|Date:||Thursday, October 20, 2022|
Walter Parks • Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. • Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets: $15 members; $18 non-members; $9 students (ages 13+)
“Walter Parks is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing. Lyrical and political, personal and otherworldly at the same time, transcendent as well as down to earth, Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere. I adore him.” – Judy Collins
Set 1: Songs and stories of 10 years with Richie Havens, plus favorite Woodstock songs
Set 2: Swampalachia: Great Southern Music – Spirituals reimagined, holler, reels and originals
An entertaining and educational concert by Walter Parks that exemplifies foundational ingredients of great southern music – spirituals, reels, work songs, hymns and hollers. Through classic stories and contemporary original interpretations Parks creates a live soundtrack that transports the audience and encourages all to envision the south’s past, present and future, all the while celebrating one of the world’s most loved music genres.
In August 2020 writer, guitarist and vocalist Walter Parks was invited by The Library of Congress to archive his research on and perform his arrangements of music made by southeast Georgia’s Okefinokee Swamp homesteaders – hollers, hymns and reels.
For 10 years Parks, a Florida native, served as the sideman guitarist to Woodstock Festival legend Richie Havens. Now based out of St. Louis, Walter has recently co-written with Stan Lynch, former Tom Petty drummer and has performed at various venues with R&B drum legend Bernard Purdie and at Lincoln Center with Judy Collins.
Walter tours with his own trio Swamp Cabbage, with his solo show Swamp By Chandelier and with an Americana spirituals project called The Unlawful Assembly co-founded by drummer Steven Williams. Walter was a member of The Nudes, a popular folk duo, with cellist Stephanie Winters.
Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues