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The End Of America and Izzy Heltai at Stage 33 Live

The End of America’s three-part harmonies and solid Americana folk-rock draws comparisons to CSNY and The Avett Brothers. They’re known for powerful live performances highlighting their dynamic songwriting.

James Downes, Trevor Leonard, and Brendon Thomas made their debut as The End Of America at the 2016 Philadelphia Folk Festival and were voted Favorite New Artist. In 2017 the band won the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, returning the next year as the Most Wanted Band. Since then they’ve performed festivals, theaters, and clubs east to west, sharing stages with artists like Graham Nash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gary Louris, and Simone Felice. They joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader release show — that appearance won praise from Spin, Filter, and The Hollywood Reporter.

They credit their name to Jack Kerouac’s book, On The Road: each of them were frontmen of other projects touring across “the groaning continent” in search of inspiration when they met and found a kindred spirit in one another.

Advance tickets for the Stage 33 Live listening event, which falls between shows at City Winery in New York City’s SoHo and the sprawling Great South Bay Music Festival, are bundled with a vinyl copy of the new 7″ single by The End Of America.

Izzy Heltai will open. A Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting competition finalist, he was also featured at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase, made waves at Ossipee Valley Music Festival and the Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival, and has been touring heavily. His debut EP, Sweet Apathy, was released to a sold-out show at Club Passim and received acclaim from Red Line Roots, which noted that Izzy has “a voice that is equal parts gruff, sandpapered scratches, unfiltered and open just enough to let the story out.” His new full-length, Only Yesterday, draws inspiration from the natural beauty of his native Western Massachusetts, his life experiences, and stories from his community.

The End of America plays Friday, June 21. Izzy Heltai opens. Door at 7 PM, music at 8. Each advance ticket is bundled with a 7″ vinyl copy of the new single. There are only 40 chairs. Entry is $15, all proceeds go to the band. Prepaid tickets are available through

This listening event will be recorded and filmed.

Stage 33 Live documents live performances and presentations on a simple stage in a former factory building for downstream audiences. Only original material is allowed. Find more info about the project, and this and other upcoming events online at