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Robyn Hitchcock
Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starring in Storefront Hitchcock, a concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as 'paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album, The Man Upstairs, is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock Svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by MOJO, UNCUT and THE QUIETUS.

The Second City "Hooking Up With the Second City"
Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 8 pm
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The Second City knows a few things about love - we've been looking at and laughing about relationships for over 55 years. Hooking Up With The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls​' ​night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between.

Peter Yarrow & John Gorka
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Legendary musician Peter Yarrow weaves a narrative of his life in music and politics, punctuating the major events with renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love. From his life in Greenwich Village in the 1960's, his connection to Bob Dylan & Pete Seeger and his career as part of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Yarrow shares a part of American history influenced heavily by music.

Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, John Gorka illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting, turning & tying words and phrases in the way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka. For over two decades, Gorka's keen ear has picked up the stories of those along the path, folding them into poetry and song.

Leo Kottke
Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Leo Kottke returns to Landmark for the first time since his hit show here in 2011.

Widely recognized as a master of acoustic guitar, Kottke is known for his innovative fingerpicking style on six- and 12-string guitars, drawing inspiration from blues, jazz, and folk music. Kottke is a master storyteller as well, mixing recollections and anecdotes with bravura instrumentals for an unforgettable evening.

Regina Carter's Southern Comfort
Sunday, March 6, 2016 @ 7 pm
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Violin virtuoso Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. Winner of a coveted 2006 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, she is also a Resident Artistic Director at SF JAZZ.

For Regina Carter, the violin isn’t merely an improvisational vehicle. It’s a passport to unexpected realms, a Rosetta stone that unlocks the door to a myriad of cultures and worlds.

In December 2001, she traveled to Genoa, Italy, and made musical history by being the first jazz musician and the first African American to play the legendary Guarneri Del Gesu violin, made in 1743 and owned by classical music virtuoso and composer Niccolo Paganini. This encounter inspired her 2003 album, Paganini: After a Dream, which featured works by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. She recorded I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey in 2006 as a tribute to her late mother.

Reverse Thread, released in May 2010, was a celebration of traditional African music via a contemporary perspective. Carter also took her pioneering spirit on the road in the late summer and fall of 2012 for a two-month world tour with rock icon Joe Jackson’s stellar ensemble in support of his release The Duke, a collection of interpretations of Duke Ellington’s work .

Carter's latest release is her SONY Music Masterworks debut Southern Comfort, in which she investigates her family history and explores the folk tunes her paternal grandfather, a coalminer, would have heard as he toiled in Alabama. The expanded project includes a blend of folk songs and spirituals, serving as Carter’s interpretation of her roots through a modern lens.

Jorma Kaukonen
Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 8 pm
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In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen's repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music.

Jorma currently, as he has for many years, tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues tunes while presenting new songs of weight and dimension. Jorma released his latest solo album, Ain't In No Hurry, early in 2015 on Red House Records.

Paula Poundstone
Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 8 pm
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32 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country -- stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR's popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me.

She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the

Boston Globe to write: "Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy."

Pink Martini
Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 7 pm
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Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world - crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop - Thomas Lauderdale founded the "little orchestra" Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Martin Sexton
Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 7 pm
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Critically acclaimed Martin Sexton is a musicianʼs musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike. People claim that Sextonʼs songs inspire them to make a change, go cross-country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Sunday, March 20, 2016 @ 11 a.m. & 2 pm
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Three beloved stories by Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees at the zoo before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, the hour-long production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Karen Mason
Friday, April 1, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Karen Mason has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television and recording, and "has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds!" (TheatreScene.net)

Most recently seen as "The Queen of Hearts" in Wonderland on Broadway, Karen has also starred in Mamma Mia! (Drama Desk Award!), Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, and Carnival (Drama Desk Nominee).

Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in And The World Goes 'Round, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show. Michael Bennett fans will remember Karen from the film version of A Chorus Line.

As a concert artist, Karen has headlined Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Feinstein's at The Regency, Rainbow & Stars, the Algonquin, The Supper Club and The Ballroom, sharing concert stages with Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, among others.

John Sebastian & Tom Rush
Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ 7 pm
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John Sebastian's career has spanned nearly 40 years. As the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for the 60's supergroup The Lovin' Spoonful, he was responsible for six #1 hits, including the all-time pop anthem Do You Believe in Magic. Now, returning to his roots, yet always including his classic hits, John proves time and again that you really can "believe in the power of rock and roll."

Tom Rush helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. Tom is now celebrating his 52nd year on stage and in the studio, still doing what audiences love him for: writing and playing …passionately, tenderly…knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.

Are You My Mother?
Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 2 pm
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At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother's song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn't she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman's whimsical and well-loved picture book.

Graham Parker
Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Graham Parker has worked with guitarist Brinsley Schwarz since 1975 when they first met and rehearsed together in a band that became known as Graham Parker and the Rumor. Since then, Schwarz has often accompanied Parker on post-Rumour records and tours, and recently joined him onstage as a duo playing songs from all areas of Parker's career. Expect songs from early albums with the Rumour, his solo career and the present day, with tunes from the two latest Rumour reunion albums, "Three Chords Good" and "Mystery Glue."

In Spain, Norway and the UK, where a recent triumphal tour ended in a sold out Union Chapel show to 900 enthusiastic fans, the music the duo performed was varied, creative and exciting in equal measure, along with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of humor from Parker as -- with the aid of Brinsley's virtuoso musicianship -- he reinvents his prodigious catalog.

Tommy Tune
Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 8 pm
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In Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales , Broadway's tallest tapper takes to the stage - dancing, singing and tale-telling. The nine time Tony Award® winner takes an autobiographical stroll, celebrating 50 plus years of big time showmanship! From his arrival in New York City as a fresh-faced kid from Texas, through his most popular roles on stage and screen, to his ascension as one of Broadway's most accomplished director-choreographers.

