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An Evening With Tom Rush Featuring Matt Nakoa • Emelin Theatre • 9.26.19
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening With Tom Rush Featuring Matt Nakoa • Emelin Theatre • 9.26.19

An Evening With Tom Rush Featuring Matt Nakoa

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Emelin Theatre

Tom Rush Music Without Borders

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Now celebrating 52+ years of touring, Tom has been thrilling audiences here and abroad with hits like “No Regrets,” “Circle Game,” “Remember Song,” “Urge for Going” and “Merrimack County.”

Tom Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He 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. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Tom a major influence. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Subsequently, his Club 47 concerts brought attention to artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

As vital and engaging as ever, Tom is still doing what audiences love him for: writing and playing …passionately, tenderly…knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times. He’s also celebrating a YouTube hit, The Remember Song, for his generation that’s gone viral with over 7 million views.

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David Broza & Trio Havana • Emelin Theatre • 9.28.19
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

David Broza & Trio Havana • Emelin Theatre • 9.28.19

David Broza & Trio Havana

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Emelin Theatre

David Broza & Trio Havana Music Without Borders

Israeli superstar David Broza is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers. From his whirlwind finger picking to Flamenco percussion and rhythms, to a signature rock and roll sound, David Broza’s charismatic and energetic performances have delighted audiences throughout the world.

Raised in Israel, Spain and England, Broza has been giving his charismatic and energetic performances worldwide since 1977, when his hit song “Yihye Tov” first hit the airwaves, promoting a message of peace. Broza is also known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, especially a resolution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict through dialogue, culture, music and tolerance. Now, with a string of multi-platinum albums—in Hebrew, English and Spanish—he continues to hone his message. Broza was awarded a Spanish medal of honor by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance. A passionate peace advocate, he has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Broza garnered widespread acclaim for his 2013 album East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Steve Earle and Steve Greenberg, and recorded in its entirety in the Palestinian Sabreen Studio in East Jerusalem. The work, featuring a band of both Israeli and Palestinian musicians, resulted in a beautiful, intimate documentary of the same name. Vanity Fair called the documentary “extraordinary” and added “if no one else is going to try and heal the world, he will.” East Jerusalem West Jerusalem is currently streaming on Netflix. Broza’s 2016 album, The Set List, captures his best-loved songs culled from studio recordings and live performances over the years. His latest release, Taba’at ZaHav (The Golden Ring), is a collection of 13 new songs about love and separation co-written with lyricist/poet Tzruya Lahav and sung entirely in Hebrew.

A powerful entertainer and industry innovator, David Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message, energetic performances and musical allure.

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Amy Helm • Emelin Theatre • 10.12.19
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Amy Helm • Emelin Theatre • 10.12.19

Amy Helm

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Emelin Theatre

Amy Helm Music Without Borders

The daughter of The Band’s legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus, Amy Helm began her musical career as a founding member of the alt-country collective Ollabelle and later served as a backing musician in her father's Midnight Ramble Band.

Her second album This Too Shall Light (2018), comprises a diverse range of influences including Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave. Amy sought what she calls a “circular sound” for the album, which serves as a comprehensive portrait covering her life's journeys and recoveries; they’re the stories that, no matter where they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle.

Although a profound songwriter herself, Helm and Henry jointly arranged powerful new versions of songs including Rod Stewart’s “Mandolin Wind,” Allen Toussaint’s “Freedom for the Stallion,” and the Milk Carton Kids’ “Michigan.” The title track in particular, written by Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Bob Weir, Craig Finn), is a brilliant summation of the record’s sound and spirit — a positive and proactive manipulation of the old adage that “This too shall pass.”

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Marc Cohn • Emelin Theatre • 11.1.19
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Marc Cohn • Emelin Theatre • 11.1.19

Marc Cohn

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM at Emelin Theatre

Marc Cohn Music Without Borders

Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for. - Bonnie Raitt

After winning a GRAMMY for his soulful ballad 'Walking in Memphis,' Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy and heartbreak.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling 1991 debut album, with two more releases in the 1990s. As his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlantic.

