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Art Garfunkel • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.16.18
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Art Garfunkel • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.16.18

Art Garfunkel

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 8:00PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY

Art Garfunkel Music Without Borders MWB

Hailed by the New York Times as a “beautiful countertenor,” legendary singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel.  He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 solo albums, the most recent being Some Enchanted Evening in 2007.  Garfunkel was originally revered for his Grammy-winning, chart-topping songs and albums with partner and fellow NYC native Paul Simon.  Their greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound of Silence,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” among others, is one of the best-selling albums of all time.  The late ‘80s brought two new challenges for Garfunkel: he published Still Water, a collection of poetry in ‘89, and began an amazing trek across America--on foot.

The last few decades find Garfunkel doing what he does best: singing for an audience.  “Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital,” says Garfunkel, who relishes the opportunity to perform new and classic material for fans around the world.  “I’m a singer trying to get away with a lucky job.  I try to soothe, to lift...That’s my life.”  In his intimate show that features himself, a guitarist, and often a piano/keys player, you’ll hear entertaining stories and, of course, his greatest hits.

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David Bromberg Big Band • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.10.18
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

David Bromberg Big Band • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.10.18

David Bromberg Big Band

with special guest Loudon Wainwright III

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

David Bromberg Music Without Borders

It is all about the blues for Americana godfather David Bromberg.  He has played with everyone, toured everywhere, and can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. He is the master of multiple stringed instruments that he uses to guide audiences on an incredible musical journey. For his performance at the Hall, Bromberg is joined by his Big Band.

Born in Philadelphia in 1945 and raised in Tarrytown, NY, “as a kid I listened to rock ’n’ roll and whatever else was on the radio,” says Bromberg. “I discovered Pete Seeger and The Weavers and, through them, Reverend Gary Davis. I then discovered Big Bill Broonzy, who led me to Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues. This was more or less the same time I discovered Flatt and Scruggs, which led to Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.” 

Bromberg began studying guitar-playing when he was 13 and eventually enrolled in Columbia University as a musicology major. The call of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-60s drew David to the downtown clubs and coffeehouses, where he could watch and learn from the best performers, including primary sources such as his inspiration and teacher, the Reverend Gary Davis. 

His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia.  A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.  In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass. 

During a period of self-imposed exile from his passion (1980-2002), he opened a shop in Wilmington, Delaware, called David Bromberg Fine Violins, and became a renowned violin expert.  In 2002 he made a triumphant return to music-making and since then has been unstoppable!  Bromberg’s musical revitalization has him playing shows on his own, or with his own David Bromberg Quartet.  He also has reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band, which we are thrilled to host onstage here at the Hall.  Listen for that joyful noise – David Bromberg’s back!   

http://www.davidbromberg.net/

Bromberg’s special guest for this performance is Loudon Wainwright.  Wainwright’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, movie and TV credits, and now his new autobiography, Liner Notes (2017 Penguin/Random House).  In 2010  he won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.  His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now, was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year.  In 2014, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet), marks his the 26th career release to-date.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)”, and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding, the “singing surgeon”, on the American television show, M*A*S*H. 

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison.  He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry, on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up.  Loudon penned music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You.  He composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

 As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.

http://www.lw3.com/


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Brett Dennen • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.9.18
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Brett Dennen • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.9.18

Brett Dennen

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8PM at Troy Savings Bank

Brett Dennen Music Without Borders MWB

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen shares his California folk sensibilities with sweet-natured pop with hits like “Ain’t No Reason” & “Wild Child”.  The singer's mostly acoustic tunes lean toward uplift and peace.  He's able to crank out big pop songs complete with splashy keyboards, catchy hooks and danceable beats, yet Dennen can strip his sound down to just his voice and a guitar with equally captivating results.

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen is a contemplative introvert by nature, an adventurer by soul, and the great communicator by effect. Much of his music stems inspiration from indulging in the natural environment around him – from camping trips along the Sierra Nevada mountain range to climbing Everest and Kilimanjaro. In the consistent succession of six previous albums released since his self-titled 2005 debut, Dennen has fluidly motioned between worlds of self-reflection and discovery, and interacting with the environment outside of the self.

