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MrJordanMrTonks Album release with special guests Sound Traveler
MrJordanMrTonks
Sound Traveler Band
May 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Doors open 6:00 PM
Ticket sales ended May 3, 2019 2:30 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
MrJordanMrTonks is a collaboration between longtime Athens musicians, Tommy Jordan on acoustic guitar and banjo and William Tonks on dobro and electric guitar. Individually, they could play with anyone, anywhere. Together, the effortless blend of their wide range of musical experiences and styles results in a synergy that always leaves listeners wanting more. Their performances reveal a joyful and relaxed musical relationship between two exceptional musicians. Flagpole Magazine calls them “two of Athens favorite pickers” (11/30/2011). MrJordanMrTonks have released two CDs and are currently working on their third. MrJordanMrTonks have had the honor of opening for John McCutcheon, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Albert Lee and David Bromberg, as well as playing at the North Georgia Folk Festival, Athens Human Rights Festival, AthFest, Eddie’s Attic and the Red Clay Theater.
- All Ages Show -
Music : Genre: Acoustic,Americana,Instrumental,Special Event
MrJordanMrTonks | 8:30 PM
MrJordanMrTonks is a collaboration between longtime Athens musicians, Tommy Jordan on acoustic guitar and banjo and William Tonks on dobro and electric guitar. Individually, they could play with anyone, anywhere. Together, the effortless blend of their wide range of musical experiences and styles results in a synergy that always leaves listeners wanting more. Their performances reveal a joyful and relaxed musical relationship between two exceptional musicians. Flagpole Magazine calls them “two of Athens favorite pickers” (11/30/2011). MrJordanMrTonks have released two CDs and are currently working on their third. MrJordanMrTonks have had the honor of opening for John McCutcheon, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Albert Lee and David Bromberg, as well as playing at the North Georgia Folk Festival, Athens Human Rights Festival, AthFest, Eddie’s Attic and the Red Clay Theater.

Tommy Jordan (guitar, banjo, vocals), well-known in the Athens/Atlanta acoustic music circles, has been performing in Athens and the surrounding area consistently since 1977. He currently leads the well-established traditional acoustic band, String Theory, and was an integral part of the early-1980s Athens music scene with his roles in Turtle Bay Band and Men in Trees and also as a solo artist. He is the only musician to have performed at all of the Athens Human Rights Festivals, as well as playing at AthFest, the Foundry, the Georgia Theatre and the 40 Watt Club. Tommy’s collaboration with William Tonks represents a move away from traditional roots music to high intensity guitar playing and tight harmony vocals.

William Tonks (electric guitar, dobro, vocals) is a fine, fine guitar player when he is not playing screaming and soulful slide on his dobro. His natural touch on the instruments and his innate feel and love for music gives him the ability to smoothly improvise and adapt to a wide range of styles. William currently has occasional playing time with Mike Mills and Bobby McDuffie with their “Concerto for Rock Band and Strings,” and has spent his time in Athens applying his skills in well-known bands as diverse as Bloodkin, Redneck GReece De-lux, The Hot Burritos, HorseFeathers, and Barbara Cue. William has performed at nearly every major venue and festival in the southeast and has a number of CDs to his credit, as well as being a sought-after session musician for many years. He brings a distinct edge and a catalog of great original songs to the music of MrJordanMrTonks. more >>>
Music has rewarded us with gifts beyond measure. Through an open mic at Carolina BBQ in Newland, NC, in 2005, it gave us the opportunity to meet. Music played its part in our growing relationship while we worked together as the Bob & Ellie with Patty trio. In 2010, when Sound Traveler was created and our marriage began, music smiled on us every step of the way. When Sound Traveler became a full-time enterprise in 2012, music gave us the courage to go for it and never look back. In return, we give music everything we have without reservation.

Because of our music, we’ve watched a 102-year-old lady dance with abandon. A man rose from his wheelchair to dance with a lady who had no legs. A World War II veteran played his fiddle with us one day. A room full of memory care residents came alive at an impromptu dance party.

We’ve celebrated countless birthdays, including Bob’s mom’s 90th celebration. We were honored to play a wedding reception where the father of the bride danced with his daughter, his wife, and his mother. We played at a winery as Patty’s parents celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. And once we even played in a pasture for a “horsewarming” party.

Children have come up to our stage to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with us. Classrooms full of students have become energized as we explored the connection between poetry and music. Little ones have bounced and danced while their proud parents beamed. We’ve serenaded dogs, deer, and cockatoos, and it’s all because of music.

As our name implies, we travel to create our sounds. Our home bases are Cape Canaveral (FL) and Avery County (NC), and we regularly visit Orlando, the Tampa Bay area, Gainesville (FL), and Savannah (GA). We’ve also performed in Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, Niigata, and Kumamoto), Cuba (Santiago de Cuba), Costa Rica (Nosara and Tamarindo), Nashville (TN), Tucson (AZ), Boise (ID), and the Washington DC area, and we look forward to adding new destinations to our ever-growing schedule. Wherever we go, we strive to always

Honor the music of the past Celebrate fine contemporary music, and Add our own original creations and arrangements to the diverse mix.

The result is innovative and unique, as we make real, live music using unexpected combinations of instruments (guitar, trumpet, bass, concertina, banjo, harmonica, percussion, melodica, ukulele) and vocals. Tracks (previously recorded music), looping devices, and songbooks are never used. The genres we cover also express our eclectic nature: expect to hear classic rock/pop/country tunes, classy standards, light jazz, folk, traditional, gospel, and even some originals in a typical Sound Traveler performance.

We’ve had the distinct pleasure of playing over 2100 shows (and counting) since 2010, and the view from our stage gets better and better every day. Whether your special event is for an intimate restaurant or a festival in a city park, it would be our privilege to provide you with top-quality musical entertainment!

“You two do music that makes people feel good no matter what else is going on.” – Barbara Shaffer, member of Something Special music duo

“Experts at spreading joy” – “Uncle” George Flanagan, guest at The Oaks at The Marshes of Skidaway Island

“You’re the best two-piece band I’ve ever heard!” – Hugh, resident of John Wesley Villas and retired professional trombone player

“You two are blessed with a great deal of talent.” – guest at MK’s, Blowing Rock, NC more >>>
Ticket Prices

College Student Ticket at Door

$5

General Admission Ticket

$7

Reserved Table for 2 (MEZZANINE)

$20

Reserved Table for 4 (MEZZANINE)

$40

Event Schedule

Sound Traveler Band

7:30 PM

MrJordanMrTonks

8:30 PM