MCC to Perform at “It’s All Good” Benefit Concert for John Jennings on 11/16 & 11/17
September 25 2014
“It’s All Good: An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt, John Gorka, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Robin & Linda Williams, and Francis Collins to Benefit John Jennings” will take place November 16 and 17 at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. The special concerts will feature intimate performances by musical colleagues and friends of the longtime producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and Washington, DC-area resident. Proceeds from the concerts will go toward Jennings as he continues treatment for metastatic kidney cancer. Tickets are available now at both shows.
Of her longtime collaborator and friend, Carpenter comments, “I have been lucky enough to play music with John for many years. But I would say that what makes me even more fortunate is that he is also my dear friend. And I know that there are a great many people who would describe John the same way. I am in awe of his spirit as he works daily on the hard business of recovering from surgery and as he undergoes the important follow up medical procedures. It takes everything he’s got. I know that John would be the first person to offer his help to a friend in need. And the last person to ask for it on his own behalf. So that is why his friends are here to ask for your help…if you have ever been lucky enough in your life to have a friend like him, I am certain you will understand…”
Jennings and Carpenter have worked together since the 1980’s when her first album was released by Columbia Records. Since then, they have racked up multiple industry awards and nominations to go along with the hundreds of thousands of miles that they have traveled together as co-producers and band mates, but most importantly as friends.
In addition to his storied work with Carpenter, Jennings has produced albums for such respected singer-songwriters as Janis Ian, John Gorka, Bill Morrisey, Robin & Linda Williams and BeauSoleil —the Cajun group that recruited Jennings after they played on Carpenter’s hit “Down at the Twist and Shout.” He has also produced six of his own records, which have garnered widespread critical acclaim both in the U.S. and U.K.
A trained musician and self-taught guitarist, Jennings has been hailed by The Washington Post as, “one of the most distinctive guitarists in a town known for its pickers.” His session work includes lead guitar on albums for George Jones, Indigo Girls, Kathy Mattea, Iris Dement and Tony Rice. He has shared the stage with Lyle Lovett, Kate Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, and Joan Baez to name just a few and has entertained at the White House on numerous occasions as well as on two USO missions with the Secretary of Defense. He has also performed at a World Series, a Super Bowl and an NBA playoff game. Jennings has been referred to by Lyle Lovett as “the consummate pro” and by novelist Ann Patchett as “a genius.”
MCC Adds Acoustic Show in Atlanta on 11/14
September 23 2014
Mary Chapin will play an acoustic trio concert at the Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA on November 14 as part of her upcoming Fall Tour. Tickets go on sale Saturday Sept. 27 at 12 PM EST.
Full 2014 Fall Tour dates below. Visit the ‘Tour’ page for ticket information
MCC to play KC Orchestral Show on May 8, 2015
September 05 2014
Mary Chapin will perform with the Kansas City Symphony at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on May 8, 2015. Vince Mendoza will conduct the evening. Tickets are on sale now at TICKET LINK
“Helzberg Hall is spectacular, with an astonishingly warm, present sound. Seating sections surround the stage, giving the handsome hall an excitingly intimate feel. It is one of the most enjoyable, exhilarating arts centers I’ve been to, a moving celebration of a city’s upward trajectory.” – Zachary Woolfe, NYT
Benjamin Scheuer to Join MCC on Fall UK Tour
August 14 2014
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer will open for Mary Chapin Carpenter on her four orchestral tour dates in the United Kingdom this fall.
Scheuer, a 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Songwriting Award winner, has received accolades for his one-man play The Lion, which Michael Giltz at the Huffington Post called “the best new musical I have seen this year.” The production ran for five weeks as a limited engagement at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, and will run at the St. James Theatre in London from August 19 to September 7.
Carpenter is touring behind her debut orchestral album Songs From the Movie. These are the first UK shows since her orchestral concert debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow on January 24, 2014. Carpenter has spent 2014 playing with orchestras around the US, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Vince Mendoza, who arranged and co-produced Songs From the Movie will conduct all four shows.
Tickets are on sale now for all four shows. Please visit the “Tour Dates” page for more information.
Fall Tour Dates Added: 10/16 in Chico, CA & 11/19 in Ridgefield, CT
August 12 2014
MCC has added two acoustic trio shows to her 2014 Fall Tour.
10/16 – Chico, CA – Laxon Auditorium – On sale Weds 8/13 at 10 AM PST
11/19 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse – On sale Fri 8/15 at 10 AM EST
Special guest Tift Merritt will join her on both dates.
Full 2014 Fall Tour dates below. Visit the “Tour Dates” page for more information.
10/10 – Santa Barbara, CA* – Lobero Theatre – Buy Tickets
10/11 – Thousand Oaks, CA* – Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts – Buy Tickets
10/12 – Cerritos, CA* – Cerritos Center for the Arts – Buy Tickets
10/14 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage – SOLD OUT
10/15 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage – SOLD OUT
10/16 – Chico, CA* – Laxon Audiotrium – On Sale Weds Aug 13 at 10 AM PST
10/22 – Westbury, NY* – The Space at Westbury – Buy Tickets
10/23 – Tarrytown, NY* – Tarrytown Music Hall – Buy Tickets
10/24 – Northampton, MA* – Calvin Theatre – Buy Tickets
10/25 – Hartford, CT* – Infinity Hall – On Sale Thu Aug 21
10/26 – Lebanon, NH* – Lebanon Opera House – Buy Tickets
11/7 – Clearwater, FL* – Capitol Theatre – Buy Tickets
11/8 – Melbourne, FL* – King Center – Buy Tickets
11/9 – Jacksonville, FL* – Florida Theatre – Buy Tickets
11/10 – Newberry, SC* – Newberry Opera House – Buy Tickets
11/11 – Durham, NC* – Carolina Theater – Buy Tickets
11/13 – Florence, SC* – Francis Marion Performing Arts Center – Buy Tickets
11/15 – Bristol, TN* – Paramount Center for the Arts – Buy Tickets
11/18 – Wilmington, DE* – Grand Opera House – Buy Tickets
11/19 – Ridgefield, CT* – Ridgefield Playhouse – On Sale Fri Aug 15 at 10 AM EST
11/20 – West Long Branch, NJ* – Pollack Theatre – Buy Tickets
11/21 – Rockport, MA* – Shalin Liu Performance Center – Buy Tickets
11/22 – Rockport, MA* – Shalin Liu Performance Center – Buy Tickets
* – with special guest Tift Merritt