His last album, released in 2016, titled Por Favor which, from Spanish, translates to “please,” suggested a need for something, a desire to make a change; a word that Dennen felt alluded to asking for something to come into your life. Now, with his latest release, Let’s, he makes a conscious effort to step out, and create an open-ended invitation to band together with friends and strangers alike to create a “somewhat of a party,” he says, “a comfy environment where people can work together for common goals.”

Let’s is the first in a series of two EPs created with songwriter/producer Dan Wilson (Adele, Dixie Chicks) for 2018 release. The album is evidence of Dennen’s inherent ability to create community amongst listeners. As someone whose endeavors include a mountain town ski “Lift” series advancing environmental activism in the winter, and a beach “Vacationer” series supporting local environment preservation in the summer, Dennen has found a niche way of incorporating his love of music and the outdoors into his live tours.

Dennen is also an avid painter, most prominently with watercolors, creating artwork that can be seen in much of the branding for his albums, as well as his side projects. With an evolving appreciate for food and beverage, he developed his own line of wine Rosés, consequently named Dennen Wines, for which he also incorporates his artwork onto the labels. The California Rosé of the collection scored a 91 on Wine Spectator. Out of all wines, Dennen picked Rosé because he feels it “celebrates being alive,” and as a drink that is perfect for any gathering, any season, it goes hand-in-hand with everything that Let’s represents.

Dennen currenlty resides in Northern California.

Erin Rae MWB Music Without Borders

Erin Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk and indie-rock has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs—not to mention critical acclaim from some of the world’s top music media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, and the BBC—is finally stepping out into the spotlight with her new album Putting On Airs. The album is out June 8, 2018 on Single Lock Records.

 

Buoying the release is Rae’s reputation as an enthralling live performer, which has earned her the respect of Nashville peers and music notables alike, including Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who has signed her to his Florence, Alabama-based label, Single Lock Records. Rae joins a Single Lock roster that includes Nicole Atkins, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, and White himself, who said “When I first heard Erin’s compelling voice, I knew nothing about her. It was live, with no intro (she was opening for friends of mine), and I was instantly transfixed. I couldn’t wait to engage, and that’s something I very seldom feel, much less do. I was thrilled to find out her personality was as engaging as her voice and songs, and that she was looking for a home. I couldn’t be happier to be hitching our wagons together.”

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The Wood Brothers • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.8.18
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Wood Brothers • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.8.18

The Wood Brothers

with special guest Nicole Atkins

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:30PM at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY

The Wood Brothers Music Without Borders MWB

The Wood Brothers hold a special place in the hearts of fans in the Capital District for their performances at Levon Helm's legendary Midnight Ramble.  This trio - guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix - adapts blues, folk, and roots music into their own evocative sound. 

They will be performing songs from their vast catalog, as well as songs off their newest album, One Drop of Truth.  “It’s the freest album we’ve done, the most independent album we’ve done, and was the most fun we’ve ever had making a record,” says Oliver Wood. “And most importantly, this is the most purely Wood Brothers’ album we’ve ever made.”

Indeed, The Wood Brothers’ sixth outing, One Drop of Truth, dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix treat each song as if it were its own short film. The end result is undeniably The Wood Brothers’ most dynamic recording to date.

“Often, when you’re making an album in the traditional way, there will be a unifying concept, whether that be in the approach to the music stylistically or lyrically in terms over the overall narrative. And even though there are some themes that revealed themselves later, this one is all over the place,” explains Oliver Wood. “What I really love about this record is that each one of these songs has its own little world. There are diver-se sounds and vibes from one track to the next.”

Building off the success of their previous studio album, 2015’s ‘Paradise,’ which was dubbed “the warmest, most sublime and occasionally rowdiest Wood Brothers release yet,” by American Songwriter, the band found themselves at a fortuitous crossroads. Following a tour with Tedeschi Trucks Ba­­­­­nd, high profile festival dates and sold out headline shows, the band felt free from the cyclical album release, tour, write, record and do-it-all-over-again pressures of the traditional music business. With all three members living in Nashville affording easy access to each other and a wealth of local independent studios at their disposal, they started work in January of 2017 with a new approach.

