Spotlight is a curated series of artists worth knowing. The series relies on ticket sales and donations as a way to help both The Music Hall and the artists who bring us together and enrich our lives with song.

6/19/21 at 8PM: Walter Parks with Special Guest Joshua Garcia Live from The Music Hall Stage
Walter Parks is a performer of the highest level. If you share a genre-agnostic appreciation of the cabaret form (his calling is swamp blues and Americana), there is no one doing it better than Walter Parks. His show is a pure and incandescent enchantment, a joy and a thrill of consummate artistry. “Walter Parks is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing. Lyrical and political, personal and otherworldly at the same time, transcendent as well as down to earth, Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere. I adore him.” – Judy Collins “A listen to Parks’ soulful Americana rock is to be immersed in warm guitar melodies, smoky vocals and troubadour narratives that gather strength with age.” WNYC In August 2020 writer, guitarist and vocalist Walter Parks was invited by The Library of Congress to archive his research on and perform his arrangements of music made by southeast Georgia’s Okefinokee Swamp homesteaders – hollers, hymns and reels. For 10 years Parks, a Florida native, served as the sideman guitarist to Woodstock Festival legend Richie Havens. Now based out of St. Louis, Walter has recently co-written with Stan Lynch, former Tom Petty drummer and has performed at various venues with R&B drum legend Bernard Purdie and at Lincoln Center with Judy Collins. Walter tours with his own trio Swamp Cabbage, with his solo show Swamp By Chandelier and with an Americana spirituals project called The Unlawful Assembly co-founded by drummer Steven Williams. Walter was a member of The Nudes, a popular folk duo, with cellist Stephanie Winters.
—– Joshua Garcia is a folksinger’s folksinger and a songwriter’s songwriter. He writes from the hip, and he sings from the heart. Born and raised in Southern California, Joshua now writes and performs in and around New York City, where he is one of folk music’s slowest rising stars (says Joshua, we say he is super talented, super humble, and without question, a rising star). Garcia’s precise lyrics and poignant vocals have drawn comparisons from Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan to Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. Joshua believes in the Power of Song and the album as an artistic format. He recently released his first single, “Everything’s Quiet & The People Are Tame,” and is in the process of completing his debut album, “That’s The Way You Drop A Bomb: Songs For The Deliverance From Enemies,” which is to be released imminently. In November 2018, Joshua had the opportunity to open for the legendary Don McLean at Tarrytown Music Hall and was requested by Squeeze’s Chris Difford for our livestream program variety showcase with Difford.

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8/15/21: Alisa Amador

Live from the Music Hall Stage

 

It was in green rooms, living room rehearsals, and cramped mini vans that Alisa Amador received her first musical education, singing backup vocals since the age of five for her parents’ Latin band, Sol y Canto. 

But, how did Alisa’s sound grow into the Latin- Jazz- Soul and Blues-influenced folk rock that it is today? Start with years of jazz study, solo performance, and training in vocal harmony and improvisation all while pursuing a degree in gender studies at Bates College in central Maine. Add a life-changing trip to Buenos Aires where she met the brilliant songwriter, Mica Ipiñazar and her husband Facundo Parla of the Argentine rock band, Rabiosa. Together they started an amplified band outfit that toured through Buenos Aires and the United States. Alisa returned from Argentina with a renewed belief in the power of music to break down social, political, and emotional barriers and create a space where everyone belongs. 

She picked up some incredible collaborators along the way. Jacob Thompson, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter of his own right, who has collaborated with great songwriters across the country, from Grammy award-winner David Mullins to ASCAP award-winning singer-songwriter Erica Leigh. And Noah Harrington, a lauded bassist who has played in Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, festivals across continents, and studied with luminaries such as David Hope, Kayhan Kalhour, Béla Fleck, Mike Marshall, and Julian Lage.

 

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Come to a concert and you might see Alisa performing solo with her hollow body electric guitar, or harmonizing originals and jazz covers with Noah Harrington singing and playing upright bass, or turning up the volume and syncopation with the help of Jacob Thompson on drums and vocals; sometimes, you might even encounter a horn or string section. And, it’s not uncommon for her parents to grace the stage for a song or two. 

No matter what the setup, you can be sure of this: no one leaves a concert unmoved. Everyone who shows up –who participates in the revolutionary act of listening– is a part of the experience. Whoever you are, whatever your struggle, pain, or joy – you belong at an Alisa Amador concert. 

Alisa Amador is a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams.”
Cyrena Touros, NPR All Songs Considered

“Shawn Colvin meets Joni Mitchell has lunch with Amy Winehouse meets Suzanne Vega add Diana Krall in a quiet unassuming never loud package even singing in Spanish and French.”
Vance Gilbert

“If passion is what makes a band successful, Alisa Amador brings this and more to her incredible performance… Her band delivers instrumentals that highlight the creativity and devotion laced in each song… Reminiscent of 1920s jazz, Amador’s soulful voice and driving rhythms captivate the room.”
Anah Witt, The Bates Student

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