Iconic Rock-Pop-Folk Recording Artists John Sebastian and David Grisman Appearing Together in Concert at the High Point Theatre
Legendary duo set to perform a repertoire of well-loved songs on Sat., Jan. 20
HIGH POINT THEATRE– The contributions on classic American music by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian has been profound throughout his four-decade long career, his group the Lovin’ Spoonful having played a major role in the mid-60s rock revolution. For nearly half a century, mandolinist-composer-producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. In 2007, the two released an album of duets entitled In Magic.
Today, Sebastian and Grisman might well be considered the best ambassadors that American music has ever had! Both are set to appear at the High Point Theatre, live in concert, on Sat., Jan. 20, at 8:00 PM.
In the mid-60s Sebastian set out on a “counter revolution, to offset the British invasion of rock music and return it to its true American roots. And, his band, the Lovin’ Spoonful, did…like nobody before or since, successfully putting their first seven singles into the Top 10. “Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” “Summer in The City.” “Nashville Cats.” “Darling Be Home Soon.” – songs that did more than simply answer the British invasion, songs that carried the musical tradition into the future. Sebastian would bear witness to another turn of the musical atmosphere with memorable performances at massive festivals like Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Involved in music for films (notably Francis Ford Coppola’s You’re A Big Boy Now and Woody Allen’s What’s Up Tiger Lily) and Broadway, a pivotal moment came when producers of a TV show called Welcome Back Kotter commissioned a theme song in 1976, and Sebastian’s “Welcome Back” became a chart-topping solo record. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s he continued to record and tour and, in 2000, was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, John is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music, pleasing old fans and winning new ones.
An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David Grisman forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of great American music/art forms with many international sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom of “Dawg” music (the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia.) Discovering the mandolin as a teenager growing up in New Jersey, he learned to play in the style of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, carrying it with him to Greenwich Village’s proliferating folk music scene of the early 1960s. In 1963, he made his first recordings both as an artist and producer and, in 1966, was offered his first job with an authentic bluegrass band, the Kentuckians. His discography is filled with notables including the Grateful Dead, John Hartford, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, James Taylor and Doc Watson. After recording for major and independent labels, David founded Acoustic Disc in 1990, producing 67 critically acclaimed CDs (five of which were Grammy-nominated.) In 2010 he launched AcousticOasis.com, the first download website devoted to acoustic music. Recently Grisman has revisited his roots with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and plays blues/old-time music with his old jugband-mate John Sebastian.
“We’re very excited to have such a dynamic duo as Sebastian and Grisman,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Our patrons will not only be taken on a nostalgic trip back to the 60’s and 70’s, but with careers spanning 40 years or more, both artists can be expected to throw in some of their more contemporary works for good measure.” Tickets are $30-$40, available at the box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com.
About High Point Theatre – Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.