Loudon Wainwright takes Center stage
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WHO: The Center for the Arts presents
WHAT: Loudon Wainwright III
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17
WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W Main St., Grass Valley
TICKETS: $28 members, $32 non-member
The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14
BriarPatch Co-op Community Market - 530-272-5333
Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and humorist Loudon Wainwright III will appear on the Grass Valley stage during a concert presented by The Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 17.
Wainwright’s songs have been recorded by: Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison. As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.
His long career is highlighted by more than two-dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album (High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project). Wainwright is perhaps best known for the song, Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road) and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the “singing surgeon”) on the television show, M*A*S*H.
“You could characterize the catalog as somewhat checkered, although I prefer to think of it as a tapestry,” Wainwright said.
He was nominated for two Grammys: (I’m Alright) in 1985 and (More Love Songs) in 1986. Wainwright’s 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. This year he released his 26th record, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet).
He collaborated with songwriter/ producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie, Knocked Up; written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel, Lucky You; composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
“Mr. Wainwright has proved to be far and away the most candid diarist among the singer-songwriters who… brought confessional poetry into popular song… Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation,” The New York Times wrote.
Loudon’s most recent project is his one-man play entitled, “Surviving Twin,” a posthumous collection of his writer father’s life. Part concert, part dramatic reading, part family slide-show, the project consists of songs and readings of magazine columns written by his late father.
“As good as he’s ever been,” The New Yorker reviewed. “Almost forty years into his recording career, he has not only retained his sharpness of wit but has also learned to cut with greater skill.”
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