Prescott Park Arts Festival Adds Two More Acts to Their Summer Line Up
Portsmouth NH – This weekend, Prescott Park Arts Festival announced Michael Franti & Spearhead and Mary Chapin Carpenter were added to the 2017 River House Restaurant Concert Series line up. Both acts are parallel acts to this summer’s roster of performers that already boasts well known artists including Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Lake Street Drive, Iron & Wine, Aimee Mann, and Gillian Welch to name a few. This summer marks the Festival’s 43rd season of presenting concerts, musical theater, film and more on the Wilcox Main Stage in Prescott Park, all on a suggested donation basis.
“We have been holding onto this announcement for some time due to radius restrictions, and are thrilled to have the green light to share these two exciting additions! It’s such an honor to have Mary Chapin Carpenter return to the park, and humbling to have the chance to welcome Michael Franti to the park for all to enjoy,” exclaims Festival President, Ben Anderson.
Michael Franti, a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian, is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. This summer, he will hit the parks Wilcox Main Stage along with his band, Spearhead. The collaboration is known for their authentic and uplifting music and have found global success with multi-platinum songs such as “Say Hey (I Love You)”, and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound of Sunshine.
“Franti presents a show that is not only thought provoking, but fills you with an energy that leaves you glowing,” described Anderson.
Not long to follow, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to Prescott Park on Thursday, August 3rd, to sing both timeless hits and her always prolific and growing catalog of songs. Carpenter has an impressive career that has spanned more than three decades, and includes five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards, along with countless compositions that have been covered by artists in as many diverse forms.
“We’re honored to feature Mary Chapin Carpenter’s iconic musical style as part of the summer season. She has developed a remarkably loyal and devoted international fan base and we’re so grateful to have her back again this summer.” Says Anderson.
Carpenter, having sold over 13 million records with hits like Passionate Kisses and He Thinks He’ll Keep Her, continues to speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal making her a must see again and again.
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.
Both of the newly announced performances are part of the Festival’s beloved River House Restaurant Concert Series that will feature an array of acts including Lake Street Drive, with special guests, Suitcase Junket (Sunday, June 18); indie folk guitarist, Kurt Vile (Wednesday, June 21); acoustic bluegrass ensemble, Yonder Mountain String Band (Tuesday, June 27); Iron & Wine (Wednesday, June 28); multi-Grammy award winner, Aimee Mann (Friday, June 30); Gillian Welch (Saturday, July 1); Langhorne Slim & The Law (Wednesday, July 5); Deer Tick (Friday, July 7); Pokey LaFarge (Sunday, July 9); Irish songster, Foy Vance (Wednesday, July 12); Darlingside (Wednesday , July 19); Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, and Monsters of Folk (Sunday, July 23); New Pornographers (Friday, July 28); outlaw-country rocker Nikki Lane (Wednesday, August 2); 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 will also bring to stage Disney’s Mary Poppins, presented by C&J Bus Lines, as the signature musical production this summer.
Opening this Friday, June 23rd, Mary Poppins will be bringing an enchanting mix of story telling, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft to the park. This full scale production will fill 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 experience a diverse cast of local youth and theater professionals, imaginative sets and 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