Afternoon: Local Artists Showcase
Every afternoon —Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday—the Performing Arts Committee will showcase local artists on the big stage at Crocker Park. We encourage you to stop by to support these artists who are performing for the show and (certainly) not for the bucks!
1pm – 2pm
Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl—Traditional, Folk
Two Festival “Hall of Fame” performers return for an “afternoon treat,” as the legendary Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl perform for us once again in Crocker Park. The pair met in 1974 when Mason was attending law school in Boston, driving a cab and playing cocktail hour guitar in local bars and performing at coffee houses. Jeanie Stahl was going into the homestretch of her college years, booking rock and roll concerts and running the coffee house at her college and performing in area coffeehouses. They met at a now defunct Cambridge club, where on the basis of an immediate respect for each other's vocal and songwriting abilities, they formed a permanent temporary union. Daring & Stahl toured extensively in the Northeast and appeared numerous times on national and local television and radio. Their first appearance in Marblehead was at Crocker Park for the bicentennial Marblehead Arts Festival of 1976, and each of them has not left the area since.
Daring & Stahl present an eclectic range of styles, from old English sea ballads and classic songs of the 30s and 40s to contemporary country and pop tunes. Eventually Daring and Stahl pursued different musical paths, though over the years they have continued to work together in the studio, on film and television projects, as well as occasional, though increasingly rare, performances together. A Daring and Stahl best of CD, The Early Years—a compilation of songs from earlier albums—was named by The Boston Globe one of the top ten folk/acoustic albums of the year. It was also nominated for a Boston Music Award for outstanding folk/acoustic album of the year.
Jeanie Stahl has been singing for as long as she can remember. She grew up with classical, folk and rock music. Her voice is so rich and smooth, wrote one critic, it should be bottled and sold. In 1982, she launched her solo career and went on to win a Boston Globe reader's poll. She recorded three albums, all produced by Mason Daring: I'm Just Foolin' Myself, a collection of songs taken predominantly from the 1930s and 1940s; All Grown Up; and Mysteries. She also starred in eight music videos of vintage songs which aired nationally on PBS as part of the Masterpiece Theater series, Love in a Cold Climate. Her songs and vocal recordings have been featured on several television specials and in films, including John Sayle's movies, Lianna and Return of the Secaucus Seven, as well as other feature films including the cult hit, The Opposite of Sex.
For the past 15 years, she has been busy with White Oak Associates, Inc., a Marblehead company owned by Jeanie and her husband, John Jacobsen. White Oak serves the museum community and the giant screen cinema industry throughout North America. The Imax® film, The Living Sea, which they co-executive produced, was nominated for an Oscar. Jeanie currently plays only a selective number of performances annually.
Mason Daring, after a brief stint as an entertainment lawyer, followed his heart back to music. Over the past twenty years, he has developed a significant reputation as a composer and arranger for music CDs, television, and feature films. He has composed and produced the music for all of John Sayle's movies, including The Secret of Roan Inish, Eight Men Out, and Lone Star, as well as Mr. Sayle’s early films. He has composed themes for several TV shows, including his Emmy award winning theme for Yankee Magazine, the theme for PBS's Nova and, with Martin Brody, the theme for Frontline. He has a long list of credits as music composer and arranger for films for the Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and many others.
Mason was the founder and driving force behind Daring Records, which produced and released albums for a variety of artists including Bill Staines, Bob Franke, Billy Novick, Guy Van Duser, Duke Levine and Butch Thompson.
2:15pm – 3:30pm
Chad Macomber & Dylan Duncan—Folk Rock
Chad Macomber (singer/songwriter) and Dylan Duncan met in college and have been writing and
recording music together for seven years. In 2001, they formed The Eleven
Project, a two-man, melodic rock group fixed on feeding their peers original
and soulful music at coffee houses and through their debut album, Detour.
Since then, Chad and Dylan have both pursued their own solo projects,
adapting their individual styles yet staying close to their roots of a
successful song writing duo. Now reunited, we invite you to enjoy
a collection of their original music and U2 covers.
Chad's solo work can be
found at myspace.com/chadmacomber and Dylan's at myspace.com/dylanduncan.
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Raymond Gonzalez—Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter
Raymond Gonzalez combines classical, jazz, Celtic and Latin influences into his songs and solo guitar compositions. With a quirky sense of humor, he writes about pigs and mermen and most things in between, and his performances display “dazzling guitar work” (Boston Globe). A professional guitarist from the age of 16, Gonzalez has performed a wide variety of musical styles from classical to folk, blues and jazz to rock, traveling extensively from California to New England. Raymond began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately led to a Master's degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Raymond has written and produced six albums of original songs and solo guitar pieces. Curly-Headed Humans (1989), and On the Water (1993) were recorded with Amy Malkoff; Raymond's solo recordings include Thieves (1997), the company you keep (1999), and Moonlight and Sage (2004). Raymond also continues to compose and perform in the classical and modern music arena. He recently premiered a piece for guitar and flute at the first University of Massachusetts – Boston Faculty Composer's Forum.
With the release of his sixth CD, Tunes From The Blue Fish, a solo guitar project, Raymond has returned with new enthusiasm to the acoustic stage after a hiatus of some years spent teaching and composing.
Learn more about Raymond and his music at www.raymondgonzalez.net.
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Pousette-Dart Band—Folk, Rock
Jon Pousette-Dart captained the Pousette-Dart Band through four albums for Capitol Records between 1976 and 1980, a run that acquainted a generation with his formidable gifts as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and all-around musical adventurer. During this time, the Pousette-Dart Band scored hits like Amnesia and Fall on Me, while becoming one of the busiest touring groups in the U.S., working with such acts as the Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, James Taylor, Peter Frampton, Yes, the J.Geils Band, Eddie Money, Journey, and Billy Joel. They even performed one afternoon for a little Arts Festival in a place called Fort Sewall. As some songs are timeless, this past year, Jon’s Fall on Me was heard on the ABC TV hit show, Lost.
This time around on our Crocker Park Stage, the band includes Jon on guitar and vocals, Jim Chapdelaine on electric guitar, Paul Socolow on bass, and Eric Parker on drums. After 30+ years on the road, we’re thrilled to have the Pousette-Dart Band back to perform for us and we know you’ll love them too!
For more on Jon and his work visit