Three American music icons, a legendary Irish songstress, and a rising indie music star all grace the stage of the Strand this fall as part of a live concert series: Ben Taylor October 6, Suzanne Vega October 12, Peter Wolf October 26, Mary Black November 9, and Arlo Guthrie November 14.
The series kicks off Saturday, with Ben Taylor’s (Oct 6) memorable melodies, immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics. The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Taylor’s life was always centered on music, and he seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of rock, pop and folk. His latest album Listening, was released Aug 14 and is available as both CD and vinyl.
“Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation,” (Biography Magazine) Suzanne Vega (Oct 12) emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Vega's album Solitude Standing, featuring the songs Luka and Tom's Diner. She recently released the third installment in her series of acoustic CDs Close Up - States of Being.
American rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll musician Peter Wolf (Oct 26) is perhaps best known for being the frontman and lead singer of The J. Geils Band, but Wolf is also an accomplished solo artist who since 2002 has written and recorded what many consider to be the best albums and songs of his career. Rolling Stone magazine counts his album Sleepless among their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and his most recent release Midnight Souvenirs in the 30 Best albums of 2010.
For the last quarter-century, singer Mary Black (Nov 9) has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, tv shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience.
Folk music icon, Arlo Guthrie (Nov 14) is a legendary artist who shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. With his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator, he has maintained a dedicated fan base that spans the globe. Join Arlo in the Strand’s intimate concert venue for the Midcoast stop on his tour Here Comes the Kid: Celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday!
Media sponsorship of the 2012 fall live concert series is provided by Maine magazine. Tickets are on sale now! All seating is general admission.