“Instead of going into one studio and recording it all at the same time, we picked a couple studios, and started to experiment,” says Chris Wood. “Sometimes we’d just make demos of songs to see if we got anything we liked. There was no pressure, and that really freed us up. We just did one or two songs a day, put it aside, let the songs simmer, and then we’d have a fresh perspective on what was working or not working. You need time to go by to gain objectivity.”

Fittingly titled, One Drop of Truth, the latest entry in The Wood Brothers evolution finds three musicians being true to themselves. At a point in their career where most artists would be looking to strategically position themselves for even greater commercial success, they instead turned to artistic expression in service of the muse. In chaotic times when honesty is in short supply and ulterior motives seem to always be at play, The Wood Brothers put faith in themselves and ultimately their audience by writing and recording a collection of songs that is honest and pure. As they sing on the album’s title track: “Rather die hungry / than feasting on lies / Give me one drop of truth / I cannot deny.”

Video for “Happiness Jones”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5A&start_radio=1&list=RDLKIoiVWwF5A

The Wood Brothers Website: https://www.thewoodbros.com/

“A voice that could melt the heart of a devil… When Nicole Atkins sings, she sounds like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin all rolled into one voice.” - NPR

Named Rolling Stone’s "Top 10 Artists To Watch" in 2007 for her debut album Neptune City, Nicole Atkins has appeared on numerous late night TV shows, including  “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Conan”, and “Later… with Jools Holland”, and featured in media outlets ranging from the New York Times to Time magazine. She has toured throughout the US and Europe, both headlining and also touring with The Black Keys, Mavis Staples, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Chris Isaak and the Avett Brothers.

Nicole Atkins fourth studio album, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, will be released on July 21st on Single Lock Records. The album, a vintage soul album inspired legendary artists like Dusty Springfield, Candi Staton, Roy Orbison and Janis Joplin, was produced by Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges), with additional mixing by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes).

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Matisyahu • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.1.18
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Matisyahu • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • 11.1.18

Matisyahu

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30PM at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY

matisyahu Music Without Borders

Reggae singer, rapper, beatboxer, and alternative rocker Matisyahu brings stripped back versions of his chart-topping songs ("King Without A Crown", "One Day") to this acoustic show.

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Josh Ritter • Acoustic Show • Troy Music Hall • May 12th
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Josh Ritter • Acoustic Show • Troy Music Hall • May 12th

Josh Ritter • Acoustic Show

Troy Music Hall • 05.12.18 • 8 PM

 Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

- A limited number of $50 Gold Circle tickets are available.

 “Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer." - NPR

Josh Ritter's acclaimed 20-year career as a songwriter and musician reaches new heights with the release of his ninth full-length album, Gathering.  In Josh’s words, "I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me."

A songwriter, a musician, a New York Times best-selling author, a painter, a consummate performer. Josh Ritter encompasses all of these descriptors and more. He is a true artist. One who is not afraid of growing, changing and constantly challenging earlier versions of himself. Here, two decades into his storied career, Josh Ritter is just getting started.

This is a special solo acoustic show.

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Martin Sexton & Joan Osborne • Troy Music Hall • Sat, April 14 th
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Martin Sexton & Joan Osborne • Troy Music Hall • Sat, April 14 th

Martin Sexton and Joan Osborne

Troy Music Hall • 04.14.18 • 8 PM

Martin Sexton & Joan Osborne • Troy Music Hall • 4.14 • www.MusicWithoutBorders.com

Two amazing musicians together to create one phenomenal night of music.  Acclaimed American singer/songwriter Martin Sexton and the extraordinarily gifted Joan Osborne bring their talents to the Hall on Saturday, April 14, each performing their own set. 

Mr. Sexton will perform selections from his vast catalog, along with songs off his latest release, Mixtape of the Open Road

Ms. Osborne will be singing a selection of Bob Dylan songs off of her latest release, Songs of Bob Dylan.

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Air Supply at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • March 23rd
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Air Supply at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • March 23rd

AIR SUPPLY

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • Fri, March 23rd • 8 PM

 Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell of Air Supply

Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell of Air Supply

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock sing their greatest hits, including "All Out of Love," "Lost In Love," "The One That You Love," and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All.”

Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.

After the shows' performances at 10:30, they would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs, "Love and Other Bruises" and "If You Knew Me" and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one — CBS Records — who admired their unique style.

They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the national charts. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the U.S. market.

Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called Life Support. On this record were some treasures of songs, including "Lost in Love" which went Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.

Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Now Air Supply was on their way. The second single was "All Out of Love," and that went up the charts even quicker.

Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. "Lost in Love" was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies.

The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan, and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1983 they recorded "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" by Jim Steinman which solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song was released on The Greatest Hits album which soared past 7 million copies.

"Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "Sweet Dreams", and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

In 1986 the group's music was still playing endlessly on radio. That same year, Graham was married to actress Jodi Varble from Rochelle, Illinois, who also was his leading lady in the video for "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All."

Air Supply began to tour with lavish productions in places that no one had been before. In South America and Asia they became a part of everyone's life. In 1988, Air Supply was asked to participate in Australia's bicentennial celebration and to play for HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana, where they learned both were already ardent fans. This engagement would be one of their most treasured moments in their career.

In 1989, they recorded "The Earth Is" album selling over a million copies outside of the U.S. This album was followed by "The Vanishing Race" CD and, with the singles "Goodbye" and "It's Never Too Late", again saw multi-platinum success. The following albums, "News from Nowhere", "Yours Truly", and "Across the Concrete Sky" all gave their second greatest hits album multi-platinum status as they traveled the world each and every year.

In 2000, a new production company was founded to be devoted to Air Supply's entire future product, called A Nice Pear, which gave them complete creative control.

In July 2005, their live DVD, "It Was 30 Years Ago Today" celebrated 30 years of success around the world and in that same month, Air Supply smashed attendance records when, in Cuba, at one show they played to 175,000 people. Also 2005 saw the release of "The Singer and the Song", an acoustic album of many of their big hits which received critical acclaim.

In May 2010, the long-awaited album, "Mumbo Jumbo" –also the duo's first studio recording in eight years- was released. Recorded at Graham Russell's home studio near Park City, Utah and at Odds On's state of the art facilities in Las Vegas with top session musicians and an orchestra, "Mumbo Jumbo" was produced by Russell and engineered by Odds On's Sean O'Dwyer, whose credits include Pink Floyd, Randy Newman and Blink-182. Among the 14-tracks, released by Odds On's label, was the first single "Dance With Me," which earned Air Supply a prominent feature article in Billboard Magazine titled "Still Supplying The Hits After 35 Years."

Just weeks after composer and vocalist Graham Russell was honored with a BMI Million-Air Certificate recognizing 3 million performances of the duo's hit "All Out Of Love," Air Supply's new song was the #1 most added track on the FMQB AC40 Chart, and also one of the most added on the R&R (Radio and Records) AC Chart and the Mediabase AC chart.

In 2013, the duo was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association’s Hall of Fame. Air Supply celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2015 and continue to delight audiences all over the world.

Lost In Love VIP Experience • $159 per ticket package

One (1) premium reserved seat in the first (12) rows, Invitation to soundcheck with Meet & Greet to follow for, photo opportunities with Air Supply, Exclusively VIP Swag Bag
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An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin

March 8th | Troy Music Hall | 7:30 PM

 These two master performers & songwriters share songs & stories 3/8/18 at Troy Music Hall

These two master performers & songwriters share songs & stories 3/8/18 at Troy Music Hall

Long-time friends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin come together for one incredible acoustic evening of music as these two master performers and songwriters share songs and stories.   

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.  Whether touring as a Solo or with his Acoustic Group or his Large Band, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.  Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was named Texas State Musician.  His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today.

SHAWN COLVIN Singer, songwriter, and author Shawn Colvin won her first GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut album, Steady On. She has been a mainstay of the singer-songwriter genre ever since, releasing eleven superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America’s greatest live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for Sunny Came Home.

Colvin’s inspiring and candid memoir, Diamond In The Rough, was published in 2012. Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. Shawn was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the 2016Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association. Presenting her with this prestigious award was Bonnie Raitt.  Said Raitt, “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard—and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist... She was groundbreaking when she emerged and continues to inspire me and the legions of fans and other singer/songwriters coming up in her wake.”

Shawn Colvin’s forthcoming release, The Starlighter, will be released on Amazon Music on February 23rd, 2018. The Starlighter features Shawn’s tender renditions of traditional and standard children’s lullabies. The result is an album that captures the magic and mystery of children’s songs while also offering a moving and timeless musical experience.

