Feb 03 Friday
Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. Back stateside, he spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.
Nineteen records, an illustrated book, thousands of live performances, a TEDx talk, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, appearances on NPR, an annual autumn tour by bicycle, emceeing festivals, hosting his own boutique festival (the Lamplighter Sessions, in Boston and Wisconsin)… Mulvey never stops. He has built his life’s work on collaboration and an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, & a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.
Feb 04 Saturday
Few ensembles have achieved the stature of the Emerson String Quartet, one of the most celebrated of all time. Along with the insightful musicians of the Escher String Quartet, this estimable force takes command of an infrequently performed repertoire, with Mendelssohn’s genre-defining Octet for Strings as its centerpiece. The occasion offers all the more reason to applaud: after 47 superb seasons, the distinguished Emerson takes its final bow in summer 2023.
Feb 05 Sunday
A diverse set of solo vocal and instrumental works awaits you at our annual Winter Vivaldi concert. The program features countertenor Roger Isaacs, pianist Father Sean Duggan, recorder virtuoso Rainer Beckmann, and your own violinists Simon Maurer and Paul Chou. We invite you to warm yourselves up to an afternoon of selections that will certainly make you think of Sinfonia's signature Valley Vivaldi chamber ensemble series in summer.
Feb 12 Sunday
Two Part Invention's flutist Nora Suggs and guitarist John Arnold are joined by cellist Elizabeth Mendoza in a program ranging from the music of Haydn and Telemann to 19th century Americana, plus Brazilian choros, Sephardic love songs, and even a gypsy fandango!It's Super Bowl Sunday -- but you'll have plenty of time to get your live music fix before the big game!
Mar 24 Friday
Philly favorite Boris Garcia is an original jam band with Americana, pop and progressive bluegrass overtones. They're returning to Sellersville Theater in anticipation of their forthcoming album release.
Kicking off the party are Blue Wave Ramblers. They're an an eclectic band of musical brothers skillfully combining the unique talents delivering high-energy, powerful acoustic music.
Apr 14 Friday
Texas native Rhett Miller is perhaps best known as the frontman of the Dallas-based alt-country band the Old 97’s, and he has also pursued a critically acclaimed solo career. Formed in 1993, the Old 97’s built a devoted following with their brash blend of country and power pop influences, making a splash with 1995’s Wreck Your Life, a period kicked off with one of their finest hours, 1997’s Too Far to Care. All four members also pursued side projects, but Miller’s solo career captured the most attention, with the literate songwriter training his eye on such subjects as fatherhood, sex, and love. Making his solo bow with 2002’s The Instigator, most of Miller’s solo albums have been dominated by cool, melodic pop tunes with a drier and more confessional bent than his work with the band, though 2012’s The Dreamer explored a middle ground between his pop and alt-country sensibilities, and the 2011 set The Interpreter: Live at Largo revealed he’s a sure hand with other people’s songs.
Apr 26 Wednesday
It's the new crown Prince Of Swing and the son of the legendary Louis Prima! Louis Prima Jr. is the youngest child of celebrated musician and entertainer Louis Prima. Prima gambled on a full-time career bringing his dad's musical style to new generations, and the gamble has paid off. In 2012 Louis Prima and The Witnesses released their debut album, Return of the Wildest and the band made their national television debut on Access Hollywood Live. The hosts had such a good time dancing along with the band that they were asked to return for the hit television show's Christmas special that had guest Henry Winkler jumping out of his seat to join in. Their worldwide tour continued through October 2013, and included a performance at the first BottleRock Napa Valley festival. sharing the bill with Macklemore, Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, and Kings of Leon.
May 05 Friday
For 30 years, Graham Parker has been slinging his signature sound, earning a spot in the pantheon of influential rock and roll figures. Since his early days with The Rumour, Parker has coupled punk’s energy with his deeply rooted love of American R&B, country and soul music. The Village Voice declares "[his] pub rock snarl has worked its magic for a generation."
May 07 Sunday
Jay and Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American musical styles: 19th century classics, lively Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing, along with their own songs, fiddle tunes and orchestral compositions. In recent years, Jay and Molly have reached an ever widening audience through their appearances on Great Performances and A Prairie Home Companion.
Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans whose ability to craft a three-minute novel has earned him comparisons to John Prine and Jim Croce, while the powerful soul of his voice evokes a youthful Van Morrison. He has released four recordings, including his 2014 release, “The Moorings,” which was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Engineered Album.” His latest album, “False River” is described by American Songwriter as “fresh, innovative, and complicated in all the right ways.” His most frequent touring outfit is a trio consisting of upright bass, drums, and three-part harmonies that bring the sonic landscape of his songs to life.