With a stunning stage suspended over the waters of Sandy Bay, the Shalin Liu represents the leaps and bounds by which grassroots music organization Rockport Music has grown in recent years. As a little kid sitting cross-legged on the floor of the Rockport Art Association, flipping through a chamber music concert program, I never would have imagined that one day my name and face would appear on those glossy pages. And I certainly couldn’t have imagined that the plywood stage resting on that dusty floor would one day grow to a state of the art performance space.
Needless to say, this is an enormous honor and a highpoint of my career thus far. I am also very much looking forward to sharing my set with the talented David Brown on dobro. I am so grateful to Rockport Music and to Mr. Wainwright for offering me this incredible opportunity! Please, join us!
Loudon Wainwright III, courtesy of Rockport Music:
A singer-songwriter of immense depth and wit, Loudon Wainwright III has been thrilling audiences with his sharp, literate take on the folk tradition for over 40 years. From the “next Dylan” tag of the early 70’s to his evolution into a revered cult figure and Grammy-winning folk elder statesman, Wainwright’s singular talent has never dimmed.
Wainwright’s career has been that of a slow burn rather than a firecracker. His critically-adored records, beginning with 1970’s Album I, helped the songwriter gain a devoted cult following. Wainwright’s rapier wit, self-deprecation and often darkly cynical take on the human condition combined with his strident vocals and deft finger-picking guitar skills spawned a whole new generation of singer-songwriters to follow in his wake. With high profile song appearances in recent hit films like Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, Wainwright has enjoyed a resurgence in his career and introduced his songs to a new, younger audience.
“Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.”
– The New York Times
“…one of America’s most astute lyrical commentators…lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering.”
– Mojo Magazine