It’s difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin' essence of the Adam Ezra Group into a single word, but front man Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: community. For the band community is epitomized by a belief they all share, one that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world. On Friday, Aug. 2 the group comes to Boothbay Harbor to perform for the community at the Opera House.
The group has caught the eye of John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame. Ezra and Oates have been regular writing partners, meeting up in Nashville between tours. Even amid ballooning success, Ezra says it’s been not just easy, but natural for the band to stay dedicated to its mission and true to its humble roots. Perhaps no song sums this up more than a fan favorite called “I Believe,” it’s a gorgeously layered, nakedly emotional ode to the long path they’ve already traveled as a community - and to the wide-open road ahead.
“You’ve got a style, that comes on like a hurricane wind,” sings Ezra on the track, backed by a group of musicians all equally engrossed in the material and attuned to its significance.
“You’ve got a spark, that lights the fire that never ends." With his next lines, Ezra speaks not only to the internal maxim that keeps him moving, but also to the enduring force for hope and change that his band has come to symbolize to its ever-swelling fanbase: “And in the times when hope is gone, you give me the strength to carry on - I know the path is long, but I believe.”
Join the band on their path this summer. Advance discounted tickets are $20 and available from the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $25 and available on the day of the show, as well as online at boothbayoperahouse.com. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., the music starts at 7:30.
The concert is made possible thanks to sponsorship support from the Horgan family.