Irie Sol, Gatsby, & Jazz
Irie Sol's next album is about Bernice, the eponymous character from Eau Claire found in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." So to write the album they steeped themselves in Fitzgerald and 1920s jazz and history of St. Paul and Eau Claire, drawing on a Volume One feature article by Andy Hanson and Caleb Gerdes.
The "Gatsby and the Jazz Age" lecture/performance shown here happened on April 7 (2015) – presented by UW-Eau Claire's Joel Pace and Irie Sol, it was hosted by Garrison Keillor's Common Good Books, The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, and Fitzgerald in St. Paul. The video is by Patrick Pelham, who was with the band while recording their new album at April Base studios.
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