Music

The River House Restaurant Concert Series

Held in Prescott Park each Wednesday night and other nights throughout the season, you'll find some top-notch and riveting performers from around the globe. All offered in a gorgeous setting for a mere suggested $8 - $10 donation.

All concerts start at 7:00 pm.

Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler who first debuted as the founding member of the progressive bluegrass group and Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. Sara has since established an extraordinary solo career including high-acclaimed studio albums; collaborations with such artists as John Mayer and The Decemberists; and frequent radio appearances on A Prairie Home Companion.

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Yonder Mountain String Band

YMSB has always played music of their own design, in the process attracting a devout coterie of fans that often resembles a tight knit family on an epic musical journey as Yonder traverses the country with an ever-rigorous tour schedule. Yonder is a quintessential ensemble honing its craft night after night on the road, and the fans are there to experience it in real time; and the result is music that doesn’t stand still, but is always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.

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Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz, of Wimberley, Texas, has earned her credibility in the world where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. Her reputation is built on three fronts – she is a gifted mutli-instrumentalist (mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, and banjo), an expressive and distinctive vocalist, and an accomplished songwriter. A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, Sarah has appeared on Austin City Limits, the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions, Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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The Tallest Man on Earth

Spoiler alert: he’s not the tallest man on earth. However, if Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson had an inch of height for every bar of his wistful, melodically haunting folk music, he’d be a giant. His sound is redolent of the fundamental solitude of an open road whose essence lies in borrowed spaces and stolen moments. His gently obfuscatory lyricism echoes and references folk music’s giants while distinguishing itself through twists and turns around non-linear narratives.

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Shovels & Rope

Over the better part of a decade, Shovels & Rope have done just that, cutting unnecessary frills from their records, not to mention the very way they live their musical lives. Misissippi-born, Nashville-bred Cary Ann Hearst and Texas-born, Colorado-raised Michael Trent forged singular paths as solo artists before connecting – both musically and personally – in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Dawes

Hailing from Los Angeles, Dawes are a four-piece folk-rock band, creating a sound reminiscent of 1960s ‘Laurel Canyon,’ of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash through their dynamic vocal harmonies and well-crafted acoustic songs. Featuring brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Tay Strathairn and Wylie Gelber, Dawes’ debut album, recorded using analog tape for a vintage authenticity, received positive critical acclaim, praised for its roots-rock and classic sound.

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Shakey Graves

The mesmerizing sound features Rose-Garcia on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012” and describe him as “astonishing, unclassifiable original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”

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Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Segarra, but in many ways it's much more than that: it's a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. If you're listening to her new album, 'Small Town Heroes,' odds are you're part of the riff raff, and these songs are for you.

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Bela Fleck & Chris Thile

Most everyone agrees – Bela Fleck is the premiere five-string banjo player in the word. And, London’s Independent called Nickel Creek founder and Punch Brothers member, Chris Thile “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world.”. Both men consistently enter unchartered territory armed with genre-shattering, jaw-dropping technical mastery delivered with deep emotion and joyful spirit. Once anyone gets this good at anything, it’s no longer about who is best – you just pay attention and listen.

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Aoife O'Donovan

O’Donovan grew up outside of Boston, but spent her summers in Ireland, exploring a mixture of both Irish and American folk songs. Although her solo career is still relatively fresh, Aoife has been making music for a decade and a half now, perhaps most famously for lead vocalist of progressive bluegrass outfit Crooked Still. She’s also a member of folk-noir trio Sometimes Why, and performs regularly in I’m With Her, with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. Today, she’s known for her unique style, as well as her collaborations with people like Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Pops.

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Darlingside

The band’s penchant for smashing electronic sounds, with traditional acoustic textures – often bowed or plucked strings on a bed of ambient guitar swells and self-oscillating delays – shines through their latest release, Birds Say. Their final product threads the collective memory of the four songwriters, nodding to the music of their parents’ generation while establishing a sound that is all their own.

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Mandolin Orange

After quietly releasing three albums on their own in 2010 and 2011, the North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange broke quickly onto the folk and Americana scene with their acclaimed album This Side of Jordan, released by YepRoc in 2013. One of the most remarkable pair of voices on the Americana scene today, Mandolin Orange has received critical acclaim including coverage in American Songwriter, Magnet, and a coveted year-end spot on NPR’s list of Top 10 Folk & Americana Releases.

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The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers are a folk rock/country rock band from New York, and a close-knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends. They are self-taught, not one of them played an instrument prior to the band’s inception in 2006 when they started busking in NYC subway stations. Before long, this band’s ramshackle mix of folk, R&B and Americana storytelling landed them gigs at festivals across the country.

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Josh Ritter

Cited by Paste magazine as among the “100 Best Living Songwriters,” Josh Ritter returns to Prescott Park after recording his new album, Sermon on the Rocks, and a bunch of new songs. Born in Idaho, this American songwriter, guitarist and author has been creating some of the best folk-rock music to hit the airwaves since 1997.

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The Wood Brothers

Get ready for the gritty, soul-drenched Americana sound of The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, & Wood) as they return to Prescott Park!! If you were to hear that two brothers decided to form a band, adapting the blues, folk and other roots music they loved as kids into their own evocative sound, you might say there's something to be desired in the originality department. However, this tale has a plot twist; it's a story of solitude and pursuit, of stray paths and the road less travelled, ultimately leading to reunited creativity and synchronicity.

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Judy Collins w/ Ari Hest

Judy Collins boasts an impressive career that has spanned more than 50 years and thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folk songs and contemporary themes. Collins is well known for her rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now on her 1967 album Wildflowers, which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has since entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She won Grammy Award Song of the Year for her version of Send in the Clowns.

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Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musicians since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, funk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road.

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Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping new release The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life – and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams’ illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.

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Alan Doyle

This evening with Doyle and his stellar six-piece band will feature songs from his solo records along with Great Big Sea favorites and some unpredictable gems from far-flung places that are sure to thrill. As Doyle himself says, “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.”

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James McMurtry

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, Too Long in the Wasteland (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where'd You Hide The Body. 1997's It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

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David Grisman Sextet

An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of the great American music/art forms of jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom of “Dawg” music (the nickname given to him by Jerry Garcia.) In doing so, he has inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music.

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Taj Mahal

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal returns to Prescott Park! Born in Harlem and raised in Springfield, MA, Mahal was brought up in a musical household. His mother was a singer in her local gospel choir, and his father was a West Indian jazz arranger and piano player. In his teens, the budding blues legend performed with musical greats such as Howlin' Wolfe, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters. As a mature artist, he was an innovator, collaborating with celebrated musicians such as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and India's V.M. Bhatt, and African kora master Toumani Diabate.

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