We welcome South Bend natives Brian Powers and Nicholas Gunty of Frances Luke Accord back to The Wilson Theatre stage, for an evening of indie-folk music. Our show with them last year sold out in advance.

Opening the evening is After Ours, a “head-nod jazz” duo based here in South Bend.

When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate and powerful magic that commands the room to attention. The duo is known as Frances Luke Accord, and they are what NPR’s Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soulful, effortless branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.

Both raised in South Bend, IN, Gunty and Powers met and began performing together during their time at the University of Notre Dame. Their first release, Kandote, was a bold intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Uganda, a not-for-profit effort which provides ongoing support to the choir to this day. Relocating to Chicago in 2013, the duo honed their songwriting craft while releasing two more self-produced EPs, laying the groundwork for their breakthrough debut full-length, Fluke, in 2016. This immersive, philosophically rich album set them off on their first national tour, which included support dates with Darlingside, Anaïs Mitchell, and The Ballroom Thieves.

The duo's new release, Silver & Gold, finds Gunty and Powers exploring new territory as a distance band, writing and recording from their respective homes in Philadelphia and Chicago. Their highly anticipated sophomore LP is expected in early 2020.

After Ours is a self-described "head-nod-jazz" duo from South Bend, comprised of Eli Kahn (7-string guitars) and Arthur Schroeder (drumset) with a unique approach to improvisation and dynamic range.

Having worked together for 9 years as the rhythm section in different groups, the two musicians have developed a tight chemistry that translates to their original music and interpretations of contemporary tunes.

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