June 26th, 2021 10pm Stage 3
As of June 16, 2021, New York State has lifted all COVID-19 related restrictions that apply to a venue of Rockwood’s size. In accordance with these revised guidelines, vaccination records will no longer be checked and entry will be permitted for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Social distancing and masks will not be required, although masks will remain recommended for non-vaccinated individuals.
Jimmy Brown used to be a born again believer. Before touring the world and playing festivals like SXSW and Bonaroo with his band Matrimony, Jimmy was a missionary. Born in Belfast, Jimmy fled the violence and gang life of Northern Ireland finding comfort in the word of God. He slept on the floor of a bakery in Managua, Nicaragua baking bread for children who had nothing. He worked with gangs in South Africa. He traveled to Lombok, Indonesia, the site of a Christian massacre where he met a Muslim leader who changed his perspective on religion.
He emigrated to the United States and met a family that would become the members of his band Matrimony - named for the union of words and music. The band signed to Columbia Records and toured for many years.
And then a period of unthinkable tragedy occurred. Over the course of two years Jimmy lost his sister and his one and a half year old daughter, Cecelia.
Jimmy says, “for the last few years I’ve been swimming in an ocean of grief which has unlocked a resourcefulness in me that I had no idea existed. It’s out of this place that I have found a new sense of melody - a new voice. I’ve not had the urge to perform until recently and I’m extremely excited to share my new songs and begin the next chapter of my musical story.”