RICHIE HAVENS at Prescott Park!!!!!!

Prescott Park Arts Festival first of two KIDS Festivals this Saturday!


Acoustic Soul Giant performs Prescott Park Arts Festival, Wednesday, July 29

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival will present acoustic soul giant Richie Havens in concert on Wednesday, July 29, at 7pm as part of their River House Restaurant Concert Series in Prescott Park, Portsmouth.

Gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, Richie Havens has a soulful singing style that remains as unique and ageless as when he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences at Woodstock in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993.

"To say we're very excited for this concert is a serious understatement," exclaimed Prescott Park Arts Festival executive director Ben Anderson, "Richie Havens is known for his live performances. It's going to be an exceptional night in the park."

It was Richie's reputation as a live performer that first earned him widespread notice. His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in Richie's career. As the festival's first performer, he held the crowd spellbound for nearly three hours, called back for encore after encore. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual "Motherless Child" that became "Freedom", a song now considered to be the anthem of a generation. The subsequent movie release helped Richie reach a worldwide audience of millions.

Like all of Prescott Park Arts Festival's events, the concert is offered at no-fixed admission and no tickets are required. A donation of $8 is suggested. Audience members are permitted to bring chairs, or rent those offered by the festival.

Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series experienced record attendance last summer, and once again features a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. Other acts to be featured this summer include folk veteran Jonathan Edwards, string band The Waybacks, Grammy Award-nominated Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and more.

The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 35th season that also features the musical Grease Thursday to Sunday closing on August 23, 2009.

All events offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented free of charge with a suggested donation of $5 - $8 dollars.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.