Accompanied by Michael Biagi, his music director for nearly four decades, the evening features Tune's personal renditions of standards by Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach, the Gershwins, Carole King, Green Day and more.

Denis Elsas: Rock'n'Roll Never Forgets
Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Multi-media presentation by longtime WNEW/WFUV favorite Dennis Elsas, featuring highlights from his historic interviews with some of rock's legends, including John Lennon, Elton John and Jerry Garcia.

The Subdudes
Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America's national music treasures. The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock 'n' roll attitude and folky social consciousness - not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you'll ever hear from any five musicians.

Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band's substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
featuring Members of the Buena Vista Social Club

Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 8 pm
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The Afro-Cuban All Stars (ACAS) is a unique orchestra; devoted to promoting the complete story of Cuban music. With each show the orchestra exposes Cuba's rich musical history interpreting all of its musical genres. Buena Vista Social Club founder and bandleader Juan de Marcos is the man responsible for their best selling recordings. His 14 piece big band is one of the best-known and most successful Cuban orchestras performing today. The initial Buena Vista Social Club recording put together by De Marcos and Ry Cooder was a Grammy-winning international bestseller, made into an Oscar-nominated film by German director Wim Wenders. Juan de Marcos stretches his creative wings; fusing contemporary, traditional and in essence, the future styles of Cuban music.

The ensemble captures the undeniable spirit of AfroCuban music with the potent mix of driving percussion, a powerhouse horn section, with piano, bass, tres, guitar and incomparable vocals. Each and every performance is unique and dynamic, you get a set designed for you, the audience in each show. The current line-up of ACAS consists of the finest Cuban expatriate musicians in the world today, all alumni of Cuba's greatest bands. The Afro-Cuban All Stars electrifying performance pays tribute to Cuba's popular music marrying the

Pushcart Players in Peter & The Wolf
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 3 pm
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Pushcart puts its trademark spin on a beloved Russian folk tale. Classical music by Prokofiev, storytelling, puppetry and the ageless adventure of growing up comprise this masterpiece.

THE MUSIC: A different instrument and melody (or "leitmotif") represents each character of the play, creating an excellent link to understanding all types of music.

THE STORY: A lively adventure about a spirited young boy who meets the challenge of danger with courage, creativity and leadership.

THE CELEBRATION: The value of love, friendship and caring and the dangers of greed, arrogance and prejudice. There is innocence and wisdom, youth and maturity, conflict resolution, moral development, and beauty in the natural order of life!

Arlo Guthrie "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour"
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Arlo Guthrie has been known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor and activist. Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease, and America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music in his own right with a distinguished and varied career spanning over fifty years.

"Alice's Restaurant's" hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo Guthrie from military service (1966) became a platinum selling record (1967) and full-length motion picture (1969) at the outset of his renowned career. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the lengthiest hit single in music history, Arlo once again performs it live. Due to its length, Arlo has only added the complete "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" to his touring menu on the 10-year anniversaries.

For the last five decades, Arlo has carried on the Guthrie family legacy of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classics to audiences far and wide. "The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour" brings together an ensemble of fine musicians never to grace the stage together at one time. Arlo's deft band includes Terry Hall (drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren Todd (bass), and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards). Each show is curated with an awe-inspiring light show created specifically for this tour by 44 Designs, Inc., along with previously unseen images from the Guthrie archives. More than 75,000 photos have recently been digitized, and selections will be projected during the evening.

Alan Cummings Sings Sappy Songs
Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 8 pm
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An eclectic evening of songs and stories from Scotland's beloved multiple award winning star of Broadway, TV and film...and host of the 2015 Tony Awards.

TROY MUSIC HALL
30 Second Street
Troy New York 12180
518.273.0038 www.troymusichall.org

Neko Case
Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Neko Case was playing and touring with bands for a decade before she realized it was her job. Now more than 20 years into that calling, Neko Case is the consummate career artist--fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Nowhere is that clearer than in Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, a stunning vinyl box set of Case's complete (so far) solo discography, released November 2015.

Born in 1970, and raised all over working-class Washington state, Case spent a turbulent childhood shuffling between divorced and uninterested parents, and often alone. This is one reason she is an ardent collaborator, working with a huge roster of Canadian and American artists throughout her career, and thriving as a member of indie-pop supergroup the New Pornographers and other projects alongside her solo work.

The Milk Carton Kids
Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
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Folk harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids released their third album, Monterey, in May of this year. It was announced Monday that the song “City of Our Lady” off this album was nominated for a Grammy in the American Roots Performance category. Two years ago, the release of their last album, The Ash & Clay, got a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. They won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers' concert documentary, "Another Day/Another Time,” brought the band its widest audience and their 55-city North American tour last year sold out months in advance. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them.

Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them.

Yet while some of the band’s many accolades reference a specific genre, the duo quickly transcends those tags with clear inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern “alternative." This past year, The Milk Carton Kids were asked to pay tribute to Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris — Cash on the Joe Henry-produced remake of “Bitter Tears,” and Harris with their standing ovation performance at the tribute concert “The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris,” among luminaries including Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Alison Kraus, Iron & Wine, and Harris herself. If Cash and Harris taught us that American music is meant to be taken at its expansive word, without confines or borders, The Milk Carton Kids appear to have taken the lesson to heart.

SOUTH ORANGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1 Sopac Way
South Orange, NJ 07079
www.SOPACNow.org

Robyn Hitchcock
Saturday, January 30, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer-songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Robyn Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan, who is, coincidentally, Robyn Hitchcock’s biggest musical inspiration.
“A gifted melodist, Robyn Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings…” – Rolling Stone

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn Hitchcock has recorded more than twenty albums, as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock,’ an in-concert-film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn Hitchcock describes his songs as “paintings you can listen to.” His most recent album The Man Upstairs is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake), the album was critically acclaimed by Mojo, Uncut, and The Quietus.

