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  The Troubadour Series at The Guthrie Center, Summer of 2018


Our 2018 Troubadour Series Schedule

No online ticket sales.
To purchase tickets, call (413) 528-1955

(Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Beer, wine, and a full dinner menu available
between 6:00 and 8:00 PM on concert nights.

Please bookmark this page and come back
for schedule updates as they become available.

Friday, June 1
Bobby Sweet: As a sought-after lead guitarist, Bobby has played shows opening for George Jones, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, The Bellamy Brothers, and Waylon Jennings. In 2008-2009 he toured with Arlo Guthrie’s Lost World Tour, and in 2010-2011 on Guthrie’s Journey On Tour. His instrumental and vocal work have been featured on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion, and a host of other independent album projects. Included in this performance will be an opportunity to see and hear handmade Sweet violins. Bobby will be performing his folk-Americana songs with the BSweet Trio, featuring Pete Adams and Abe Guthrie. The show will highlight a special guest appearance by violinist Joey Driscoll, performing a solo classical piece on a Sweet violin. Also featured will be a display of several other Sweet violins, including instruments he carved while on tour with Arlo Guthrie during the 50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant tour.
Members: $15.00 / Non-members: $20.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, June 2

Dancin’ at the Guthrie: Come and dance, or just listen, to those thrilling sounds of yesteryear on our beautiful player piano!
Members: $10.00 / Non-members: $15.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, June 8
Johnny Irion: Whether Irion is singing about Santa Barbara, Pittsfield or the Rapture, his sharp wit, telling description and brief character studies take us to a musical hometown of his own, quite a feat for a rocker whose last record with his band US Elevator was hailed by Rolling Stone as being as “lovingly handcrafted as the jeans on the back of After The Gold Rush.”
Additional links: NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, Relix Album Premier, Paste Magazine Premier of Cabin Fever.
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, June 9

John Davidson: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller: Fresh from his starring roles in Finding Neverland and Wicked, John returns to his passion - Troubadour. With backstage stories of his 50 years of TV hosting (Hollywood Squares, That’s Incredible, The Tonight Show) and movies, plus original comedy songs (Seventy Sucks!, The Wall Street Blues), John delivers an energetic evening of humor, inspiration, and songs both old and new. Rescheduled to Sunday, July 8th!
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, June 15
Eli Catlin: Eli Catlin is, in nearly every respect, a surprise. With rare ability, and a blues and folk sound that is genuinely one of a kind, he is not to be missed. Join us in welcoming Eli back to the Guthrie Center stage!
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.


Saturday, June 16
Bill Staines: “A craftsman who has cobbled together evocative details, pithy aphorisms and singalong melodies into a trunkful of unassuming, marvelous songs.”
The Washington Post
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, June 22
Whiskey Treaty Roadshow: You don’t have to drink a drop to enjoy a truly memorable evening with a band that, like the best of spirits, manages to stoke the fire, fill you with energy, and yet go down smoothly. Guaranteed - you’ll have a fantastic time! We are honored, pleased, and really looking forward to having The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow on the Guthrie Center stage.
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, June 23

Tracy Grammer: Called “one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom”
(Boston Globe) and “a musician and singer of dazzling versatility” (No Depression), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, she has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists. The Guthrie Center is very happy to have Tracy back on our stage!
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, June 29
Brooks Williams: “He really rocks, stirring up soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves.” fRoots
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, June 30

