Prescott Park Arts Festival Announces 2014 Season Line-up


 Portsmouth NH – The much anticipated reveal of Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 2014 season line-up was announced to the public after a week-long sneak preview at the concert series’ sponsor, the River House Restaurant. The summer concert series is well known for offering prestigious music acts from a diverse range of genres in a one-of-a-kind picturesque outdoor setting along the Piscataqua River, all on a suggested donation basis.
This non-profit arts organization will celebrate its 40th anniversary by bringing acclaimed artists to the Seacoast such as Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dr. John and more on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage this summer.
“We are so incredibly excited, but also really, really proud,” described the Festival’s executive director, Ben Anderson, “To be able to offer this caliber of acts, and this experience to the full community on a give-what-you-can basis is truly quite special and unique.”
Founded in 1974, the festival has continued to offer its events on a suggested donation basis for its entire history, having raised the amount only once in the early 1980s from $3 to the current amount of $5.
“This is a really important part of our mission,” explained Mr. Anderson, “Regardless of whether you are struggling to pay your electric bill, put gas in your car, or food on your table – you can enjoy the same magical and high-quality experience in Prescott Park.”
Kicking off the season’s concert series will be American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician, Patty Griffin on Saturday, June 21. Known for her stripped-down songwriting style centered around the folk music genre, her songs have been covered by a host of musicians including Emmylou Harris and the Dixie Chicks.
The Festival is also delighted to welcome American singer-songwriter and author, Rosanne Cash on Saturday, July 5. The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, Rosanne has charted twenty-one Top 40 country singles, including eleven Number Ones. She has also received a Grammy Award, and twelve other nominations.
Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to the Park on Saturday, July 12, after being voted most wanted to return following her double-bill performance with Marc Cohn in 2013; a concert that set a brand new, all-time attendance record for the festival.
The 40th anniversary season will close out in style when the festival welcomes in American musical icon, Dr. John. Straight from New Orleans, Dr. John will take the audience on a funky rollercoaster ride of timeless swampy soul blues classics with his soundtrack of tunes from an illustrious fifty-plus year Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career. The six-time Grammy award winner is sure to get the temperatures rising along the banks of the Piscataqua for a one-of-a-kind season finale.
Other season highlights as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series will include up-and-coming Indie folk powerhouse, Houndmouth (Wednesday, July 23); gritty, soul-drenched Americana trio, The Wood Brothers, as part of the folk festival with Austin-phenomenon Shakey Graves (Friday, July 25); celebrated Country-folk star, Iris Dement (Wednesday, July 30); acclaimed soulful singer Martin Sexton (Wednesday, August 6); hot and swinging Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown (Saturday, August 9); Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III(Wednesday, August 13); soul and blues sensation Ruthie Foster (Wednesday, August 20); THE legendary songwriter’s songwriter, Chris Smither (Saturday, August 23); and The Wailin’ Jennys with their heart-stopping harmonies (Wednesday, August 27).
“There is more to come,” hinted  Anderson, “The phone has been ringing off the hook about the summer, so we decided it was time to announce what we had– but we still have some exciting things in the works.”
Prescott Park Arts Festival will also offer Shrek the Musical as their signature musical production presented by C&J Lines this summer. Beginning on Friday, June 27th, Shrek and Donkey promise to take the Park by storm with this award-winning musical filled with hilarious fun, songs and dancing. This well-loved musical will be held every Thursday through Sunday during the summer season.
Tables on the Federal Savings Bank VIP Seating Deck are available for reservations as of Monday, May 12 through Prescott Park’s website, in addition to the blanket reservations in front of the Wilcox Industries Main Stage. Special discount pricing is available for Festival members. All reservations can be made through the Festival’s website at:
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.
For more information, contact Ben Anderson, Executive Director, at 603-436-2848 or at