Celebrating the release of the new biographical film
“Tom Rush: No Regrets”
With Red Molly and Saxophonist Grace Kelly
Singer-Songwriter and folk icon Tom Rush will return to Symphony Hall to continue his series of Club 47® concerts on Sunday, Dec 28th at 7:30pm. This year, Tom will be celebrating the official release of the documentary on his life, Tom Rush No Regrets, with a concert giving more prominence to Rush and his music than previous Club 47 shows. Tom will also treat this year’s audience to some new songs he wrote over the course of the summer.
“I’ll showcase a couple of young artists I think you’ll love,” says Rush, “because that’s the heart and soul of the Club 47 experience; but I’m going to give myself a bit more stage time this year in honor of the release of the video documentary (I wanted to call it ‘The First 70 Years,’ but I was outvoted), and because the only complaint I’ve gotten, really, about previous Club 47 shows is that I don’t play long enough. I’m asking the youngsters to play with me, and also step out for some songs of their own.”
Powerhouse female Americana vocal trio Red Molly (Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter) will be among the “youngsters” joining Tom and taking the spotlight for several songs. Also backing Tom up will be saxophone prodigy Grace Kelly, Americana/folk fiddler Monica Rizzio. The regular house band includes Tom’s longtime sidemen Joe Mennonna, Marshal Rosenberg and Paul Guzzone .
This evening is a celebration of the official release of the film Tom Rush: No Regrets, the new feature-length documentary of Tom’s life and career. The film has played to enthusiastic crowds at pre-release special screenings around New England, and was awarded “Best NH Documentary” at the 2013 New Hampshire Film Festival. The DVD of Tom Rush: No Regrets,” not yet available in stores, can be purchased exclusively when buying tickets to this concert, or at TomRush.com.
In 1981 Tom Rush assembled the first of a series of concerts named for the fabled Cambridge coffee house where many of the legendary artists of his generation got their start. His Club 47 shows played at venues across the country, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
“Symphony Hall, set up Cabaret-Style, is truly magical, and the Holidays are a magical time of year,” Tom concludes, “double magic!” “You see people all dressed up, people in blue jeans, all there to have a good time. On stage, it’s magical, too. To assemble a team of supremely talented musicians and then turn them loose to collaborate in new ways in a show that will never be repeated — what you get it musical fireworks.”
Tickets for “The Club 47 Tradition Continues” range from $35 to $200. They are available through the Boston Symphony Hall box office, 888.266.1200. www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/70093/
Presented by Kingswood Records.
MORE ABOUT TOM’S GUESTS
Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. They weave together the threads of American music and blend their caramel voices into their signature, crystalline harmonies. Their latest CD, "The Red Album", released this past spring, was featured in USA Today and CMT Edge. It debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ radio chart and is currently at #10 on the Americana Radio chart, and climbing. (www.redmolly.com)
22 year-old singer-songwriter, saxophonist, composer, Grace Kelly is a truly unique artist. She wrote her first song at 7 years old, recorded her first of 8 independently released CD's at 12, and orchestrated, arranged and performed an original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14. She is just returning from a sold-out tour of concerts in Europe. (www.gracekellymusic.com)
Monica Rizzio is well known to folk fans as the front woman of the New England-based quartet, Tripping Lily, for the past decade. The girl who grew up in Texas but planted her roots on Cape Cod is a versatile musician and vocalist, performing everything from Folk to Jazz to Americana. (monicarizzio.com)