The month of August at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor is packed with great performances from around the globe, and kicks off with the very American sound of folk icon Tom Rush on Thursday, Aug. 1.
Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47® concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations.
Rush began his musical career in the early ’60s playing the Boston-area clubs while a Harvard student. The Club 47 was the flagship of the coffee house fleet, and he was soon holding down a weekly spot there, learning from the legendary artists who came to play, honing his skills and growing into his talent. He had released two albums by the time he graduated.
Today his voice has grown even richer and more melodic, and his music has matured and ripened in the blending of traditional and modern influences. These days he’s doing what he loves, and what audiences love him for: writing and playing … passionately, tenderly … knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times. He will appear alongside Matt Nakoa at the Opera House.
Advance discounted tickets: $30. Available from the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets: $35. Available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the performance. Doors for seating open at 7, the concert is at 7:30 p.m. The evening is sponsored in part by support from The Lafayette Group.
Additional performances in August include the Adam Ezra Group, the Hot Sardines, Jigjam, Sons of Serendip, the Subdudes, Bob Milne, Le Vent du Nord, Chris Thomas King, John Doyle and Mick McCauley, Darlingside and Marcia Ball. When summer ends the fun continues with performances throughout the fall.