Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Presents
STRING SAMPLER CONCERT 2021
Headline Act Bill Frisell & Tony Scherr
Second Act Hubby Jenkins
First Act Mary Flower
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
This Event has been cancelled by the producer due to circumstances beyond his control. We look forward to the return of the String Sampler Concert in 2022.
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase presents it’s annual String Sampler Concert, featuring Bill Frisell & Tony Scherr plus Special Guests, Hubby Jenkins and Mary Flower, 8:00 PM Saturday, October 23, 2021 at The Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498. Reserved seating: Tickets $65 Front Row, $50 Gold Section, $40 Blue & Green Sections, available through the Woodstock Playhouse Box Office
The String Sampler Concert Series, promoting musical diversity and stringed-instrumental artistry, is presented by the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, an international acoustic guitar and stringed-instrument makers’ festival. This year’s String Sampler Concert is co-sponosred by D’Addario Strings / D’Addario & Co., Inc., Farmingdale, NY and WKZE 98.1 FM, red Hook, NY.
This event is open to the fully-vaccinated only; photo ID and certificate of completed vaccination required, no exceptions. Masks required (at this time, TBD), no exceptions.
Guitarist and composer for over 40 years with numerous celebrated recordings, the discography of BILL FRISELL, has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade".
Rich with history and reverence, Frisell’s music career has been a stunning journey of genius. He is hands down one of the most diverse players of his generation. Recognized as one of America’s 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012. He was also a recipient of grants from United States Artists, and Meet the Composer. In 2016, he was a beneficiary of the first FreshGrass Composition commission by means to safeguard and support innovative grassroots music. Frisell also served as a Resident Artist Director at San Francisco Jazz upon their opening in 2013. Most recently, Frisell is featured as the subject of a new documentary film by director Emma Franz, entitled Bill Frisell: A Portrait, which examines his creative process in depth.
"Frisell has had a lot of practice putting high concepts into a humble package. Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, he has also earned a reputation for teasing out thematic connections with his music... There’s a reason that Jazz at Lincoln Center had him program a series called Roots of Americana." - New York Times
"Bill Frisell: The favourite guitarist of many people who agree on little else." - The Irish Times
Bill Frisell’s appearance is made possible by generous support from D’Addario & Co., Inc. Mr. Frisell is a D’Addario Strings Endorsing Artist, using D’Addario acoustic and electric guitar strings exclusively on all his instruments.
Born in New Haven, CT, Tony Scherr is one of the most in-demand sidemen in New York City. As a bassist, guitarist, or singer, he has worked with Bill Frisell Trio, Sexmob, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Willie Nelson, Rickie Lee Jones, Ani DiFranco, Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene), Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian, Sasha Dobson, Shawn Colvin, The Abrams Brothers, and Teddy Thompson, among others.
“Tony Scherr has a few different profiles as a musician, each of them sharp-honed…and generously melding into the others.” – The New York Times
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. He plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, claps the bones, and sings in a rich tenor. Jenkins masters all these instruments, and seamlessly slides from Black Appalachian, North Carolina banjo to deep roots blues. Growing up, Jenkins delved into his southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through America's traditional music forms. As an integral member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and later Rhiannon Giddens band, Jenkins has performed at festivals and venues around the world, earning himself both Grammy and Americana award nominations. He brilliantly illustrates the commonality of the new generation of African American songsters, in spirit and music. Today he spreads his knowledge and love of old-time American music through his dynamic solo performances and engaging workshops.
Internationally known and award-winning picker, songstress, and teacher Mary Flower, is known for her expansive fingerpicking guitar and skillfully played lap-slide. Flower’s honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals, teaching seminars and concert stages domestically and abroad. Flower is a finalist at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship, and a nominee for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award. Flower embodies a lush variety of acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz. Flower’s 11 records, including her four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records, show a deep love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.
“A national treasure in your own backyard.” - Jorma Kaukonen
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