Kids Head Back to School – Parents Head to the Avalon
September 8 @ 8:00 am - September 28 @ 5:00 pm
After a summer that included The Multi-Cultural Festival, The 4th of July Celebration and Carnival, Plein Air Easton’s 14th year and 10 free Outdoor Summer Concerts, The Avalon Foundation ramps up another remarkable season of music and entertainment on the Eastern Shore.
“The level of talent that is making its way to the shore is higher than it has ever been,” says Suzy Moore, Artistic Director at the Foundation. “Once again, we will host over 150 performances from rock and roll to bluegrass to opera at the theatre in addition to our Outreach Programming that brings free performances to children and families throughout the year. It is not a cliché to say that there is something here for all tastes. Not to mention that fact that we are basically in two new venues with the addition of putting on performances at the Todd Performing Arts Center and with the renovation of The Avalon. We hope everyone will make a night of it at the theatre.”
There are tickets available for the following upcoming shows. For tickets and more information, visit avalonfoundation.org or call Kimberly in the box office at 410-822-7299.
Saturday, September 8
Jon Shain’s fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style combine improvised Piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. The last few years have seen Jon headlining listening rooms on the East Coast, the Midwest, and Europe, as well as opening shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo,’ Little Feat, and others.
Sunday, September 16
Seventeen years ago, Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar, and released his first album, “Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues.” The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. Rolling Stone claims, “As stark and stoic as Bruce Springsteen’s stripped-down solo work.”
Lonely Heartstring Band
Thursday, September 20
“Top notch instrumentation and a beautiful vocal blend are the cursory reasons to begin forming an allegiance to this band. Their music is addicting, and just like viewing the Grand Canyon, you can’t begin to find the words to describe the wonder witnessed,” according to Bluegrass Unlimited.
Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music.
Street 45’s with the Future Thrills
Friday, September 21
Easton’s alt-country band Street 45’s was initially a project from Down Hollow and International Jet Set members Jon Beasley and Dan Van Skiver. A couple of years later, building on their eclectic influences ranging from Wilco, Ryan Adams, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen, and Deer Tick, the project has expanded to include a full band, with Adam Ruark and Ben Saltzman filling out the sound.
Saturday, September 22
“Rebecca Frazier is a triple threat. She is a wonderfully engaging singer, a compelling songwriter and an accomplished guitarist to boot,” raves Grammy Award winner, Alison Brown.
Rebecca Frazier achieved notoriety in the bluegrass world as the first woman ever to appear on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar magazine and is widely known for her work with award-winning Colorado-based band, Hit & Run.
“When We Fall” is something different for Rebecca, as it’s a collection of self-penned bluegrass and Americana songs, presented in a classic way. “I’m inspired by music from the 1970s,” she says. “Early Bonnie Raitt, old-school Tony Rice and Dave Grisman Quintet, and Neil Young. This music feels like home to me,” she says.
Jamie McLean Band
Thursday, September 27
“McLean and company oozes drops of southern roots rock, blues, R&B, funk and soul out of every note… the rock & roll swagger of the Rolling Stones combined with the songwriting prowess of Ryan Adams,” says Jambase.
As a guitarist for New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jamie has toured the globe playing fiery guitar everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. His blue-eyed southern soul vocals ooze raw emotion and his top-line songwriting chops tie everything together. Join Jamie in the Stoltz Listening Room when he and the band come to Easton as part of their US/Canadian tour celebrating the new album.
Friday, September 28
“The rambling acoustic environment of New Morning-era Dylan and the smokiness of early Townes Van Zandt…” writes Acoustic Guitar, of Luke Brindley.
Luke Brindley has been obsessed with writing songs and playing the guitar for as long as he can remember. His songs have a definite focus on the lyrics and offer a kind of deeper perspective.
Wednesday, October 3
Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, Canada’s The Slocan Ramblers have become a leading light of today’s music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something.
Thursday, October 4
Hubby Jenkins, who has been an integral part of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African-American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz.
Friday, October 5
Debbie Wojciechowski, a certified Evidential Medium and Clairvoyant, has an amazing ability to communicate with those who have passed over from this life into what is beyond. In this positive and uplifting evening, she will provide messages from loved ones to random attendees in the audience based on the messages she receives during the program.
An Evening with Melissa Etheridge
Tuesday, October 9
Chesapeake College, Wye Mills
To inaugurate the new partnership with the Todd Performing Arts Center, the Avalon is delighted to welcome the legendary Melissa Etheridge for a special evening celebrating the 25th anniversary of her Grammy-winning album, “Yes I Am!”
Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. After storming onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, Melissa’s popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs,” and “Ain’t It Heavy.” She would go on to hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, “Yes I Am” in 1993. The collection features the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Melissa her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance.