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POSTPONED: DAR WILLIAMS - A Benefit for Riverkeeper

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POSTPONED: DAR WILLIAMS - A Benefit for Riverkeeper
Friday, March 27, 2020 8:30 PM
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
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  • Show Type: Singer / Songwriter
Please note: Due to concerns over COVID-19, this show has been postponed. Tickets purchased for this show will be honored for the new date.

Dar Williams
has always followed her muse. When she was up in Somerville, Massachusetts in the early nineties, knowing that she wanted to pursue music or theater, she worked backstage at the Opera Company of Boston and wrote plays on the side. But she was in Boston, and the muse led her into the myriad of open mics and tip-jar gigs of booming folk revival. She opened a trunk of old songs and started writing new ones.

She went to three or four open mics or song circles a week and recorded two cassettes. Yes, cassettes. When she felt like the noise of Boston was getting to be too much, the muse led her to the cornfields and college towns of Western Massachusetts where she sat on her futon and wrote the songs that would become “The Honesty Room,” her first CD, which she recorded in the basements and back woods studios of Amherst. She hoped the songs she was writing would lead her into an idiosyncratic part-time music career.

Little did she know that the coffeehouse scene and the beginnings of internet communities were building to a crescendo and eager to receive her warm, witty songs. By the end of 1994, when “The Honesty Room” came out, she had rock-solid management, the best booking agency in the country for singer-songwriters, and a career-making slot at the Newport Folk Festival. She also signed with Razor & Tie records and penned the material for her next album, “Mortal City.”

Fast-forward: In the past few years, Williams has been involved in a wide range of different efforts and projects: teaching a course titled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy” at her alma mater, Wesleyan University; working with children at several summer camps; leading songwriting workshops; getting involved with the workings of her village; and writing a book about the ways she’s seen towns becoming more independent and prosperous over her 20-plus years of touring.

This show is a benefit for Riverkeeper.

$35 advance/ $40 at the door