Interactive concert at the Penticton Art Gallery

When Po’ Girl last graced the stage of Penticton’s well-known Dream Cafe last October they had JT Nero in tow. JT Nero is the latest project of Chicagoan JT Lindsay, the front man of soul band JT and the Clouds.

Allison Russell of Po’ Girl is coming back  to Penticton and bringing  JT Nero with her for an intimate and interactive concert in the Penticton Art Gallery’s Tea Room.

The 2010 release, Mountains/Forests, is JT Nero’s second solo CD, delivering a set of small tragic-comedies, recorded over two days in a north Wisconsin cabin with contributions from the Clouds and Po’ Girl. It’s a real singers record, centerpieced by Lindsay’s harmony work with Po’ Girl’s Allison Russell, formerly of Fear of Drinking, and Michelle McGrath, late of The Capital Sun Rays. On tour, Nero will be joined by Po’ Girl’s Allison Russell and percussionist Mikey ‘Lightning,’ and Michelle McGrath. In the words of Lindsay, the band is poised to “absolutely explode your mind and spirit, then rebuild them with love and gentle care.”

Lindsay has spent much of the last year touring solo and collaborating with Canadian roots champs, Po’ Girl. He also fronts the Chicago-based rock and soul collective, JT and The Clouds, which has been described as Sly Stone soul meets Gram Parsons heartbreak and a mix of soul-pop, rhythm and blues review.

Tickets for the April 29, JT Nero and Allison Russell concert (limited to 40) are available at the Penticton Art Gallery. Prices are $10 for gallery members and students or $15 for nonmembers. Call the gallery at 250-493-2928 to reserve tickets.

This is the latest in the series of Tea Room concerts at the gallery, with three more to come.

Singer songwriter Ethan Collister will perform on May 8, followed by finger-style and slide guitarist Joel Fafard on May 22. The current series ends on June 12 with Carrie Catherine.