Christine Lavin: “Lavin is a folkie’s folkie. Fellow singer Janis Ian has referred to her as ‘the unsung heroine of the latter-day folk movement’.” Boston.com
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, July 6
Tom Chapin: Warm spirit, infectious humor, and sensitive satiric songs … one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music. New York Times
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, July 7
Vance Gilbert: “It is impossible to sum up Vance Gilbert in a sentence. But a word that does resonate is ‘generosity’. Vance is extrordinarily generous with his thoughts, his prodigious talent, his recognition and appreciation of others, and time invested in what matters to him. It shows - on stage and in his music. Which is an enormous gift to the rest of us.”
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Sunday, July 8
John Davidson: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller: Fresh from his starring roles in Finding Neverland and Wicked, John returns to his passion - Troubadour. With backstage stories of his 50 years of TV hosting (Hollywood Squares, That’s Incredible, The Tonight Show) and movies, plus original comedy songs (Seventy Sucks!, The Wall Street Blues), John delivers an energetic evening of humor, inspiration, and songs both old and new.
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, July 13
Don White: “No artist on the coffeehouse circuit today is better than Don White at combining the heartfelt aesthetics of the singer-songwriter with side-splitting laughs.” Scott Alarik in The Boston Globe
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, July 14
John Flynn: “John Flynn is the real deal. His work follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, and other social justice troubadours as he speaks the truth and gives a voice to society’s disenfranchised. His work fills your heart and opens your eyes as he continues to walk the walk of a true advocate for equality, justice, and peace.” Deana McCloud, Executive Director, Woody Guthrie Center
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, July 20
An Evening with Tom Rush: The Guthrie Center is always excited when Tom Rush takes our stage! He is a legend in the folk world and a blessing to his audiences.
“Crowd pleasing … an outstanding performance.” New York Times
“Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” James Taylor
Members: $45.00 / Non-members: $50.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, July 21
An Evening with Tom Rush: The Guthrie Center is always excited when Tom Rush takes our stage! He is a legend in the folk world and a blessing to his audiences.
“Crowd pleasing … an outstanding performance.” New York Times
“Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” James Taylor
Members: $45.00 / Non-members: $50.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, July 27
Aztec Two-Step: As Neal takes an indefinite period of time off from touring after the passing of his beloved wife Karen, don’t miss REX as he welcomes to the AZTEC TWO-STEP stage musician extraordinaire John Korba (Hall and Oates, Rosanne Cash, Phoebe Snow, John Waite) on keyboards and vocals; Steven “Muddy” Roues (Jon Pousette-Dart) on double bass; and Dodie Pettit (Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats”) on guitar and vocals. The evening will include ATS fan favorites as well as songs from their newest release “Naked.”
Members: $30.00 / Non-members: $35.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, July 28
An Evening with Lucy Kaplansky: “New York songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is becoming the troubadour laureate of modern city folk.” The Boston Globe
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, August 3
Tom Paxton & The Don Juans: Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.
“Tom Paxton’s songs are so powerful and lyrical, written from the heart and the conscience, and they reach their mark, our most inner being. He writes stirring songs of social protest and gentle songs of love, each woven together with his personal gift for language. His melodies haunt, his lyrics reverberate. I have sung Tom’s songs for three decades and will go on doing so in the new century, for they are beautiful and timeless, and meant for every age.” Judy Collins
Members: $50.00 / Non-members: $60.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, August 4
Tom Paxton & The Don Juans: Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.
“Tom Paxton’s songs are so powerful and lyrical, written from the heart and the conscience, and they reach their mark, our most inner being. He writes stirring songs of social protest and gentle songs of love, each woven together with his personal gift for language. His melodies haunt, his lyrics reverberate. I have sung Tom’s songs for three decades and will go on doing so in the new century, for they are beautiful and timeless, and meant for every age.” Judy Collins
Members: $50.00 / Non-members: $60.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, August 10
Seth Glier: Don’t miss this performance! It will not only make your night, but your summer. Ask anyone who has heard Seth Glier in concert, and you’ll know precisely why we at the Guthrie Center will always, always, always want him back.
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, August 11
Seth Glier: Don’t miss this performance! It will not only make your night, but your summer. Ask anyone who has heard Seth Glier in concert, and you’ll know precisely why we at the Guthrie Center will always, always, always want him back.
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, August 17
Harpeth Rising: Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe… Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique.
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, August 18
A Tribute to Legendary Songwriter Doc Pomus, with Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Nile, and Christine Ohlman: “If you care at all about the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, you either know who Doc Pomus was or count one of his songs as among your favorites: “This Magic Moment,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Lonely Avenue,” “Little Sister,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” “A Teenager in Love.” The list never stops because Doc Pomus never did.” LA Times
Doc was a legend. And we can’t think of a better way to shine a light on his contribution to American music than through the voices of Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Nile, and Christine Ohlman. The Guthrie Center is thrilled to have these three incredible performers on stage, performing songs that are part of the beloved history of all of us. Please join us for what will be a truly memorable show.
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Sunday, August 19
Urban Renewal: Urban Renewal blends a mixture of 70’s funk with West African polyrhythms. The group features high energy vocals, a tight rhythm section, with some kickin’ horns and percussion.
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, August 22
Chris Thomas King: The Guthrie Center is proud to present a special performance by Chris Thomas King! His work in ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ gained attention and recognition. His talent cements legacy. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the best Blues performed by a true legend.
Members: $35.00 / Non-members: $40.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Friday, August 24
Chris Smither: Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, August 25
Chris Smither: Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.


