Prescott Park 2011 Concert Series Announced

Prescott Park Arts Festival Announces The River House Restaurant 2011 Wednesday Night Concert Series!


Arlo Guthrie, Shawn Colvin, Taj Mahal Trio, Tom Rush and more


PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival has announced the schedule of performers for its popular River House Restaurant Concert Series presented each Wednesday night of the summer performance season at 7pm. Held in Prescott Park, downtown Portsmouth, the series will feature acts like Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal Trio, Shawn Colvin, Greg Brown and more as part of the FairPoint Communications MainStage.


The series will kick off on Wednesday, June 23, with folk legend and local favorite, Tom Rush. Credited by Rolling Stone Magazine as ushering the era of the singer/songwriter, Rush is a Portsmouth native who's shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, sweet melancholy of ballads and passion of gritty blues.


Next, the series will feature Canada's top multi-instrumental traditional bands, Le Vent du Nord, who get audiences dancing to the sound of fiddle and hurdy-gurdy, using an original repertoire and music that is fresh and bound to tradition. Hailing from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord have received a 2011 JUNO Award (Canada's Grammy) as well as Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.


"We're proud and excited with what we'll present as part of this series this year," said Ben Anderson, Prescott Park's executive director. "We've had calls from across the country from people anxious to know the schedule so they could plan their vacations accordingly. I think they're going to be as excited as we are with what they find."


Other acts presented as part of the series include three-time Grammy Award winning artist (including Record of the Year and Song of the Year), Shawn Colvin on July 13; one of the most admired folk acts, Greg Brown on July 20; two-time Grammy Award winner and Blues legend, Taj Mahal Trio on July 27; the trio with heart-stopping harmonies, The Wailin' Jennys on August 3; the popular Jonathan Edwards on August 17 who penned hits like Shanty and Sunshine; New England folk icon Cheryl Wheeler on July 6; one of the hottest new bands on the circuit filled with high-energy, David Wax Museum on August 10; and the hot and swingin' Austin-based band, Hot Club of Cowtown on August 24.


The River House Restaurant Concert Series will close with a performance by Arlo Guthrie on August 26. The eldest son of America's most beloved singer/songwriter/philosopher Woody Guthrie, Arlo is a natural-born story-teller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances. With songs like Alice's Restaurant too long for radio airplay; Coming into Los Angeles banned from radio stations (but a favorite at the '69 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans, Guthrie has never had a hit in the usual sense, but is an artist of international stature.


A full schedule of events and information can be found at the festival website,, or by calling the festival office at 603-436-2848.


Music enthusiasts throughout New England have made Prescott Park a summer travel destination for nearly four decades, enjoying a variety of concerts and festivals, on top of the festival's signature musical production.


Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 music, theater, dance, and art productions offered at no fixed admission on the banks of the Piscataqua River.  The 37th season will also feature the presentation of The Wizard of Oz as the festival's musical production, as well as a variety of food festivals including Chowder Festival, Chili Festival, and the NH Fish & Lobster Festival this summer.