In 2007, Cohn recorded his most moving and critically-acclaimed record to date, Join the Parade, inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near-fatal shooting just weeks before. Cohn then released Listening Booth: 1970, a collection of reimagined classics, “The Coldest Corner in the World” (2014), the title song to the documentary Tree Man, as well as Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, along with the bonus album Evolution of a Record (2016).

In 2017, Cohn went on the road with the legendary Michael McDonald, garnering critical acclaim across the U.S. As a songwriter, he also worked with a roster of American music greats. Cohn co-wrote a solid half of the celebrated album This is Where I Live, by soul survivor William Bell, who with Cohn’s help won his first GRAMMY at age 78. Marc revisited another corner of American music’s rich heritage with the Blind Boys of Alabama on the GRAMMY-nominated song 'Let My Mother Live,' and also worked with David Crosby on the album Lighthouse.

Moving forward, he continues to do what he does best: infuse American music with both a fresh perspective and a reverence for its deep roots.

Opening Act: Mark Erelli

Bearing witness to small details and fleeting moments is what dignifies our everyday stories, rendering the mundane profound. This principle has governed Erelli’s approach to his two decade career, including 11 solo albums, stints accompanying Josh Ritter, Paula Cole and Anais Mitchell, and a pair of records he produced for GRAMMY-winning songwriter Lori McKenna. Ever since Billboard magazine heralded the “simple, atmospheric grace” of his Signature Sounds debut, Erelli’s belief in the sacredness of an examined life has driven him between the ostensible extremes of lullabies and murder ballads, western swing and protest anthems. Whether he’s holding a pen or a Telecaster, Erelli’s music welcomes even the casual listener, but those who choose to dig more deeply are richly rewarded. Perhaps that is what Folk Alley hears in Erelli’s songs, when it encourages people to “listen close; there's sure to be something in there to break your heart a split second before it leads you straight to grace.”

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Roger McGuinn • Emelin Theatre • 9.14.19
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Roger McGuinn • Emelin Theatre • 9.14.19

Roger McGuinn

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Emelin Theatre

Roger McGuinn Music Without Borders

Roger McGuinn, aka Mr. Tambourine Man, not only lived history, he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential 60s group The Byrds, he was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock” His groundbreaking work on The Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album, is widely credited with ushering in the genre.

The Byrds disbanded in 1973, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Inspired by folk singer Pete Seeger, McGuinn began his lifelong dream of a solo career. Now more than forty years later, the three time GRAMMY nominee tours the world delighting audiences with shows as mesmerizing and magical as ever. He delivers the gift of an evening with a master, that is as intimate as it is spellbinding. He guides his audience along a journey of story and song, populated by the “old friends” they expect to hear, as well as some new acquaintances from the folk music that Roger so passionately embraces.

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Tom Papa • Emelin Theatre • 6.21.19
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Papa • Emelin Theatre • 6.21.19

Tom Papa

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Emelin Theatre

Tom Papa Music Without Borders

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, TV, radio, podcasts as well as on the live stage.  Tom is the new Head Writer and a regular performer for the nationally-syndicated radio show, “Live From Here,” the latest incarnation of the legendary radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” and his first book, “Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas,” was released on June 5, 2018 from St Martin’s Press.  

A regular on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Conan,” Tom’s third hour-long stand-up special, Human Mule, premiered on Amazon and Hulu on March 9, 2017.  Tom’s first two critically-acclaimed hour-long specials were directed by Rob Zombie: Tom Papa: Freaked Out(2013) and Tom Papa Live in New York City (2011).  Tom is host of the hit podcast and SiriusXM show, “Come to Papa,” a weekly, hour-long show featuring Tom exploring the funny side of life, occasionally with guests like Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld.  On the small screen, Tom was seen alongside Clive Owen in two episodes of “The Knick.” He co-starred with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra. He has guest starred on “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”  Tom was seen in Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, he starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, The Informant, and he appeared in Analyze That opposite Robert DeNiro.

