PLYMOUTH, N.H.—John Sebastian, former lead singer and songwriter of The Lovin’ Spoonful, and David Grisman, a virtuoso mandolinist who spearheaded an acoustic music revolution with “Dawg” music—a unique blend of swing, bluegrass, Latin and other musical influences—will combine their talents for a performance October 29 at Plymouth State University.
Sebastian teams with mandolin master Grisman for traditional folk/blues songs and instrumentals, as well as Sebastian originals. The concert is slated for the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts, beginning at 7 p.m.
The pair’s musical history dates back to college days at New York University circa 1963 when the Greenwich Village folk revival was in its heyday. They made their first recording together as members of the Even Dozen Jug Band with future luminaries Maria Muldaur, Stefan Grossman and others.
Satisfied, the duo’s latest compact disc, is a collection of acoustic duets featuring traditional folk tunes, blues, classic instrumentals and original tracks that Elmore Magazine describes as “as comfortable as a front-porch swing.”
In addition to his role in the mid-’60s rock revolution with songs for the Spoonful such as “Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Younger Girl,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” “Summer In The City,” “Nashville Cats,” “Darling Be Home Soon” and “Younger Generation;” Sebastian wrote the theme song for the television show, “Welcome Back Kotter.” The single “Welcome Back” topped the 1976 charts.
David Grisman is frequently associated with the bluegrass wing of country music, but his music owes almost as much to jazz as it does to traditional American folk influences. Because he couldn’t think of what to call his unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and jazz without leaning toward one idiom or another, he offhandedly decided to call it “dawg music.” Grisman’s “Dawggy Mountain Breakdown” is NPR’s “Car Talk“ theme music.
In the decades between the jug band and his new CD with Sebastian, David Grisman has defined contemporary mandolin music. He has collaborated with a “who’s-who” of the music industry; everyone from Doc Watson and Stephane Grappelli to Bela Fleck and Jerry Garcia. He has been a tireless advocate for acoustic music as a performer, composer, and bandleader.
Tickets for the concert are $35-25 for adults; $33-23 for senior and $25-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869; online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Contact “Diane Jeffrey for information about the concert at (603) 535-2874.
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