Lee DeWyze

Intimacy of Roxbury Theater Perfect for Humble ‘American Idol’

Singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze says the largeness of the room doesn’t matter. He connects with audiences and enjoys doing so, in all types of venues.

Nevertheless, in some ways, the little Investor’s Bank Theater in Succasunna is likely to be the perfect size for DeWyze when he plays Friday, July 19, at the 7:30 p.m. show, presented by the Roxbury Arts Alliance, it will be DeWyze, his guitar and the audience.

“I do everything, from solo, duo to trio, but generally I’ve been going out solo,” said the 33-year-old Los Angeles resident. He’s in the middle of a 10-stop, small-venue tour that began in Connecticut and ends in Wisconsin. “I think there’s an intimacy to the shows that I’ve really grown to love.”

As the Season 9 winner of American Idol and the creator of many songs used in movies, TV shows, and commercials, DeWyze has played big houses. For example, he opened for Lady Antebellum at the 12,400-seat Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI.

He said he’s equally comfortable performing for big crowds as for a few folks at a house concert. DeWyze realizes it’s just “performing to the people.”

“I feel very connected, whether it be a huge show or a small show,” DeWyze added. “I think people are really connecting with the music I’m playing now. It’s a really good feeling.

The important thing, he pointed out, is that he still loves it. That’s largely because his post-Idol success – starting especially with the popularity of “Blackbird Song,” written for The Walking Dead series – has afforded him the freedom to focus on live performances of songs he wrote just for the sake of writing.

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Tickets to the show are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $70 for VIP. They can be purchased online.

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