Tuesday, July 14
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$37.50 - $60.00 ($34.50 - $57.00 Concert Member)
Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of music of three separate sets by three incredible women.
There are few living musicians who can lay claim to being the voice of America’s conscience, and even fewer who continue to make vital music. As a solo performer and with the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis Staples has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter.
From the delta-gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, to a series of soul radio anthems in the 1970s, to her Prince-produced albums in the 1980s, to her Grammy-winning album in 2011, Mavis has carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant.
Her second collaboration with producer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, the Grammy-nominated 2013 album “One True Vine,” is a gospel album crafted for the 21st century. Where her Stax hits spoke for a growing black social consciousness, and her collaborations with The Band gave spiritual weight to the rediscovery of traditional American music, Jeff Tweedy has crafted a pulpit from which Mavis lends her voice to a search for grace.
Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, and was listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Her previous album, the Tweedy-produced “You Are Not Alone,” won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album–the first Grammy of her career–adding a remarkable new chapter to an already historic body of work.
“American Kid,” Patty Griffin’s seventh album, is her first album of mainly new material since “Children Running Through” in 2007. In between, she made the Grammy Award-winning “Downtown Church” (2010), her version of classic gospel (though it featured three original songs). She also became a member of Band of Joy, the group in which leader Robert Plant and his cohorts meld British and American folk, rock and spiritual music.
“American Kid,” much of which Griffin says “was written to honor my father,” returns to typical Patty Griffin territory, which is to say that it features a group of remarkably powerful, personal and unpredictable songs arranged and performed in a style that doesn’t entirely repeat anything she’s done on her previous albums, while drawing on all of them. Yet Griffin’s catalog is among the most unified in modern popular music, because her singing is as unmistakable and inimitable as her songwriting.
Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.
The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Amy Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne, as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.
A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle, with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.
Her lengthy resume is highlighted by many years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived, launched and perfected the Midnight Rambles, intimate performances held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, NY. The musical chemistry, affectionate humor and family pride that Amy shared on stage with her father helped shape the Midnight Ramble as it evolved into a musical event that still attracts fans and musicians from around the world. She co-produced Levon Helm’s 2007 CD “Dirt Farmer,” which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, and she is prominently featured on the Levon Helm Band’s “Electric Dirt” and “Ramble at the Ryman” Grammy-winning albums.
While beginning her solo career, she continues to perform with both Levon Helm’s band and the Dirt Farmer Band as they carry on the eclectic roots music traditions from the Midnight Rambles. She is poised to release her first solo album in the spring.