Prescott Park presents TAJ MAHAL

The River House Restaurant Concert Series Brings Taj Mahal Trio to Prescott Park


PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival will present the Blues legend Taj Mahal Trio on Wednesday, July 27, at 7pm. Two-time Grammy winner Taj Mahal will join longtime collaborators Bill Rich on bass and Kester Smith on drums for this special edition of The River House Wednesday Night Concert Series. For a suggested donation of $8-$10, audiences will enjoy a rich blend of jazz, blues, Caribbean, African, and South Pacific tunes on the banks of the Piscataqua River.


Born in Harlem and raised in Springfield, MA, Mahal was brought up in a musical household. His mother was a singer in her local gospel choir, and his father was a West Indian jazz arranger and piano player. In his teens, the budding blues legend performed with musical greats such as Howlin' Wolfe, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters. As a mature artist, he was an innovator, collaborating with celebrated musicians such as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and India's V.M. Bhatt, and African kora master Toumani Diabate.


In 2008, Mahal recorded the Grammy-nominated album Maestro: Celebrating 40 Years, which marked the 40th anniversary of his musical career. Guest artists on the album include Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, and his daughter Deva Maha, many of whom have been influenced by Mahal's music and personality. "It's a lot of fun," Mahal said of creating Maestro. "Even at the end of forty years, in many ways my music is just getting started."


The self-taught singer-songwriter and recent film composer has said he prefers performing outside. "The music was designed for people to move, and it's a bit difficult after a while to have people sitting like they're watching television. That's why I like to play outdoor festivals--because people will just dance."


According to Prescott Park Arts Festival's Executive Director, Ben Anderson, "Everyone is buzzing about the upcoming Taj Mahal Trio performance. Many longtime fans are thrilled to have this legend in the park, including me."


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 feature the presentation of The Wizard of Oz as the festival's signature musical production, as well as a variety of food festivals, including NH Fish and Lobster Festival and Chili Festival.


Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival is considered to be a gem of the Seacoast and introduces many residents to their first experiences with live performance. For the entire season schedule or to become a Member or Sponsor, please visit our website at or call 603-436-2848.