Showcase Fest & Chris Smither @ Prescott Park

Chris Smither to perform Prescott Park

Concert Series continues with folk/blues hero

 

 

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - As part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival 36th season, folk/blues hero Chris Smither perform in Prescott Park as part of the River House Concert Series on Wednesday, July 7. Chris Smither's songs have been recorded by such artists as Diana Krall, Emmylou Harris, and Bonnie Raitt.

 

"Smither is back by popular demand," said Prescott Park Arts Festival executive director Ben Anderson, "He was here two years ago for our folk festival, and I was lucky enough to secure one of his summer tour dates to bring him back this year."

 

Chris Smither is a big man with a big sound, an acknowledged master of finger-picking and irony for three decades. From teenage bands and woodshedding in his native New Orleans, Smither hit Boston in the mid-60s and fell in with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eric von Schmidt, and Jim Rooney. As with those artists, the sound in his head was acoustic - the blues a la Lightin' Hopkins, in his case. Releasing his first albums in the '70s, Smither's reputation as a performer and composer grew over the years, bursting worldwide with albums, airplay and tours in the '90s, as well as soundtracks and compositions in a number of films.

 

With more than twelve albums under his belt, Chris Smither qualifies as a veteran of the music industry. Hailed as one of the most riveting blues players on the music scene today, Smither's songs have been recorded by such artists as Diana Krall, Emmylou Harris, and Bonnie Raitt.

 

"Smither is responsible for more than one of Bonnie Raitt's hits," remarked Anderson, "He's definitely a hero of mine. A Chris Smither concert has the ability to turn your awareness of music, songwriting, and lyrics inside out."

 

Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the River House Restaurant Concert Series offers a diverse and impressive mix of performers including Judy Collins, August 4, Livingston Taylor, August 11, British Folk Rock icon Richard Thompson, August 27, the hard-driving Cajun sounds of the Red Stick Rambles, July 14, the young adventurous stringband Crook Still, July 21, Canadian JUNO Award winners The Wailin' Jennys, August 18, and more.

 

"Without a doubt, the River House Restaurant Concert Series has hit new levels this year in terms of the caliber of artists we're presenting," said Anderson, "It's more than exciting and the buzz around town has been exceptional."

 

The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 36th season that also features the musical Peter Pan Thursday to Sunday closing on August 25, 2010.

 

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 www.prescottpark.org or call 603-436-2848.

 

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For Immediate Release

 

PRESCOTT PARK ARTS FESTIVAL

Portsmouth, NH 03801

603-436-2848

Contact:  Ben Anderson, Executive Director

 

Jon Nolan, Adam Ezra Group, Gypsy Tailwind, and Jason Spooner
featured at Prescott Park's Showcase Festival
Exceptional Regional Talent featured on Saturday, July 10

 

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival will present some of the best talent in the region at its Showcase Festival on July 10 including Jon Nolan, Adam Ezra Group, Jason Spooner, and Gypsy Tailwind. The festival will start at 1pm and run until 5pm.

 

"I think this festival says a lot about the strength of our music scene." said the festival executive director, Ben Anderson, "It's actually quite remarkable to be able to put together a full festival of such incredible talent from within a 60 mile radius."

 

The festival includes the Seacoast's own Jon Nolan who, for ten+ years fronted Say ZuZu who released 6 CDs, had a record deal in Europe on Germany's Blue Rose Records, and played all over 25 US states and four European countries. His music is described as Americana pop and good songs for people who care about good songs. Jon's debut solo release was featured in the "Best Of" lists of both No Depression Magazine and the Boston Herald.

 

The festival also includes a Portland component from both Gypsy Tailwind and the Jason Spooner Trio. Gypsy Tailwind has quickly become the "new darlings" of the thriving East Coast music scene and is comprised of some of Portland's most talented session musicians. Their debut album was selected by the Portland Phoenix Magazine as the number two album of the year, second only to Ray Lamontagne's "Gossip in the Grain". Touching an array of genres, Gypsy Tailwind's style remains firmly within Americana and Roots traditions, flickering between folk, rock, and alt-country, gracefully capturing the unclaimed sound that is now completely their own.

 

The ingredients behind northern New England's Jason Spooner Trio read like a bizarre musical science experiment. Start with a prolific, singer/songwriter (Jason Spooner) with heavy roots, folk and blues influences. Then mix in a classically-trained bassist (Adam Frederick) with foundations in a jazz and a knack for serious pocket grooves. Lastly, shake things up with a rock-solid drummer (Reed Chambers) with deep-seeded roots in funk, soul and reggae and you've begun to scratch the surface of this unique, energetic band.

 

The festival also features the dynamic roots/rock Adam Ezra Group that has risen to the top of the Boston music scene. Their unique blend of roots, pop and rock sounds, perfectly combines Ezra's passion for smart, well-written lyrics and the band's tight musicianship; bringing their sound together with rich, complex, and hook-laden melodies. The band's energy live is now legendary as Adam and the group ignite the stage with a captivating charisma that has been compared to that of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

 

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.

 

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 www.prescottpark.org or call 603-436-2848.