Black Letter Days, None Given
Smokey Willows, Divided Heaven
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
This event is 21 and over
Simply put, Divided Heaven is Jeff Berman, an East Coast punk rock kid transplanted in Los Angeles with a voice and a guitar. On record and stage, Divided Heaven is a punk band without all the amplification, singing stories rooted in history and politics, travel and experience, love and hope.
The pedigree for an acoustic performer may not often come from years on the road with punk and hardcore bands, but it is this background that sets Divided Heaven apart in the singer-songwriter realm. Berman has spent the last 16 years playing all around the world in bands including The Boils, Protagonist, HeartRacers, The Rites, and The Statiks.
He began Divided Heaven as a musical travel journal while studying in Europe. As time went on, Berman became serious about crafting his voice and songwriting style and began playing solo shows in 2007. Berman's songs continue to draw upon musical influences spanning from the The Clash to Elliott Smith and lyrical influence from the cities he's called home: Lancaster, PA, Washington DC, Berlin, Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
2011 brought the release of Divided Heaven's debut album, A Rival City. The 10 songs on the album play like a road trip with an old friend: as honest views of familiar people and places go passing by. A Rival City yielded standout tracks that garnered regular play on domestic and worldwide college and internet radio as well as music videos for East/West, Five and Dime To Hollywood, KeyStone, and Born-Again Non-Believer which premiered on Alternative Press' website.
In 2012 Berman hit the road relentlessly in support of A Rival City. Dates included two US tours, a European tour, select shows in Canada, the UK, and on the Vans' Warped Tour, plus memorable appearances at The FEST in Florida, the Feed the Scene Festival in Maryland, the Get Better Festival in New Hampshire, the Pfarrfesival in Germany, the This Is My Festival in France, and a headlining show at the esteemed Ramones Museum in Berlin. This year alone, Divided Heaven played in over a dozen countries, two dozen states and shared the stage with such international artists as Anti-Flag, The Flatliners, OK Pilot, Kris Roe (The Ataris), Joey Briggs, Koji, Into It. Over It., Red City Radio, Luther, Blacklist Royals, The Snips, Mark McCabe, Fights & Fires, and Sam Russo.
The new year looks to be landmark year for Divided Heaven. Upcoming releases include two new singles produced by Jamie Woolford (The Stereo) and the legendary Stephen Egerton (Descendents). In addition, Berman will record the follow up album to A Rival City, and hit the road for more US, European and festival tour dates.
Across the world Divided Heaven is playing shows and building a diverse fan base. Whether it is opening a hardcore matinee, singing without a PA in a sweaty basement, creating intimacy at the Warped Tour or headlining a café, Berman has the dynamic to hit the audience in a place that is familiar with songs that make you think and sing along.