June 9, New York
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What: For the Sake of a Song: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
When: July 9, 10, 17, 23, 24, 31
Where: Grace Plaza, 1114 Avenue of the Americas
One New York Plaza at Water and Broad Streets
Phone: (212) 417-2414
Cost: Admission is free, no RSVP required.
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FREE (JULY 9-31): LEGENDARY TROUBADOUR TOWNES VAN ZANDT
TO BE CELEBRATED IN FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES
AT THE GRACE BUILDING & ONE NEW YORK PLAZA
Six lunchtime concerts to mark 70th birthday of the late singer-songwriter
New York, NY (June 9, 2014) – Legendary Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt, who would have turned 70 this year, will be honored with a three-week series of free outdoor concerts at the Grace Building in midtown and One New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan next month.
On six afternoons from Wednesday, July 9th through Thursday, July 31st, “For the Sake of a Song” will showcase rising singer-songwriters as they pay tribute to the influential musician, performing covers of their favorite songs from his catalog as well as original material that reflects his influence. The lunchtime series, which derives its name from Van Zandt’s 1968 debut album, is presented by Arts Brookfield with support from NewSong Music, Red Jacket Orchards, and radio station WFUV.
Townes Van Zandt, who died in 1997 at the age of 52, has been championed as one of the most brilliant songwriters in the country and folk pantheon by critics and fellow musicians alike. Steve Earle, his former protégé, ranked him as a greater songwriting talent than Bob Dylan, while The New York Times declared his best work better even than that of country-music icon Hank Williams. Renowned for marrying dark humor to transcendent beauty, Van Zandt’s songs have been covered by admirers as diverse as Robert Plant, Mudhoney, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, and Bob Dylan, and he maintains a cult following among fans of all ages.
Van Zandt songs confirmed to be performed during the series include: “I’ll Be Here in the Morning” performed by Amber Rubarth (July 10); “Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown” and “Lover’s Lullaby” performed by Milton (July 31); “If I Needed You” performed by David Berkeley (July 9); and “If I Needed You” performed by The Sea The Sea (July 17th).
“Townes Van Zandt continues to leave his imprint on one generation of singer-songwriters after another,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “He’s the ultimate musician’s musician, and we’re excited to partner with NewSong Music to honor him with a celebration showcasing the latest crop of talent to draw inspiration from his sharp wit and raw honesty.”
The six performers in “For the Sake of a Song: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt” include:
ABOUT ARTS BROOKFIELD:
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.
Through December 2014, Arts Brookfield celebrates its 25th Anniversary through an interactive initiative, Art Set Free. The public is invited to submit original artworks of all kinds for digital display at Brookfield’s office properties around the globe and onwww.ArtsBrookfield25.com.
Americans for the Arts has named Brookfield and Arts Brookfield a BCA 10 2014 honoree, Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America.
About NewSong Music
NewSong Music is an independent music organization with the following two-fold mission: to build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists within this community and to work closely with them to develop their careers and introduce their music to a broader, international audience. You can find out more about NewSong Music at www.newsong-music.com.
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Congratulations to the following artists, who will perform and compete in the live showcase finals at the upcoming LEAF Festival (May 8-11).
And a BIG Thank You to everyone who submitted.
LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations and festival profit goes towards music and arts education programming locally and globally. Since 2004 it has served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide. Attendance at LEAF Festival not only provides an amazing weekend experience for your friends and family, and supports those without opportunity to live their dreams through music and arts.
About NewSong Music
Asheville, NC – NewSong Music is pleased to announce Red Jacket, the independently owned and award-winning orchard and juice maker, as the presenting sponsor of its 2014 programs. Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, Red Jacket Orchards is owned and operated by the second and third generations of the Nicholson family.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” said NewSong co-founder and director Gar Ragland. “Red Jacket’s approach to its farming and business practices really resonates with what we’re working to accomplish with NewSong. Its focus on quality, integrity, community and sustainability are principles that translate directly to the music and artists we strive to showcase and celebrate across our programs.”
Red Jacket Orchards operates year-round and has been growing and selling fresh fruit since 1958. Their widely popular cold pressed all-natural juices, which genuinely taste just like the fruit they’re pressed from, are available at retail stores across the country. New Yorkers can find their fresh produce and friendly staff perennial staples at NYC Greenmarkets across the five boroughs. Red Jacket’s juices are unfiltered and cloudy in appearance because they contain a nutrient punch of soluble fibers, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
“Sponsoring NewSong is an opportunity for Red Jacket Orchards to work with an organization that is founded upon the very same values our brand stands for,” said Brian Nicholson, a third-generation owner of Red Jacket. “Just as NewSong is committed to the quality, sustainability and community of its music programs, Red Jacket Orchards hopes to provide the same for its customers.”
As NewSong’s partner, Red Jacket is the presenting sponsor of this year’s 13th annual NewSong Contest, its international performance and songwriting competition and showcase, as well as this July’s six date NewSong Music concert series in New York City. Produced in collaboration with New York’s Arts Brookfield, the free lunchtime concert series will take place at the Grace Building Plaza in midtown and at lower Manhattan’s One New York Plaza. At each event, Red Jacket Orchards will be offering free samples of its fresh juices to thirsty concertgoers.
About NewSong Music
NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers & songwriters across all genres and skill levels, introducing their music to a broader international audience. Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), management services, concert curation and promotion, and the annual NewSong Contest, its international performance and songwriting competition and showcase now in its thirteenth year. NewSong’s partners include New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Moog Music and the ASCAP Music Café at Sundance.