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Oleta Adams • Emelin Theatre • 5.18.19
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Oleta Adams • Emelin Theatre • 5.18.19

Oleta Adams

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Emelin Theatre

Oleta Adams Music Without Borders

Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single “Get Here,” Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four GRAMMY nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.

The New York Times has described the timbre of Adams’ voice as “a hybrid of Roberta Flack, Patti Austin and Brenda Russell with a more pronounced gospel edge.” Adams  first demonstrated her budding vocal gifts in the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where her father served as minister. By the time she was eleven, she was directing and accompanying four choirs, having already established herself as a piano prodigy.

Turning down the chance to pursue an operatic career as a lyric soprano, along with a college scholarship, Adams’ musical journey took her to Europe, then LA, and then Kansas City, where she  quickly became a local sensation. Celebrities from every musical genre caught her act, including Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Air Supply, Gino Vanelli, Yes and Billy Joel. Finally serendipity arrived in the form of the British band Tears for Fears, whose frontmen Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith asked her to appear on their 1989 The Seeds of Love album and video, and to join their European tour. Upon her return to the U.S., Oleta signed a record deal for her first solo album in 1991.

With nine CD releases, including secular, gospel, and a Christmas album, worldwide acclaim and over two-and-a-half million albums sold, Adams’ musical odyssey continues – spiritually and creatively.  For this consummate artist, composer, producer and musician, many goals remain on the horizon. The first of which is two new songs, “Safe and Sound” & “Long and Lonely Hours,” being released on iTunes.

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Martin Sexton • Emelin Theatre • 5.17.19
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Martin Sexton • Emelin Theatre • 5.17.19

Martin Sexton

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8PM at Emelin Theatre

martin sexton mwb music without borders

“The real thing, people.” – Billboard
Martin Sexton returns with what Rolling Stone calls his “soul-marinated voice,” acoustic guitar, and a suitcase full of heartfelt songs. The winter tour begins with an extensive run through Europe, then takes Martin across North America trying out new material as well as reinventing his own classics for these critically-acclaimed solo performances. Still fiercely independent, and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as “Scrubs,” “Parenthood,” “Masters of Sex” and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for a new experience every time.

www.martinsexton.com

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Flor De Toloache • Emelin Theatre • 4.26.19
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Flor De Toloache • Emelin Theatre • 4.26.19

Flor De Toloache

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8PM at the Emelin Theatre

flor de toloache mwb music without borders

Latin GRAMMY® winning, New York Based all-female ensemble and beloved press-darlings, Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of both progressive and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. The female quartet’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds have also transcended culture and gender by forging new paths. Like the legendary Love Potion the Toloache flower is used for in Mexico, the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance. The group is led by co-band directors Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Together, they have graced international stages from Chenai, India to Paris, France and have extensively toured the U.S. as supporting act for Dan Auerbach of “The Black Keys”’ new project “The Arcs", as well as Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, and Natalia Lafourcade. Upcoming shows include the ACL Festival in Austin TX, Alaska tour with Ozomatli and dates with Ana Tijoux.

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Red Molly • Emelin Theatre • 4.25.19
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Red Molly • Emelin Theatre • 4.25.19

Red Molly

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8PM at Emelin Theatre

red molly mwb music without borders

Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their 3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend. The band weaves together threads of American music—from country & blues to folk & bluegrass. Their innovative instrumentation is suited for roots-rock and heartful ballads alike, and the alchemy of their personalities onstage draws even back row listeners into a sense of intimacy. Red Molly is simply a joy to experience.

Singing spine-tingling high notes, Abbie Gardner is a dobro player and improviser from a musical family. A consummate performer, her songs and performance have the punch of rhythm and blues. Playing guitar and tambourine, Laurie MacAllister draws inspiration from classic folk and singer-songwriters. Her voice stretches octaves, warm and romantic one moment, playful and subversive the next. Molly Venter has a smoky voice that is unforgettable, and a moody approach to song-smithing. Quirky and fashion-forward, she moves in step to the music while playing guitar and tambourine.

