WALDOBORO — The Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St., hosts Durham, N.C.-based Hiss Golden Messenger performing solo live on stage Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m.

Songwriter M.C. Taylor’s music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize. Elements from the American songbook — the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano — provide the bedrock for Taylor’s existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope and loneliness — our delicate, tightrope balance of dark and light — that offer fully engaged contemporary commentary in his latest album, “Quietly Blowing It.”

Opening the evening is Alisa Amador, whose music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with. With a sound described by Vance Gilbert as “Shawn Colvin meets Joni Mitchell has lunch with Amy Winehouse meets Suzanne Vega and Diana Krall,” and NPR calls, “a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams,” her soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms are likely to make you cry, laugh and dance all within one set. Amador won the Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf video in 2022.

Concessions, including beer and wine for those 21 and older, will be available at the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Waldo is no longer requiring proof of vaccination, and has shifted to masks optional for all visitors. Capacity is limited in order to provide space between patrons.

Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 in person. $1 from every ticket goes to support the Durham Public Schools Foundation whose mission is to foster community support for public schools and invest in students, educators and families to ensure success and equity for every student.

Visit waldotheatre.org for more information.