From hurricanes to heaven to hell to hallelujahs, David Ramirez is bringing his musical take on love and togetherness to the north Gwinnett area.

The singer-songwriter who hails from Houston will perform his first show outside of Texas in 16 long months on Saturday, June 26, at the Bowl in Sugar Hill.

“In that sense,” Ramirez said, “we’re going to bring it and we’re going to make sure it’s memorable and just a good time for everybody.”

When the invite from the Sugar Hill venue came in, Ramirez, who is based in Austin, Texas, was ready to travel outside his home state.

“With quarantine and COVID, I was ready to hit the road and see what was going on in the rest of the country,” he said.

The June 26 show at the Bowl will be an opportunity for Ramirez to play songs from his latest studio album “My Love is a Hurricane.” Ramirez released the record in July 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, so his live performances have been limited.

“I’m really looking forward to playing this record live,” he said of the 10-track album featuring songs titled “Heaven,” “Hell,” “Easy Does It” and “Hallelujah! Love is Real!” “(All of the songs) carry a very large space in my heart.”

Speaking of hearts, Ramirez’s heart was paramount to the creation of this record.

“Every single song is a love song for this woman who was in my life,” Ramirez said. “I had never written a record explicitly about love before. More importantly than the rainbow feelings love can bring, it’s about partnership.”

While Ramirez’s relationship didn’t last, his experiences have been preserved in the album and his favorite tracks change over time.

“Every time I listen to it there’s a new favorite that pops in,” he said. “I think the last time I listened to it my favorite was ‘Easy Does It.’”

“Easy Does It” will be part of Ramirez’s playlist for the 90-minute show at the Bowl, where he will also play songs from previous records and EPs as he seeks to both entertain and enjoy.

“It’s a release, it’s therapeutic,” he said of playing music. “It’s important, but besides those big existential things, I want to enjoy myself. I want to have fun with what I’m doing.

“I love music for a lot of reasons, but one of the ways I find it to be most powerful, it’s one of the few things in the world that can bring people together, not just a large group of people, but diverse people,” Ramirez said. “We can all be together in a room and be on the same page and that’s really fascinating. Something I’ve always wanted to be a part of.”

If you go

  • What: Sugar Hill Live on Stage featuring David Ramirez
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 26
  • Where: The Bowl at Sugar Hill, 5039 W. Broad St.
  • Cost: $25
  • For more information: Visit thebowlatsugarhill.com
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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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