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    May 02, 2017
    Prescott Park Arts Festival Announces Their 2017 Concert Series Line Up
    Portsmouth NH – The much anticipated reveal of the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 2017 River House Restaurant Concert Series lineup was announced to the public this Tuesday, May 2nd. The summer concert series has become a well-known and distinguished tradition on the seacoast, featuring nationally touring musical acts from a range of genres in a picturesque outdoor setting along the Piscataqua River, all on a suggested donation basis.
    The Festival, a local non-profit arts organization, is preparing to celebrate its 43rd season in the park this summer.  As in years past, the Festival plans to once again welcome an all-star lineup of acclaimed artists to the Seacoast’s stage including a historic collaboration between Blues titans Taj Mahal & Keb Mo, the long requested return of Lake Street Drive, and new acts to the park, Iron & Wine, Aimee Mann, Kurt Vile, Conor Oberst and the New Pornographers. In addition to the acts revealed, the Festival hinted they have more acts that can’t be announced until mid-June.
    “The season reveal is one of my favorite times of year, hands down. It means warm summer nights and a sea of smiling faces are right around the corner,” described festival President, Ben Anderson. “We feel blessed to be able to have the opportunity to offer our community with access to such stellar acts like what we’ve put together this year. Absolutely everyone can enjoy this incredibly dynamic and vibrant season. That’s such a special and unique part of our community.”
    Founded in 1974, the festival has continued to offer its events on a donation-only basis, having raised the optional suggested donation amount only once in the early 1980s from $3 to the current amount of $5 and $8.

    “We live in a world of change,” explained Anderson, “but the Festival has held true to its core mission for more than four decades. It’s something we can all take great pride in.”
    With no fixed admission, the Festival has still found success in providing high caliber acts to the local community and its visitors.
    Leading off the star-studded season, Lake Street Dive returns to the park featuring Suitcase Junket on Sunday, June 18th. Having recently debuting their album, Side Pony, Lake Street Dive will once again grace the Wilcox Main Stage at Prescott Park with their unique and charismatic southern rock, indie pop, soul, jazz, folk rock, and Motown medleys. “We’re very excited to bring back LSD. It’s hard to believe they were once one of our ‘discovery acts’, and we’re delighted to feature them as the season kick-off.”
    Returning favorites aren’t the only thing the Festival has in store for park goers this summer. Iron & Wine will join the roster of singer songwriters on Wednesday, June 28th. Sam Ervin Beam, an American singer-songwriter is Iron & Wine- a name he coined using a vitamin label found while shooting a film in a general store years before his musical success. Beam, a South Carolina native, will bring his soul drenched folk vocals to life for what will prove to be an awe inspiring performance.
    New to the Portsmouth scene, but no stranger to musical fame- Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning singer Aimee Mann will perform the park on Friday, June 30th.  Having just released her newest album, Mental Illness, Mann touts the praises of critics worthy of a listen. With her finger picking style inspired by some of her favorite 60’s and 70’s folk rock records, Mann brings her haunting sound to life, and to the waterfront, for all to enjoy.

    Soon after, folk/pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen returns to the Main Stage on Wednesday, August 9th.  Dennen took the musical scene by storm in 2004 and was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as an “Artist to Watch”. Critics compare his soul drenched crooning to greats such as Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Tracy Chapman.
    Returning to the park this season is legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, on Wednesday, August 16th. The beloved performer has been a favorite of the Seacoast, young and old, this self-taught singer-songwriter who plays the guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments) has reformed the meaning of blues music over the course of his almost 50-year career. Two time Grammy winning, Taj Mahal is known for his incorporation of elements of world music into his work.
    Joining Taj is three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb Mo. Mo, whose post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop, boasts 15 albums to date. Mo is known to partner and perform alongside musical acts such as Peter Maffay, and Dan Aykroyd.
    The full River House Restaurant Concert Series includes:
    Lake Street Drive with Suitcase Junket (Sunday, June 18th)
    Kurt Vile with Julie Bryne (Wednesday, June 21st)
    Yonder Mountain String Band (Tuesday, June 27th)
    Iron & Wine (Wednesday, June 28th)
    Aimee Mann (Friday, June 30th)
    Langhorne Slim (Wednesday, July 5th)
    Deer Tick (Friday, July 7th)
    Pokey LaFarge (Sunday, July 9th)
    Foy Vance (Wednesday, July 12th)
    Darlingside (Wednesday , July 19th)
    Conor Oberst (Sunday, July 23rd)
    New Pornographers (Friday, July 28th)
    Nikki Lane (Wednesday, August 2nd)
    Brett Dennen (Wednesday, August 9th)
    Aaron Neville (Friday, August 11th)
    Taj Mahal with Keb Mo (Wednesday, August 16th)
    Joe Purdy (Wednesday, August 23rd)
    Ballroom Thieves (Saturday, September 2nd)
    Galactic (Sunday, September 3rd).
    In addition to a full concert and movie series lineup, Prescott Park Arts Festival will also present Disney’s Mary Poppins, presented by C&J Bus Lines, as the signature musical production this summer.
    Beginning 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 hello@prescottpark.org
    Ben Anderson, Exec. Director
    ben@prescottpark.org, (603) 436-2848