Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey, about the beauty and the mystery of the world
. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk" and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.
Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied theology and music in college, and then spent two years in seminary. After deciding that the priesthood wasn't for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has 9 CDs to his credit, and has sold over 70 thousand of them independently.
Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) at door, or in advance (no fees) at http://arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=15
Some great videos of Peter Mayer:
"Yukon Sally" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jxh7OxcpQ4
"Brand New Harley" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNj6u07NJAA
For more about Peter Mayer, and to listen to his music, go to http://www.petermayer.net/news/
Photo by Richard Dowdy
Whether Guy Davis
is appearing on Late Night With Conan O’Brien
; on nationally syndicated radio shows such as Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion
, Larry Groce's Mountain Stage
, or David Dye’s World Café
; in front of thousands on the main stage of a major festival; or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a music camp, he feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his all. He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman.
Raised in New York City, the son of legendary actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
, Guy has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories, and performance pieces. His influences include the great blues musicians Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others. But it was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old time blues.
Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Awards
over the years, including “Best Traditional Blues Album,” “Best Blues Song,
" and “Best Acoustic Blues Artist,”
Guy was the 1993 winner of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive Award”
presented to him by Robert Cray.
Also active in educational youth outreach, Guy contributed the title track to the CD I Will Be Your Friend: Songs and Activities for Young Peacemakers
, a collection to help teach diversity and understanding as part of the national “Teaching Tolerance”
campaign. The CD continues to be distributed by the Southern Poverty Law Center
, sent to every public school in the country to help combat hatred. Guy has also done residency programs for the Lincoln Center Institute,
the Kennedy Center
, and the State Theatre
in New Jersey.
For more about Guy Davis
, visit http://guydavis.com/guydavis/mainfinal.htm
Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) for sale at door (box office opens 6:30 PM)
Also for sale in advance (no fees) at http://arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=15