Formed in 2004, Red Molly has inspired countless female trios and has since reinvented themselves as a high-octane five-piece band in 2017. They remain a dominant force on the Americana/Folk scene due in part to their laughter and spontaneity onstage. Upright bassist Craig Akin and percussionist and electric guitarist Eben Pariser fill out the sound, giving the show a broad range of musical options—from complex and hard-hitting to sparse and delicate.

Accolades:

“A blend of serious harmonizing chops and slick pop savvy” – Time Out NY

“[Red Molly has] cut a niche as sunnyside Americana … immaculate vocal harmonies.” –The Guardian

“From Day One, Red Molly conjured musical magic. A decade later, they’ve honed their songwriting, their covers, their playing and, above all, their harmonies into something joyful and sublime.”– John Platt, WFUV FM, Sunday Breakfast

“Femme Phenom! No root from the grand tree of music is left untouched – classic country heartbreak, undeniable swing, authentic folk, gospel rock with an edge, and Americana stomp. With smart production, a strong thread runs throughout the album and every note sung is upheld on cosmic harmony. Red Molly is unstoppable. Highly recommended.”– Mary Sue Twohy, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

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The Earls of Leicester • Emelin Theatre • 3.1.19
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Earls of Leicester • Emelin Theatre • 3.1.19

The Earls of Leicester

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8PM at Emelin Theatre

The Earls of Leicester MWB Music Without Borders

When the Earls of Leicester formed in 2013, their mission was ambitious but exact: to preserve and promote the legacy of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, in hopes of reviving the duo’s music for long-time admirers and introducing a new generation to their genre-defining sound. Within a year of releasing their self-titled debut, the Nashville-based six-piece far surpassed their own expectations, winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and earning six awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Now, with their first live album, Earls of Leicester offer up a selection of songs that fully capture the pure joy and supreme musicianship that propel their every performance.

For Jerry Douglas — a 14-time Grammy Award-winner who founded the Earls of Leicester and produces all their material the most rewarding aspect of Earls of Leicester lies in playing for a live audience and witnessing their reaction firsthand. “One of the biggest payoffs for me is playing this music for young people, and watching them fall in love with it,” he says. “And even better than that is having the older folks come up to me and tell me, ‘I never thought I’d get to hear that music again.’ That’s when I know when we’ve really done our job.”

“This music conjures up my childhood—it drops me off into a kinder, gentler place, and I think it should do that for everybody,” says Douglas. “When people come to see us, we want them to forget about the outside world and all the stress or strife that goes along with it, and hopefully hold onto that feeling for a while even after the show’s over.”

Barry Bales (bass, vocals) – Shawn Camp (guitar, lead vocals) – Charlie Cushman (banjo, guitars) – Jerry Douglas (Dobro, vocals) – Johnny Warren (fiddle, bass vocals) – Jeff White (mandolin, vocals)

Accolades:

"Holy Moly...people need to hear this music again, and The Earls of Leicester deliver it!" -- Tommy Emmanuel

"The Earls have taken this music, deconstructing the essence of the melody and the lyric, and reassembling it for a new generation of listeners. The result is music that sounds as vital as any kind of popular music being made today." -- NPR Fresh Air

"Once again, the Earls of Leicester do Flatt & Scruggs justice in a consistently entertaining way." -- Wall Street Journal


"It takes a certain amount of credibility - not to mention just pure chutzpah - to assemble a band with the sole intent to emulate one of the greatest bluegrass groups of all times, specifically, the archetypical ensemble helmed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs that was known as the Foggy Mountain Boys. If anyone was up to that challenge, it had to be Jerry Douglas, whose skill on resonator and lap steel guitar has made him the go-to guy in today's music circles." -- No Depression

"Charlie Cushman (banjo, guitar) is astonishingly good, but more than that, he's well-matched by Barry Bales (bass), Shawn Camp (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Warren (fiddle), and Jeff White (mandolin), and surpassed only by Jerry Douglas, who remains the greatest player the Dobro has ever known." -- Acoustic Guitar

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo • Emelin Theatre • 2.7.19
Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

Ladysmith Black Mambazo • Emelin Theatre • 2.7.19

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30PM at Emelin Theatre

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

“It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” —  Paul Simon

The group was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, a teenage farm boy living just outside the small town of Ladysmith, in the province of KwaZulu Natal. A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract, the beginning of an ambitious recording career that currently includes more than seventy albums, earning nineteen GRAMMY Award nominations and five GRAMMY Award wins. When Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, he called on Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join him in Norway to perform at the ceremony. Mandela called the group South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the world. It is a moniker the group members hold close to their hearts.

