The Belleville Roots Music Series continues this weekend when rhythm and blues artist JD McPherson performs two shows.
His visit to Newburyport is just days before McPherson heads to New York City to make an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
A former teacher, McPherson pursued his music dreams after budget cuts eliminated his job. He is visiting Newburyport for the first time. The native of Broken Arrow, Okla., self-released his debut album “Signs and Signifiers” in 2010. It was re-released by Rounder Records last year.
McPherson’s concert will offer audiences his unique mix of rock ’n’ roll, R&B and rockabilly music of the 1950s. Tomorrow, McPherson will perform during a dance at the Belleville Church stage room, beginning at 8 p.m. Due to the overwhelming response for that show, which sold out extremely quickly, organizers of the concert series approached McPherson’s promoters to inquire about adding a second show.
“The first show seemed to sell out quickly largely from Internet orders which we assume mostly came from JD’s website,” organizer Ken Irwin wrote in an e-mail. “JD has built up a very loyal following and his fans are willing to travel good distances to see him.”
Since McPherson is staying in the area to perform on Saturday in Salem, he will return to Newburyport on Sunday night for his third show of the weekend. That concert begins at 7 p.m. and is intended for local audiences.
“One of our goals at Belleville Roots has to been to bring high quality and diverse music to Newburyport, but the intent was to have the shows for members of our community,” Irwin added. “Almost all of our shows have been attended by Newburyporters and we’ve grown to recognize many of those who are repeat attendees. We heard from quite a few people that they had planned on coming to the show on Friday, but were too late and the show was sold out.”