Lansdowne Folk Club presents Lili Añel, a jazz and folk inspired singer-songwriter guitarist on Thursday, October 26, 2023.
Held at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA, doors open at 7:00 PM and show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance online or with an advanced phone reservation and $25 without an advance reservation. Season Series cost is $51 for the three remaining concerts.
For reservations, parking information, advance ticket sales and more information visit website folkclub.org/ticket-sales, email Lfolkclub@gmail.com, or call (484) 466-6213. Only cash and checks accepted at the door.
Parking in front of the 20th Century Club is no longer available. We suggest that our patrons park on the side streets near the Club or at the Septa train station lot two blocks away. Street parking is available on Lansdowne Court (adjacent to the 20th Century Club) or on Dudley Ave, (across Lansdowne Ave. from the 20th Century Club). Handicap parking* is behind the building.
*There is one ADA designated parking spot in the area behind the building, but we can set aside additional handicapped parking if you notify us in advance by email at Lfolkclub@gmail.com. The wheelchair lift in the building is currently unavailable. We suggest that anyone needing wheelchair accessibility make arrangements to be dropped off at the front entrance to the building, which does have ramp access. We apologize for the inconvenience.
For years Lili Añel has moved audiences with her songs, both of hope for the future, and standing in her truth of life’s difficulties and conjuring the strength for perseverance. All delivered with her voice, full of low reaches which one feels in their center or a falsetto that is vulnerable and sweet. Of her songs she says “they are snapshots of life and situations I’ve observed or have experienced, even if not to the letter. I may embellish or change an ending or just make the whole thing up.”
Añel considers music a calling. She was born and raised in New York City and it was there that she discovered her passion for music. As a child Lili remembers, singing along to her mother’s Cuban, jazz and pop standard albums. It was also her mother who supported Lili’s desire to join the church choir. However, it was her grandfather’s recognition of how much joy singing brought to her being, which served to set her feet firmly on the path of a career in music.
Defying categorization she calls her music a hybrid of “jazz/folk/soul/pop” combined with a powerfully unique vocal style bringing her to the forefront. Lili continues to win over audiences with her vocal stylings, guitar playing and songs, that while often recalling her many influences (Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Janis Ian, Joan Armatrading) prove her own unique style. With reference to this Lili says “I am a sum of many parts ethnically and my music reflects this. I have many influences, but I am totally me. When I am asked “what kind of music do you play? my response is always “I play Lili music”. She studied voice and performance at City College’s Leonard Davis Center of Performing Arts and would later attend classes at Eddie Simon’s Guitar Study Center. Only able to afford one class, she would audit as many other classes as possible each semester, eventually gaining the respect of her instructors who admired her rigor, allowing her to participate in class like the students who were fully enrolled. She began attending open mic nights which led to her putting a band together and building a following, leading to the creation of her first record in.
Attend one of Lili Añel’s shows and witness how she commands the stage with her charisma, storytelling and rapport with the audience. It will lift your spirits and leave you with a very memorable night of satisfying music! Learn more about her at https://www.lilianel.org.
Other upcoming concerts include Beaucoup Blue on November 16, and Jeni Englund and Meghan Cary on December 7.
Founded in 1993, the Lansdowne Folk Club is a 501(c) (3) all volunteer non-profit corporation dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic and blues music.