From the Orange Sud Performing Arts Center

Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Country and more – our range of Authors-composers-performers features compelling Grammy winners and skilled acoustic instrumentalists. Some, like Son Volt, released new music during the pandemic. Others, like Lucy Kaplansky, Shovels & Rope and Joan Osborne have new albums coming out soon (more info below).

Top row, left to right: Lucy Kaplansky/Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Marc Cohn and Son Volt Bottom row, left to right: Edwin McCain, Marc Broussard and Shovels & Rope.

FEBRUARY

An Evening with Lucy Kaplansky / Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
FEBRUARY 11TH
Tickets: $28 to $38
Lucy Kaplansky has been dubbed “the award-winning minstrel of modern folk” by The Boston Globe. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams are American royalty. He is known as a passionate songwriter and multi-instrumentalist while she has a gift for clear harmonies. In March, Kaplansky plans to release his new album, Last days of summerwhich includes songs referencing the pandemic.

MARCH

An evening with Marc Cohn

Opening Artist: Randall Bramblett

MARCH 5

Tickets: $45 to $60

After winning a Grammy for his moving ballad “Walking in Memphis”, Marc Cohn has established himself as one of the most compelling singer-songwriters of this generation, combining the precision of a brilliant orator with the passion of a great soul man. last fall, Saturday Night Live made a hilarious parody from Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis”.

Son Volt

With special guest Jesse Farrar
MARCH 9
Tickets: $34 to $44
Founded by songwriter and singer Jay Farrar, Son Volt is an American rock band that also infuses folk, country, blues and soul into its sound. Their songs often seek out the ghosts of America’s discordant or forgotten past. The group celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, while in lockdown due to the pandemic. They released their 10th studio album, Electro Melodist in July 2021.

Edwin McCain Acoustic Trio
MARCH 18
Tickets: $38 to $48
A longtime friend of Hootie and the Blowfish, the guitarist has been dubbed the “great American romantic” (The New York Times). Edwin McCain’s tender and instantly recognizable ballads “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More” are immortalized in several movie and TV soundtracks of the 2000s.

APRIL

Marc Brossard
FIRST OF APRIL
Tickets: $35 to $45
The “Bayou Soul” style and rich voice of Marc Broussard are influenced by his Louisiana roots and his musical father, guitarist of the soul group The Boogie Kings.

Shovels and Rope: The Manticore Tour
APRIL 8
Tickets: $29 to $39
Shovels & Rope channels country, folk, bluegrass, Americana and blues through an edgy indie rock prism. Partners musically and in life, this duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst blends the threads of their solo careers into the harmonious music they blend. Their new album Manticore due out February 18.

milk carton kids
APRIL 9
Tickets: $35 to $45
With pure sounds, interwoven acoustic guitars and rootsy songwriting, The Milk Carton Kids weave a captivating spell. The two-time Grammy-nominated Indie-Folk duo’s harmonious sound has earned them comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers. Their captivating shows have a touch of comedy with Smothers Brothers-esque banter.

Suzanne Vega: An Evening of New York Songs and Stories
APRIL 21TH
Tickets: $39 to $195 (VIP packages available)
The Grammy Award-winning artist with his understated Folk-Pop sound celebrates his career-spanning live album, An evening of New York songs and storiesin an intimate concert.

JUNE

Joan Osborne
JUNE 10
Tickets: $38 to $48
The multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy-nominated artist is a soulful singer who has performed alongside notable artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Mavis Staples. Osborne releases a collection of previously unreleased demos and live studio radio recordings, titled radio waves, February 22.

Martin Sexton
JUNE 18
Tickets: $38 to $48
His lively songs span the American musical gamut, incorporating Soul, Country and Blues. The guitarist has been praised for his “unpretentious cordiality” (The New York Times).

Roger McGuinn, co-founder of The Byrds
JUNE 23
Tickets: $34 to $49
From his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound to his instantly recognizable voice on hits like “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” discover Roger McGuinn’s unmistakable style.

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Covid19:

At this time, all SOPAC customers are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test and wear a mask. All current Covid-19 precautions and policies can be found at SOPACnow.org/Covid-19.

About SOPAC:

Since 2006, SOPAC has been one of the leading performing arts centers in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences to a variety of audiences in an intimate and inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and educational programs for all ages. SOPAC hosts Seton Hall University Arts Council performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theater productions. SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.