Ani DiFranco Kicks Off the Summer in Prescott Park

Concert Series Welcomes Singer for her Debut Performance


PORTSMOUTH, N.H - Kicking of the 38th season of the Prescott Park Arts Festival, as well as the River House Restaurant Concert Series, influential singer Ani DiFranco will perform in Prescott Park on Wednesday, June 20, at 7pm.


At a young age, DiFranco decided to use her voice and music prowess to create songs that came straight from her own experiences as honestly and unflinchingly as she could. Her songs have ignited an influence on fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people all over the world.


Although much of her material is autobiographical, it is also strongly opinionated and political. Her songs encompass all social issues such as sexism, racism, poverty, and war. In 2008, she donated a song to Aid Still Requird's CD to assist with the restoration of Southeast Asia from the 2004 tsunami. The combination of personal experiences and politically charged lyrics is a main reason for her popularity.


Her guitar playing is often characterized by her signature staccato style, rapid fingerpicking, and many alternate tunings. DiFranco delivers many of her creative lyrics through metaphors and word play, and has received praise for their sophistication.


"We are extremely excited to have Ani DiFranco preform at the Festival this year. She is a distinguished and remarkable singer that we are proud have kick off the incredible events that we have to offer this summer," says executive director Ben Anderson.


After 20 years in the music business, the self-proclaimed "Little Folksinger" is nothing little. She is one of the first independent artists to own her own record label, Righteous Records, which has allowed her to test the limits of her creative freedom. Throughout the course of her career, DiFranco has collaborated with a wide range of musicians such as Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, and longtime friend Pete Seeger.


DiFranco's newest studio album, ¿Which Side Are You On?, released earlier this year, features 11 songs alongside a rendition of the classic song, "Which Side Are You On?, popularized by Pete Seeger. The album is a funk-fueled epic, combining Seeger himself on the banjo and vocals. She not only expresses her own life but also her sense of where the country stands at this particular moment in time in her album.


Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series has experienced record attendance number in the past summers, featuring a wide variety of International and Grammy Award winning artists. The concert series, will feature acts like Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), The Cowboy Junkies and Iris DeMent.


The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 38th season that also features the musical Willy Wonka, presented by the Common Man Restaurant Family, running every Thursday through Sunday until August 26, 2012. Be sure bring the family to the park to check out Monday Night Movies, presented by Service Credit Union on the FairPoint Communications mainstage, every Monday night starting July 2, 2012.


All events offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented free of charge with a suggested donation of $5 - $10 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 the full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.