Fran Lebowitz
Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Purveyor of urban cool, Fran Lebowitz is the author and witty chronicler of the “me decade,” as well as the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. Fran Lebowitz is one of the foremost advocates of the Extreme Statement. She is pointed, forthright, unapologetically opinionated, and known for her hilariously dry social commentary on American life.
Fran Lebowitz offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media as well as her own pet peeves – including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers.
“Fran Lebowitz’s trademark is the sneer; she disapproves of virtually everything except sleep, cigarette smoking, and good furniture. Her essays and topical interviews on subjects ranging from the difficulty of finding an acceptable apartment to the art of freeloading at weekend houses have come to be regarded as classics of literary humor and social observation.” -The Paris Review
After being expelled from high school and receiving a GED, Fran Lebowitz worked many odd jobs before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. This was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Fran Lebowitz’s first two classic books of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, have been collected in the Fran Lebowitz Reader. She is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas. She recently broke a ten-year writer’s block and is back at work on her novel, Exterior Signs of Wealth. A documentary film about Fran Lebowitz, Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese, premiered on HBO in November 2010.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites
Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 8 pm
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After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favorite puppet characters. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.
Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on the SOPAC stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

An Evening with Graham Nash
Saturday, February 20, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and he is a Grammy Award-winning artist.
Nash’s passionate voice continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide.
In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography Wild Tales, which delivers an engrossing, no-holds-barred look back at his remarkable career and the music that defined a generation. The book landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
In recognition for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist. With his photography, Nash has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology’s Arts & Technology Medal and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and the Hollywood Film Festival’s inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in the volume Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash (2009).
Nash’s work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. His company Nash Editions original IRIS 3047 digital printer and one of its first published works – Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby – is now housed in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of his revolutionary accomplishments in the fine arts and digital printing world.

Peter Yarrow & John Gorka
Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 8pm
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An extraordinary double-bill featuring Peter Yarrow of the legendary 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary and the quintessential singer-songwriter of the 1980s folk music scene, John Gorka.
Peter Yarrow and John Gorka
Peter Yarrow weaves a narrative of his life in music and politics, punctuating the major events with renditions of iconic songs we all know and love such as “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.” From his life in Greenwich Village, to his connections to Bob Dylan & Pete Seeger, and his career as part of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Peter Yarrow shares a part of American history influenced heavily by music and creates community within his audiences through his reflections in both words and music.
Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. Over the years, many issues have moved Peter to commit his time and talent: equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, and education. All have utilized his skills as both a performer and an organizer. Peter Yarrow’s life and work is based on his passionate belief that music, with its power to build community and catalyze change, can be a particularly powerful organizing tool.

Cowboy Junkies
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 8pm
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Cowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 after guitarist and songwriter Michael Timmins and long-time friend and musical partner, bassist Alan Anton, recruited Michael’s sister, singer Margo Timmins and brother, drummer Peter Timmins to join them. The band recorded its blues-inspired debut album Whites Off Earth Now!! (1986) and released it on their own Latent label. Touring the US in support of the album, they traveled extensively through the South and Southwest, soaking up the music of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and others, which provided the inspiration for the band’s second effort, The Trinity Session.
For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. Albums like The Caution Horses (1990), Black Eyed Man (1992), Lay It Down (1996) and more recently, Open (2001), One Soul Now (2004), Early 21st Century Blues (2005) and At the End of Paths Taken (2007) chronicle a creative journey reflecting the independent road the band has elected to travel.
The band has appeared on countless major television shows in North America from Saturday Night Live to Late Night with David Letterman and the Tonight Show. Their music has been featured in dozens of television programs and feature films.

Regina Carter's Southern Comfort
Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation — a designation which doesn’t quite paint her picture in its entirety. For Regina, the violin isn’t merely an improvisational vehicle. For Regina Carter, the violin is a passport to unexpected realms, a Rosetta stone that unlocks the door to a myriad of cultures and worlds.
As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, Regina Carter was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.” Those qualities are more apparent than ever on her critically acclaimed release, Southern Comfort (Sony Music Masterworks), on which she explores the folk music of the South.

Jorma Kaukonen
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
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In a career that has spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Award nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music.
Jorma Kaukonen currently, as he has for many years, tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues tunes while presenting new songs of weight and dimension. Jorma Kaukonen released his latest solo album, Ain’t In No Hurry, early in 2015 on Red House Records.

Upright Citizens Brigade
Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Catch the best new improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles. In this 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised performance, four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre – founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh – has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. From TV shows like Broad City, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to films such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, Upright Citizens Brigade performers are everywhere. Not to mention in the writing rooms of Key and Peele, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Inside Amy Schumer, and many more.

PINKALICIOUS, The Musical
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 2pm
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Oftentimes, the silliest of stories result in the most heartwarming of rewards. Elizabeth and Victoria Kann’s popular series of picture books follows the adventures of a charming girl whose single-minded determination gets her into all sorts of colorful trouble.

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Martin Sexton
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 8pm
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Critically-acclaimed Martin Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike. People claim that Martin Sextonʼs songs inspire them to make a change, go cross-country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.

