NEWPORT FOLK PRESENTS ®
43 Lake Ave Ext
Danbury, CT, 06811
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
If joy were a person, Sam would bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, mandolin pressed against his ribs, joy would be Sam Bush on a stage. “I feel fortunate that when it’s time to play, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, once the downbeat starts, my mind goes to a place that’s all music,” says Bush. “The joy of the music comes to me and overtakes me sometimes––I just become part of the music.”
That rapt merging of life and art fills Bush’s new album Storyman, a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories––several of them true––and the legendary mandolin player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others.
“I’m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, ‘Hey! It’s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band,’” Bush says.
“But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, ‘I hope you enjoy the stories.’ It’s my singer-songwriter record.”
The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.
$10.00 - $35.00
Also appearing: TONY TRISCHKA & MICHAEL DAVES
On the Garden Stage: Flagpole Radio Cafe Orchestra
For assistance with tickets please call: 877.987.6487. For concert info please call: 203-837-9227
*For Price Level 2/General Admission, bring a lawn chair or blanket*
Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series
All bags will be searched at the gate. No beverages of any kind, food or coolers are allowed to be brought into the park. Food, soft drinks, water, wine, beer & cocktails will be available for purchase. Must be 21 yrs of age to consume alcoholic beverages. All shows are rain or shine. No refunds.