About Red Jacket Orchards
To obtain additional Red Jacket Orchards press materials please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at 212-966-0024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To obtain additional information on NewSong Music and any of its programs, please contact Ryan Cook at (904) 343-9775 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 4. Asheville, NC. LEAF Festival and NewSong Music are proud to announce the first annual NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition! With a mission to empower singer-songwriters locally, regionally and nationally, LEAF and NewSong have joined forces to find the very best talent.
The contest begins accepting online mp3 submissions today (March 4), and the final deadline to enter is Monday, April 7. Judges will select 7 finalists from the online submissions, who will then be invited to perform in the live performance finals that the Spring LEAF Festival on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Additionally, Asheville Music Hall’s local Brown Bag Singer-Songwriter competition winner will join LEAF as the eighth finalist! The overall winner of the competition will be selected by a panel of judges at the finals, and awarded a performing artist position in Fall LEAF Festival Oct 16-19!
All eight finalists will each receive two complimentary LEAF Festival day passes for Saturday, May 10 to perform in the live performance finals.
The LEAF Singer-Songwriter contest was created as a platform for Artists who have a wealth of talent, but limited access to the big stage. The goal is to provide a springboard for Singer-Songwriters everywhere – to share art, shine on stage, and become household names within the LEAF, NewSong, and greater music community.
The cost to enter is $20 for one song, $35 for two songs, and $45 for three songs. Enter safely and securely online at www.newsong-music.com/LEAF. A portion of the contest proceeds will support the LEAF Schools and Streets program.
“One of the greatest gifts we have to offer is our music and our story. The NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition gives musicians everywhere an opportunity to share their journey within an amazing setting, surrounded by an incredibly supportive community, for an opportunity to elevate their craft to the Big Stage!” ~ Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director
“It’s a great honor to partner with LEAF to co-produce their first singer-songwriter competition. The LEAF experience is so special and unique among music and arts festivals, and an ideal environment to introduce deserving emerging artists to an appreciative and supportive audience.” ~ Gar Ragland, NewSong Director & Co-founder
LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations and festival profit goes towards music and arts education programming locally and globally. Since 2004 we have served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide. Attendance at LEAF Festival not only provides an amazing weekend experience for your friends and family, but supports those without opportunity to live their dreams through music and arts.
About NewSong Music
NewSong Music is an independent artist development company headquartered at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.
NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers and songwriters across all genres and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists to introduce their music to a broader, international audience.
Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), management services, concert curation and the annual NewSong performance and songwriting competition. Its presenting partners include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NPR’s Mountain Stage and the ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival.
Important Contest Dates
Tuesday, March 4 – Contest opens for entries online at www.newsong-music.com/LEAF
Monday, April 7 – Final deadline to submit online
Monday, April 21 – Finalists announced
Saturday, May 10 – Live performance finals at the LEAF Festival (May 8-11)*
Friday, February 7. Asheville, NC. NewSong Music, producers of the annual, international NewSong performance and songwriting competition, announced today that the 2014 NewSong Contest will open for entries on Saturday, March 1. Details to follow.
Congratulations to last year’s NewSong Contest grand prize winner the Cardinal Sons! It was recently announced that they’re on the bill of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They’ll be performing on May 2nd.
Balancing crunchy organ and guitar with steady-cadenced drums, the three brothers of Cardinal Sons cultivate a sound steeped in the musical identity of their upbringing. Made in Mississippi, later moving deeper south — John, Joe, and Dave play loud, folky pop leavened with three-part harmonies and a left hand for a bass player.
In the summer of 2012, Joe and Dave’s shared musical effort went into hibernation. Older brother John, hell-bent on seeing his brothers’ progression, decided to begin writing songs himself, forming a new band of brothers that laid latent all along. Their debut recording Cardinal Sons Make an EP honors the straightforward, whole-souled creative process that took root among them early on.
With the release of the EP came endearing videos, including ”October Rolls,” Young Guns and Underdressed, an unmistakable dynamic and a quirky, but candid preview of themselves. Content reigns king with Cardinal Sons, as 2013 brings new videos, new recordings, and some memorable performances – inviting audiences into the family.
For more information about the Cardinal Sons, click here.
Congrats to NewSong Recordings artist, Chris Velan, whose most recent album The Long Goodbye was selected by as one of Dirty Impound‘s 25 Favorite Albums of 2013. The album was produced and mixed by Iestyn Polson at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.
Here’s what they had to say about it:
Chris Velan: The Long Goodbye
As exposed and brave as Joni Mitchell’s Blue or Elliott Smith’s Either/Or, the latest offering from Canadian songsmith Chris Velan tackles the tough but all too common experience of really, really loving someone and realizing you’re not the one for them. Where most of us crawl away to hide in the shadows, Velan took his guitar and notebook to scribble down some wisdom and helpful reflection from within the worst of times. To love and not be loved in return – at least not on the same level – is a pain worse than most blades or bullets can produce. But there is a balm in music that directly addresses the confusion, the lingering I-want-the-best-for-you ache, and undeniable hurt and sadness at knowing that despite one’s best efforts there’s no way to chisel one’s self into something other than what they are. The Long Goodbye is a succinct, beautifully drawn work that may well help folks move on from such hurts and hampering history. (DI Interview with Truth & Salvage Co.)
The album is in good company here; other albums on the list include releases by Akron/Family, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Jason Isbell and Hiss Golden Messenger. “I’m punching above my weight on this list of truly amazing releases,” said Velan. “If you enjoy top-notch music writing and want to hear what gems you might have missed this past year (as I’m realizing, going through this list), you’ll want to check out this curatorial gift from Dennis Cook.”
See the full list of 25 albums here.