Martin Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument . . . his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singers goal: to amplify the sound of an ordinary heart.”
-Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Martin Sexton was one of the most talked-about arrivals on the “new folk” acoustic music scene. The guitarist, singer, and songwriter has an amazing vocal range and makes effective use of it on his recordings and in his live shows. Unlike so many other contemporary singer-songwriters, his vocal style can be described as truly soulful, combining the best qualities of singers like Van Morrison, Al Green,Aaron Neville, and Otis Redding. (AllMusic.com)

“Martin Sexton is the best live performer I’ve ever seen… I may just quit my job and go follow Martin and make a fuss everywhere I go, just to make sure that people don’t go their lives without hearing this man sing to them.” -John Mayer

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Saturday, April 2 2016 @ 2pm
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Humongous on humor and large on laughs, the story of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was Roald Dahl’s personal favorite. On stage, his whizz-cracklingly wacky tale comes to life with puppets and people creating a fantastical world of towering giants and magical adventures.
In David Wood’s exciting dramatization of Roald Dahl’s award-winning story, a 15-foot-tall vegetarian giant with vocabulary problems teams up with a little orphan girl named Sophie. Together, Sophie and her new “jumbly” friend, the Big Friendly Giant devise a plan to save the children of England from child-eating giants. Along the way, they are assisted by the Queen of England, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force…
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) won the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award in 1982. In 1989 it was turned into an animated film featuring the voice of David Jason. More than 30 years later, the Big Friendly Giant remains a much-loved character whose turned-around language of gobblefunk continues to tongue-tie us all.

Graham Parker Duo
Friday, April 8, 2016 @ 8pm
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Graham Parker has worked with guitarist Brinsley Schwarz since 1975 when they first met and rehearsed together in a band that became known as Graham Parker and The Rumour. Since then, Brinsley Schwarz has often accompanied Parker on post-Rumour records and tours and recently joined him onstage as a duo playing songs from throughout Parker’s career.
Expect songs from Graham Parker’s early albums with The Rumour, his solo career, and his most recent tunes from two Rumour reunion albums, Three Chords Good and Mystery Glue.
In Spain, Norway, and the UK, where a recent triumphant tour ended in a sold out Union Chapel show, the music the duo performed was varied, creative, and exciting in equal measure, along with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of humor from Graham Parker as he reinvents his prodigious catalog.

Rita Wilson
Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 8pm
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Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, recurring roles on CBS’: The Good Wife, HBO’s Girls, recently starring in Larry David’s sold out Broadway hit: Fish In The Dark) as well as a film producer (discovered My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), few may be aware that her early show biz ambitions were actually musical. Born and raised in the Hollywood Hills, Wilson harbored dreams of becoming a singer in the ‘60s and ‘70s after falling in love with The Beatles, The Mamas & the Papas, Janis Joplin, and The Supremes, among others. She even took a part-time job as a ticket-taker at what was then the Universal Amphitheatre as a way to see such popular acts of the day as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, and The Eagles.
During the past two years she has collaborated with a number of extremely talented and successful songwriters composing original material to be featured on her second album, self-titled Rita Wilson, scheduled for an early 2016 release. Some of this material was featured in Wilson’s sold-out two-week residency at the famed Carlyle Café in New York City in late 2014.

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
Featuring Members of the Buena Vista Social Club

Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 8pm
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The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique orchestra, devoted to promoting the complete story of Cuban music. With each show the orchestra exposes Cuba’s rich musical history interpreting all of its musical genres. Buena Vista Social Club founder and bandleader Juan de Marcos is the man responsible for their best-selling recordings. His fourteen piece big band is one of the best-known and most successful Cuban orchestras performing today. The initial Buena Vista Social Club recording put together by De Marcos and Ry Cooder was a Grammy Award-winning international bestseller, made into an Oscar-nominated film by German director Wim Wenders. Juan de Marcos stretches his creative wings, fusing contemporary, traditional and in essence, the future styles of Cuban music.
The ensemble captures the undeniable spirit of Afro-Cuban music with the potent mix of driving percussion, a powerhouse horn section, with piano, bass, tres, guitar and incomparable vocals. Each and every performance is unique and dynamic, you get a set designed for you, the audience in each show. The current line-up of Afro-Cuban All Stars consists of the finest Cuban expatriate musicians in the world today, all alumni of Cuba’s greatest bands. The Afro-Cuban All Stars electrifying performance pays tribute to Cuba’s popular music marrying the past with the present in the grandeur and grace of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Arlo Guthrie "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
Sunday, May 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
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Arlo Guthrie has been known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor and activist. Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo Guthrie is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, and America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Arlo Guthrie has become an iconic figure in folk music in his own right with a distinguished and varied career spanning over fifty years.
“Alice’s Restaurant’s” hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo Guthrie from military service (1966) became a platinum selling record (1967) and full-length motion picture (1969) at the outset of his renowned career. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the lengthiest hit single in music history, Arlo Guthrie once again performs it live. Due to its length, he has only added the complete “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” to his touring menu on the 10-year anniversaries.
For the last five decades, Arlo has carried on the Guthrie family legacy of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classics to audiences far and wide. “The Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour” brings together an ensemble of fine musicians never to grace the stage together at one time. Arlo Guthrie’s deft band includes Terry Hall (drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren Todd (bass), and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards). Each show is curated with an awe-inspiring light show created specifically for this tour by 44 Designs, Inc., along with previously unseen images from the Guthrie archives. More than 75,000 photos have recently been digitized, and selections will be projected during the evening.

