Loudon Wainwright

Sunday
19
Nov

Veteran Folk Singer-Songwriter & Humorist

Why you should see this show…

Grammy award winner Loudon Wainwright has been making and performing music for well over 40 years. He has been called one of America’s most astute lyrical commentators… with his songs being called lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering. LW3 returns to Cleveland to perform an evening of confessional poetry that he’s transformed into popular song.

Loudon’s book LINER NOTES ON PARENTS & CHILDREN, EXES & EXCESS, DEATH & DECAY, & A FEW OF MY OTHER FAVORITE THINGS is available here.
 

 

Loudon Wainwright Bio
Loudon Wainwright III has an illustrious career, highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and two Grammy nominations for I’m Alright(1985) and More Love Songs (1986). His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now, was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. In 2014, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet), marked his the 26th career release to-date.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road),” and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding, the “singing surgeon,” on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry, on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up. Loudon penned music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You. He composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.

Loudon’s most recent project is his one-man play entitled “Surviving Twin.” A solo piece many years in the making, “Surviving Twin” is what the singer-songwriter calls a “posthumous collaboration” with his writer father. Part concert, part dramatic reading, part family slide-show. It is a hybrid theatrical form consisting mainly of songs written by Loudon III, along with readings of magazine columns written by his late father, and photographs spanning four generations of the Wainwright clan. The show was developed with the help of director Joseph Haj, at UNC’s Playmakers Rep.

 

Gretchen Pleuss Bio
“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves underneath layered vocal harmonies. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics (i.e. there’s not a log of manic melisma trying to tear your eardrums off).” – Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

To date, Pleuss has played at an array of venues throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Peru, and Ecuador. Gretchen’s discography includes two E.P.’s and two full-length albums. Her 2013 release, Out of Dreams, was produced by Jim Wirt and can be downloaded from Itunes. Her most recent release, From Birth to Breath to Bone, was self-produced and is available on vinyl or compact disc.

 
Last call to dine in your seats in the Concert Hall will be 15 minutes before show time. Please arrive early if you plan to eat dinner in your seats. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.