SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Wellfleet Congregational Church
200 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
TICKETS: General Seating, $20 Advance (Children 12 and under, $10)
Preferred Seating and Afterparty, $35
Purchase Tickets online at www.payomet.org or call 866 811 4111
It may have been a long hard winter, but spring is on the doorstep, soon to chase away those chilly memories. Or that’s what the folks at Payomet Performing Arts Center are hoping, anyway, with Spring Fever, a music concert appropriately slated for Sunday, March 20, the first day of spring. At the very least, temps will likely rise that afternoon in Wellfleet with performances by two very hot bands: the legendary David Mallett Band and an opening set by Special Guest, Now You. Cape music lovers may have seen Mallett and his band at any number of national music venues or heard them as guests on Prairie Home Companion.
Payomet is producing Spring Fever as a benefit for two local groups most anxious for the arrival of warmer weather --- and the growing season --- the Truro Ag Fair and the Wellfleet Community Garden. Speaking about the event, Payomet Artistic Director Kevin Rice spills over with enthusiasm (and metaphors) in describing the event: “Both of these groups have budded and blossomed practically overnight, tremendously, capturing the grass roots energy of the towns of Truro and Wellfleet. That Sunday we’ll give each of them the opportunity to shine, and say a few words on stage about their mission and goals. I expect high energy, it being the first day of spring… and the music will be to die for.”
With his signature gritty voice and strong social stance, David Mallett is often likened to Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Hailed as one of America’s great songwriters, his ballads have been covered by more than 150 artists from Alison Krauss to Pete Seeger. His 2007 album, The Fable True, spoken words based on Henry David Thoreau and performed to music, have also made Mallett a darling of conservation and environmental groups throughout the country. Mallett, who resides in Maine when he is not touring, says his band is looking forward to returning to the Cape and he in particular to Wellfleet where he has a strong personal connection since his wife is a member of the Newcomb family of Wellfleet. “You’ve got a beach or something named after her, don’t you?” jokes Mallett.
The opener for the Spring Fever concert has even stronger Cape roots, since they live in Dennis when they are not performing nationally and internationally. Special Guest NOW YOU consists of the husband and wife duo of Matthias Bossi and Carla Kihlstedt will have just returned from their most recent European tour of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. They’ll open at 5:00 with music that is stripped down and intimate, drawing on their love of art song, folk song, industrial music, improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry. Drummer/keyboardist Bossi and violinist/vocalist Kihlstedt arm themselves with a motley assortment of instruments from a motley assortment of eras (pump organ, cajon, Fender Rhodes, foot accordion, bass harmonica, flour sifter, wooden doll house, and others). Now You has developed a following with new work that is raw and beautiful, lighthearted and full of pathos. They bring to life the small stories of unsung heroes... and claim “almost always to tell the truth.”
ABOUT PAYOMET PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: Payomet Performing Arts Center presents professional music, theatre and film screenings that bring a mix of exciting entertainment and strong social values to its stage in North Truro.