Story Pirates: Greatest Hits
Saturday, May 14, 2016 12pm
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Story Pirates celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians. Their live performance is based entirely on stories written by the unfiltered imaginations of kids. When the curtain rises, cats can fly; hot dogs save the world; fried foods battle dairy foods; some of the characters you’re likely to meet are Captain Waffles, Moneyhead Alan, or Snufflepants. Each live performance also includes an improvisation segment with stories and suggestions coming straight from the live audience!
Since 2003, Story Pirates has invited tens of thousands of students to see their own words and ideas come to life on stage, and watched as, one by one, these children began to call themselves writers. Story Pirates is a nationally respected education and media organization that celebrates the words and ideas of young people believing that kids have the best ideas.
Called “crazy entertaining” by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Story Pirates will keep you doubled over laughing, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write from their own imaginations.
Story Pirates is committed to providing high quality arts education to children. Their Play/Write Program began as a pilot in a single low-income Harlem school and has grown to become a nationally respected creative writing and drama curriculum in place annually at over 200 schools across the country. Their assemblies and performances have been recognized and sponsored by partners such as Penguin Books, theaters like the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and on respected television programs such as the NBC Nightly News and The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Story Pirates curriculum focuses on core elements of national standards for Arts Education and English Language Arts, while providing rich cultural experiences that push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals like vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression.

Justin Hayward: Voice of The Moody Blues
Sunday, May 22, 2016 7:30 pm
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Having spent nearly fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industries, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer of English rock band The Moody Blues, his is a talent that helped soundtrack more than a generation and created a legacy that remains undimmed. Over the last forty-five years The Moody Blues sold fifty five million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim and the band has been honored on Sunset Boulevard’s Rock Walk Hall of Fame.
Born and brought up in Swindon in the United Kingdom, Justin Haywards’s interest in music started early when he was five years old and his grandfather bequeathed him his large collection of 78 rpm recordings. Having taught himself to play the ukulele, he soon progressed to guitar and by his early teens he was playing in local groups. Upon leaving school at 17 he answered an advertisement in Melody Maker newspaper and successfully auditioned for UK Rock and Roll hero Marty Wilde. Justin Hayward credits Marty Wilde with encouraging him to become a songwriter; they made several recordings and appearances together and remain friends to this day.
Justin Hayward joined The Moody Blues in the summer of 1966. The artist hit his stride immediately with the single “Fly Me High” and followed it up with the classic hit songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” from the seminal album Days of Future Past. This success showed no sign of abating as Justin Hayward created other classic, era and genre-defining hits such as “Question,” “The Voice” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” and “Your Wildest Dreams.” These tracks laid the foundation for the incredible success story of The Moody Blues – as well as Justin Haywards’s solo work – which continues to this day.
When The Moody Blues took a break from touring in 1975, Justin Hayward worked on the Blue Jays, followed by the hit single “Blue Guitar.” Although the Moodies continued to record and tour at the highest level, he also found time to create several solo albums: Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View From the Hill. Justin Hayward hit the Top Ten globally in 1978 with “Forever Autumn” – created for Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.
Justin Hayward’s latest album of new songs Spirits Of The Western Sky was followed by several solo tours, and most recently a ‘live in concert’ DVD Spirits…Live, which reached No1 on the Billboard Video chart. In 2015 he toured the UK, Europe and the USA with The Moody Blues, and as a solo artist.

NAKED SOUL
RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

150 W 17th St, NYC 10011
212.620.5000 ext 344 www.rmanyc.org
Naked Soul is an all acoustic and unplugged (Naked) music series held at the Rubin Museum of Art (www.rmanyc.org). The Rubin is the only museum in North America whose entire collection is dedicated to artwork of the Himalayas (Soul). The series is held in the Rubin's intimate 137 seat cherry wood lined theater. When the artists arrive they are given a tour of the museum. Artists are encouraged to make connections between the art and their songs - slides of any piece of art that the artists choose are projected behind the artist during the performance. After the show, the audience is given a free tour of the museum. Tickets are available by calling the museum M-F 11am-5pm at 212-620-5000 ext 344.

Jill Sobule
Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 7pm
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Jill Sobule is a Denver-born singer, songwriter, storyteller, and guitarist. Her recording career began in 1990 with her debut album Things Here Are Different, recorded by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album yielded the hit songs “I Kissed a Girl” and “Supermodel.” Since then she has continued to record, produce, and tour with an ever-growing, loyal fan base. Jill is considered a pioneer in crowdsourcing, with her 2009 record California Years having been funded by her fans. She continues to be at the forefront of exploring and creating new models for artists in an ever-changing music industry. She has performed with Neil Young, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Morello, and Warren Zevon and inducted Neil Diamond into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Dar Williams
Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 7pm
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Called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker, Dar Williams makes her highly anticipated return to the Rubin to play songs from her latest album, Emerald.

Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald, marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.

In the past few years Williams has been involved in a wide range of different efforts and projects: teaching a course titled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy” at her alma mater, Wesleyan University; working with children at several summer camps; leading songwriting workshops; getting involved with the workings of her village; and writing a book about the ways she’s seen towns becoming more independent and prosperous over her twenty years of touring.

 

Susan Werner
Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 7pm
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“One of the most innovative songwriters working today.” —Chicago Tribune

“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.” —The New Yorker

Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of Werner’s work, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona. Werner returns to the Rubin Museum after several previous sold-out concerts.

David Broza
Friday, April 8, 2016 @ 7pm
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A superstar in his homeland of Israel, singer/songwriter David Broza is a modern troubadour of urban folk-rock with a talent for giving musical life to poetry. With nineteen albums to his name, many of which were certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum, his popularity achieved new heights with the success of his quadruple-platinum album The Woman By My Side.
Critics have been quick to label Broza as “a post-modern Leonard Cohen,” the “Stevie Ray Vaughn” of folk rock, and even “the Mel Gibson of rock ‘n’ roll.”

The worldliness in Broza’s songs, including flamenco-tinged, folk-rock melodies, sets them apart from many others in the genre, and sophisticated listeners will also recognize a diversity of cultural influences in his music.

