Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Dietrich Strause Band at Gateway City Arts Live

 Dietrich Strause will bring his unique blend of catchy and emotion-filled music to Gateway City Live, the new music and entertainment venue at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA, on September 25.

Strause, who has just come back from a very successful road tour with Signature Sounds recording artist Eilen Jewel, has drawn accolades for his sound and poetic, intelligent lyrics.

As WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, wrote “Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart”,’ Dietrich's new album, reveals his knack for vivid, almost literary lyricism inflected by myth and metaphor. The songs boast a virtuosic command of imagery and wordplay…”
Strause grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a family of Lutheran ministers, school teachers, and arborists. He began his life as a musician at 15, playing trumpet in an R&B band in biker bars in Southern Lancaster County.

After attending Oberlin College, he moved to Boston and began touring regionally. He quickly got noticed for his skills as a performer and composer.

“The melodies are musically intelligent and his words are poetry. He packs a lot of imagery, meaning and emotion into his songs with an efficiency that doesn’t feel the least bit forced. The subject matter is largely timeless and ordinary, but there are unexpected turns and instances of subtle wordplay.” - Fly Magazine

“Strause’s voice is mellifluous; his sound has traces of a young Paul Simon mixed with that Josh Ritter Midwestern wanderlust.” – Modern Acoustic

The Dietrich Strause band is Dietrich Strause, Billy Beard, Zachariah Hickman, Lyle Brewer, and Jef Charland.

Tickets to the show are $7 in advance and $10 at the door and can be purchased at 

The Beer Garden is open before and during the show from 12-10pm. For questions about this show and other Gateway City Live events, please contact the Gateway City Arts music producer, Mark Sherry, at or call us at 413-650-2670.

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