Seth Warner and His Band present a 'Running on Empty' tribute show: Seth Warner and His Band present a 'Running on Empty' tribute show
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Seth Warner and His Band present a 'Running on Empty' tribute show

 Portland, Maine based musician Seth Warner will lead an All-Star band in a complete live performance of Jackson Browne’s 1977 record Running on Empty on Thursday, June 15th @ 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 Day of show and are available at www.slawrencearts.org

 

Running on Empty is both a standout among the large field of “live” recordings of the ‘70s and represents a distinct turning point in Jackson Browne’s career. Recorded while on tour in the summer of 1976, the LP features the unusual choice of presenting all new material captured in a variety of settings including the concert stage, dressing rooms, tour buses and motel rooms. Of this process, Mr. Browne has said that in his years of touring he finally felt confident in the stellar line up of backing musicians that made up his band – so confident that he thought it would be a great way to capture the live energy, challenges and spontaneity of life and brand new music on the road. The end result has a wonderful sense of balance and variety with an organic flow of the material. Stand outs include the title track along with “The Load Out/Stay” but many of the albums greatest rewards are to be found in the tasteful and finely wrought covers that are included. The running themes of constant travel, being away from loved ones and boredom are balanced nicely with double entendres, odes to friendship, poking fun and the joys of a multitude of distractions available on the road.

 

Since 2015 Warner has led a series of “Complete LP” events at venues throughout New England, in each case assembling a collective of musicians to perform and celebrate record albums of unusual merit, historical significance and above all else - great music. The albums presented so far have ranged from a pair of incredibly strong sophomore releases in Back to Black by Amy Winehouse - which featured the phenomenal Maine based singer, Stephanie Fogg - and the brilliant yet eclectic Pontiac by Lyle Lovett. Last year Seth and the band presented Neil Young’s 1973 masterpiece Tonight’s the Night which dealt with the addiction related deaths of his close friends and bandmates with equal doses of grief, grit and humor.

 

Prior to the band playing Running on Empty at St. Lawrence Arts, Seth Warner and Portsmouth, New Hampshire based musician Marc McElroy will start the evening with a set of acoustic Jackson Browne material selected from the course of his entire career. Marc is a seasoned and soulful singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He leads the band Elroy and operates the Electric Cave recording studio in Portsmouth. Seth and Marc started performing music together in the fall of 1990 at the University of Maine, and have collaborated, recorded and harmonized off and on, ever since.

 

The rest of the band include the guitarist Mike Derosier, bassist Paul Thibeault, drummer Chris Marro and singer, Susanne Gerry. All four of these supremely talented and experienced musicians enjoy varied and successful careers as teachers and performers based in Southern and Central, Maine.

 

As with Browne’s band for his ’76 summer tour, the quality and potential of this particular lineup has inspired a set of full band selections following the completion of the record. Taking a cue from Jackson and his band ending their concerts with Maurice Williams’ “Stay” during that tour – Seth and his band will end the evening with a set of Motown and R&B classics along with a few more up tempo Jackson Browne classics for good measure.

 

 

Seth Warner’s performances have been described as “ethereal” by the Portland Press Herald and has appeared on stages as diverse as The Boston Early Music Festival, WGBH radio, a cruise on the Rhine river in Germany and at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Most recently Seth has been touring his Highway Kind: A celebration of the songs of Townes Van Zandt, the late, great Texas songwriter. Other highlights from his two decade plus career include performances and collaboration with the Grammy award winning Parker String Quartet and tours with the extraordinary gospel and blues singer, Francine Reed and serving as Executive Producer for several internationally acclaimed classical recordings. Seth studied the lute and vihuela with Olav-Chris Henriksen and Hopkinson Smith and greatly benefited from the mentorship of mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Erskine Patches and pianist Frank Glazer. Also enjoying a varied career in arts administration, Seth managed The Olin Arts Center at Bates College for ten years in which he curated several diverse and successful concert series being named as an "Emerging Arts Leader" by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in 2008. Alongside his performance schedule Seth now serves as the box office manager for the State Theatre and Thompson's Point concert venues in Portland, Maine and teaches lute, guitar and ukulele at Bates. Seth plays handcrafted instruments of Cezar Mateus of Princeton, New Jersey and Bourgeois Guitars which are crafted in Lewiston, Maine. 

 

                                   

 

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