 

Dan Bern
Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 7pm
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A remarkably prolific songwriter, Dan Bern has released around two dozen studio albums, EPs, and live recordings since his first acclaimed Sony-distributed CD in 1997. Either fronting the prodigiously talented band Common Rotation or as a solo performer, he is comfortable and convincing, funny and topical, with an unassuming tip of the hat to Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, all while sounding thoroughly original and contemporary. Whether writing about stepping back and appreciating the world around us (“Breathe”) or celebrating the venerable voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers (“The Golden Voice of Vin Scully”), Dan’s songs are always literary, sometimes funny, and often cinematic. And it’s not uncommon at a Dan Bern concert to see and hear fans unabashedly singing along to one song after another with no prompting from the stage.

Melissa Ferrick
Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 7pm
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Melissa Ferrick’s twelfth original album is a homecoming. She has arrived in a place musically that is both familiar and new. The self-titled album is, in many ways, a new beginning for Ferrick. Written in just over a year, recorded at home, and released on her own relaunched label, Right On Records, the acoustic album is simple, eloquent, and honest with an undeniable level of maturity. For long-time fans, this will be a welcome new arrival. For those who are just discovering Ferrick, this is a superb way to be introduced. A completely solo effort in its process, creation, and release, Ferrick is marking the middle of her career with a perfect return to songwriting and herself.

Mary Fahl
(lead singer of October Project)

Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 7pm
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“Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as the lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s, NYC-based, chamber-pop group October Project. The hallmark of their sound was Fahl’s power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication.

Now Fahl returns with her album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House,” a collection of twenty-three tracks recorded live at one of America’s oldest vaudeville theaters and winner of the Indie Acoustic Award for multi-genre “Album of the Year.” The show was filmed for PBS and is currently airing around the country. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as folk-pop, which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms.”

Her upcoming performance will include “Exiles,” a song written for Anne Rice’s new audiobook “The Wolves of Midwinter,” a stunning cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now,” and many October Project favorites.

 

Chris Smither
Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 7pm
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Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for fifty years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. His newest recording, Still on the Levee, is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates The Motivators, Still on the Levee plays host to special guests like Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.

Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Smither is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a “one-man band to the bone.” Chris melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and humanist philosophers.

 

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TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL
13 Main Street Tarrytown, NY 10591
877.840.0457 www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Fran Lebowitz
Friday, February 20, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Purveyor of urban cool, witty chronicler of the ”me decade” and the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker, Fran Lebowitz remains one of the foremost advocates of the Extreme Statement. She offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media as well as her own pet peeves – including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers.

Graham Nash
Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a Grammy Award winner.

Nash’s passionate voice continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide.

In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography Wild Tales, which delivers an engrossing, no-holds-barred look back at his remarkable career and the music that defined a generation. The book landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and will be released in paperback format this fall. In recognition for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist.

Leon Russell & Dave Mason
Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 8pm
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Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock 'n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music. Leon has played on pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, and surf records. As a session musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader, and touring musician, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists, including Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Bruce Hornsby, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, B.B. King, Freddie King, Steve Cropper, Rita Coolidge, Barbra Streisand, Ike & Tina Turner, Ricky Nelson, Herb Alpert, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood, and groups such as The Monkees, The Astronauts, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Rolling Stones and on and on and on…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter, and legendary guitarist Dave Mason has been making music since the age of 18 when he teamed up with fellow England native Steve Winwood to form the band Traffic. Since then he has penned dozens of hits, and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac,The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason has been performing to sold-out audiences for years and has sold millions of recordings worldwide.

 

The Lone Bellow
Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Then Came the Morning, the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio The Lone Bellow, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: “Then came the morning! It was bright, like the light that you kept from your smile!” Working with producer Aaron Dessner of the National, the Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow.
"The feeling I get singing with Zach and Brian is completely natural and wholly electrifying,” says Kanene. “Our voices feel like they were made to sing together."

After two hard years of constant touring, the band was exhausted but excited. By 2014, they had written nearly 40 songs on the road and were eager to get them down on tape. After putting together a list of dream producers, they reached out to their first choice, the National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who has helmed albums by the L.A. indie-rock group Local Natives and New York singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

Dessner and the Lone Bellow spent two weeks recording at Dreamland in upstate New York, a nineteenth-century church that had been converted into a homey studio. The singers found the space to inspire the emotional gravity necessary for the material and the acoustics they were looking for.

Neko Case
Friday, March 4, 2016 @ 8 pm
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Neko Case was playing and touring with bands for a decade before she realized it was her job. Now more than 20 years into that calling, Neko Case is the consummate career artist--fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Nowhere is that clearer than in Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, a stunning vinyl box set of Case's complete (so far) solo discography, released November 2015.

Born in 1970, and raised all over working-class Washington state, Case spent a turbulent childhood shuffling between divorced and uninterested parents, and often alone. This is one reason she is an ardent collaborator, working with a huge roster of Canadian and American artists throughout her career, and thriving as a member of indie-pop supergroup the New Pornographers and other projects alongside her solo work.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 2 pm
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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy celebrates the power of imagination and promotes a sense of adventure and exploration of the world around you. Inspired by the New York Times Top 10 best-selling Children's Books (September 14, 2014) with 14 titles and over 3.3 million copies in print, this lively new musical “buzzes” with the inventive energy of childhood. Lulu is disappointed that she is too little to play baseball with her big brother, grabs her trusty sidekick, Bingo, the family dog, and goes off to the park, seeking adventure. She meets up with her friends, Sam, Marley and Kiki and they morph into the Bug Squad as Ladybug Girl, Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl and Butterfly Girl fight the Mean Alien...or is that Lulu's brother? Imagination will triumph!

Patty Griffin, Sara Watins & Anais Mitchell: Together On Stage
Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 8pm
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In a highly anticipated national tour, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin joins forces with Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting and perfomance. More than just a three-act show, this special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening.

