Supporting Les Sampou at the Rose Garden!

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  • Who: Marina Evans opens for Les Sampou
  • What: American singer-songwriters, blues, country & folk
  • Where: The Congregational Church, 17 West St., Mansfield, MA
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, 8 pm
  • Tickets: $20 at the door or in advance at www.rosegardenfolk.com

Les Sampou makes her return to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, bringing her America/folk/blues and rock styling to our stage for the first time since 1998. A guitarist with a powerful, sultry voice, Sampou often plays with a full band. Though she will perform solo at the Rose Garden, Sampou is a commanding stage presence by herself. She can sing blues with the passion of Bonnie, country with the angst of Emmylou and rock with the fire of Janis. But every note is brilliantly original. “Lyrics are at the heart of my songs,” says Sampou. “I wrap a melody and harmony around them to bring out the meaning and emotion. When you listen to my songs, you don’t have to wonder what I’m talking about.”

From the Bottom Line in New York City, to the Montreal Jazz Festival, to the Music Circus right here in Cohasset, Mass., Sampou has played her heart out in front of crowds of 20 to 20,000. She has opened for legends such as Aretha Franklin, Heart and Sugarland. Les has given workshops at Berklee School of Music and appeared on the top syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR. Her soaring vocals , strong guitar playing and upbeat material of cross-styles and ballads will leave you talking about her show long after the lights go out.

Sampou has released five albums, three on her own label and two on Rounder Records. Her second album, “Fall from Grace,” topped the Gavin Americana Charts nationwide. Her most recent release “Lonesomeville” (2010) charted number 2 on the US/European Americana F.A.R. Charts and led to her guest performance at the 25th Anniverary SXSW Conference in Austin, TX. Les is working on her sixth album to be released in 2015.

Marina Evans opens

Marina Evans of Rockport, Mass. – recently nominated as Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards – will open for Sampou, performing her own songs that combine jazz, traditional folk, and an indie rock edge. Evans combines various styles, genres, and instrumentation – from sweet ballads to folk anthems to straight up rock and roll – in her latest self-produced and self-released album, Unbound (2013). Her music has been described as “swellingly beautiful,” “raucous,” and “anthemic” in the Noise Magazine, and her live performance “creates as much dramatic feeling as two gunfighters approaching each other with hands over holsters.” Evans has released 3 EPs and a full length album in the past three years, and has toured with them from her hometown to New York City, Nashville, New Orleans, Los Angeles, London, across Italy, and everywhere in between. In 2014, she supported such folk greats as Loudon Wainwright III, Ellis Paul, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, and is thrilled to share the stage with Les to kick off 2015!

Links:

  • Les Sampou – http://lessampou.com
  • Marina Evans – http://marinaevansmusic.com/
  • New England Music Awards – http://www.nemusicawards.com/ne-music-award-nomineesvote

Opening for Loudon Wainwright III!

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BIG NEWS, everybody: I am thrilled to be opening for folk legend Loudon Wainwright III on Sunday, July 27 at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA!

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