Vega, Guthrie headline Strand fall concerts
Rockland — Three American music icons, a legendary Irish songstress and a rising indie music star all will grace the stage of the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., this fall as part of a live concert series.
The series will kick off Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. with Ben Taylor’s memorable melodies, immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics. The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, his life was always centered on music and he seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of rock, pop and folk. Taylor’s latest album, “Listening,” was released last month on both CD and vinyl. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
Suzanne Vega, widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, will perform Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Vega 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. This year 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 a series of acoustic CDs, “Close Up — States of Being.” Tickets are $34.
American rhythm and blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll musician Peter Wolf will perform Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Perhaps best known for being the frontman and lead singer of the J. Geils Band, Wolf 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. Tickets are $32.
Irish singer Mary Black will perform Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. 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 also has played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience. Tickets are $45.
Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie will perform Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Guthrie is a legendary artist who shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on his 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. Tickets for the Midcoast stop on his Here Comes the Kid: Celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday tour are $50.
All seating is general admission, and tickets are on sale now. For tickets and information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070. Media sponsorship of the 2012 fall live concert series is provided by Maine magazine.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.