Citizen Cope plays at Dreamland Thursday

Citizen Cope returns to the Island for a show a Dreamland. — Nectar's Presents

Nectar’s Presents Summer Concert Series at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs hosts its next show this Thursday, featuring Citizen Cope. A solo and acoustic performance, the show benefits Turnaround Arts, a program of President Obama’s President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that is using arts education to help students succeed. $1 of every ticket purchased for this show goes to Lame Deer, Mont., a community on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, according to a press release.

He was born Clarence Greenwood, a child of the seventies, and his life journey is as singular as his art, according to a press release.

Dug deep into the rich soil of American music, the press release continued, Cope’s roots are complex. You may think of Bill Withers or Neil Young or John Lee Hooker or Van Morrison or Willie Nelson or Al Green. Yet, listening to Cope, you also may think of none of the above. “Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy,” wrote one Rolling Stone writer, “is what gives Citizen Cope his edge. As a singer, songwriter and producer, he stands alone — an artist immune to corruption.”

In the past nine years, the press release continued, he has produced four albums of depth and distinction, each a critical chapter in his search for a sound that paints an auditory American landscape in which despair wars with home and home, tied to love, is elusive.

Music: Citizen Cope, Thursday, August 21, 9 pm, Dreamland, Oak Bluffs. 21+. Tickets available at M.V. Chowder Company, Corner Five, The Green Room, Alley’s General Store, and at