Sarah Jarosz with Brother Roy

October 7, 2017 - 8:00pm

On Saturday, October 7, Emporium Presents welcomes Sarah Jarosz to the WOW Hall along with special guest Brother Roy.

With her fourth album, Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz makes a studied departure from her previous records, shifting the emphasis from her skills as a multi-instrumentalist to her songwriting and vocal performance.  Undercurrent accentuates the growth and maturity that Jarosz, now 25, has achieved since graduating from New England Conservatory and moving to New York City.  

The change in approach garnered Jarosz two Grammy Awards in 2017 — Best Folk Album for Undercurrent and Best American Roots Performance for “House Of Mercy”.  Undercurrent also picked up the award for 2017 Album of the Year from Folk Alliance International.

On Undercurrent, Jarosz delivers a set of all-original songs, centered around four solo pieces that set the tone of the record.  The Wall Street Journal notes, “Singer-composer Sarah Jarosz prizes simplicity, presenting her latest country-flavored folk songs in an intimate environment,” reports the Wall Street Journal.  “This economical approach brings the listener closer to Ms. Jarosz than on any of her previous recordings, and it suits the lyrical theme of passion that, mostly, is forbidden and unrequited.”

The Austin Chronicle’s Jim Caligiuri declared, "For Austinites who've followed her since her early teens, the fact that Wimberley native Sarah Jarosz blossomed into one of the most stirring musicians of her generation comes as absolutely no surprise,” while NPR’s Katie Presley made note of Jarosz’s newfound maturity, praising her “uncharacteristically (and deliciously) unyielding” vocal carriage.

Jarosz ended 2016 and began 2017 building on her previous successes in the UK and Ireland, including sold out shows at Union Chapel in London and City Halls in Glasgow.  She also continues to make frequent appearances on the new Chris Thile-hosted A Prairie Home Companion.  

Sarah will tour throughout 2017 supporting Undercurrent, with musicians Jeff Picker on bass and Anthony da Costa on guitars and vocals.




Roy Williams, an American songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist, writes music with a curious ear and an open mind. From the classic pop tunes heard on the first cassette Roy owned – The Beatles’ Live at the BBC in 1963— to the incomparable instrumental canon of Django Reinhart, Roy’s influences eclipse genre categorization, a trait that is reflected in the adventurous spirit of his own original songs.

After growing up in Clark’s Green, Pennsylvania, in a musical house where Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, and especially The Beatles were religion, Roy began playing gigs in nearby Scranton and soon moved to New York City to perform gypsy jazz with renowned guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Roy worked with Wrembel for four years and toured throughout Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he regularly plays out with his mentors and friends Jim Campilongo, Nick Driscoll and Alex Hargreaves, and leads his own band.

Roy often performs on piano, mandolin and bass, and has known how to play a G chord on guitar since he can remember. His debut solo album, Throwing Punches, was released in February 2015 and features ten original compositions. Roy is currently at work on two upcoming albums: a compilation of instrumental songs by his group Roy Williams and the Human Hands (featuring Alex Hargreaves and Nick Driscoll), and a solo record of rock ‘n’ roll tunes.

This is a partly seated show with seating on a first come, first served basis.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.  Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 at the door.



Door Time: 
October 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
$22.50 Advance, $25 Day of Show