Photo by Justin Briggs

April 3, 2017


Contact: Mike Gantenbein, Marketing Director, 541-690-3849,

John Butler Trio performs September 12 at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville


Who: John Butler Trio 

When: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12

Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville

Tickets: $49 for reserved seating, $49 for Standing Room Only, $39 for lawn seating and $29 for children.

Members Call: 541-773-6077 or see from Friday, April 6, through Thursday, May 11 to purchase Reserved seating by order form 

General Public: Visit on or after Friday, May 12, for lawn seating. Reserved seating will be available on Friday, May 12. Tickets also will be available at the Britt box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford.


In another early announcement, Britt Music & Arts Festival announces that it is joining the John Butler Trio: North American Summer Tour with a concert at the Britt Pavilion Tuesday, September 12th.

An independent role model, founder of Australia’s Jarrah Records, family man and proud skateboard aficionado, John Butler, in spite of his matey public persona, remains an enigma. He is from everywhere and nowhere, an Australian/American, Everyman/Nowhere Man, and his music mixes rootedness and rootlessness, pain and celebration in a way that is utterly beguiling. He is the consummate rebel-refugee whose songs chart disenchantment with the corporate world and show a yearning for truth along with an ongoing struggle for a sense of locus.

Born in California and of mixed Australian, Greek and Bulgarian ancestry, Butler began his musical career in classic if tentative style. The narrative arc is well-known Down Under. An art-school dropout, he was ‘discovered’ busking in 1996, bystanders marvelling at ‘the sweat flying off his brow’ and ‘the holy madness in his eyes’. His sound had, and still has, elements of folk, funk, reggae and rock all drizzled through the 90s Seattle sensibility. Behind all that there is a wistful Celtic ambience surreally counterpointed by a Jamaican roots/rudeboy vibe. What could have been a mess somehow made perfect sense, with the bluegrass fingerpicking, hip hop beats and psychedelic wig-outs proving not uneasy bedfellows but perfect complements.

Currently, the trio consists of Butler with Byron Luiters on bass and Grant Gerathy on drums and percussion.

The opening act for this concert will be announced at a future date.

The full Britt 2017 concert season will be announced April 6th. Information on programs, membership and more is available at