Saturday, April 28
The Evie Ladin Band
Show your Center membership card at the door for FREE admission.
If you enjoy the concert, pay what it’s worth to you!
The evening will appeal to anyone who enjoys traditional string-band music, powerful singing, exciting dancing, smart poetry, acclaimed storytelling, or Alaska.
A 25-year Alaska resident, Waldman’s live performance has been described by Austin Chronicle writer, Ric Williams, \”œFeels like a Ken Burns movie. . . . Always recommended.\” More recently, the Denver Post called Waldman’s show \”œRenegade Americana.\”
Ken Waldman, Alaska’s fiddling poet, brings his “Fiddle Summit” to The Center’s Main Stage Theater with an evening of fiddle music that connects the grandeur of the California rivers and mountains to those of Alaska. He’ll be joined by two iconic West Coast fiddlers and multi-instrumentalists, Kevin Carr and Ray Bierl. Also featured will be noted banjo player, singer, clogger, and band leader, Evie Ladin, who’s bringing along her whole band (Keith Terry, Erik Pearson, and Dina Maccabee) for a CD release set.
Ken Waldman has drawn on his 25 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his own. His six full-length poetry collections and his one memoir have been widely praised and reviewed. His nine CDs have received widespread radio airplay nationally and internationally.
Described as a “one-man Prairie Home Companion,” Ken will introduce the opening sets with a brief poem, then let the musicians take off. For his own concluding set, he promises a full-blown Center for the Arts music party, complete with Evie Ladin’s clogging.
For those who enjoy artists who mix disciplines and like to surprise their audiences, Waldman is an artist to seek out. The evening of variety will appeal to anyone who enjoys traditional music, powerful singing, exciting dancing, smart poetry, acclaimed storytelling, or Alaska. Begin the show in Grass Valley, then journey to Denali and back.
Kevin Carr is simply one of the masters of traditional music of his generation. A fiddler, piper, guitarist, storyteller, and singer, he’s currently part of the acclaimed group, Wake the Dead, which merges Celtic music with repertoire of the Grateful Dead. For the past thirty years he’s also been fiddling with Ray Bierl in The Hillbillies from Mars.
Keith Terry and Evie Ladin are an extraordinary husband and wife. Body percussionist, Keith Terry directs his own visionary body percussion project, Crosspulse, where he performs, teaches, and produces events. A long-time internationally touring artist, he’s also been a Guggenheim fellow. Banjo player, singer, and clogger, Evie Ladin, is a driving force behind the all-woman traditional music band, The Stairwell Sisters, and also fronts the Evie Ladin Band.
Ken Waldman will introduce the opening sets with a brief poem tied to Alaska and the music, then let the musicians take off. For his own concluding set, he’ll be joined by various musical configurations. By the end, he promises a full-blown music party/mini-festival, complete with Evie Ladin’s clogging, and perhaps special guests.