WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING OUR 2014 RIVER HOUSE RESTAURANT CONCERT SERIES IN MAY, BUT HERE IS A LOOK AT WHO WE HAD IN 2013!
RICHARD THOMPSON - June 30, 2013
What a way to kick off the season. The one and only Richard Thompson! This iconic British folk rock legend is one of the world's most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He was named one of the Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 20 Guitarists of all-time, and a recent recipient of the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award. His work is admired and recorded by such artists as Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne and Elvis Costello. Since his teenage years as founding member of the 1960's Fairport Convention, Thompson's astounding body of work includes over 40 albums. Richard Thompson's performances are an experience not to be missed.
LAKE STREET DIVE - July 3, 2013
Voted most wanted to return, hands down and then some. Lake Street Dive absolutely blew our audience away last year and we are thrilled to welcome them back to our stage. How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet proceeds to inject them with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. If you missed it last year, come catch what the buzz was all about.
It isn't easy to forge an identity in Americana folk when your father is Steve Earle, but that is exactly why the success of Justin Townes Earle is so noteworthy. With five albums in just six years, this Nashville guitarist stunned skeptics and recieved recognition from the industry by winning big at the Americana Music Awards in both 2009 and 2011 for Song of the Year and named one of the MUST HEAR artists at Bonnaroo by Spin Magazine. Unlike his father, this brilliant songwriting leans less on the socio-political side and more on the personal, relational side of the music spectrum. Don't miss this latter day troubadour.
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS - July 17, 2013
The Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops brought the house down last summer as part of the Folk Festival with their modern take on a traditional sound. The Drops have proven that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they've so scrupulously researched and passionately performed over the years, could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Their fresh interpretation of material from the Carolinas, they highlight the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation's popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. This virtuosic trio's approach is both provocative and revelatory and they have taken folk traditions up to new heights and long become known as the do-not-miss act of any festival.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER & MARC COHN
ON STAGE TOGETHER - July 24, 2013
Acclaimed songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Marc Cohn will share the stage as part of this special performance featuring material spanning their vast catalogs, as well as some of their favorite songs. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has recorded 12 albums and has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her", she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. With his Grammy-award winning ballad "Walking in Memphis", Marc Cohn is one of his generation's most compelling singer/songwriters. After taking a decade-long sabbatical, Cohn returned in 2007 with Join The Parade. Inspired by events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE - July 26, 2013
Since the release of their Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Fresh off six Super Bowl performances, Trombone Shorty will bring his signature mix of funk, soul and hip-hop beats that will get you on your feet. Catch New Orleans' brightest young star as part of our Folk Festival (see full line-up here) for what promises to be an electrifying night.
THE HEAD AND THE HEART - July 31, 2013
So many decisions in life and in the music we love can come down to a critical tug between the logic in our heads and the hot red blood beating through our hearts. Seattle's The Head and the Heart live authentically in that crux, finding joy and beauty wedged there. Their music pulses effervescently - both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent. With Americana roots and strong vocal harmonies that swell like a river, this band fins its anchor in solid songwriting that has even the jaded humming along by the second listen. Whatever you do this summer, do NOT miss the impeccable, sweet-voiced folk-pop songs of this band that has been taking the music scene by storm.
JUDY COLLINS w/ Ari Hest- August 7, 2013
She is a legend. And we are one of her favorite spots to perform. Combined, it makes for a memorable and unique evening that you can't afford to miss. What can one say about someone with an impressive career that has spanned more than 50 years and thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folk songs and contemporary themes. Noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now (since entered into the Grammy's Hall of Fame) and Grammy Award Song of the Year for her version of Send in the Clowns. Don't miss the return of Judy Collins to Prescott Park.
DAR WILLIAMS - August 14, 2013
Dar Williams is one of the most respected singer/songwriters of her generation, and continues to engage her loyal fans and growing audience throughout the country. The latest album from this acclaimed songwriter, In The Time of Gods was released in 2012 and focused on the complex and mysterious world of mythology. The Wall Street Journal said, "Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is considered one of rock's reigning onstage wits. She is also known for her lyrical, evocative songwriting and singing. Williams has been a leading figure in the folk-rock world for nearly 20 years."
RUTH MOODY - August 21, 2013
This two-time JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter from Canada is the founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys. Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace with ethereal vocals, impressive multi-intrumentalism, and exceptional songwriting. She has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the American national radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION - August 28, 2013
Talk about taking the music scene by storm, Spirit Family Reunion plays homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way. "Dusty acoustic guitars, wailing fiddles and weeping accordions, with a woozy-yet-skintight rhythm section -- and topped off with burr-edged vocals that sound like they've been soaked in a Mason jar for generations -- it's the type of music that blurs the line between past and present so thoroughly, and so deftly, that time feels irrelevant." - Paste Magazine's Best of What's Next. Come and rejoice in this energetic and wonderfully fun sound.
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES with The Mastersons - August 30, 2013
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin and countless others. (Whew, impressed yet?). With three Grammy Awards under his belt, Earle has released 14 studio albums and appeared in film, television, and has written a novel, a play and a book of short stories. Steve Earle will be returning to Prescott Park with his band The Dukes in support of his new album The Low Highway just released in April.
We are proud to close the 2013 season with one of Canada's most respected musicians, Bruce Cockburn. A Canadian Hall of Fame member, Cockburn has long been regarded as one of the world's finest performers with sparkling musicianship and amazing guitar prowess. He has recorded 31 albums, many that have gone Gold or Platinum, and earned a total of 13 JUNO Awards (Canada's Grammy). From his catalog of songs, over 250 of them have been covered by such greats as Jimmy Buffet, Barenaked Ladies, k.d. Lang, Ani DiFranco, Judy Collins, and Jerry Garcia. His hits include Wondering Where the Lions Are, Lovers in a Dangerous Time, and If I Had a Rocket Launcher. We hate to see the music series come to a close, but we really, really can't wait for this show.