This Saturday at 8pm, The Center Theatre is very proud to welcome Chris Smither to Dover-Foxcroft! A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.”—Associated Press.
Media coverage of the new album, Hundred Dollar Valentine:
MOJO (5 STARS/UK): “Hundred Dollar Valentine is a thing of profound beauty; deep, sad, wise songs, allied to perfectly crafted arrangements, from a a man who’s live long enough in darkness to address the big, heavy questions with a lightness of touch.”
THE INDEPENDENT (UK): “How bright the light! Cat can write. The music is sepia-meets-blue in hue, tight, gently rolling and delicately arranged to balance string scrapes and drums with finger-picked guitar. You’ll be put in mind of peak-period John Martyn from time to time.”
UNCUT (UK): “With his dark, gravelly baritone, nimble fingerpicking and ramblingly magnetic songs that traipse through tangles of American roots – sparkling acoustic blues, Dylanesque folk, populist country – Chris Smither is pure throwback…. Valentine is typically sturdy – piquant observation and low-key philosophy played against an impeccable musical backdrop.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The careful construction of Smither’s lyrics is a thing of beauty and the bedrock of his bluesy folk music.”
BLURT MAGAZINE (9 STARS): “What we have here is another excellent Chris Smither album, reason enough for celebration, which also happens to churn up a whole lot of thinking about our place under the sun and how we deal with everyday life in the face of ultimate nothingness. There aren’t many who could make those ideas so darn pleasurable, but Chris Smither proved long ago he’s no ordinary human.”
Coming this weekend: more shows for the entire family! Come see the Drama Camp performance on Friday, Aug 10 at 6 PM for “Let your Hair Down, Rapunzel.” Then on Saturday, August 11 at 6 PM, join the Yo-Yo People for yo-yos, hula hoops, and unicycles! Only $6 per person or $22 per family! http://www.yoyoshow.com
As seen on David Letterman, they hold a Guinness World Record, a 2008 Yo-Yo World Champion title, and have performed in over 20 countries.
Saturday, July 28, 6pm
TICKETS: $6 per person $22 per family Kids under 2 FREE
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning children’s author, storyteller, mime, and actor, Antonio performs tales from around the world with his signature moves and sound effects. This culturally diverse show not only entertains but also addresses matters of self esteem and respect. Kids will be spellbound!
Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Hawaii and many places in between including 14 countries on six continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA. Antonio has some fun and award winning DVDs and a brand new picture book!