EASTON — A fall weekend is the right time to enjoy good music and have some laughs, and there is an abundance of both in the Avalon Theatre’s Stoltz Listening Room.
Singer-songwriter Danny Burns, who blends the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences, will start the weekend at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
Burns has deep roots in the traditional and contemporary music of his homeland, while drawing inspiration from the culture and passion of New Orleans, which he embraced soon after moving there.
Praising his debut album, “North Country,” earlier this year, Rolling Stone said, “The acoustic instrumentation is top notch, but it’s Burns’ voice — with its unique pronunciations shaped back home in Donegal — that sells this salute to the old days.”
Comedian Jason Weems, who has a nationally released comedy special due out soon, will bring his conversational stand-up style to the Stoltz at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
A native of Baltimore, Weems has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and was a finalist at the HBO-sponsored American Black Film Festival Comedy Competition in Miami. In addition to reaching the top 100 and semifinalist rounds twice on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Weems’ online sketch series “The Lunchtime Show” premiered on Marlon Wayans’ WhatTheFunny.com.
Adrian Rodney, a comic who has opened for Golden Globe-winner Rachel Bloom, Jim Florentine and Ari Shaffir, is the opening act.
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic, which combines lyrical wordplay and comical stage antics with jazz, rock and horn-fueled R&B, will close the weekend at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
A true musical original, Chandler Travis has appeared with everyone from Elvis Costello and Green Day to Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and legendary comic George Carlin. The Chandler Travis Philharmonic, considered a musical missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra, is an eight- or nine-piece ensemble that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion and singing valet.
Tickets for each show are $25, and available at the Avalon box office (410-822-7299) and online at www.avalontheatre.com.