The group sings from a traditional music called Isicathamiya (Is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa. It was there that black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and families. Poorly housed and paid worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others. They have provided music for many movies, have appeared on Broadway where they were nominated for a Tony Award and even had a documentary film, titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, nominated for an Academy Award.

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Louie Anderson • Emelin Theatre • 12.14.18
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Louie Anderson • Emelin Theatre • 12.14.18

Louie Anderson

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 8PM at Emelin Theatre

Louie Anderson Emelin Theatre Music Without Borders MWB


Louie Anderson has been named “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” by Comedy Central, has won a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets in the hit FX comedy series “Baskets,” and is a best-selling author. Over a career that’s spanned thirty years, he has become one of America’s most recognized and adored comics, continuing to tour and perform to standing-room-only crowds across the country.

Sharing his childhood experiences as one of eleven children growing up in Minnesota, Louie’s comedy routines rang true to his early club audiences, and led him to his national television debut on the “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1984. The rest is history. Appearances on Leno, Letterman, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Comic Relief,” Showtime, HBO and CMT specials followed.

Hosting the legendary game show, “Family Feud,” soon made him a household name opening doors for him as an actor. In addition to being a television guest star, Louie has had memorable featured roles in film comedies like Coming to America, opposite Eddie Murphy, and the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. His Saturday morning animated series “Life with Louie,” garnered three Humanitas Prizes, as well as a Genesis Award for its depiction of the proper treatment of animals and, most significantly, two Emmy Awards.

In his 2018 stand-up special, “Big Underwear,” taped at the historic Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, he plays on the challenges of getting healthy, life on the road, dealing with technology and how we all eventually become our parents. When not in production, Louie continues to tour, traveling the States doing what Louie loves to do, Stand-Up Comedy.

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The Klezmatics • Emelin Theatre • 12.06.18
Dec
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Klezmatics • Emelin Theatre • 12.06.18

The Klezmatics

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30PM at Emelin Theatre

Klezmatics Music Without Borders MWB

Since their emergence more than 30 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music Their aesthetically, politically and musically interesting recordings has inspired future generations and helped change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form.

“Klezmer,” says London, “is the unique sound of East European Jewishness. It has the power to evoke a feeling of other-worldliness, of being there and then, of nostalgia for a time and place that we never knew.” The Klezmatics’ music is rooted in but is not a strictly traditional variety of the klezmer genre. Rather it is a comfortable hybrid that appeals equally to those with no previous exposure to the music and those already familiar with it. Although tradition is at the core of what they do, since the beginning the Klezmatics have adapted to the artistic sensibilities of a contemporary world.  “Klezmer has everything you want, ethnically, and yet it’s so intertwined with American culture,” says Morrissett. “We want to make sure that we are part of a living tradition, and living traditions change; they don’t stay in a pickled form.”

The Klezmatics have performed in more than 20 countries and released 11 albums to date—including their Grammy-winning 2006 album Wonder Wheel. They have also recently served as the subject of a feature-length documentary film, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground. During their third-of-a-century existence the Klezmatics have collaborated with such brilliant artists as violinist Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and Israeli vocal icon Chava Alberstein, plus many other prominent artists working within multiple genres.

