07/14 Sat 8:30 CHRISTINE LAVIN; also DON WHITE $25 +$2 processing
Christine Lavin's smart and funny take on contemporary life and foible make for a one-of-a-kind concert. As a songwriter, she brings the shrewd insight & wit of a humor columnist together with a novelist's eye for evocative details. While the title of her 19th solo album may sound like a disclaimer --I Don't Make This Stuff Up... I Just Make It Rhyme-- it is clear she's an expert on our days and our ways. Abundantly clever and unabashedly fond of a good laugh, she is fearless; opening her show to the audience in a way that ensures every concert is a one-off. Her music and her spontaneity are unequivocal departures from today's overly choreographed numbers and amped-up lyrics ...passing out recipes or goodie bags for people whose birthday falls during the holidays, drafting audience members onstage to join her for certain numbers and then improvising brilliant song ripostes as follow up. Her stage persona is almost that of an Aunty Mame, the bane of the family who may lower their eyes at her antics ...except everyone else can't get enough of her truth & panache!
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If you laugh and cry within the same ten minutes, you either need a vacation or you are sitting in the audience at a Don White show! This working class family man has emerged as the thoughtful songwriter of the decade whose relevance to our lives is evidenced by the powerful reaction he evokes at every concert. Radio audiences, too, are not safe from the Don White experience. Valerie Adams of WNCS Radio, Vermont said, "I've never seen anything like it. Every time I play I Know What Love Is the phones light up like a Christmas tree!" Stereo Review Magazine called it "...A candidate for song of the year."
In 1974 Don started hitch-hiking around America. "I went to Alaska and New Foundland. That first trip I was gone eleven months and I only spent $1,100," he says gleefully. His wife--then girlfriend--Theresa joined him on the road. They backpacked around the country for three years with a guitar and their dog (a female whose first "heat" inspired the breathtakingly funny The Shameful Ballad Of Lijah The Orchard Queen) finding occasional work as itinerant farm hands and laborers. "The freedom was addictive," he says.
Since settling down, Don has worked on the craft of song writing and performing. He learned his art in the trenches: often doing nine shows a week at Catch A Rising Star over a two and a half year period. Studying the masters who passed though that fabled club, he developed his own infectious brand of humor and pathos that rivets the crowd wherever he plays.
Don conducts a "performance skills" workshop at Club Passim, Cambridge's legendary folk club, where he passes along his experience to aspiring performers. Guest instructors are veteran comics, performance poets, actors, and folk-singers. "I see little difference between the skills of various performance artists," says Don. "I most admire someone like Utah Phillips who weaves a seamless stream of song, story-telling, poetry, and comedy."
Don White illuminates the human experience though his writing and performing. His motivation for doing so is eloquently expressed in the spoken word piece he performs after singing Heartbeat of Heaven. Whether he is singing, speaking, or setting up the sneakiest punch line of the night, Don has the hearts of his audience, and they know they have his.
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* Tables closest to the stage are held for dinner guests.
* The earlier you arrive, the greater the selection. The Towne Crier Cafe is an intimate room, and there are no bad seats.
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Towne Crier Cafe (View)
130 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564