Portsmouth NH – On Sunday, July 23rd , the Prescott Park Arts Festival presents American singer-songwriter, Conor Oberst on the Wilcox Main Stage as part of the 2017 River House Restaurant Concert Series. Oberst joins this summer’s roster of performers that already includes well known artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iron & Wine, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gillian Welch and Aimee Mann to name just a few. This summer will mark the Festival’s 43rd season of the beloved tradition that presents concerts, musical theater, film and more in Prescott Park, all on a suggested donation basis.
“We’ve been anxiously awaiting this date. We’re thrilled to welcome Conor to the park as part of the Festival’s offerings this summer,” exclaims Festival President, Ben Anderson. “It’s an honor to bring this caliber of talent to our stage for all to enjoy, no matter what ones ability to pay might be.”
Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup.
“I have always believed there’s salvation through music and love. At least for me. It’s gotten me through the worst of things. But, I want it to be that way for the people who listen to it, too,” explains Oberst. “I feel I always make an attempt, even when writing what is a pretty depressing number, to sew some silver lining into it. I think the secret to happiness is making yourself believe that happiness is possible. The first step in overcoming anything is to believe you can do it. So in my songs, there’s always a point where something pulls you out of the hole you’re in.”
Oberst makes his Prescott Park debut in support of his new album, Salutations, released in March. His performance features special guest, Hop Along - the Philadelphia band whose energy comes from punk but their style is indebted to the romantic, middle-American indie of Bright Eyes.
With no fixed admission, the Festival continues to manage the delicate balance of successful programming that aims to provide exceptional acts to the local community and its visitors. The decades old organization has maintained a reliance on the donations of festivals goers, yet has still held successful in maintaining the suggested donation the same year over year for more than 30 years.
Conor Oberst performs amidst a dynamic array of performances that are part of the Festival’s beloved River House Restaurant Concert Series. Acts include Michael Franti & Spearhead (Wednesday, June 26); New Pornographers (Friday, July 28); outlaw-country rocker Nikki Lane (Wednesday, August 2); Mary Chapin Carpenter (Thursday, August 3); Californian folk/pop singer Brett Dennen (Wednesday, August 9); Aaron Neville (Friday, August 11); a historic collaboration of blues titans, Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’ (Wednesday, August 16); folk troubadour, Joe Purdy (Wednesday, August 23); Valerie June (Saturday, August 26th); Ballroom Thieves (Saturday, September 2); and New Orleans funk band, Galactic (Sunday, September 3).
In addition to a full concert and movie series lineup, Prescott Park Arts Festival has also brought to the Main Stage Disney’s Mary Poppins, presented by C&J Bus Lines, as the signature musical production this summer.
Running Thursday through Sunday, until August 20th , Mary Poppins has brought an enchanting mix of story telling, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft to the park. This full-scale production fills the waterfront air with the compelling and robust Mary Poppins song list including well known favorites such as A Spoon Full of Sugar, Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious, Chim Chim Cheree, and The Perfect Nanny. Park goers can expect to catch a diverse cast of local youth and theater professionals performing amongst imaginative sets that include a dynamic array of custom designed costumes.
Tables on the Federal Savings Bank VIP Seating Deck are available for reservation now through Prescott Park Arts Festival’s website, in addition to the blanket reservations, in front of the Wilcox Main Stage. Special discount pricing is available for Festival members. All reservations can be made through the Festival’s website at: www.prescottpark.org.
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, President, at 603-436-2848 or at firstname.lastname@example.org