The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) will host Jonathan Edwards and the Jon Pousette-Dart Band on July 14, at their third annual Summer Concert at Westport Rivers Vineyard.
“WRWA is pleased to partner with the Narrows Center to present these artists at the beautiful and scenic Westport Rivers Vineyard,” a release from the WRWA states.
The concerts sold out the past two years, so advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
“Guests always enjoy a first-rate show with professional stage and sound in an intimate and relaxed setting, and have the option of bringing a lawn chair and/or blanket, or to sit in the row seating that will be provided,” the release states. “The sloping lawn of the vineyard provides a great view for everyone.
Beer and wine will be offered for sale, and food trucks will be selling hot food. Guests may bring food in to the concert, but no alcohol can be brought in.
Edwards, who came to fame in the 1970’s with his top 40 hit, “Sunshine,” and “Shanty,” everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, has maintained a busy performance schedule, still projecting the warmth, energy and musical brilliance for which he is known.
“Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, Jonathan simply delivers, night after night - songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age,” the release states.
This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. “I've been ... doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I've been concentrating on that and loving it," he says.
The Pousette-Dart Band, led by Jon Pousette-Dart, carved a place in the landscape of American music in the 1970’s. They were a mainstay of album radio, a favorite on the college circuit, and
became one of the busiest touring groups in the U.S., working with such acts as The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, The Eagles, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Eddie Money, Manfred Mann, Jonathan Edwards, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Emmylou Harris, Gary Wright, Robert Palmer, Randy Newman, Journey, Billy Joel, and NRBQ.
They are best remembered from that era for their hit songs, “County Line,” and “Amnesia.”
“Jon’s continued writing and travels have kept him engaged in Nashville where the original bands first albums were recorded with Norbert Putnam,” the release states. “He has continued performing nationally and writing steadily with many of the finest writers that embody the best of the American music scene.”
Tickets are on sale on line at www.westportwatershed.org and www.narrowscenter.org. Member price $40, non-members $50. There is a small additional charge for on-line sales. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Rain date Sunday, July 15.
To place phone orders, call 508-636-3016.
Westport Rivers is located at 417 Hix Bridge Road. Car pooling is encouraged and appreciated.
The Westport River Watershed Alliance has been dedicated to protecting and preserving the Westport River and its watershed since 1976.