The Waybacks at Prescott Park!

San Francisco's The Waybacks to perform Prescott Park

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival continues its River House Restaurant Concert Series in Prescott Park at 7pm on August 5 with multi-instrumental band, The Waybacks. Possessed with dazzling instrumental chops and an absolute mastery of acoustic music style, The Waybacks music is wild, energetic, and unpredictable.

"If you've never heard The Waybacks, you're in for a real treat," said Prescott Park Arts Festival executive director Ben Anderson, "They are what you'd call 'gasp-inducing'. Once you hear them, you'll be hooked for life."

The Waybacks are an eclectic arrangement of bluegrass and self-proclaimed purveyors of "acoustic mayhem." After years of playing a full range of venues and festivals, touring with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, and reconfiguring themselves around the hot guitar of James Nash and fiddle virtuosity of Warren Hood, The Waybacks are enjoying a refreshed repertoire that's touched by Memphis soul, honky-tonk, Parisian swing, and bluegrass.

"I first presented this band six years ago at a festival that had a very tight schedule," said Anderson, "After their set the entire audience was on their feet and wouldn't stop cheering until an encore was given despite repeated announcements that the rest of the show had to go on. It was an incredible experience that describes just how incredible this band is."

Whether mesmerizing audiences at intimate venues or creating a sensation at major festivals, the band has brought its onstage alchemy to enthusiastic fans across the globe. Eclectic in both influences and approach, the Waybacks embraces multiple genres and puts its unique stamp on the lot. With their stellar musicianship and innate sense of adventure, they stand in great company with the few bands at the forefront of New American acoustic music.

The Waybacks are as uninhibited and unpredictable as the eclectic San Francisco Bay area that claims them, and for nearly a decade, their experiments have always proven sharp-witted and musically dazzling.

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 and 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.