Published On: Wed, Jun 24th, 2015

Howie Day takes center stage at Havana New Hope on July 30

howie daySinger/songwriter Howie Day will be in the spotlight at Havana New Hope for one night only: Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m.

Day began his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s, and distinguished himself by nearly endless touring and his heavy use of samplers and effects pedals during concerts.

A native of Bangor, Maine, he first started playing piano at age five, and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. After graduating high school, Day regularly performed at college coffeehouses across America. In 2000, he wrote, financed and released his first album, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards.

Day went on to sign a recording contract with Epic Records in 2002, and has since re-released his debut album, and produced the follow-up Stop All the World Now. Despite a slow takeoff, Stop All The World Now was eventually certified gold in early 2005, and spun off a number of singles, including the hits “She Says” and “Collide.”

After eight years of nearly non-stop touring, Day took a break and focused on writing music. He released the Be There EP in May 2009 followed by Sound The Alarm in Sept. 2009. After leaving Epic in 2010, Day released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze.

Day is currently immersed in the recording process of his fourth studio album, which he is crafting with the help of longtime friend and producer Mike Denneen, according to his promotional material.

“There is a sense of inherent creativity and imagination to these sessions,” Day says. “Everything seems to be in perfect balance, and I want to capture that energy as it’s happening. Nothing is over- or under-thought — it’s just in the moment.”

Limited reserved tables, bar stools and chairs for the July 30 show are $35, and available online. Doors/will call is at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Havana is located at 105 S. Main St. in New Hope.

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