Madison Square Park’s “The Studio Series” starts this coming weekend. For five consecutive Saturdays at 3pm, against a backdrop of fall foliage, musicians will share the tradition of their craft.
All concerts are free and will be held in the Park, near the ShakeShack. Some café tables, as well as chair seating, will be available.
Taking their name from the staple gospel song, Angel Band embodies an old blues and gospel sound with powerful energy and vocal musicianship. The group, featuring Nancy Josephson, Jen Schonwald and Kathleen Weber believes the chord rules the day and is known for its harmonies.
Doug & Telisha Williams, the singing sweethearts from Virginia, open for Angel Band. They have shared the stage with country legends Lucinda Williams, Charlie Louvin and Darrell Scott.
Woody Mann needs no introduction in the music world. His work has spanned decades, both as a solo performer and along side the likes of John Fahey, John Renbourn, Jo Ann Kelly, Son House and Bukka White.
Opening for Mann is singer/songwriter Natalia Zukerman. Zukerman does blues Brooklyn style. Her original songs, mixing folk, blues, and rock can be rough and tumble at one moment and sweet the next, but at the heart of them all are her bona-fide guitar chops.
At just seventeen, Sierra Hull has the biography of a seasoned performer, having already appeared on the Grand Olde Opry stage and worked with Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart and Ricky Skaggs. Her original mandolin picking takes surprising turns and she has a sweetly trained voice to match.
Kelleigh McKenzie opens the show. Performing atop a stompbox and playing banjo or guitar, McKenzie sings smart and gripping original songs. Her debut album Chances has garnered praise and awards, such as the 2009 Independent Music Award for Best Americana Song. In April 2009, McKenzie could be heard on NPR’s “Mountain Stage”.
Trained as a classical vocalist, Susan Werner is far from a conventional singer. Highly influenced by modern pop, Werner has just released Classics, an album of sophisticated takes on the music of pop giants Marvin Gaye, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Beach Boys. To witness the assembly of her multitude of inspirations is a singularly enchanting experience.
Opening for Susan Werner is The Creaking Tree String Quartet. Winners of numerous Canadian Folk Music Awards, The Creaking String Quartet are a rare combination of jazz, roots, and chamber music with a touch of the avant-garde.
Rounding out the 2009 season of Mad. Sq. Music: The Studio Series is the indefinable music of the Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band. Surely inspired and informed by the folk music of his grandfather Pete Seeger, Rodgriguez-Seeger only uses it as a stepping stone, as he forges an entirely new path.
Lindsay Mac and her unconventional cello playing style just might be the perfect opener for Rodriguez-Seeger. Once described as an example of “what can turn out so wonderfully right from a classical education gone bad”, the singer/songwriter who plucks her cello like a guitar instead of bowing it is quickly gaining momentum.
Source: Mad. Sq. E-News #150
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