Friedman brings 'slice of life' to Nelson Odeon

Andy Friedman, a performer, illustrator and cartoonist, will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Nelson Odeon.

"Andy Friedman is not exactly one of those musicians you play while you're paying your bills or cleaning the house," according to an NPR segment, "his songs demand that you sit down and listen to them, which is why he is such a hot live act."

While his songs are anything but funny, Friedman has published over a dozen gag cartoons in The New Yorker under the pseudonym Larry Hat. As an award-winning illustrator published under his own name, Friedman's portraits of cultural figures appear regularly in literally hundreds of magazines and newspapers worldwide, including recent covers for the New York Times Magazine and The New Republic.

For the last half decade, Friedman has been carving out a name for himself. The Associated Press raved, "Friedman can write a lyric and deliver it; he is not to be overlooked, that's for sure."

Friedman's "hard-tack country originals" were described in The New Yorker as "the mark of a true artist," while NoDepression.com called his songwriting "unforgettable."

"Old Crow Medicine Show's" Ketch Secor, in a poem written about Friedman's sophomore album, called his record a "certified, genuine American tune."

Indie-folk icon Sufjan Stevens proclaimed, "I think the world of Andy Friedman. I've always wanted to be Andy Friedman."

Tickets to Andy Friedman are $12 at the door or may be ordered online at nelsonodeon.com. The Nelson Odeon is an intimate venue that offers top-notch viewing in small theatre setting for a wide variety of performing artists.

For more information visit nelsonodeon.com or call 655-9193.

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