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Moon Ruin to perform April 15 at Festival 56

Musician Jared Bartman will perform as Moon Ruin at Festival 56 on April 14.
Musician Jared Bartman will perform as Moon Ruin at Festival 56 on April 14.

PRINCETON — Moon Ruin will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Festival 56’s Grace Performing Arts Center.

Moon Ruin is the new music project of Princeton native Jared Bartman. Having released music under his own name for 10 years, Bartman’s move to Moon Ruin is a tribute to the potential of partnership and the strength it provides. His newest album, “Slow Down Ego,” was birthed in the refuge of makeshift basement studios and features coconspirators Mike Noyce and Liam O’Brien, plus Bartman’s wife and children.

The narrative of “Slow Down Ego” started some years ago in rural Illinois when Bartman began writing songs. After a handful of projects and a DIY touring schedule, life forced Bartman to clarify his priorities. Balancing full- and part-time jobs and the responsibilities of a new family, he managed to maintain his drive for writing and recording music. For the years in which “Slow Down Ego” was made, this meant holding down the night shift as a U.S. postal worker, sleeping for a few hours after work, and spending the remaining waking hours with his family and his music. With the addition of Noyce and O’Brien, creativity bloomed, and “Slow Down Ego” resulted in the sound of an artist creating exactly what he means to.

Bartman performs throughout the Midwest at venues that include the Apollo Theatre in Peoria, the Icehouse in Minneapolis and The Spacebar in Columbus, Ohio. Champaign-Urbana’s online magazine Smile Politely says that “Jared Bartman has an uncommon gift for melody and arrangement. Forget blowing away the rest of the indie-folk scene, he blows away the indie scene as a whole.”

Festival 56’s Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton and is completely accessible with ample parking nearby. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com or call 815-879-5656. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for sale at the lobby bar. For further information, call the box office at 815-879-5656.

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