July 16, 2018

Leif Nilsson Hosts ‘Opius Bliss’ in ‘Concert in the Garden’ Tonight

Opius Bliss will play the next ‘Concert in the Garden,’ June 28, at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery.

CHESTER — Leif Nilsson hosts a Thursday evening ‘Concert in the Garden,’ Thursday, June 28 , from 7 to 9 p.m.,  featuring Opius Bliss at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring St, Chester Center.

With their wide-ranging, eclectic and roots-oriented approach to making music, the new indie power group Opius Bliss defies categorization leaving audiences fully enthralled. Rearranging harmonies of familiar tunes, the members of Opius Bliss dive into an exploratory musical narrative. The Washington Post says of lead vocalist Michelle Walker, “….she has a soul-comforting allure….” With Walker’s deep, dark and rich tone, the band draws listeners into a spellbound musical space.

Walker’s soothing tone is matched by the hypnotic guitar talent of acclaimed guitarist Jason Ennis, pianist Sean Fitzpatrick, bassist Michael O’Brien and drummer Sean Dixon. With their inviting style, the music moves at times to an acoustically sparse vocal heavy murmur to powerful punch improvisational zeal. The band delivers seductive interludes with gorgeous, harmonies, energetic compositions with an overlay of gospel and blues tinged-soul.

In the short time since their inception, Opius Bliss has begun to grab the attention and praise of concert-goers, critics and talent buyers. The band stretches with wide appeal with comparison’s to Tedeschi Trucks band, Gov’t Mule, Bonnie Raitt, Cassandra Wilson, Alabama Shakes and Gregory Porter.

This monthly concert series highlights eclectic international singer/songwriter artists from cool jazz to blue grass.

Gates open half hour before the show — first come first seated. Seating is Bistro Style in the amphitheater. The concert will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

A $20 donation is appreciated. The event is BYOB – pack a picnic and bring your own wine or beer or buy it across the street at the Chester Package Store.