Carnegie Hall is delighted to announce its 2021-2022 Mainstage Performance program as it prepares for its 38th season of “Bringing the Arts to Life”. Tickets will go on sale to Carnegie Hall members on Thursday, September 23 and to the general public on Thursday, September 30.
The season begins with Hillbilly Gypsies and Bobby Thompson on Friday, October 22. The Hillbilly Gypsies are best known for their energetic live performances. They entertained crowds at major festivals, fairs and concert halls in the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. Their “Old Timey” approach adds an authentic barn party atmosphere to their shows. Watching the whole group work around a single microphone is like taking a trip back in time. It will definitely make you want to get up and dance!
The opening will be Bobby Thompson who is known to rarely slow down, he has led bands like Blueheart Revivial and Revelator Hill, and has been a sideman for artists such as Justin Jones (930 Club Records), Laura Tsaggaris, and he even already toured with SOJA for three months ago in 2009. He took everything he learned, playing a range of musical styles, and incorporated it into what he is today: a rock performer ‘ n roll par excellence, which doubles as an acoustic singer-songwriter, easily swinging between the two.
After opening, John R. Miller with Drift Mouth on Friday November 19th. John R Miller is a real hyphenated artist: singer-songwriter. Every song on her exciting upcoming solo debut, Depreciated, is packed with intricate puns and haunting imagery, all backed by a band on fire. One of his biggest longtime fans is roots music favorite Tyler Childers, who says he is “a blacksmith who has traveled extensively to map the world he has seen, three chords at a time. “. Miller is somehow able to transport us to a dark honkytonk and become existential in the same line with his tightly written compositions. Miller’s guitar playing is well on display here, as well as vocals that evoke the flowing waters of the Potomac River rumbling beneath the high ridges of his native Shenandoah Valley.
Drift Mouth has been described by Mike Elliott, Americana UK as the perfect place between the guitar crackle of Crazy Horse and Drive-By Truckers and the lyrical storytelling of Appalachian best hard country.
Returning by popular demand, the holiday concert will feature the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday, December 3. WVSO is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting concerts of classical, pop, and chamber music throughout the mountain state each year.
Carnegie Hall’s first show in 2022 will be Crys Matthews on Friday, January 21. Originally from Southeastern North Carolina who now lives in Herndon, Virginia, Matthews mixes Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold and complex whole. performance imbued with traditional melodies and punctuated by honest and original lyrics. She has been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster.
Amy Helm will take the stage at Carnegie Hall on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, 2022. It will be the first of three shows in 15 days. Already hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie,” DC resident Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice musicians. A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightly calls “the poster of intersectionality,” Justin Hiltner of Bluegrass Situation called Matthews’ gift a “reminder of the beauty that can happen when we bridge those divisions ”. She’s made for this era, and with the release of his new hopeful and loving social justice album Changemakers, Matthews hopes to take his place alongside some of his heroes in the social justice music world like Sweet Honey in the Rock and Holly Close Up. About Matthews, ASCAP Vice President and Creative Director Eric Philbrook said, “By wrapping honest emotions around his socially conscious messages and delivering them dynamically with a warm heart and a strong voice. , it cheers us up just when we need it most in these troubled times.
The following week, Carnegie Hall will present Steel Wheels on Saturday, March 26. The Steel Wheels have long been at home in the creative space between tradition and innovation, informed by the familiar sounds of the Virginia mountains where the band was formed, but still moving forward with insightful lyrics and evolving sound. In 2005, Jay Lapp (vocals, guitars, mandolin) and Eric Brubaker (vocals, violin) joined vocalist Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo) to form the group as a vehicle for Wagler’s songwriting. They released several albums under the Wagler moniker, before officially adopting the The Steel Wheels name with the release of Red Wing in 2010. Quickly taking a stand as independent comers in the burgeoning American scene, The Steel Wheels followed that release with three more self-produced albums over the next five years, before teaming up with producer Sam Kassirer for Wild As We Came Here (2017) and Above the Trees (2019). Kevin Garcia (drums, percussion, keyboards) joined us in 2017, bringing a new level of sonic depth and finish to the outfit. Having gained experience from thousands of shows, festivals and miles on the road, the stubbornly independent group has forged deep bonds with each other and with the audiences that support them.
The third performance in the series in a row will be the Honey Dewdrops on Friday, April 1. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, together known as the Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops, have long felt the push and pull between their original roots in the Virginia Appalachians and their current home in Baltimore, MD. It is in the sound of their songs imbued with harmony, mixed with the tones of guitar, banjo and mandolin and also in the songwriting of the band, which reflects the beautiful and harsh realities of today. Artistically, Wortman and Parrish draw inspiration from American folk and traditional music and their sound extends across this style and showcases the vibrancy and intimacy of musical duets.
The final performance will be Tuba Skinny on Friday, May 20. Formed in 2009, Tuba Skinny has gradually evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional sound of New Orleans to audiences around the world. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences – from Depression-era spirituals to blues, ragtime to traditional jazz – their sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home. The group has gained a loyal following through their distinctive sound, their commitment to reviving long lost songs and their barnstorming live performances.
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