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Joe Jencks Premieres 1st Wednesdays Concert Series From Off Square Music

March 2 @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm CST

Joe Jencks begins the 2022 Off Square Music Spring Concert Series on Wednesday, March 2, Stage Left Cafe, Woodstock.
Joe Jencks begins the 2022 Off Square Music Spring Concert Series on Wednesday, March 2, Stage Left Cafe, Woodstock.

Joe Jencks is our performer on March 2, 2022, 7:30 pm/CST, our 1st Wednesdays Concert at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St., Woodstock, on the historic Woodstock Square.

Read more below about this award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist. Then scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase your tickets.

The event is Hybrid, so you can attend in person as long as seating is available or online via Zoom.


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Attend at Stage Left. Tickets are $15.00/pp to attend the live event at Stage Left Cafe. Due to Woodstock Opera House regulations under COVID, seating capacity in-house is very limited. Get your tickets AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE at the earliest possible time.

If in-house seating is unavailable when we receive your reservation, we will contact you to see if you’d like to attend via Zoom.

Attend via Zoom. You can also enjoy the concert from home! Tickets are $10.00/pp to attend via Zoom. Purchase your ticket/s AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. Prior to the event, we’ll send an email with the Zoom link to everyone who purchased tickets. If you purchased multiple tickets, please forward the link to your additional guests.

About Joe Jencks, March 2nd Concert Performer

Joe is a 22-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago.

Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun.

From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style.

Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

In addition to publishing 12 CDs, Joe has also appeared on numerous CD Compilations including National Public Radio’s “Car Talk: Born Not To Run.”

Joe’s most recent solo CD – The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen of Si Kahn – contains 14 previously unrecorded songs from American Folk legend, Si Kahn. Joe recorded the CD in Canada with famed producer Ken Whiteley, and the collection of songs represents a return to Joe’s more traditional Folk roots in both theme and musical styles. It celebrates the lost legends of hard working people from New England textile mills to Appalachian coal mining towns, from the Civil Rights movement to forgotten industrial towns in the Midwest. The Forgotten shines a welcome light on the lives of people whose experiences still need to be told and remembered.

See Joe’s long list of other accomplishments and appearances under Radio, Contests and Awards as well as additional comments from his many fans. Following are just a few.

Joe Jencks – What folks say

The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions. ~ Pete Seeger

I find that Joe embodies the spirit of Pete Seeger, who was at the forefront of social struggles in his generation. In much the same way, Joe has his finger on the pulse of our grass-roots social conscience and passes it on for us to scrutinize. He wraps his messages in beautiful melodies and sings them with an outstanding tenor voice. Every generation needs a voice for social justice. Joe Jencks is one of those very important voices.” ~ Judy Matzen, Off Square Concerts, Woodstock, IL

The next time someone says that folk music has lost its conscience, lacks great protest songs, or has lost its connection with its causes, I will sit them down and play Joe Jencks’ CD, I Hear Your Voice. Jencks sings with a superb tenor voice, and picks flashy guitar… that doesn’t obscure the beauty of his voice or the words of his well-crafted songs. ~ Sing Out! Magazine, Rich Warren “Host of ‘The Midnight Special’ WFMT “FM Chicago, IL

Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers is absolutely Joe Jencks’ finest effort thus far. Jencks’ captivating tenor voice, lofted by flawless production, demonstrates music of conscience and provides a feast for the ear as well as nourishment for the soul. ~ Rich Warren, The Midnight Special – WFMT, Chicago, IL

If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks’ hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosopher, Workers & Wanders tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can – with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon! – MarySue Twohy ~ The Village, SIRIUS XM Radio

Lots of ways to get to know Joe and his music better

1st Wednesdays Concert Series

The 1st Wednesdays Concert Series (formerly 4th Friday Concerts at Home) from Off Square Music features touring musicians and bands. Our concerts are now Hybrid Events, live at Stage Left Cafe or virtual via Zoom.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Indoor Venues

Please review these new COVID-19 Guidelines provided by the Opera House. We require proof of vaccination (a vaccination card) in Stage Left Cafe for everyone on entry. All performers and audience members must wear masks except when eating, drinking, or performing. Thank you for complying with these requirements and ensuring a safe, healthy environment for everyone. 

Donations to Off Square Music

Off Square Music is a non-profit organization, started in 2003. Our mission is to help local artists share their music and build the best music community in the country. We rely on your generous support to achieve our goals, and we are grateful for your donations at any time. The Donate Button in the left sidebar of any page of the website makes that easy.

We also have a button in the left column to Tip a Performer if you would like to contribute directly to a performer.

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Last But Not Least . . .

Watch for posts HERE with details, updates, performer lists, and thank yous.

125 W. Van Buren St.
Woodstock, IL 60098 United States
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