Saturday, April 13, 2013
Sanctuary Concerts present the singer and activist with full band Saturday.
The Sanctuary Concert Series present folksinger and activist Holly Near in a rare full-band appearance Saturday. Near is touring to promote her new double album "Peace Becomes You," which includes twelve original songs plus covers of songs by artists such as Cee Lo Green, Keb Mo' and Irving Berlin. To celebrate this new album, Near is touring with a full band for the first time in years, according to Sanctuary Concerts Head Scott Sheldon. The band includes Jan Martinelli on bas, David Rokeach on drums, John Bucchino on keyboard and Andre dos Santos Morgan doing back-up vocals. Throughout nearly five decades as a performer and thirty albums, Sheldon said, "Holy Near has used her gentle wit, big loving spirit, and powerful songwriting to be …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The "Queen of Bayou Piano" appears Saturday in Chatham.
The Sanctuary Concerts presents Marcia Ball, the "Queen of the Bayou Piano," this weekend at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township. Ball started playing music at the age of 5, but she turned professional while a student at Louisiana State University where she played in a band called Gum. In 1970 she started an original country band called Freda and the Firedogs at the age of 21, and four years later she started her solo career. Sanctuary Concerts Chair Scott Sheldon said, "Marcia mixes her infectious brand of New Orleans piano boogie with Texas roadhouse, R&B, honky-tonk, swamp music, and ballads." USA Today had similar high praise for Ball's talents, calling her “a sensational saucy singer and superb pianist; where Texas stomp-rock …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sanctuary Concerts presents 'One Child Born,' a Laura Nyro tribute, Saturday evening with a chocolate festival at intermission.
Sanctuary Concerts present "One Child Born," a theatrical tribute to the music of Laura Nyro, this Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township. Concert head Scott Sheldon called Nyro "the folk world's most soulful and passionate songwriter." Her classic hits include "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Sweet Blindness," "And When I Die" and "Eli's Coming," all of which combined gospel, soul, jazz and rhythm-and-blues in a way utterly artistic and original. In this presentation, actress and singer Kate Ferber will present "a magical evening of passion, whimsy and humor, performing Laura's songs and telling the stories of the people whose lives were changed by Laura's music," Sheldon said. The Valentine's Day concert will…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The 'Queen of the Minor Key' comes to Chatham Saturday.
Sanctuary Concerts presents Eilen Jewell and Little Toby Walker in concert Saturday evening at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township. Known as the "Queen of the Minor Key," Jewell specializes in "dark, moody Americana and rhythm and blues," in the words of Sanctuary Concerts Head Scott Sheldon. Her singing and songwriting is influenced by everything from classic country to early rhythm and blues music. Jewell's music career began when she started singing on the streets of Santa Fe while attending college. She followed her music first to Los Angeles and then to Boston. In 2005 she recorded her first album, and since them six more albums have furthered her music career and endeared her to fans across the country. "Eilen's own haunting…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The folk-rock musician said the church 'feels like a concert hall' when he takes the stage.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Sanctuary Concerts present famed folk-rock singer and songwriter Al Stewart in concert Saturday. Over the past 40-plus years, singer-songwriter-guitarist Al Stewart has created and continues to make sonic art that's not afraid to venture outside of the pop-music beaten path. The Scottish legend—who grew up in England and now lives in California—will bring his singular talents and historically themed classics to Chatham Oct. 27 when he performs as part of The Sanctuary Concerts music series. Stewart said of the venue, "It doesn't feel much like a church; it feels like a concert hall. I am not tempted to sing hymns." Stewart is in the middle of a series of performance dates taking him to different parts of the nation, sometimes alone, …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The member of the Young Rascals performs Saturday with the Sanctuary Concert Series.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Sanctuary Concert Series presents Felix Cavaliere of the Young Rascals, with special guest Danny Kalb of the Blues Project. From 1965 through 1969, the Rascals were one of the best selling groups on the Pop charts featuring Felix-sung hits such as "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," "A Girl Like You," "A Beautiful Morning," and "People Got to Be Free." The Rascals' biggest hit, "People Got to Be Free," was co-written by Cavaliere and bandmate Eddie Brigati as an impassioned response to the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. It topped the charts for five weeks in 1968. Felix's special guest is Danny Kalb, a founder of the Blues Project and a member of the Guitar Hall of Fame. Cavaliere and Kalb will …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Grammy-winning artist performs at the Sanctuary Concerts Saturday.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Get ready for a blast from the past! Karla Bonoff, who won a Grammy for writing the 1990 Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville duet "All My Life,"will appear Saturday at the Sanctuary Concert Series. Scott Sheldon, the head of the Sanctuary Concerts, said Bonoff's songs "have defined a generation." She wrote hits that were recorded by Columbia Records for years, including the songs "If He's Ever Near", "I Can't Hold On," "Lose Again," "Home," "Isn't It Always Love," "Baby Don't Go," "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me," Personally," "Like a Falling Star," and "All My Life." As a recording artist, Bonoff has recorded 15 albums. Her original songs have been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and other national recording artists. Ronstadt was the …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The "American treasure" performs in Chatham Township Saturday.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott performs at the Sanctuary Concert Series in Chatham Township Saturday. Elliott's career spans over 50 years. At the age of 14, Elliott ran away from home to join the rodeo. A rodeo cowboy taught him to play the guitar. He was mentored by Woodie Guthrie, who joked, "Jack sounds more like me than I do," according to Sanctuary Concerts chair Scott SheldonThe mother of folk legend Odetta gave him his nickname." While in Greenwich Village in 1961, Elliott met a young musician named Bob Dylan. He began mentoring Dylan and studied blues music with musicians Lead Belly, Mississippi John Hurt and Big Bill Broonzy. Elliott's music has influenced an entire generation of musicians, including Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Jerry Jeff …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Sanctuary Concerts bring the multi-Grammy award winner to Chatham for an intimate concert.
The Sanctuary Concerts present Grammy-winning singer Suzy Bogguss Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township. Bogguss began her singing career at the age of 5 in the choir at the College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Aledo, Ill. The former homecoming queen sang and played guitar and drums in coffee shops near Illinois State University while in college, then released an independent album, "Suzy," in 1980. In 1985, Bogguss moved to Nashville, Tenn., where her career took off. She became the first featured female singer at Dollywood, and signed a deal with the Liberty/Capitol record label. Her breakthrough album, "Aces," went platinum when it was released in 1991, and two subsequent albums, "Voices in the Wind" and "Something Up …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Blues Artist of the Year winner appears Saturday in Chatham Township.
The Sanctuary Concerts present Ruthie Foster, a celebrated blues and gospel singer, Saturday at 8 p.m. for a stop on her "Soul Salvation tour, with Paul Thorn opening. Foster was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for her album "The Truth According to Ruthie Foster." Her new album, "Let It Burn," was recorded at Piety Studios in New Orleans. Scott Sheldon, the head of the Sanctuary Concerts, described "Let It Burn" as "a dark, smoky mix of sparsely-crafted originals" and "haunting interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers." Foster was twice named Female Artist of the Year in 2010 by the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues and the Living Blues Music Award Critic's Poll. She also was named Best Female Vocalist at the 2008 Austin…