If you go
What: Emily Asher’s Garden Party at the Sounds of Summer concert When: 8 p. m. Sunday Where: Wells Fargo Amphitheater, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas, Pa. Tickets: $ 15 for amphitheater seats, $ 10 lawn tickets or $ 120 festival table of six Box Office: 570- 674- 6719 or misericordia. edu/ uts. Online: emilyasher. com
“He didn’t think Iwould have the discipline until then,” Asher said.
She continued on to play in several school bands, eventually attending the University of Washington in her hometown of Seattle to pursue degrees in music education and jazz studies. With these degrees, Asher went on to teach junior high school band. One and a half years into this position, she visited NewYork City and fell in love with it, setting her sights on moving there to play music. After finishing another year and a half of teaching, she made the move and pursued her master’s degree in jazz from Queen’s College. While in the city, she met jazz musicianWycliffe Gordon, who encouraged her to make her first record.
“That was a very powerful experience forme,” Asher said. “I felt like it gave some legitimacy tomy career.”
Asher found morework as a performer and made another albumbefore getting a day job as a booking agent for Columbia Artist Management.
Garden Party formed in 2012, with a friend suggesting the name after the many garden parties she and Asher had in their shared home.
Offering “fresh growth from vintage roots,” the band enjoys a successful career of performing and recording, hailed by theWall Street Journal as “red hot” and “very exciting.”
“Everybody will hear something that’s familiar,” Asher said of the band’s upcoming Misericordia performance. “I feel like it’s very uplifting.”
Tickets for the Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival are $ 120 for a six- seat festival table, $ 15 for ampitheater seating and $ 10 for lawn seats. For tickets, call 570674- 6719 or visit misericordia. edu/ uts.
For more on Emily Asher’s Garden Party, visit emilyasher. com.