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Eddie Izzard Believe Me Tour • Troy Music Hall • Feb 17th
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Eddie Izzard Believe Me Tour • Troy Music Hall • Feb 17th

Eddie Izzard | Believe Me, Tour

Comedy, Painted Nails, Politics, My Life

Troy Music Hall • 02.17.18 • 8 PM

 Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard

Over the course of a thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proved himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, he lost his mother at the age of six and that has affected the rest of his life. In his teens, he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a comedy double act.  When his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man escape act, and thus a solo career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy—lines such as “Cake or Death?” “Death Star Canteen,” and “Do You Have a Flag?” have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed “action transvestite,” Izzard broke a mold performing in makeup and heels, and has become as famous for his “total clothing” rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from the streets of London to West End theaters, to Wembley Arena, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl.

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Cry Cry Cry | Oct 27th | Troy Music Hall
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Cry Cry Cry | Oct 27th | Troy Music Hall

Cry Cry Cry at Troy Music Hall

10.27.17 | 8 PM

 Cry Cry Cry | Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, and Richard Shindell

Cry Cry Cry | Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, and Richard Shindell

Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams  revive their celebrated folk-pop collaboration for their first performances in nineteen years.  The band recorded their eponymous debut in 1998 for Razor & Tie Records followed by a sold-out nationwide tour including New York’s Town Hall. 

The collection of twelve mostly cover songs was really a tribute to fellow singer-songwriters.  A mainstay on radio during the late 1990s and early 2000s, the album ranked fourth among AAA radio station’s most played records in 1999 and continued in high rotation well into the 2000s.   

The record was consistently praised by the press: The Washington Post raved, “Cry Cry Cry illustrates the advantages of taking the best works of contemporary folk musicians and fleshing them out with lovely, three-part harmonies” and the New York Times cheered for the trio’s “gorgeous harmonies.”  Entertainment Weekly wrote “Cry Cry Cry’s purity of heart and sound is spirit renewing.” 

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Paco Peña | Legendary Flamenco Guitarist | Troy Music Hall | 10.22
Oct
22
3:00 PM15:00

Paco Peña | Legendary Flamenco Guitarist | Troy Music Hall | 10.22

Paco Pea | Legendary Flamenco Guitarist

Troy Music Hall | 10.22 | 3 PM

Paco Peña | Lefendary Flamenco Guitarist | 10.22

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.

Born in the Andalucian city of Córdoba, Paco Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960s, he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captured the public imagination.

Venues for his solo performances have included the intimate Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the monumental Royal Albert Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam. He has shared the stage with fellow guitarists, singers, and instrumental groups, bridging diverse musical genres, including classical, jazz, blues, country and Latin American.

In 1995 The New York Times declared that: “Mr. Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colorist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.” It should come as no surprise that readers of America’s Guitar magazine judged Paco Peña as best flamenco guitarist of the year for five consecutive years.

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An Evening with Bruce Hornsby | Oct 21st | 8 PM
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Bruce Hornsby | Oct 21st | 8 PM

An Evening with Bruce Hornsby at Troy Music Hall

Oct 21st | 8 PM

 Bruce Hornsby | 10.21 | Troy Music Hall

Bruce Hornsby | 10.21 | Troy Music Hall

Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is”–the title track of his 1986 debut album–became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson. 

Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring ofAmerican musical traditions, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. Throughout this period, Hornsby has maintained the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that have been hallmarks of his work from the start.    

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Rodriguez | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 9.25
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Rodriguez | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 9.25

Rodriguez at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 9.25 | 8 PM

 Rodriguez | Sept 25th | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Rodriguez | Sept 25th | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Rodriguez, the legendary singer-songwriter known only by his surname, is a self-taught guitarist. He began performing in bars and clubs around the city of Detroit in the 1960s, as the city suffered postindustrial urban decay. It was there that he recorded two studio albums, Cold Fact in 1969 and Coming from Reality in 1971 released on Sussex records. These recordings went unnoticed in the U.S. and Rodriguez eventually turned his efforts elsewhere, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, running for political office and working construction and factory jobs to support his family.