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All In A Family • Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, and Lucy Wainwright Roche • Emelin Theatre • 12.1.18
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

All In A Family • Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, and Lucy Wainwright Roche • Emelin Theatre • 12.1.18

All In A Family

Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, and Lucy Wainwright Roche

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8PM at Emelin Theatre

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Enjoy an evening of thoughtful songs and plenty of familial harmonies with Grammy Award-winning American Folk singer Loudon Wainwright III and acclaimed songwriters Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
Loudon’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a plethora of movie and TV credits, and now his new autobiography, “Liner Notes” (2017 Penguin/Random House). In 2010 he won the Best Traditional Folk Album GRAMMY for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,” and his 2012 recording, “Older Than My Old Man Now,” was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison. He’s penned music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel “Lucky You,” 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.” Loudon has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow, and you may remember him as Captain Calvin Spalding, the “singing surgeon”, on the television show, “M*A*S*H.”

SUZZY ROCHE
After a lifetime of performing and recording, these days Suzzy enjoys singing on the road with her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche. Lucy & Suzzy recorded their first CD Fairytale and Myth which won the popular vote for best singer/songwriter album of the year for the Independent Music Awards 2014 and released their second recording Mud & Apples in 2016. Suzzy’s career in music began when she and her two sisters founded The Roches, a vocal group known for their rich harmonies, quirky lyrics, and casually comedic stage performances, which still performs today. An acclaimed singer-songwriter in her own right, Suzzy has recorded two solo albums. She has written two books, appeared in film (remember Marilyn in Crossing Delancey) and has taught at NYU and Princeton.

LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE
Lucy Wainwright Roche is the daughter of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche, and the half-sister of singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. Initially bypassing the family career to teach, Lucy later made the decision to pursue music full-time. In 2008 she was one of the winners of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Emerging Artist” competition, and the following year, her song “Snare Drum” earned her the Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song. Roche released her debut album, Lucy, in October 2010. Lucy has opened for such acts for the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Girlyman, Amos Lee, her father Loudon Wainwright III, and Rufus Wainwright. She has also has sung backup for Grammy-nominated artist Neko Case, including an appearance with Case on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

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John McEuen • Emelin Theatre • 11.17.18
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

John McEuen • Emelin Theatre • 11.17.18

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen
& The String Wizards
Present

“Will the Circle be Unbroken”

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8PM at Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY

John McEuen

Join founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB), John McEuen and his cast of virtuoso musicians for a special night filled with the music and memories of the landmark platinum album Will the Circle Be Unbroken and the NGDB’s incredible career. McEuen’s multimedia show chronicles the band’s fifty year journey including: 8mm footage from the earliest days in 1967; stories from behind the Iron Curtain as the first American band to tour Russia in 1977; and vintage photos, footage and audio from the famed ‘Circle’ recording session. Such hits as “Mr. Bojangles” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” “Buy For Me the Rain” and “Dance Little Jean,” hot bluegrass, and rare early music, are interwoven throughout.

Fellow NGDB band members Les Thompson and John Cable, and guitar virtuoso Matt Cartsonis, all stellar musicians in their own right, join host John McEuen to share (in front of the screen) hits and stories leading up to this magical time when three generations came together to record Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Initiated by McEuen, the icons of Bluegrass, Country and West Coast Country Rock, including Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter, convened for six hot days in August 1971, to produce the benchmark record that is just as relevant today (still an Amazon top-20 album)! The Library of Congress inducted the multi-platinum ‘Circle’ as one of the most important American recordings. ‘Circle’ is also in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

The journey concludes with music from McEuen’s new album, Made in Brooklyn, allowing the audience to experience the entire span of the artist’s incredible 50 years in music.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
John McEuen has had a long and varied music career, first solo, then as a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB) in 1966. Over 10,000 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles, he has pursued his passion for performing and recording, creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music, and taking it to new audiences.

McEuen has performed and/or recorded with: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Johnny Cash, Marshall Tucker Band, Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers, Rowan & Martin, Clint Eastwood, Phish, Crystal Gayle, Michael Martin Murphey, Hans Olson, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Leon Russell, Kevin Nealon, Tom Chapin, Pete Seeger, Mary McCaslin, Vassar Clements, Jose Feliciano, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Andy Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, The Band, The Doors, Foreigner, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Little Richard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robin Williams, Albert Gore, Robert Schimmel, Tom Petty, Stephen Wright, Little River Band, Air Supply, Doobie Brothers, Bill Cosby, Martha Redbone, Hootie and the Blowfish, the list goes on, and there are stories about all of them.

