Monday, May 21
Icon of Soul, Al Green Comes to the Music Hall
“Mr. Green has made a deeper, more obsessive study of soul music’s central message - I love you - than perhaps any other pop musician.” – The New York Times
The Music Hall has just announced the latest addition to its Intimately Yours series, the great icon of soul Al Green, coming to the Historic Theater on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. “Al Green is an American treasure with the voice of an angel,” says The Music Hall’s Executive Director and Lead Curator Patricia Lynch. “He sets the bar for soul music, and to watch him perform is magical. We can’t wait to welcome him to The Music Hall! There’s no better way to celebrate the end of summer.”
About Al Green
An eight-time Grammy winner and inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Al has been thrilling audiences the world over with his Memphis soul sound – an emotive blend of gospel and R&B for close to three decades now. Born in Forrest City, Arkansas, he formed a gospel quartet, the Green Brothers, when he was nine years old—and the rest is history. His hit singles include: “Tired of Being Alone,” “Look What You Done For Me,” “I’m Still In Love With You,” “Call Me,” “Here I Am,” “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)” and “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” with Annie Lennox.
The title of his latest album, Lay It Down, truly tells it like it is. Conceived as a collaboration between the soul legend and a handful of gifted young admirers from the worlds of contemporary R&B and hip hop, the album is drawn from a series of inspired sessions that yielded the most high-spirited, funky, and often lushly romantic songs of Green’s latter-day career. The album is a refreshingly old school jam, with everyone laying down the music together, face to face, heart to heart, soul to soul.
Praise for Al Green
“Al Green embodies soul music’s mix of sacred and profane. His wildly improvisational, ecstatic cries and moans came directly from gospel music…”
– Rolling Stone
“Al was born to make us smile. . . when you watch him perform, you see something honest and soulful and amazing.” — Justin Timberlake, Rolling Stone
Tickets for Al Green, Tuesday, August 28, 7:30pm, go on sale to members on Saturday, June 2; to non-members on Saturday June 16. Tickets are $129; $92.
Gold Circle: $175 (Limited availability. Ticket price includes premium seats and post show ‘Meet and Greet’.)
About First Saturdays – for Members - Starts June 2 at 10am
Members always have the opportunity to buy tickets first and snag the best seats—this summer, starting at 10 am on June 2, marks the beginning of First Saturdays – when members can buy tickets to newly announced shows, and take advantage of early bird box office hours, merchandise discounts, curator talks, and free historic tour “highlights.” Not yet a member? Join and start taking advantage of this benefit asap! Join online!
There will also be 18 other shows in the 2012-2013 season, and patron and weekend passes for Telluride by the Sea, going on sale to Music Hall members Saturday June 2. Walk-up sales begin at 10am; phone, online, mail orders begin at noon. Tickets go on sale to non-members noon Saturday June 16. Tickets for shows at both the Historic Theater and the Music Hall Loft can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or online.
About Membership and Early Purchasing
To become a member today and enjoy early ticket purchasing, call the Membership Office at 603-433-3100, ext. 3014 online.
About Intimately Yours
The Intimately Yours series, sponsored by 92.5 The River, has been hailed as a “crowd-pleaser” by The Portsmouth Herald: “it bring(s) the brightest and best the music industry has to offer to…one of the best venues in the Northeast. To date, they’ve brought in artists that were on the cusp of blowing up (Ray LaMontagne, Brandi Carlile), to seasoned veterans that you’re hard pressed to find playing a venue as small as The Music Hall (The Neville Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Rufus Wainwright, etc.)…a series that continues to bring compelling offerings to Seacoast music fans.”
The best concert experience in New England! Superior acoustics. Intimate concerts. Top acts. Dazzling lobby. Convenient parking. Diverse dining. Charming accommodations. Historic Portsmouth, cited by The Miami Herald as “New England’s most appealing city.”
“Easily the most gorgeous venue I’ve ever been to” —Nicole Bedard, concert goer
Intimately Yours Sponsors
About The Music Hall
The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named “best performing arts venue” by Yankee Magazine. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. A radio show broadcast on NH Public Radio originates here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $6.3 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – Boston Globe