SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Looking for a great late holiday present for the music lover in your family? Perhaps a way to make Valentine’s Week extra special? Well have I got the perfect idea for you!! Tickets go on sale today for what will likely be one of the coolest and most intimate concerts to hit the Boston area this season, as legendary singer songwriter Marc Cohn comes to town to set up shop in the intimate Somerville Theater, for a special one-night-only performance. I’ve known and loved his music for a long, long time, but finally had the chance to see him for the first time only a few months ago, when he popped in as a surprise guest at the show of a mutual friend of ours down in New York City. I was instantly smitten, even by just that one song, and just can’t wait to see him do an entire concert.
For those of you who’ve been hiding under a rock, perhaps, and don’t know of his work, you should stop for a moment and check him out first hand, and then run, don’t walk, to pick up tickets for what is sure to be a sold out show. He’s been there for some of the most seminal moments in music history, and was instrumental in the formation of one of my personal favorite bands, with whom he guested in the legendary “Live at the Wiltern” concert.
After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis”, Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.
Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.” Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlantic, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with Join The Parade. Inspired by the horrific eventsfollowing Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date. About his latest album Listening Booth: 1970, Rolling Stone said, “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons – a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.”
Now on tour, with special guests Paula Cole and Rebeca Pidgeon joining him in select cities, Marc is happy to be playing music for the sake of playing music. He will perform at the Somerville Theatre on Feb. 13. Doors open at 6:30.
For ticket information, Just click this link while you still can, and grab a few seats.
I’ll see you at the show!
Here’s a clip from the show in NYC. I was just so thrilled to be there for this magical moment in time!