March 1, 2012
CELEBRATED CHICAGO SONGWRITER MICHAEL P. SMITH
RETURNS TO S. CALIFORNIA IN SERIES OF FOLK CONCERTS
With the recent addition of an appearance on Tuesday, March 27 at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena, folk music legend Smith expands his roster of performances to 5 concerts in S. California this month: Tales from the Tavern series, in San Ynez (3/21), St. Matt’s After Dark, in Orange (3/24), Dark Thirty House Concerts, in Lakeside (3/25), and the Caltech Folk Society Concerts, in Pasadena (3/31).
- To read about Michael, view videos; http://www.michaelsmithmusic.com
- Hear his new single Michael Smith-Sure Has Grown © Bird Ave, ASCAP
“When I was twenty-three or so I realized that I was probably a songwriter.
I was living then in Coconut Grove, Florida, and worked six nights a week for three years at a coffeehouse, The Flick…It took me quite a while but I finally picked up on The Beatles around Sergeant Pepper and now I will never be free.
Thank God for The White Album.” (M. Smith)
One of the most captivating songwriters in the music arena, this “undisputed genius,” (Sing Out Magazine), has toured the United States and Canada for nearly five decades. Michael creates new work on a constant basis, and the finest performers record his songs.
Rumor has it, his classic song “The Dutchman,” (a signature piece for the late Liam Clancy and folksinger Steve Goodman, and a recent hit by Celtic Thunder on PBS), was first heard at Bob Stane’s The Icehouse in Pasadena! Stane, now owner of the Coffee Gallery, is one of the enthusiastic hosts on this tour who make Michael a regular on their performance rosters.
There are no signs the 70 year-old songwriter is slowing down–or has any shortage of musical ideas. He is in fact, more prolific than ever, having recently composed a score for Melville’s Moby Dick, written a dozen songs on commission for listeners of The Midnight Special radio program (wfmt.com), and has completed his next solo CD recording of all original work.
Michael was recently quoted as saying, “In truth, it is only in the last 10, 15 years that I have come to understand how precious it is, the chance to create. One is lucky to get to write songs and luckier still to make a living this way’, he said. ” (“Michael Smith still in high creative gear”, Lake Forester Sun Times)
In powerful songs, award-winning musical scores, and unforgettable recordings – musical mastery is in whatever Michael does. Those familiar with Michael know what stands out about him. For those who aren’t, the California tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the master at work. Now aren’t YOU the lucky ones? Don’t miss Michael Smith in concert.
Michael’s California concerts are listed below:
Wednesday March 21, 7:00 PM
Tales from the Tavern, Host Ron Colone
The Maverick Saloon
3687 Sagunto Street
San Ynez, CA
Saturday March 24, 8:00 PM
St. Matt’s After Dark
Venue: St Matthew’s Church
1111 Town & Country Rd.
Sunday March 25, 7:30 PM
Dark Thirty House Concerts, Host Jimmy Duke
11132 Pinehurst DR
Lakeside, CA 92040
Tuesday March 27, 8 PM
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, Ca. 91001
Saturday March 31, 8:00 PM
CalTech Folk Society
Beckman Institute Auditorium (building 74 on the map).
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
Tickets obtained from the Caltech Ticket Office.