

These folks are most definitely doing something right.

I play here, 7-10pm, twice monthly.

In the near future:
SAT MAR 18
SAT APR 8
FRI APR 21
FRI MAY 5
SAT MAY 27
FRI JUN 9
SAT JUN 24

Make a plan to come these peeps ~ you shan't be disappointed!

DRAE on Facebook


FAVORITE VENUE

THE STOUGHTON
HOUSE of BREWS
Stoughton, MA

Gone are the days of venues like this one. T'was a time when every street corner sported a cool, homey, coffee-smelling, a little bit dusty, ashram vibed joint where art and instruments adorned the walls and a smile and a “hey” greeted all newcomers … a place where, as a life-long muso who pretty much rates everything by that frame of reference, walks in and immediately thinks “I want to play here!” .. not for it’s prestige appeal with images of future supper-stardom, but for the down-home living room atmosphere that harkens one back to a simpler day.

They still exist, for sure, but sadly rare. Here is such a place. Come, hang, casually dine, sip some caffeinated or alcoholic brew, and space out to some tunes .. who knows, you may just find the secret to the universe among the loose change in the couch cushions.

I play here, from 8-11pm, on the following:
SAT APR 1
SAT MAY 6
SAT JUN 10

Stoughton HOB Website