Friday, August 31

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: “Songs inbued with mystical stirrings and idealism … they take the stage by storm!” The New York Times
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, September 1
Roger Street Friedman: “One moment he’s turning out harmonically rich Paul Simon-esque art-folk; the next he’s digging into the kind of good ‘n’ greasy Americana groove John Hiatt would kill for.” Jim Allen, Culture Sonar
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Sunday, September 2
The Berkshire Ramblers: The Guthrie Center is proud and grateful to have the Berkshire Ramblers in concert! They are great friends and perform a very special and fun show! Join us for what is always a totally enjoyable night!
Ticket price: $25.00. All proceeds to benefit The Guthrie Center.
Doors open at 5:00 PM; Show starts at 7:00 PM.

Troubadour Series Extended!

Call (413) 528-1955 for tickets or more information.
(Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Saturday, September 15
Geoff Muldaur coming to The Guthrie CenterGeoff Muldaur: “Geoff has a voice like nobody else. When he sings you just have to listen. He has a way with a song that makes you wish it would never end. The combination of Geoff’s amazing voice and the way he wraps it around a song makes his music irresistible.” Tom Rush
Members: $25.00 / Non-members: $30.00
Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.



Saturday, September 22
Joe Crookston coming to The Guthrie Center Joe Crookston: “Joe Crookston is a multi-instrumentalist, and his mastery of guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and accordion fuses both contemporary and traditional elements. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world Crookston creates.” New York Folklore Society
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.



Friday, October 5
Oliver Trager coming to The Guthrie CenterDig Infinity! The Return of Lord Buckley, the Hip Messiah: Written & Performed by Oliver Trager: “Trager’s portrayal of Lord Buckley is astonishing. I was mesmerized by his mastery of Buckley’s cadence, hipster slang and aristocratic snobbery. He fully embodies the character from head to toe …” The New Yorker
Members: $15.00 / Non-members: $20.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.


Saturday, October 6
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott coming to The Guthrie CenterRamblin’ Jack Elliott: “One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell, The Grateful Dead, and countless others.” Please join us in welcoming this national treasure to the Guthrie Center stage!
Members: $45.00 / Non-members: $50.00

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Show starts at 8:00 PM.

Sunday, October 7
Matt Nakoa coming to The Guthrie CenterMatt Nakoa: We are really excited and very pleased to be able to have Matt here at the Guthrie Center again! He is a genuinely rare talent and his performance is both eminently satisfying and always rewarding. In the words of CoverLayDown.com: “Matt Nakoa is a musical adept, one of those well kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and genuine, soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world.” The New Yorker
Members: $20.00 / Non-members: $25.00

Doors open at 5:00 PM; Show starts at 7:00 PM.

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