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July 02. 2014 12:07AM

Prescott Park Arts Festival brings back Justin Townes Earle for round two


 

American singer-songwriter and musician Justin Towne Earle will pack the park this Wednesday, July 2nd, as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series. Returning to Portsmouth’s Prescott Park this year by popular demand, Earle draws comparisons to heavyweights like Arlo Guthrie and his own father, Steve Earle. This emerging artist has racked up recognitions and awards from Rolling Stone and the Americana Music Association, including Song of the Year for his “Harlem River Blues”.

Raw and unfettered, Earle’s sound emanates his country upbringing and a genuine rootsy Americana vibe. Justin’s diverse inspirations are transparent as he has forged his own brand of American roots music, one that is not to be missed this Wednesday.

Executive Director Ben Anderson states, “Bringing Justin back to the series was a must. I’m a huge fan, and the requests to bring him back never stopped since his show was rained out last summer.”

After two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle recently announced his fifth studio album, Single Mothers, will be released on September 9 on Vagrant Records. Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. After releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, Single Mothers is an album that is raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.

“I’m looking forward to his performance for a number of reasons,” says Anderson, “but definitely because it will feature a lot of his new material.”

As with all Prescott Park Arts Festival events, concerts are free and open to the public with a suggested $8-$10 donation. The renowned River House Restaurant Concert Series that will also feature acts like Ingrid Michaelson (July 27); Canadian powerhouse Matt Andersen (July 9); Rosanne Cash (July 5); Mary Chapin Carpenter (July 9); The Lone Bellow (July 16); Houndmouth (July 23); The Wood Brothers, as part of the folk festival with Shakey Graves, Pokey LaFarge and The Stray Birds (July 25); Iris Dement (July 30); Martin Sexton (August 6); Hot Club of Cowtown (August 9); Loudon Wainwright III(August 13); Ruthie Foster (August 20); Taj Mahal (August 22); Chris Smither (August 23); The Wailin’ Jennys (August 27); Spirit Family Reunion (August 31); and Dr John & The Nite Trippers (September 13)

Prescott Park Arts Festival is of course not limited to an exceptional summer concert lineup. The festival kicked off opening weekend this past Friday with Shrek the Musical on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage. Enthusiastic crowds, young and old embarked on an exciting journey with Shrek, Donkey and the rest of the fairytale cast. Shrek the Musical runs all summer long, Thursday through Sunday.

Reservation information can be found on the Festival website www.prescottpark.org Tables on the Federal Savings Bank VIP Seating Deck are available for reservations as of Monday, May 12, in addition to the blanket reservations in front of the Wilcox Industries Main Stage. Special discount pricing is available for Festival members. Space is limited.

Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.

For more information, contact Ben Anderson, Executive Director, at 603-436-2848 or info@prescottpark.org


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