PPAF adds Three More Acts to 2014 Line-up
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This year marks the 40thanniversary of Prescott Park Arts Festival. Year after year, Portsmouth’s downtown waterfront festival has delivered on their promises to provide award winning artists. This season includes Justin Townes Earle, Spirit Family Reunion and Matt Andersen are a few of the final additions to this summer's season. (Click headline to read article) 



American singer-songwriter and musicianJustin Towne Earle is sure to pack the park on Wednesday, July 2nd. Back by popular demand, this returning artist draws comparisons to heavyweights like Arlo Guthrie and his own father, Steve Earl. Earl has racked up recognitions and awards as an emerging artist from Rolling Stone and the Americana Music Association, including Song of the Year for his “Harlem River Blues”. Raw and unfettered, Earle’s sound emanates his country upbringing and a genuine rootsy Americana vibe.
 
Powerhouse Canadian blues guitarist and singer song writer Matt Anderson will take his place on the Wilcox Mainstage Wednesday July 9
thto deliver his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and high energy performance. Anderson, the winner of three Maple Blues Awards and multiple other nominations, is one of Canada’s most revered acts on the scene today, and will keep your foot stomping and your soul spinning with his bold voice and clever lyrics.  

Brooklyn’sSpirit Family Reunion, performs Sunday, August 31
stat the park. NPR says the group “crafts a sweetly ramshackle Americana sound that’s part secular gospel revival, part folk ramble.” Spirit Family Reunion found their beginnings singing together on the street corners, farmer’s markets, and subway stations of New York City, which attributes to why their songs ring-out in a pure and timeless way. Their presence on the stage breaks barriers where there is no divide between performer and spectator.

Executive Director Anderson states, “Given the roster of acts we’ll feature this summer, adding these three acts to the mix is pure icing on the cake. This summer will offer one remarkable performance after another.”

As with all Prescott Park Arts Festival events, concerts are free and open to the public with a suggested $8-$10 donation. Other season highlights as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series will include: Grammy Award winner Patty Griffin (Saturday June 21); Grammy Award winner Rosanne Cash (Saturday July 5); Mary Chapin Carpenter (Saturday, July 9); The Lone Bellow (Wednesday July 16); up-and-coming Indie folk powerhouse, Houndmouth (Wednesday, July 23); gritty, soul-drenched Americana trio, The Wood Brothers, as part of the folk festival with Austin-phenomenon Shakey Graves (Friday, July 25); celebrated Country-folk star, Iris Dement (Wednesday, July 30); acclaimed soulful singer Martin Sexton (Wednesday, August 6); hot and swinging Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown (Saturday, August 9); Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III(Wednesday, August 13); soul and blues sensation Ruthie Foster (Wednesday, August 20); Two-time Grammy Award winning, Taj Mahal (Wednesday August 22); THE legendary songwriter’s songwriter, Chris Smither (Saturday, August 23); The Wailin’ Jennys with their heart-stopping harmonies (Wednesday, August 27); and Dr John & The Nite Trippers (Saturday, September 13)

Prescott Park Arts Festival is not limited to exceptional musical experiences, but peerless theatrical productions as well. This summer, join Shrek and Donkey forShrek the Musical, beginning Friday, June 27
th; all summer long,Thursday throughSunday.

Reservation information can be found on the Festival website
www.prescottpark.orgTables on the Federal Savings Bank VIP Seating Deck are available for reservations as of Monday, May 12, in addition to the blanket reservations in front of the Wilcox Industries Main Stage. Special discount pricing is available for Festival members. Space is limited.

 
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.