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John Harvey Allen plays the Guardian taproom, May 18

The phrase “drink local” has been around for a while.

It appeals to our sense of community pride and the idea that local brewers, those who know many of their customers on a first-name basis, can deliver the best product. They know regional tastes and traditions. They’re in touch at the grassroots level. They’re accountable.

The same could be said about live music.

Singer-songwriter John Harvey Allen will play the Guardian taproom this Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. Playing in intimate settings like breweries allows the Muncie musician with a soulful voice to take the pulse of an audience and deliver the type of show he knows the crowd will appreciate.

“How’s this for a sales pitch?” he said. “I’ll treat you so many ways and with so many songs that you’re bound to like at least one.”

John covers music from the mid 1970s through current day. This includes artists and bands such as Tom Petty, The Eagles, James Taylor, Oasis and Matchbox 20.

“It’s music people identify with,” he said.

He occasionally plays some of his own music, too. He has recorded two albums as a solo artist. You can listen to his music and learn more about John at johnhallenmusic.com.

John is Muncie born and raised. He has been playing live music around here since he was a teenager. You might recognize him from several well-known Muncie groups, including Walking Catfish, Souled Out and Windfall.

He’s a full-time musician now, having retired from Ball State’s maintenance department three years ago after a 25-year career. Retirement has allowed John to focus on music full-time and also to spend more time kayaking the White River.

His solo career has taken off and he’s booking shows throughout central and southern Indiana.

So, don’t just Drink Local. Listen Local, too. And, you can do it all together at The Guardian this Saturday.

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