Lucinda Williams
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 8:30 pm
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We are thrilled to welcome Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams back to the Music Hall! Lucinda had secured a place among the living legends of American Music throughout the course of nearly four decades. Her fluid blend of country, blues, rock and folk, paired with penetrating lyrics have earned her worldwide success, including three Grammy Awards. She tours in support of her new album The Ghosts of Highway 20, an intensely involving 14-song collection that may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of her illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.

David Bromberg Big Band
Friday, April 1, 2016 @ 8pm
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With a stage full of incredible talent and no set list, the freewheeling David Bromberg Big Band concerts have become the stuff of legends. David Bromberg’s sensitive and versatile approach to guitar-playing is steeped in the folk and blues traditions. An eclectic artist, he plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country, western, and rock and roll equally well. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time. He’s played with everyone, toured everywhere, and he can lead his raucous big band or hold an audience silent with solo acoustic blues. David Bromberg became a first-call, “hired gun” guitarist for recording sessions, ultimately playing on hundreds of records by famous musicians artists including Bob Dylan (New Morning, Self Portrait, Dylan), Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, The Eagles, Willie Nelson, Carly Simon, and Ringo Starr. David Bromberg co-wrote the song “The Holdup” with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg’s self-titled 1972 album. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Tradi

The Milk Carton Kids
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 7 pm
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Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids released their third album, Monterey on May 19, 2015. A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called “folk revival,” an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids and their new album. The two years since the release of their last album, The Ash & Clay, have been significant ones for the group. In addition to a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, The Milk Carton Kids won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014.

Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers' concert documentary, "Another Day/Another Time,” brought the band its widest audience and their 55-city North American tour last year sold out months in advance. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them. Yet while some of the band’s many accolades reference a specific genre, the duo quickly transcends those tags with clear inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern “alternative." This past year, The Milk Carton Kids were asked to pay tribute to Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris — Cash on the Joe Henry-produced remake of “Bitter Tears,” and Harris with their standing ovation performance at the tribute concert “The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris,” among luminaries including Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Alison Kraus, Iron & Wine, and Harris herself. If Cash and Harris taught us that American music is meant to be taken at its expansive word, without confines or borders, The Milk Carton Kids appear to have taken the lesson to heart.

 

Boz Scaggs
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 8 pm
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We are thrilled to welcome Grammy award-winning songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs back to the Music Hall! “Lowdown”, “Lido Shuffle”, “Jojo” – these are just a few of the classic hits that have made Boz Scaggs a household name. Fans who have followed his remarkable career dating back to the late 60s with the Steve Miller Band; his solo triumphs with such classic albums as Silk Degrees and Middle Man; and the splendid assurance of late-period high points like Some Change and Dig, instantly recognize Scaggs’ characteristically deft touch as a singer – something that is immediately evident on his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care. “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz says about his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care.

One Night of Queen:
Paying Tribute to the Greatest Rock & Roll Band of All Time!

Friday, April 16, 2016 @ 8pm
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One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & The Works is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. They have been hailed as the World’s Premiere Queen Tribute Band and have received rave reviews from over 650 Performing Arts Centers, Casinos, Fairs, Festivals, and Corporate buyers in the USA since 2008. In 2000, lead vocalist Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars in their eyes” grand finale with a record poll of 864,838 votes, the largest number of votes ever received in the popular TV show’s history. Brian May was quoted on national television as saying; “Gary shares ‘more than a likeness’ to Freddie.” In 2002 Gary formed his band “The Works,” comprised of Davie Brockett on guitar, Jonathan Evans on drums, Billy Moffat on bass and Malcolm Gentles on keyboards.

Over the past 12 years, Gary Mullen & The Works have performed their show One Night of Queen to sold-out audiences throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to name but a few. They have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000. Gary Mullen & The Works brings the spirit and passion of rock icon Freddie Mercury to life on stage with the spectacular rock tribute, ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN. Fans of Queen will delight in this note-for-note experience of mega-hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many others. This show will ROCK YOU!

 

Kathy Griffin
Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 7pm
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Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. Kathy made history with her 6th consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album ("Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl"), joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album.

In 2013 Kathy was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials - more than any comedian in history. Buoyed by her dedicated and engaged fans, Kathy's live standup performances are legendary and in a class of their own. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to see her perform sold out shows everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

 

Cowboy Junkies
Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8pm
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Cowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 after guitarist and songwriter Michael Timmins and long-time friend and musical partner, bassist Alan Anton, recruited Michael’s sister, singer Margo Timmins and brother, drummer Peter Timmins to join them. The band recorded its blues-inspired debut album Whites Off Earth Now!! (1986) and released it on their own Latent label. Touring the US in support of the album, they traveled extensively through the South and Southwest, soaking up the music of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and others, which provided the inspiration for the band’s second effort, The Trinity Session.

For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. Albums like The Caution Horses (1990), Black Eyed Man (1992), Lay It Down (1996) and more recently, Open (2001), One Soul Now (2004), Early 21st Century Blues (2005) and At the End of Paths Taken (2007) chronicle a creative journey reflecting the independent road the band has elected to travel. The band has appeared on countless major television shows in North America from Saturday Night Live to Late Night with David Letterman and the Tonight Show. Their music has been featured in dozens of television programs and feature films.

 

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
featuring Members of the Buena Vista Social Club

Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 7pm
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The Afro-Cuban All Stars (ACAS) is a unique orchestra; devoted to promoting the complete story of Cuban music. With each show the orchestra exposes Cuba’s rich musical history interpreting all of its musical genres. Buena Vista Social Club founder and bandleader Juan de Marcos is the man responsible for their best selling recordings. His 14 piece big band is one of the best-known and most successful Cuban orchestras performing today. The initial Buena Vista Social Club recording put together by De Marcos and Ry Cooder was a Grammy-winning international bestseller, made into an Oscar-nominated film by German director Wim Wenders. Juan de Marcos stretches his creative wings; fusing contemporary, traditional and in essence, the future styles of Cuban music.

