Rootsy and Real, Swinging and Rocking
FactsAn Appalachian Summer Festival
July 25: Carolina Ballet: “A Balanchine Celebration, featuring Rubies” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 26: Independent Films from Around the World: “11 Flowers” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 27: 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk – Schaefer Center, 10 a.m.
July 27: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 28: Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists – Rosen Concert Hall, 1 p.m.
July 29: Independent Films from Around the World: “La Rafle” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 31: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
Aug. 1: An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin with special guest Suzanne Vega – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.appsummer.org.
Lyle Lovett’s music is rootsy and real, swinging and rocking
and, at times, eclectic.
He is known to tour with his horn-driven Large Band on occasion. But when he comes to perform at the newly renovated Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone, it will be with his Acoustic Band, which is filled with an all-star cast of accomplished musicians.
Lovett’s visit is a part of ASU’s An Appalachian Summer Festival. In the midst of this year’s annual arts and music series is the metamorphosis of Farthing Auditorium into the Schaefer Center. Not only is the venue more aesthetically pleasing as far as decor, but the acoustics in the hall have been upgraded.
The legendary Boz Scaggs performed at Schaefer last week and, after the first song, told the audience that during his band’s rehearsal earlier in the day, they were so impressed with how their music sounded from the stage that they changed their set list to revive songs that would take full advantage of this sonically pleasing environment. This bodes well for the rich and varied music of the multiple Grammy Award-winning Lovett.
The members of Lovett’s Acoustic Band include Russ Kunkel, Keith Sewell, Viktor Krauss and Luke Bulla.
Kunkel is a renowned drummer known for his live performances and for being a studio legend. He has taken part in many album sessions over the years and has recorded and toured with artists, such as James Taylor, Aaron Neville, Joe Walsh, Joni Mitchell, Derek Trucks, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Winwood and many more.
Guitarist Sewell is a musician and producer versed in everything from bluegrass to jazz to country music.
In the bass chair is Krauss, who is also a member of Lovett’s Large Band. Krauss has also performed with other top musicians, such as Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, John Fogerty and his sister, Alison Krauss.
Playing the fiddle is Bulla, an accomplished musician who also tours with Jerry Douglas and Noam Pikelny.
Lovett’s latest album is called “Release Me,” a project that features the Texan putting his spin on songs, such as Chuck Berry’s “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man,” Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues” and even a couple of public domain traditional tunes in “Keep It Clean” and “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom.”
In this show, the Texas Music Hall of Famer will perform songs from many periods of his career. With a talented group behind him, including the ability to sing three-part harmonies with Sewell and Bulla, Lovett is free to take on all of the styles he has played and recorded over the years from country, jazz and gospel to folk and the blues.
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group takes place 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at ASU’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, located at 733 Rivers St. in Boone.