Carnegie Hall’s 2021-2022 Mainstage Performance program, set to enter its 38th season, will play on the theme “Bringing the Arts to Life”.
The season kicks off with Hillbilly Gypsies and Bobby Thompson on Friday, October 22. The Hillbilly Gypsies are best known for their energetic live performances. They entertained crowds at major festivals, fairs and concert halls in the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. Their “Old Timey” approach adds an authentic barn party atmosphere to their shows.
The opening will be Bobby Thompson. who has led groups like Blueheart Revival and Revelator Hill and has been a sideman for artists such as Justin Jones (930 Club Records), Laura Tsaggaris, and he already toured with SOJA for three months in 2009. He uses a range of styles and music packages. them in who he is today: a quintessential rock ‘n’ roll performer who doubles as an acoustic singer-songwriter.
After opening, John R. Miller with Drift Mouth on Friday November 19th.
Miller is a real hyphenated artist: singer-songwriter. Every song on her exciting upcoming solo debut album, “Depreciated”, is packed with complex and haunting puns.
Miller is somehow able to transport listeners into a dark honkytonk and become existential in the same line with his tightly written compositions.
Drift Mouth has been described by Mike Elliott, Americana UK, as the perfect place between the guitar crackle of Crazy Horse and Drive-By Truckers and the lyrical narration of the best hard country in the Appalachians.
Returning by popular demand, the holiday concert will feature the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday, December 3. WVSO is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting concerts of classical, pop, and chamber music annually throughout Mountain State.
Carnegie Hall’s first show in 2022 will be Crys Matthews on Friday, January 21. Originally from Southeastern North Carolina who now lives in Herndon, Virginia, Matthews mixes Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk in a daring and complex performance infused with traditional melodies and punctuated with honest and original lyrics.
Amy Helm will take the stage at Carnegie Hall on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17. It will be the first of three shows in 15 days. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Helm dominates every stage she performs on, captivating audiences with her soulful voice. With a successful career as a performer in groups such as the Levon Helm Band, Dirt Farmer Band and Midnight Ramble Band, Helm amazes audiences with music that is both intimate and universal.
The following week, Carnegie Hall will present Steel Wheels on Saturday, March 26.
The Steel Wheels have long been at home in the creative space between tradition and innovation, informed by the familiar sounds of the Virginia mountains where the band was formed, but still moving forward with insightful lyrics and evolving sound. In 2005, Jay Lapp (vocals, guitars, mandolin) and Eric Brubaker (vocals, violin) joined lead singer Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo) to form the group as a vehicle for Wagler’s songwriting. They released several albums under the Wagler moniker, before officially adopting the name The Steel Wheels with the 2010 release of “Red Wing”.
Quickly establishing themselves as independent newbies to the burgeoning American scene, The Steel Wheels followed up with three more self-produced albums over the next five years, before teaming up with producer Sam Kassirer for “Wild As We Came Here.” (2017) and “Over the trees” (2019).
Kevin Garcia (drums, percussion, keyboards) joined us in 2017, bringing a new level of sonic depth and finish to the outfit.
Having gained experience from thousands of shows, festivals and miles on the road, the stubbornly independent group has forged deep bonds with each other and with the audiences that support them.
The third performance of the chain will be the Honey Dewdrops on Friday April 1.
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish have long felt the push and pull between their original roots in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and their current home in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in the sound of their songs imbued with harmony, mixed with the tones of guitar, banjo and mandolin and also in the songwriting of the band, which reflects the beautiful and harsh realities of today.
Artistically, Wortman and Parrish are inspired by American folk and traditional music.
The final performance will be Tuba Skinny on Friday, May 20.
Formed in 2009, Tuba Skinny has gradually evolved from a loose collection of street musicians to a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional sound of New Orleans to the public.
Drawing on a wide range of musical influences – from Depression-era spirituals to blues, ragtime to traditional jazz – their sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home.
Tickets went on sale to members of Carnegie Hall on Thursday, September 23. The general public can purchase tickets from Thursday, September 30.