Live concerts once again fill the evenings and touring musicians are lining up to get back on the stage at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor this summer. Audience members over the age of 15 must be fully vaccinated, or have a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of arriving for the performance.
The calendar includes the return of old favorites, as well as first appearances for some musicians. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Susan Werner will perform on Thursday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. While the upcoming July show was going to mark her first appearance in Boothbay Harbor, she surprised local audiences by appearing as a “special guest” with Ellis Paul and Seth Glier at the Opera House on June 13. Eager to hear more of her, many from that audience have already purchased tickets to this upcoming show.
In addition to rave reviews from the local audience, Susan has been called, “One of the most innovative songwriters working today” by the Chicago Tribune. No Depression says, “When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.” The Washington Post adds, “Always an impressive songwriter, Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart …” The All Music Guide notes that Susan Werner “is a songwriter and musician who is in such complete command of her gifts that it’s almost scary.” Nashville’s Music Row states “This woman is great. Period.”
Ticket holders can expect an evening of original music traveling along the folk, cabaret, jazz and gospel routes from this Iowa native. She has written music with John Gorka, her albums have been been produced by Rodney Crowell, and she performs with Keb’Mo, among other associations. Her music is both hilarious and thought-provoking, sweet and gritty. Werner’s website is susanwerner.com.
Advance discounted tickets are available from the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor. The box office is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $25. All seating is general admission. Regular tickets are $30 and available online - at boothbayoperahouse.com - and on the day of the show.