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DON WHITE in concert
Unitarian Church - North
Mequon, WI
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 There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase "file under." Best to just sort him under "Don White."

Don's approach to music is a weird, unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting. White's arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Ma across the country as hitchhiker, through Boston's comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto the stage with greats like Christine Lavin, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush, and Louden Wainright III. At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.
Unquestionably, White is an odd fit in any medium. The folk world doesn't know what to do with a guy this funny and sometimes sarcastic. The comedy world is suspicious of sentimentality. The one place no one questions what he does is onstage, where he can reach any audience. "I really don't know anything else. But it comes with some liabilities. A lot of people who are funny and play guitar really fall under 'novelty act.' And I don't really care for that myself. Parodies and things like that. I don't find it entertaining. The serious folk world, they don't embrace it. You have to find your audience."

White has stayed involved in his community, often helping young musicians navigate the local scene, and creating outlets for creative expression like the Speak Up! Spoken Word Open Mic and Don White's Sunday Night Open Mic at the Walnut Street Café in Lynn. "Now I'm an elder statesman, and I wanted to take what I've learned and let other people see how to do it. And create spaces and opportunities for other people to have this interesting outlet."

What's the next stage? White is currently in the studio working on a new album, but who knows where his talents will take him next. "As a writer, I'm interested in all kinds of things now. I have all these ideas now where I want to let the story tell the story, instead of coming out and saying, 'This is how I feel.' I want to write that way now."
Friday Apr 13, 2018 7:30 PM - Friday Apr 13, 2018 10:15 PM | $10.00 - $17.00


Unitarian Church - North (View)
13800 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53097
United States


Comedy > Stand Up
Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Wisconsin Singer/Songwriter Series
On BPT Since: Aug 30, 2013
Wisconsin Singer/Songwriter Series


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