McEuen has made over 40 albums (7 solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, GRAMMY nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy nomination, IBMA record of the year award, and performed on another 25 albums as guest artist. He’s also produced another 7 albums, and 14 film scores (two Emmy nominated shows) and more than 300 concerts throughout his career – the first in 1965 in Long Beach California, with Bob Dylan.

In September of 2017 John was inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. Arguably, McEuen’s most important legacy may be his initiating ‘Circle’, which Rolling Stone called “The most important record to come out of Nashville.”

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Josh Ritter • Emelin Theatre • 11.2.18
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Josh Ritter • Emelin Theatre • 11.2.18

Josh Ritter

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8PM at Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY

Josh Ritter Music Without Borders MWB

Josh Ritter will return to the Northeast for a select number of special solo acoustic shows, highlighting brand new material, as well as songs from his extensive, critically acclaimed catalog.

Josh’s latest album, Gathering (Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers), continues to receive critical praise, about which NPR proclaims, “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.”  Rolling Stone describes it as “midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty.”  Gathering features a duet with Bob Weir, whom Ritter worked with on Weir’s recent solo album Blue Mountain.

Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums including, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise — ”NPR Music” called it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while “Pitchfork” asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made his debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, “Bright’s Passage” (Dial Press/Random House). Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, that the work “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”

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POCO at Emelin Theatre • Oct 12th • 8 PM
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

POCO at Emelin Theatre • Oct 12th • 8 PM

POCO

The Emelin Theatre • Fri, 10.12.18 • 8 PM

POCO

POCO

Rising from the ashes of Buffalo Springfield, Poco was founded in 1967 by Rusty Young, Richie Furay, George Grantham and Jim Messina. Over the next five decades, alongside bandmates that would also include Paul Cotton, Randy Meisner, and Timothy B. Schmit, Rusty became not only the musical core of the band but also the writer and vocalist behind hits including ‘Rose Of Cimarron’ and the #1 smash “Crazy Love’. “I made a promise to myself that Poco would only keep going if we remained a band of real musicians who were having fun,” Rusty says. Because audiences can tell the difference.”

We all feel like we’ve landed on a combination of people and a situation that gives us a lot of satisfaction,” agrees longtime bassist Sundrud, whose pre-Poco stints included bass/vocals for Dickey Betts, Nicolette Larson, Vince Gill and Bobby Whitlock, songwriter for Kenny Rogers, Ty Herndon and The Judds, and co-founder of the celebrated progressive country band Great Plains. “Poco has always blazed a trail musically,” he says. “The band was on the forefront of getting country and rock to work together organically. I'm proud to be part of Poco, and today we’re all focused on keeping Poco vibrant and new.”

At the end of the day, bands survive and flourish on their chemistry,” says Lonow, who was a former member of The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Jamie Hartford Band, The Bellamy Brothers and Burrito Deluxe, played on Grammy nominated/winning albums by June Carter Cash, Billy Joe Shaver and Loretta Lynn, and was co-writer of Poco’s 1989 smash ‘Call It Love’. “Rusty is still the voice that everyone recognizes from the hits and he can still play his ass off. Jack has been in the band since 1985 and his vocals and bass playing are key to the Poco sound. Michael brings a musicianship that has redefined the band’s energy. When we want, we can turn any song into a really amazing country-rock odyssey.”

For the band’s legion of longtime fans – known as ‘Poconuts’ – as well as new converts, it’s Poco’s live performances where their newfound attitude and energy truly goes next level. “We challenge each other everytime we’re onstage,” says Rusty, “which means that no two shows are ever alike. Between Michael and I, we play 10 different instruments and are able to open up some musically adventurous journeys.” Webb is proud that audiences have enthusiastically embraced the band’s new approach. “We still play all the hits that fans love and we love playing them – but our emphasis is no longer on duplicating the catalog,” he says. “Rusty is a great writer and singer, but he’s first and foremost a really imaginative musician. And his musicianship is becoming a focus again.” Alongside hits like ‘Crazy Love’, ‘A Good Feelin’ To Know’, ‘Rose Of Cimarron’, ‘Call It Love’, ‘Heart Of The Night’ and ‘Keep On Tryin’’, songs from the acclaimed 2013 album All Fired Up are now concert favorites. Best of all, the band’s incendiary instrumental jams have become an organic throwback to Poco’s legendary ‘70s performances. ”There are a lot of people seeing the band for the first time, or for the first time in 10 years,” says Sundrud. “And they tell us that Poco is just a great rock & roll experience.”