In the mid-1970s, his music gained airplay in Australia and New Zealand.  He has since toured there several times, to play festivals, arenas & theaters. He released “Rodriguez Rocks – Live In Australia “ in 2016 on Light in the Attic Recordsand hasjust completed a multi-city tour of Australia in November/Decemberof 2016.

In the late 1990s, South African fans finally sought him out, leading to the unanticipated renaissance of his music career. Their story is told in the 2012 Oscar award-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, directed by MalikBendjelloul,  which has given Rodriguez a new measure of fame in the U.S. with his music and story now reaching audiences worldwide. The film has been aired multiple times on PBS and public TV worldwide and is available on DVDand streaming TV. 

Rodriguez was unaware that he had reached legendary folk-rock super stardom status in South Africa, where mistaken rumors circulated that he had perished. As it turns out, South African anti-Apartheid activists and musicians alike were inspired by his counterculture lyrics. At the beginning of 2016 he went on a multi-city tour of South Africa, often playing multiple nights in arenas. 

Rodriguez now tours extensively in South Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S., where he takes thoughtful appreciation in greeting longtime fans, and a new generation of listeners who find common ground in his music. His albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality have been re-released on Light in the Attic Records and the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is available on Sony Legacy. International media attention, awareness and accolades have since been bestowed upon both the documentary - Searching for Sugar Man and Rodriguez’s music. 

He has perhaps one of the most unique true music business stories of fleeting fame finally realized. Rodriguez is enjoying the collective heartfelt dream of a musician, beating the odds and finding a place in music history. With a music career that has withstood the test of time; the story of Rodriguez is one of sweet success. 

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Randy Newman | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 9.16
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Randy Newman | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 9.16

Randy Newman | Sept 16th | 8 PM

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Randy Newman | 9.16 | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-titled album Randy Newman. Throughout the 1970s he released several other acclaimed albums such as: 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s. The list of movies he has worked on since then includes The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Monsters University and, most recently, Cars 3 in 2017.

The highly praised 2008 Harps and Angels was Newman’s first album of new material since 1999. The Austin Chronicle wrote “the characters are memorable, the satire sharp, the music luxurious, and the arrangements maybe the most gorgeous in all pop music.”

The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2, which is the second in a series of new solo piano/vocal recordings of his songs spanning his five-decades, was released in 2011. Time Out New York said of the series, which will receive a third volume soon, “The Songbook records strip away the orchestrations of his regular albums, leaving Newman alone at the piano, singing...three-minute masterpieces from throughout a half-century career.”

That same year, Nonesuch Records released a live CD and DVD recorded at London’s intimate LSO St. Luke’s, an 18th-century Anglican church that has been restored by the London Symphony Orchestra, where he was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler. The 22-song set features some of his best-known songs like “Short People,” “Louisiana 1927,” and “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” as well as newer songs such as “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country” and “Laugh and Be Happy.”

Randy Newman’s many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013—the same year he was given an Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award. Mostly recently, Newman was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in June 2014.  His new album, Dark Matter, will be released on August 4, 2017 on Nonesuch Records.

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Boz Scaggs | Troy Music Hall | Sept 12th
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Boz Scaggs | Troy Music Hall | Sept 12th

Boz Scaggs | Sept 12th | 7:30 PM | Troy Music Hall

 Troy Music Hall | 9.12 | 7 PM | Boz Scaggs

Troy Music Hall | 9.12 | 7 PM | Boz Scaggs

“I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says about his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care.. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.”

You can hear that sense of fun, as well as that ability and willingness to wander in any musical direction throughout the album’s twelve tracks. The inspirational heart of those songs lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs’ musical sensibility, but they venture forth boldly from there, ranging from the seductive New Orleans rumble of the title track to the wry social commentary of “Hell to Pay” and a heartbreakingly wistful interpretation of The Band’s “Whispering Pines.” As he did on his most recent previous album, Memphis (2013), Scaggs worked with producer Steve Jordan and a telepathic core band consisting of Jordan on drums, Willie Weeks on bass, Ray Parker, Jr. on rhythm guitar and Jim Cox on keyboards. “Steve works on a high energy level,” Scaggs says of his prized collaborator. “It’s relaxed and easy, but also very highly charged. His direction is laser-focused, and his playing is intense. It’s a whirlwind and he’s a strong leader, but it’s also lovely and loose and cool. That’s all a comfort to me. I’ve produced myself and I feel pretty solid in the studio, but it’s really nice for me not to have to do anything but help select the material and be free to be a singer and a guitar player.”

Fans who have followed Scaggs’ remarkable career dating back to the late Sixties with the Steve Miller Band; his solo triumphs with such classic albums as Silk Degrees (1976) and Middle Man (1980); and the splendid assurance of late-period high points like Some Change (1994) and Dig (2001), will instantly recognize Scaggs’ characteristically deft touch as a singer. He brings a sly drawl to a funky workout like Li’l Millet and the Creoles’ “Rich Woman,” a conversational intimacy to Bobby Charles’s “Small Town Talk,” and an elegant delicacy to the Impressions’ “I’m So Proud.” He easily negotiates the Latin flavoring of “Last Tango on 16th Street” and “I Want to See You,” both written by San Francisco bluesman (and longtime Scaggs compatriot) Jack Walroth. His soul is effortless and deeply felt, never making a show of itself, but unmistakably evident in every lyric he delivers.

Two guests, in particular, make definitive contributions to A Fool to Care. Bonnie Raitt duets sassily with Scaggs on vocals, and adds her characteristically sizzling slide guitar to “Hell to Pay,” a knowing indictment of corruption on both the personal and political level that Scaggs wrote himself.  Lucinda Williams closes out the album with Scaggs on “Whispering Pines.” The two perform the song as a kind of prayer for deliverance, each of their voices yearning for a redemption that alternately seems barely within reach or drifting just out of reach.

What ultimately communicates about A Fool to Care is how fully Boz Scaggs inhabits these songs. They seem less like interpretations than realizations, proofs that when you truly make someone else’s song your own, you paradoxically restore something essential to it. Scaggs believes that this album and Memphis, its immediate predecessor, might turn out to be the first two parts of a trilogy, a three-album collaboration with producer Steve Jordan and the band of extraordinarily empathetic musicians they love to work with. Let’s hope so, but let’s also not get ahead of ourselves. A Fool to Care is here right now, and to overlook its many great pleasures by thinking about more that might come in the future would be foolish and uncaring indeed. – Anthony DeCurtis

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Melissa Etheridge | The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 04.23
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Melissa Etheridge | The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 04.23

Melissa Etheridge at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall   April 23rd | 7:30 PM

 Melissa Etheridge | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | April 23 | 7:30 PM

Melissa Etheridge | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | April 23 | 7:30 PM

Performing with her band! Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs" and "Ain't It Heavy," for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, "I Want to Come Over." Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. 

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An Intimate Solo-Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope | April 21st
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

An Intimate Solo-Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope | April 21st

Citizen Cope performs an intimate solo-acoustic listening performance at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall | 4.21 | 8 PM

 An Intimate Solo / Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope

An Intimate Solo / Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope

$1.00 of every CITIZEN COPE TICKET purchased will go to towards various charities related to youths and art programs including TurnAround Arts and Beauty for Freedom

“Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy,” says one Rolling Stone writer, “is what gives Citizen Cope his edge. As a singer, songwriter and producer, he stands alone—an artist immune to corruption.”

Dug deep into the rich soil of American music, Cope’s roots are complex You may think of Bill Withers or Neil Young or John Lee Hooker or Van Morrison or Willie Nelson or Al Green. Yet, listening to Cope, you also may think of none of the above. You may not think at all, but rather feel a man exposing stories that haunt his heart.

He was born Clarence Greenwood, a child of the seventies, and his life journey is as singular as his art. He is the radically mashed-up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt everywhere in his stories. His sounds are southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban, and painfully romantic.

In the past nine years, he has produced four albums of depth and distinction, each a critical chapter in his search for a sound that paints an auditory American landscape in which despair wars with hope and hope, tied to love, is elusive.

Cope’s musical education was catch-as-catch can. Folk tales—whether through William Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy—shaped his sensitivity. A few college courses at Texas Tech alternately bored and excited him. In the Austin of the eighties, he took sound classes and found himself fooling with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him. He heard hip hop as inspired invention. For years, he got lost in his self-designed lab, cooking up beats and motifs that only later would be shaped into songs.

