The Sanctuary Concerts present Michael Smith in concert at the Saturday at 8 p.m.
Smith was born in South Orange and grew up in Little Falls. He attended Catholic schools at Our Lady of the Valley and Our Lady of Sorrows, and many of his songs are based on his years there.
A song writer and composer for over 40 years, Smith has been called "the greatest songwriter in the English language" by Rolling Stone Magazine. His music style is "in the Harry Chapin tradition," in the words of Sanctuary Concerts head Scott Sheldon.
Smith formed a four-person band called Weavermania, which performs covers of The Weavers, and has performed with them since 1999. He also formed the folk group Fourtold with Anne Hills, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen. The group continues to record and tour.
Recent album releases by Smith include "Live at Dark-Thirty," a live album "Such Things are Finely Done" and a recording of "The Gifts of the Magi," a new American ballet which Smith composed.
Tickets are available at the Sanctuary Concerts website and by telephone at (973) 376-4946 for $15 each. The concert will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. and will include pot luck snacks and desserts. Beverages are also included.
The Sanctuart Concerts and Chatham Patch have teamed up to offer one pair of free tickets to the first person who can correctly answer the trivia question below:
This week’s Sanctuary Concert, featuring award-winning songwriter Michael Peter Smith (“The Dutchman”), will be a “kitchen concert,” with snacks and desserts included in the cost of admission. Michael Smith has written many poignant as well as many hilariously funny songs, but only one mentions a snack of snails and only one mentions a dinner of flies. Name one of the two songs.
Do you know the answer? Email Laura.Silvius@Patch.com with the answer for the chance to win two free tickets to see Michael Smith in concert Saturday.
To learn more about the concert's Bake-Off contest, contact Scott Sheldon at the Sanctuart Concerts.