MARSHFIELD – Singer/songwriter joe g. (a.k.a. Marshfield native Joe Gustafson) brings his original acoustic guitar music to Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Gustafson is a rising musical star, known for artfully blending elements of roots, Americana, and folk music together with a pop sensibility.
“My goal is to create music that is entertaining but also moving on an emotional and spiritual level,” said Gustafson. He is currently working on production of his first studio record, slated for a late 2015 release.
Gustafson’s love affair with music started at a young age.
“My earliest memories are of sitting in my parents’ living room listening to my dad’s record collection,” said Gustafson. Since then music has become an avenue for Gustafson to authentically express himself.
As an adult, Gustafson did not immediately pursue his artistic goals.
“I thought that my dreams of playing music for a living were preposterous and unrealistic,” he said. “I put my personal security above my own happiness and fulfillment, but then I began to realize that passion and purpose are more desirable than safety and security.”
It was then that Gustafson began to ask himself what the “young Joe” would choose. The answer was simple: music. With that revelation he began to write a flurry of songs, drawing inspiration from personal experiences and internal struggles.
The ticket price is $10. The Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts is located in downtown Marshfield at the corner of Third Street and Chestnut Avenue.