Join us for a thrilling night of music and dancing on the sprawling lawn at the McCurdy Pavilion, with two incredible bands!
Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – Littlefield Green outside McCurdy Pavilion, Fort Worden State Park
General Admission Tickets: $15
- Folk Roots: Marley’s Ghost (shown)
- Cajun: Savoy Family Cajun Band
Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band.
As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.”
An eclectic aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr. and Jerry Fletcher – the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what they’ve been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate, whether on record or in live performance.
The band recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with the scintillating tour de force, Jubilee. The album, produced by the late and legendary Nashville cat Cowboy Jack Clement and recorded at the city’s venerable Sound Emporium, which Clement built, features guest performances from artists Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Marty Stuart and Larry Campbell.
The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. In their hands, the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life. Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson are strong individual musicians working together to create a tight, intense sound.
Marc and Ann have been performing and recording together since 1977. They have traveled all over the world, appearing in such prestigious venues as the Newport Folk Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Ann and Joel appeared in the film Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and they performed on the Warner Brothers Soundtrack, as well as at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles. Ann served as associate music producer on All The King’s Men (Sony Pictures) , wrote a song that was used in the film, and she, Joel and Wilson appeared therein with Sean Penn as musicians.
Marc Savoy has received the National Heritage Fellowship Award. Marc and Ann appeared on the PBS series “American Roots,” and Ann wrote the chapter on Cajun music in the book , Rolling Stones Press,that accompanied the series. Ann was awarded the Botkin Book Award for her definitive Cajun Music, A Reflection of a People. Wilson, as a member of the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys, appeared on HBO’s “Treme” series. And Joel was a founding member of the Red Stick Ramblers and today has his own record company, Valcour Records.