A country steel pedal guitarist making a career out of avant-garde jazz? A house music singer delving into The American Songbook? A reggae bassist from a punk/hardcore band? A bluesman playing country?
How does this happen? How many multi-faceted musicians are out there? More often than not, the musicians we enjoy have a much broader range of musical backgrounds and influences than we know. The Songster Series seeks to reveal this wide-embracing breadth through intimate events with some of the best musicians around. After discussion and performances by the featured artist are complete, the audience will be invited to ask questions. The Songster Series events are free and open to the public.
In 2011, Warner Williams received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the most prestigious award the United States bestows on traditional artists. He has earned it after delighting audiences for 60 years in his hometown of Takoma Park, MD, and at festivals all around the country.
Williams plays sets that jump from the blues standard “Key To The Highway” to the country classic “Your Cheating Heart” to the pop-soul chestnut “Bring It On Home To Me”. He comes from a long line of musicians, including his father who played the fiddle, and his mother who sang hymns. Williams has also absorbed what he loves from the pop radio of his youth, easily charming audiences with jazz, big band, and popular tunes. Because of this diversity of repertoire, he is known as the last of the old songsters, although Williams would rather be known as a “guitar man”.
On June 20th, Creative Alliance is happy to have Warner Williams kick off The Songster Series, a monthly salon-style event in the Marquee Lounge featuring discussion and performance. The event will be moderated by Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Fellow Brooks Long. Brooks will begin the night with a brief history of the term songster and offer a fresh take on a legendary musician before turning to the night’s featured artist.
6:30pm | FREE - Please RSVP