When: Thu., July 18, 9 p.m. 2013
You can often tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. Take folk prodigy Sarah Jarosz: Do a Google video search for the 22-year-old and you’ll find video of her singing an original track with Alison Krauss, playing an unplugged encore in a packed Telluride theater lobby with Mumford & Sons and Bela Fleck, and sitting in with The Punch Brothers backstage at Bonnaroo, just to name a few. The precocious singer-songwriter has the type of talent with which people—even established stars—want to be associated. Jarosz signed her first record contract at age 16 and spent her senior year of high school recording her debut album, Song Up In Her Head. That release, as well as her second, 2011’s Follow Me Down, both earned Grammy nominations. A third album is set to drop this fall. In the meantime, Jarosz graduated from the New England Conservatory a few months ago with a bachelor’s of music in “contemporary improvisation.” (Can you imagine just how much she affected the grading curve?) Now locals have the chance to catch this emerging star in the intimate setting of the Top Hat. It promises to be the type of performance worthy of more praise and perhaps, even without special guests, deserving of another online video.