Wednesdays at One New York Plaza (Water & Broad Sts.)
Thursdays at Grace Plaza (1114 Ave. of the Americas at 43rd street)
For the Sake of the Song: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
“Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan‘s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” – Steve Earle
An American troubadour, Townes Van Zandt’s songs are considered standards of the songwriter-singer-genre. His work has been covered by such notable and varied musicians as Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Cowboy Junkies, Andrew Bird, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Laura Marling, The Avett Brothers, and Devendra Banhart.
To honor what would be Townes Van Zandt’s 70th birthday, Arts Brookfield will present free lunchtime concerts at One New York Plaza and the Grace Building Plaza showcasing some of the country’s finest singer-songwriters performing music inspired by or written by Van Zandt.
July 9: David Berkeley (One New York Plaza)
David Berkeley’s gift as a songwriter and storyteller is that he sees both the tragedy and comedy in life, managing to both reveal the sorrow at the heart of the human condition and the blazing joy and beauty in the same. Berkeley’s songs are at once hard and hopeful.
July 10: Amber Rubarth (Grace Plaza)
Amber Rubarth has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan, sharing stages with many eminent artists like Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Jason Mraz, and Loudon Wainwright III. Grand Prize Winner of NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song Award, Rubarth is poised for more to come. Her subtle and insightful songwriting has attracted enthusiastic praise from The Huffington Post, BBC Radio and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Her fifth album “A Common Case of Disappearing” is produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) and debuted at No. 13 on the iTunes songwriter charts and features a duet with Jason Mraz.
July 17: The Sea The Sea (Grace Plaza)
If life is measured by leaps of faith, then singer-songwriter duo Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley have found a way to catch up midair as we jump headlong into the infinite abyss. Their debut album Love We Are We Love finds the duo in suspended animation, exploring moments of the unfolding future through their sincere, storyline lyrics, intimate harmonies and emotive sonic landscapes.
July 23: Keith Everett & The Orange Morris (One New York Plaza)
Best described as Americana, the music of Keith Everett & the Orange Morris is also in flux. The very phrase Orange Morris, with no self-evident meaning, is attached to the heels of Keith’s name to suggest not only his band members support but, says Keith, also the unknown potential direction and improvisational nature of their music. Willie Nelson, Phish, and David Gray are a few of the great sources of musical inspiration for Keith. Other band members draw much of their musical inspiration from the general realms of jazz, country, pop, blues and rock.
July 24: Jason Myles Goss (Grace Plaza)
A native of Hopedale, MA, Jason Myles Goss has been recording since 2003 when he released his first album Long Way Down and was selected as a finalist in the first ever Newport Folk Festival Songwriters’ Contest. Since then, he has spent his time touring across the country and releasing subsequent albums on his own dime before settling down long enough to make Radio Dial, his fourth independent record and first self-produced effort. With a hard-worn, no-shortcuts work ethic, and with years of touring behind him, Jason has continued to find a way, building a steady following, one song, one show, and one fan at a time, and becoming one of the most buzzed-about artists in both the New York City and Boston music scenes.
July 31: Milton (Grace Plaza)
Milton is a New York-based singer-songwriter and the leader of a lively six-piece group that plays around the country. In whatever format Milton plays, he will be going for something intimate and honest, trying to catch a good groove and tell you the story with all he’s got. The New York Times says Milton “has the pitch and rhythm to carry the day, and sophisticated lyrics to keep listeners coming back for more.”
Presented by Arts Brookfield.