Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival to celebrate California songwriters
If you go
What: California Songwriter Celebration
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20
Where: Valhalla Boathouse Theatre
Three California songwriters will swap songs, and stories, at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre this week.
Blackie Farrell, Randall Lamb and Richard March are set to perform at the historic shoreline venue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, as part of the California Songwriter Celebration at the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival.
The three singer-songwriters will play in the round, with all three taking the stage at the same time and alternating songs. Each musician plays acoustic guitar and draws on folk traditions but has their own sound, said festival director Evangeline Elston.
“They share some influences, and they have some very different influences,” she said Wednesday. “It’s just going to be a really fun night of songs and listening to stories.”
Lamb counts Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Cisco Houston among his influences and focuses on writing songs that “don’t stray far from three chords and the truth.”
March has won a Sacramento Area Music Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist and can be heard on National Public Radio’s Blue Dog Jam. He counts John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Jonathan Edwards, John Hiatt and Kris Kristofferson among his musical heroes.
Elston called Farrell “totally old school” in his craft. Farrell’s songs have be performed by artists including Leo Kottke, Tom Russell, Robert Earl Keen, Dave Alvin, Michael Martin Murphy, Bill Kirchen, Commander Cody, Ray Campi, Jerry Lee Lewis, Asleep at the Wheel and Chris O’Connell. His influences include Jimmy Reed, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Marty Robbins.
“Blackie Farrell is just a total legend,” Elston said. “He’s written songs from some of the best country acts.”
She said she wasn’t aware of any past performances in the Lake Tahoe Basin by Lamb, March or Farrell.
“It’s going to be really special,” Elston said.
Valhalla is located off State Route 89 just west of Camp Richardson.
More information on the celebration, as well as a full schedule for the festival, is available at http://www.valhallatahoe.com.