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American Singer-Songwriting to be celebrated at Weis Center

Feb 09, 2016 12:00PM ● Published by Erica Shames

In a highly anticipated national tour called Use Your Voice, GRAMMY award-winner Patty Griffin will join forces with Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting and performance on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by WXPN.

More than just a three-act show, this special "singers-in-the-round" style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening.

With a career spanning over two decades, Griffin is the recipient of a Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album,” a Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album,” and The American Music Association’s 2007 “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” awards. In addition to standing out in a crowded field as an incredible vocalist, Griffin is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Bette Midler, as well as most of the material on her own impressive catalogue of recordings.

American Songwriter says of Griffin, “[She] digs deep into introspective lyrics…to display her distinctive vocals and original songs with stripped down arrangements that use space and the silence between notes to create shimmering music you won’t soon forget.”

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins, first praised for her work as a founding member of Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, has since established an extraordinary solo career including highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborations with artists such as John Mayer and The Decemberists and has made a name for herself on radio with frequent appearances on A Prairie Home Companion.

Anaïs Mitchell has been compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch for her musical style, sound and performance. Winner of the Kerrville Festival’s “New Folk Award” and nominee for the Folk Alliance’s “Best Contemporary Artist Award”, Mitchell is widely recognized as a unique and impressive young voice in the resurging American folk movement. Her most recent album was largely praised by critics as “genre-defining” and her “second consecutive masterpiece.”

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2015-16 Series is a family friendly performance of Room on the Broom on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at the Weis Center. 

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or Facebook.com/WeisCenter.

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