Chandler is proud to present another exciting season of diverse performances. In addition to our MainStage series, we offer Live & Upstairs, a series of smaller, more intimate performances in the renovated Esther Mesh Room in Chandler’s Upper Gallery. The Daytime Performance Series serves hundreds of youth from area schools and homeschool families, and is open to the general public, as well.
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The 2018-2019 Season
With roots deep in old-time fiddle music, Donna the Buffalo weaves together a soulful mix of Cajun, zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country sounds into its own, singular musical stew. Touring the United States continuously for nearly 30 years, Donna the Buffalo is one of the most dynamic and eclectic bands on the American roots music scene. All Music Guidesays, “This is what 21st-century Americana sounds like — a little bit of this and a little bit of that . . . a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now, and everybody feels like dancing.”
Video: “Swing That Thing” –
Video: “I Love My Tribe” –
Enjoy an evening of thoughtful songs and familial harmonies with Grammy Award-winning song crafter Loudon Wainwright III, teamed with his “ex,” acclaimed songwriter Suzzy Roche of the enchanting folk sister act, The Roches, and their daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, a stellar songmaker in her own right. Loudon dropped out of college to partake of San Francisco’s fabled “Summer of Love” and wrote his first song in 1968. His colorful, satiric, and often confessional takes on life have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Mose Allison, and his son, Rufus Wainwright, among others. Suzzy Roche enjoys singing on the road with her daughter Lucy; together, the duo snagged the Best Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year honor at the 2014 Independent Music Awards.
Video: “Meet the Wainwrights,” Loudon (Live at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, 2017) –
Audio: “White Winos,” Loudon Wainwright III
Audio: “Swimming Song” – Loudon Wainwright III
Audio: “Song for Wayward Saints,” Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche –
It has been 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in band founder Ben Eldridge’s Maryland basement. The Seldom Scene have evolved to become one of the greatest contributors to the progressive bluegrass sound, drawing both longtime fans and passionate new audiences to the music. Their performances feature a head-spinning mix of bluegrass-inflected country, rock, and pop hits that’s truly “seldom seen” anywhere — except, of course, at one of their memorable concerts. Today’s Seldom Scene feature Dudley Connell (guitar, vocals), Lou Reid (mandolin, vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass, vocals), Fred Travers (dobro, vocals), and Ron Stewart (banjo, fiddle).
Video: “Wait a Minute” –
With meticulous vocals and superb instrumental acumen, Low Lily’ plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary The band’s signature blend is rooted in Celtic traditions and the folk music of the rural South. Flynn Cohen’s deft flatpicking on guitar and mandolin weaves seamlessly with Lissa Schneckenburger’s formidable fiddle-playing, all grounded by Liz Simmons’ percussive rhythm guitar. Rock-solid double bassist Corey DiMario often joins the core trio in concert. Their mellifluous voices all blend just as beautifully. Together and individually, the group has performed with some of the leading lights of contemporary roots, folk, and Celtic music, including Ruth Moody, Livingston Taylor, Solas, Crooked Still, and the Karan Casey Band.
Video: “Hope Lingers On” –
Video: “10,000 Days Like These,” (Live at Celtic Connections) –
Video: “Full Grown Love” (The “Folk Alley” Sessions) –
The Grammy-nominated Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic, hard-touring live act, building a large and enthusiastic fan base while racking up massive amounts of critical acclaim. Sensitive yet assertive, these versatile instrumentalists and vocalists draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrantly original music that explores timeless lyrical truths. Their unmistakably contemporary relevance places them alongside such tradition- and socially-conscious young acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Shovels & Rope. And of special note to regional music fans: guitarist/vocalist Celia Woodsmith is a Vermont native and former member of the celebrated roots duo Avi & Celia.
Video: “Empire” –
Video: “Boston Town”
Video: “Good Blood” –