Prescott Park presents Hot Club of Cowtown

Austin-Based Hot Club of Cowtown Comes to Portsmouth

Western Swing Trio to Play at Prescott Park Arts Festival Concert Series


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - As part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival 37th season, Hot Club of Cowtown will take the stage in Prescott Park as part of the River House Concert Series on Wednesday, August 24th at 7pm.


The Texas trio is made up of guitarist Whit Smith, fiddler Elana James and bassist Jake Erwin, and has long been a scrappy, modern, globe-trotting band committed to keeping their music sincere, free of irony, and focused on a simpler time. Willfully eluding the musical mainstream, the band has still acquired an international cult following based on their unique sound inspired by their namesakes: "Hot Club" form the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhard and violinist Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club of France, and "Cowtown" from the Western swing influence of Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys.


The first American band to tour Azerbaijan, Hot Club of Cowtown has opened stadiums for artists such as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and first recorded together in 1998. In 2010, as they toured through England, the band spent two days at London's Specific Sound studio, where they recorded a 14-song marathon of Bob Willis tunes. What Makes Bob Holler (2010) is the resulting album, and it reflects the same spirited live vibe the band brings to each stage show.


Audiences can expect the unexpected from the August 24th concert, for though their recent album focuses exclusively on Bob Willis music, Hot Club of Cowtown prefers to allow the show to take on its own life. "We have faith in the system that is the band. This energy that we plug into and it takes us away," says James. Smith describes their shows as "like a rock'n'roll show...people pick up on the energy and the sincerity."


Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series has experienced record attendance this summer, featuring a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. The concert series has featured acts like Shawn Colvin, Taj Mahal Trio, Greg Brown, and the Wailin' Jennys so far this year, and will welcome Jonathan Edwards and Arlo Guthrie later this month.


The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 37th season that also features the musical The Wizard of Oz, running every Thursday through Sunday until August 21, 2011.

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.