Join Sanctuary all-time favorite
funnywoman Christine Lavin
(“wildly entertaining” – The New Yorker) and the legendary Seattle
vocal harmony trio Uncle
Bonsai (“exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit” –
The New York Times) as they share a sublimely funny evening of
their quirky holiday songs. This concert will be a CD Release Party
for their second volume of quirky holiday songs, "Just
One Angel 2.0."
For example, Christine’s
contributions include “When You’re Single At
Christmastime” and “Dance Mom” (a holiday tribute to the TV
show “Dance Moms”). Uncle Bonsai will sing "Christmas is Just
Around the Corner" (to be sung when Christmas carols first appear
in shopping malls in late August), and “Doug’s Greatest Christmas Ever.”
Join Christine and Bonsai in celebrating their second "Just One Angel" album, which WXPN
called "the greatest collection of holiday songs this side of the
Christine and Bonsai will also feature special guests at each stop on
Three of the world's most
guitarists combine for a one-time-only evening.
Singer/songwriter Patty Larkin
(Boston) has been described as “riveting” (Chicago
Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and “drop-dead
brilliant” (Performing Songwriter). In
2006-2007, Patty created "La Guitara," an album and tour
featuring a dozen ground-breaking female guitarists (including Muriel
Anderson). More recently, she celebrated a quarter century of
music making with "25," a retrospective of her music featuring
friends including Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Janis Ian,
Bruce Cockburn, Martin Sexton, Dar Williams, Greg Brown, and Mary
Muriel Anderson (Canada) has been
praised as "one of the world's best and most versatile guitarists"
(Chicago Tribune). She is the first woman to have won the
National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. Her fingerstyle
guitar technique transforms the guitar into a lyrical
choir, a marching band, Japanese koto, bluegrass band, and then a
flamenco dance. The Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts
brought Muriel's recordings with them into space, and Woody Allen used
her music in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
Beppa Gambetta (Genoa, Italy) fell in
love with Americana music as a young guitarist in Italy. His mastery
of the instrument led to his being called "the Italian King of
flatpick guitar." His playing is so masterful and complex that the
Washington Post said it sounds like "a duet by Doc Watson and Leo
Beppe is a charming and charismatic figure on
stage. Of this trio concert with Patty and Muriel, he said "Un
uomo tra due dame fa la figura del salame" ("A man between two women looks like a salami").
But we say, hot
dog! This should be an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime event.
Wheeler is perhaps the funniest stand-up comedian, the wittiest
songwriter, and the most heart-wrenching
of fine-tuned emotional ballads whom you've ever heard...and
certainly who have ever existed in a single performer. She slides
effortlessly from poet of sweet, intelligent modern
ballads to a wicked stand-up jokester and gentle social critic.
Above all, she is heartbreakingly honest
and touches her audience powerfully, as she's done nonstop since she
began performing and touring in the 1970's. Since then, she's
recorded thirteen albums and has had her material covered by
performers ranging from Maura O'Connell to Bette Midler and
Brooks. An evening with Cheryl is always a one-of-a-kind roller
coaster ride through a range of very human emotions.
Special guests Pesky J. Nixon combine
three-part harmonies with unusual instrumentation including zydeco
accordion, tribal percussion, and virtuoso mandolin, to support
rhythms that range from rowdy bluegrass to contemporary ballads.
Two of the most prolific and legendary
Renaissance Men of modern music join forces for this
John McEuen is a
founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (now in their
47th year). He's made more than 40 albums, four of them
platinum and five gold; earned Grammy awards and nominations, CMA
and ACM awards, an Emmy nomination, IBMA record of the year award,
and performed on another 25 albums as guest artist. Most of all,
John brings a truckful of instruments, a lifetime of stories, and a
mischievous twinkle in his eye to his remarkable performances.
seven decades of making music could fill a book...in fact, they fill
four books of memoirs and a new documentary film "David Amram:
The First Eighty Years." (Watch
the Trailer!) After playing jazz with Dizzy
Gillespie, composing symphonies for Leonard Bernstein,
buddying up with Jack Kerouac, jamming with Pete
Seeger, and composing scores for movies including The Manchurian
Candidate, David continues to take indescribable joy in his music
and his audiences, playing more than 35 instruments, sharing songs
and stories around the world, and narrating shows in five languages.
Among his hundreds of honors, he has received the Pete and Toshi
Seeger Power of Song Award and been elected to the Kerrville Folk
Festival Hall of Fame. As the New York Times put it, David is
"A One-Man Folk Festival."
This don't-miss duo
performance will be backed by virtuoso multi-instrumentalists Andy Goessling of
Railroad Earth and
Matt Cartsonis, whose work with Steve Martin, Warren Zevon,
Glen Campbell, and scores of others has earned him the nickname "the
Zelig of popular music."
Grammy-winner Shawn Mullins is
best-known for his #1 hit songs "Lullabye,"
"Beautiful Wreck,” and "Light
You Up," as well as "All In My Head" (featured on the
television show Scrubs) and "Shimmer" (Dawson's Creek
soundtrack). He also cowrote the number one country song “Toes”
for the Zac Brown Band.
We love Shawn most, though, for his
passionate, high-octane, thoroughly engaging performances, which
have brought him legions of enthusiastic fans. His folk-rock
songs tell the stories of ordinary people finding love, joy, and
Special guest Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton
is a true force of nature. He's a joyous entertainer, a
one-man resurrection of classic blues and jazz who "just don't like
any music written after 1934." He plays the guitar like a
demon, incredible fiddle and banjo, and piano like Fats Waller
reincarnated, all while charming the pants off a very happy
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