Yet another bonus of the band’s rebirth is the growing recognition of Poco as godfathers of the roots movement. “Poco, at its core, is an early example of what could be described as Americana,” No Depression said in 2014; “a roots rock band that melded genres in the process of creating something new and exciting.” Rusty arguably the most influential steel player in rock & roll history was inducted into Guitar Player Magazine’s ‘Gallery Of Greats’ in 2012, and Michael, Jack, and Rick are in-demand session players for artists that include Sturgill Simpson, Chris Knight, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson and Zac Brown Band. “Artists like Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons, The Band and Poco wrote the blueprints for the Americana movement,” Lonow says. “They were a bunch of longhaired hippie rockers who couldn’t deny their love of steel guitar and harmonies. Americana began as folk and country-rock, and Americana fans tend to also be Poco fans.”

“We don’t feel like a 50-year old band,” Rusty Young says with pride. “Poco has never slowed down or stopped making new music. Everyone loves the challenge of being in Poco, and we’re all working hard at moving the band towards new audiences. We love playing for people who haven’t heard Poco in a while – or are maybe hearing them for the first time – and having them discover who Poco is today.”

For Poco, this is more than just a time of rebirth. On record and onstage, it’s the sound of a legendary band once again hitting its stride.

 

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Leo Kottke • Emelin Theater • 10.6.18
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Leo Kottke • Emelin Theater • 10.6.18

Leo Kottke

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8PM at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY

Leo Kottke Music Without Borders

Leo Kottke is arguably one of the most important and influential acoustic steel-string fingerstyle guitarists of the 20th century. Highly innovative, he is known for his compelling original compositions as well as his arrangements of cover songs, like the captivating medley of “Mockingbird Hill” — a hit for both Patti Page and Les Paul & Mary Ford — and Duane Allman’s “Little Martha,” which he performed on NPR.  During his career, Kottke has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, from Chet Atkins to Procul Harum to the Violent Femmes, and most notably Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Kottke has recorded an extensive catalog that has inspired countless guitarists including such fingerstyle innovators as the late, great Michael Hedges, Preston Reed, Peppino D’Agostino and Don Ross. His debut LP, 6 & 12 String Guitar, has been reissued on CD three times since its 1969 release.

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 David Bromberg Quintet • Emelin Theatre • April 20th
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

David Bromberg Quintet • Emelin Theatre • April 20th

David Bromberg Quintet

Emelin Theatre • 04.20.18• 8 PM

David Bromberg

David Bromberg

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues.

His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. 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.  

Bromberg’s guitar work remains a marvel; amped electric lead – both slide and fretted – and delicately powerful acoustic fingerpicking propel recent releases with the same force that made him the go-to guy for acts ranging from the Eagles to Link Wray to Phoebe Snow. This is a man who can go full-on Chicago gutbucket with “You Don’t Have to Go” (a Bromberg original), then slay with the jazz inflections of Ray Charles’ “A Fool for You.” “David’s always able to plug into the emotion of a song,” multi-Grammy-winning producer/accompanist Larry Campbell says. “He’s incredibly inventive as a player.”

Longtime fans will notice one difference: Bromberg’s voice; he’s really singing. “When I first started,” Bromberg says, “singing was something I did between guitar solos. But I took some voice lessons, and now, I know more what I’m doing. I love singing now. Love it.” His vocals cover a broad range: impassioned, vibrato-laden testifying; pew-jumping soul shouts; soft, confident, crooning; and, of course, his peerless raconteur chops.

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