Jonathan Edwards not just a concert, it’s a unique experience

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Jonathan Edwards, an American folk legend, is gracing the stage again. The man behind the 1972 hit single “Sunshine” will be performing at the Courthouse Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’”

The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthem “Sunshine [Go Away Today],” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.

Since 1971, Jonathan has released 16 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.

Jonathan will be bringing with him Tom Snow, a Courthouse favorite who has accompanied Jonathan here in the past to the delight of our audiences. The two obviously enjoy working together as evidenced by their bantering and shared sense of humor.

Pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, Thomas Snow is one of New England’s most versatile and sought-after musicians. In addition to having played with many musical luminaries, Tom has done work sessions for dozens of albums & CDs. He also has five CDs as a leader: Northern Standard Time (1997), Christmas at Mast Cove (2001), Some Other Time  (2007), Friends (2013), which features folk superstar Jonathan Edwards, and Tom’s newest CD, Duke’s Diamonds: An Ellington Celebration (2015).

You may purchase tickets on the website courthousearts.org or by calling 782-1018. Tickets are available in advance for $38 and $40 day of show. The Courthouse has ample on-site parking, a full-service bar and is handicapped accessible.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts is a non-profit, community-based arts organization located in Kingston. The mission of the Courthouse is to produce and distribute exceptional arts programming that are accessible and affordable for the enjoyment and enrichment of adults and children alike. Income from the entertainment, musical performances, comedians, classes, and a variety of other events contribute to the funding of free children’s programs. The Courthouse also provides monthly gallery exhibits for local artists, concerts and fundraisers for many worthwhile causes, all while preserving the beautiful historic Washington County Courthouse as its home.

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