Get The Led Out: Playing Led Zeppelin Note for Note
Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 8pm
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We are thrilled to welcome back the premiere Led Zeppelin tribute Get The Led Out after three consecutive sell outs! From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.
“They didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors -- they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework -- they’re teaching the class.” The Patriot News

 

Happy Together Tour 2016 w/The Turtles
featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night,
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay
former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, & The Spencer Davis Group

Sunday, June 19, 2016 @ 7pm
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The Happy Together Tour rolls into town again for the five consecutive smash year! This year the lineup features...The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, & The Spencer Davis Group.

An Evening with Paula Poundstone
Rescheduled from March 19

Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 8pm
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Paula Poundstone is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. Paula won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 she was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly: “I peed my pants.” Paula's interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval less artful comics have received. Watch for Paula in the new Disney Pixar film “Inside Out” opening nationwide June 19th.

Lebanon Opera House
51 North Park Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
603.448.0400 www.lebanonoperahouse.org

Neko Case
Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
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With special guest Jennifer O’Connor.

Neko Case was playing and touring with bands for a decade before she realized it was her job. Now more than 20 years into that calling, Neko Case is the consummate career artist–fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Nowhere is that clearer than in Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, a stunning vinyl box set of Case’s complete (so far) solo discography, released November 2015.

Born in 1970, and raised all over working-class Washington state, Case spent a turbulent childhood shuffling between divorced and uninterested parents, and often alone. This is one reason she is an ardent collaborator, working with a huge roster of Canadian and American artists throughout her career, and thriving as a member of indie-pop supergroup the New Pornographers and other projects alongside her solo work.

 


SUGAR LOAF PAC
1351 Kings Hwy
Sugar Loaf, New York 10981
845.610.5900 www.sugarloafpac.org

Darlene Love
Saturday February 6, 2016 @ 8 pm

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Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center is excited to announce an evening with the voice that helped launch a hundred hits, like “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “He’s a Rebel,” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” iconic singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love on Saturday, February 6th at 8 PM in the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center!

Darlene has been shaping pop music since 1957, when she was asked to join the Blossoms while she was still in high school. Darlene and the Blossoms went on to perform with almost every musical act under the sun, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, Sonny and Cher, Tom Jones, and Luther Vandross. Her contributions to music as one of the greatest session vocalists and backup singers paved the way for her emergence as a star in her own right, with Billboard hits like “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “A Fine, Fine Boy,” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love.” In 2011 she received one of the highest honors in her field and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed with both Bette Midler and Bruce Springsteen at the ceremony.

Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory, Darlene has done it all, from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series and the Oscar and Grammy-winning film Twenty Feet From Stardom to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease . She even starred as herself in Leader Of The Pack, which was credited as Broadway’s first ‘jukebox musical.’ Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, such as The Late Show with David Letterman , where she has performed her hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” every year for almost 30 years. An autobiographical film is currently in the works with a development deal from Oprah Winfrey based on the book “My name is Love,” which was written by Darlene herself.

Rolling Stone proclaimed Darlene Love “one of the greatest singers of all times, while the New York Times declared that her “thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” She continues to tour and captivates audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and superb performances. Her new cd, released via Sony/Columbia/Wicked Cool Records, has received sensational critical reaction and numerous TV presentations. Produced by fellow musician and long time friend Steven Van Zandt, it includes songs written for Darlene by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Webb, and many others.

 

Justin Hayward
Saturday May 14, 2016 @ 8 pm

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Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center is proud to announce an intimate evening with composer, lead guitarist, and frontman of English rock band The Moody Blues Justin Hayward on Saturday, May 14th at 8pm at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center !

Having chalked up nearly fifty years at the top of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has endured time and is known all over the world. Hayward’s mastery of songwriting and his vocal prowess have made him and the Moody Blues a defining force in rock music. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold fifty five million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, and the Moody Blues are universally known as innovators and trailblazers who have influenced artists in a variety of genres. Born and raised in Swindown, England, Justin’s interest in music started when he was five years old and his grandfather gave him a large collection of 78 rpm recordings. At age 17, he left school and successfully auditioned for British singer and songwriter Marty Wilde. It was a dream come true for Justin, and Marty helped launch Justin’s career as a songwriter.

After a few solo singles, Justin joined the Moody Blues in 1966. He hit his stride immediately with the single ‘Fly Me High’ and followed it up with hit songs like ‘Nights in White Satin’ and ‘Tuesday Afternoon. There was no shortage of hits for Justin; he went on to create songs like ‘Question,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,’ and ‘Your Wildest Dreams.’ Songs like these laid the foundation for the incredible success of both the Moody Blues and Justin’s solo career.

When the Moody Blues took a break in 1975, Justin refused to rest; he continued to crank out solo hits with songs like ‘Forever Autumn’ and albums like ‘Songwriter,’ ‘Moving Mountains,’ and ‘The View From the Hill.’ His latest album ‘Spirits of the Western Sky’ was released in 2013 and shows Justin’s musical versatility; while the rock influence is still present, the album also has some shades of country and bluegrass. Justin is currently on tour and his legendary voice and infamous musical storytelling skills continue to delight both old and new fans alike.

 

ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
196 Allen Street
NYC, New York 10002
212.744.4155 www.rockwoodmusichall.com

On Your Radar featuring
Hosted by John Platt from WFUV
Tuesday February 9, 2016 @ 7 pm

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"On Your Radar" with WFUV's John Platt takes place at The Rockwood Music Hall. The line-up on February 9 featuring Villa Palagonia, Sonya Heller and Jay Hitt.

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