This concert, timed to coincide with Easter and Passover, is Walter Parks' odyssey of great songs from Spirituals to James Bond themes that explore our fascination with the everlasting and our incessant quest for freedom. The event is respectful in nature, more historical and not religious in agenda.
From Hollywood soundtracks to hymns and hollers, from Richie Havens to Radiohead, all intertwined of course with Walter Parks originals.
The concert features Walter Parks on vocals and guitar, Jody Redhage on cello and Ben Dicke on drums. During the concert, Walter will also be presenting a surprise special guest.
About the artists:
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
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. In September 2021 The Unlawful Assembly released their debut
recording on Atomic Sound Record Company.
Cellist Jody Redhage Ferber has performed on 5 continents at venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern and Weill halls), Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and Appel Room, Radio City Music Hall, Disney Hall (L.A.), Davies Symphony Hall (S.F.), Chicago Symphony Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Barbican (London), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Hollywood Bowl, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and at the world’s biggest jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, San Francisco, Capetown South Africa, Portland, and Montreal jazz festivals, and the Village Vanguard and Tokyo’s Blue Note.
Photo credit: Paul Storey