In the midst of the squalor, grandeur, and hypocrisy of the nation’s capitol, Cope set up camp. Vocalist Michel Ivey recruited him as a mad scientist who feverishly concocted samples for the artsy-edgy configuration known as Basehead. As the group hit the road, Cope stayed in the background, moving dials and pushing buttons. Inside his head, he heard stories that still had not assumed full form.

The long night of gestation got even longer. Finally, as the songs gave birth, Cope assumed others would sing them. He had sculpted certain stories and developed certain sounds. As a serious artist with no interest in rock star glory, Cope presumed he’d eventually find the right voice to sing his songs.

The right voice was found. By playing in local venues, the writer/producer ultimately met the only singer equipped to narrate the idiosyncratic stories. That voice resided within his own soul. The writer/producer/singer were one, living inside the wide confines of Cope’s vision.

On record the vision is first expressed in Citizen Cope, the debut album from 2002. The artist is still finding his footing and, although his trademark poetry is firmly in place, this is the only record where the production isn’t entirely his own. The aural environment is more elaborate, the sound not yet reduced down to the common denominator that we come to know as Cope. The theme, though, is clear—it’s “Contact,” the cry for a connection to a world that is at once bewildering, necessary, and fraudulent. The issues are serious. “You’ve got them crooked politicians,” he writes, “eating up the treasury and taking our cash to spend on the prisons while the youth they fast.” The groove is insistent. “Let the Drummer Kick” is the name of the song that says, “You’ve got to bust through…mass confusion, solution, conclusion, inspiration is what pulls you through.” Busting through, pulling through, getting through to “Salvation,” a story in which Judas shows up in DC and takes aim at the singer’s soul.

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Tommy Emmanuel
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s reader polls, and is a YouTube sensation. His videos have over 29,000,000 views and have led to sold out shows in new markets all over the US.  Tommy has also been seen all over the United States in his Public Television pledge specials Center Stage and Tommy Emmanuel and Friends.

About Tommy Emmanuel: Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style – he calls it simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that – and more – on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this “fingerpicker” style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel’s biggest fans. Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player – a title given by Chet Atkins to only 5 guitarists in the world), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM) and the holder of both an honorary Master’s Degree (MA) and more recently an honorary Doctor of Arts (DR) from Charles Sturt University in Australia in recognition of his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to music education.

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Graham Nash
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Graham Nash

Graham Nash's new studio album This Path Tonight was released April 15, 2016.  The Boston Globe says of it “…Nash’s first album of originals in 14 years is marked by hope and possibility shadowed by loss. This is most apparent with the fiercely introspective journey toward love’s rewards, “Myself at Last”: “When all is said and done/ it’s hard to count the cost.” At times the lyrics are infused with the wonder of youthful desire (“when I turn my eyes toward you my quiver feels so full”). But the songs are grounded by the acknowledgment of time’s merciless march. “At the end I guess nothing matters,” Nash muses despairingly on “Back Home,” making this wise song cycle’s passionate quest for fulfillment even more poignant.”

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.

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Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary
Oct
1
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Celebrate 50 years with Peter and Paul as they reminisce on their time as part of America's favorite folk group!

No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary; indeed, few groups of any genre logged more years or miles in direct, yearly touring; spreading the message and engaging the next generations. During its legendary career, the trio won five Grammy’s, produced 13 Top 40 hits, of which 6 ascended into the Top 10 – as well as eight gold and five platinum albums. That PP&M achieved such a rarefied level of commercial success without compromise, while continuing a centuries-old tradition of people raising their voices in song for the sake of freedom, is simply further evidence of their extraordinarily successful career—as much a mission accomplished as a musical career. 

Mary Travers passed away in September 2009 and it was a loss to her family, friends and the nation.  Mary was a passionate singer of songs, songs that have enlightened us and moved us to action as citizens of America and the world.  Her life and legacy remain a great American treasure.

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Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

Texas singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen who, as friends spent many a night performing together on their front porches – will perform acoustic, stripped-down versions of their most well-known songs, and share the humorous and heartwarming stories behind them. A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician….Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album — with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead — Robert Earl Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he’s done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he’s blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he’s long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter stops at the hall with an intimate, acoustic performance. This tour marks Carpenter's return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13 album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).

Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her", she has wond five Grammy Awards, two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal.

Opening for Carpenter is the Irish acoustic group Lúnasa. The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle.

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