MARBLEHEAD — Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, who rose to fame on the strength of her 1995 hit single “I Kissed a Girl,” will open me&thee coffeehouse’s winter season Friday night.
Sobule’s “I Kissed a Girl” was cool long before Katy Perry delivered a huge hit with the same title. Sobule fans were already well aware of her distinct talent and she has cultivated a hardcore group of fans who love the quirky songs and her brilliant style of storytelling. Many music journalists have noted that her folk-inflected compositions share many of the same elements as those by some iconic songwriters such as Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson, Loudon Wainwright III, and Randy Newman. Sobule’s songs feature strong character studies, insightful perspectives about culture, and simultaneously tug your heartstrings and tap your funny bones. The New York Times cites Jill for making “grown-up music for an adolescent age.”
Andrew Delaney of Arlington, Texas, will open the show. He has been an unorthodox voice in the songwriter scene for a decade. In that time, he has self-released nine full-length albums, won numerous accolades for his writing, and had his songs recorded and performed by artists all over the United States. He is a consummate storyteller, often hilarious and heavy in the same breath. Delaney’s ability to entertain even while speaking on the darkest of subjects led Rich Warren of WFMT Radio, Chicago, to call him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer-songwriters.”
Tickets for the show are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Student tickets are $10. Tickets are available online at www.meandthee.org and can be purchased in person at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. As at all me&thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me&thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus. The show is Friday at 8 p.m. The me&thee coffeehouse is at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St.
The next concert is on Friday, Feb. 8: Genre-bending band Cold Chocolate headlines and fiddler-songwriter Emerald Rae opens the show.