Smart bets: Rupert Wates

From structured classics to seemingly tempo-less tangents, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall’s Sunday jazz nights provide an economical opportunity to experience the genre’s many forms — sometimes several in a given night. Rupert Wates’ catalog, for example, ranges from folk-inspired albums to down-tempo ballads and most recently, theatrically delivered (and slightly off-kilter) musical tale-telling. The road veteran’s talent and full-time experience as a songwriter-for-hire give him the rare ability to make even the sad and slow somehow gently uplifting. Wates and bassist Mike Holstein play Isis’ upstairs lounge on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. before a downstairs set by Russ Wilson Big Band at 8 p.m. $8 ($4 student) at the door covers both shows. Photo of Wates by John Mazlish

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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