At 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, the Little White Church Sessions, at the AME Allen Chapel, will be presenting “An Evening with Society of Broken Souls.”

This Folk Noir songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter never expected the name of their band to become such a lightning rod; it just seemed a fitting name, one that resonated deeply with each of them, as well as with their most dedicated fans. But a lightning rod it seems to have become. Called “a songwriting powerhouse” (Ben Kieffer, Iowa Public Radio), the duo performs their own brand of American roots music. While they have their roots as an acoustic duo, their live show has blossomed into an expansive setting for weathered characters, tough topics, and quiet beauty. Fiddle, drums, keyboard, and acoustic and electric guitars, in intricately woven and varied arrangements, create a wide, dynamic palette. As they take turns singing lead and harmony, the pair paints a vast emotional landscape, ranging from the rebellious and jubilant to the introspective and heartfelt.

Refreshments will be available. A Free-Will Donation is requested to offset costs, give what is comfortable.

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