On Friday, October 2nd, Legendary Lovin’ Spoonful songsmith John Sebastian, who’s famous for songs: Do you Believe in Magic?, Daydream, Summer in the City, Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?, Nashville Cats will perform a sold-out show with virtuoso mandolinist and roots music avant-garde artist David Grisman at the Earlville Opera House. Together the two pros will swap songs, licks, and stories of one of the most happening eras of American popular music. This performance is generously sponsored by WAER 88.3 Syracuse Public Media.
Sebastian and Grisman got their start as part of the Even Dozen Jug Band as part of the 1960s Greenwich Village scene, but soon parted ways. Grisman hooked up with guitarist Peter Rowan, gaining fame as part of the bluegrass jam outfit Old and In the Way before founding the jazzy, forward-thinking David Grisman Quintet (DGQ) in 1977. Meanwhile, Sebastian made rock n’ roll history with The Lovin’ Spoonful, sending seven songs into the Top 10 in just two years. Leaving the band in 1968, Sebastian found success as a Broadway composer, and appeared at Woodstock before releasing three original albums, one of which contained Welcome Back, which became the theme song for the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. Sebastian and the rest of the Spoonful were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
In 2007, Sebastian and Grisman came together to release Satisfied, a stripped-down, one-take affair that sounds very much like two long-time collaborators and old pros sitting on a front porch trading licks. Grisman’s mandolin, and Sebastian’s downright evocative harmonica work twine effortlessly around traditional standards and original compositions alike.
For more information about upcoming EOH events, call 315-691-3550 or go online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
Please note if you have your tickets to the show, the historic theater doesn’t have a heating system so please dress for autumn…even though over time our 300 bodies will definitely create enough heat so that it will be fairly warm.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.