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June 18 Preview

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By Mountain Stage
 · June 14, 2010

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David Broza makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage June 18.

We've had a change in the line-up for our Friday, June 18 FestivALL edition of Mountain Stage.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Gurrumul was forced to cancel his United States Tour. We wish Gurrumul the best and hope he can make it to our side of the world soon.

Fortunately we were able to land an amazing artist who agreed to drop in on June 18. World-renowned Tel Aviv artist David Broza, who was on Mountain Stage once in 1994, will join us June 18. Tickets are available ONLINE, by phone at 304.561.3570, or locally at Taylor Books in Charleston. Also appearing are Kate Miller-Heidke, Sahara Smith and a special one-hour performance by Marc Cohn (more on Cohn's latest below).

Show-time on Friday is 8pm

Broza's latest, "Night Dawn," is a collection of the unpublished poems of Townes Van Zandt, left for Broza to interpret - here is an excerpt from his website, and a captivating video below:

David Broza’s latest collection of poems-put-to-music stems from a tale that dates back to 1994 when the Israeli troubadour was summoned to Houston to participate in Linda Lowe’s “Writers in the Round” series. That night, the lineup consisted of Lowe, David Amran, David Broza and none other than Townes Van Zandt.

Anyone who has ever attended these types of shows knows that one or two songwriters usually end up stealing the spotlight. In this case, it was Townes and Broza, a true clash in styles if ever there was one—Townes, the legendary but wavering voice of Texas Americana and Broza, an international songwriter who splits his styles halfway between Middle Eastern folk rock and Mediterranean world pop. Townes was best known for jotting his dark visions directly onto the page while Broza adapts his melodies to the words of poets he finds on dusty bookstores shelves from New York to Tel Aviv.

Flip forward a few more years to a phone call from Lowe to Broza. Townes had tragically passed away on New Years Day, 1997. The conversation is cryptic: something about Townes leaving David Broza unpublished poetry. . . .

"Walkin' In Memphis" singer Marc Cohn will make his second appearance on Mountain Stage Friday. His latest, "Listening Booth: 1970" features original interpretations of songs from that seminal year in music. Check out his laid-back cover of "The Letter," originally sung by the late Alex Chilton on the Box Tops' original, released in 1970 by Joe Cocker, in the video below.
Pre-Order "The Listening: Booth: 1970" (released July 20).
Get your tickets for Friday's show ONLINE, locally at Taylor Books, or by phone at 304.561.3570. You can also stop by the Clay Center and purchase tickets in-person. Check out our Live Show Schedule for our other upcoming shows and be sure to stay up to date on facebook.
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