Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung and consummately played all at once? That would be Vance Gilbert. While he has released 13 albums thus far, Vance Gilbert truly happens live. On Saturday, June 10 he comes to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the historic Opera House as part of the venue’s 20th season celebration.
Gilbert has made his mark on the folk and acoustic music scenes over the course of a prolific career that extends back to the early ’90s during which he has shared stages worldwide with Aretha Franklin, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, the Milk Carton Kids, 150 shows with George Carlin, Anita Baker, The Subdudes, Paul Reiser and others.
He has also made a prominent presence at some of the world’s most prestigious gatherings, among them the Newport, Winnipeg, Rocky Mountain, Calgary, Ottawa, and Falcon Ridge folk festivals, the Kate Wolf Music Festival, and Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival and Mullum Music Festival.
Over the course of his career, Gilbert has carved out a singular niche with songs that have resonated with his fans and drawn in new listeners. Gilbert has a wide palette and perspective, from a co-write with Grammy Winner Lori McKenna, House of Prayer, to a song on a Grammy-nominated children’s record by the duo Trout Fishing in America. Likewise, after alt-rock star Mike Posner heard Gilbert perform on a podcast, he invited him to take part in co-writing sessions and subsequently to sing on his single, Noah’s Ark. Posner reciprocated with a haunting background vocal on Flyby, a song featured on Gilbert’s forthcoming album.
Vance Gilbert has appeared with Ellis Paul at the Opera House in recent years, and on June 10 he returns for his solo show. Advance discounted tickets are $20 and available directly from the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $25, available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door on the day of the show. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30.
This evening is made possible thanks to sponsorship support from Peter Southwick and Jean Rosenberg.