For Immediate Release: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Presents Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell: Together On Stage

Escondido, California — :

Friday, April 1, 2016
Concert Hall @ The California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Tickets: $20 – $45 / Time: 7:30 pm

“[Patty] Griffin digs deep into introspective lyrics…to display her distinctive vocals and original songs with stripped down arrangements that use space and the silence between notes to create shimmering music you won’t soon forget.”-American Songwriter

“[Sara Watkins] created a sound that’s gritty and determined to avoid clichés…[Watkins is] a consummate performer, adding both depth and rigor to a blend of bluegrass and fine contemporary songwriting.” –BBC Music

“Currently a well-kept secret, [Anaïs] Mitchell is writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades.” –Daily Telegraph

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is proud to present Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell: Together On Stage on Friday, April 1, 2016 in the Concert Hall. In a highly anticipated national tour, “The Use Your Voice Tour 2016” brings songwriting giants Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell together to raise awareness for increased voter engagement in conjunction with the League of Women Voters. The singer-songwriters will perform a special “singers-in-the-round” style show where the artists will share their own songs and accompany one another for the entire evening. Interviews and hi-res JPGs are available upon request.

The “Use Your Voice Tour 2016” follows the recent arrival of Griffin’s extraordinary new album, Servant of Love. Produced by longtime collaborator Craig Ross, the album — which includes the powerful first track release, “Rider of Days” — marks Griffin’s ninth studio recording and first to be released via her new self-owned PGM imprint in conjunction with Thirty Tigers. Servant of Love has quickly drawn worldwide critical approval, with American Songwriter applauding her “unorthodox but effective foray into more oblique musical and philosophical waters…a bold, unexpected shift in vision.”

With a career spanning over two decades, Griffin is the recipient of a GRAMMY® Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album,” a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album,” and The American Music Association’s 2007 “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” awards. In addition to standing out in a crowded field as an incredible vocalist, Griffin is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Bette Midler.

Sara Watkins is a founding member of the progressive bluegrass and GRAMMY® Award winning group Nickel Creek, which also features her brother Sean Watkins and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile. In the summer of 2015, Watkins and her brother Sean toured in support of their release, Watkins Family Hour, which included stops on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NPR’s “Tiny Desk Series” and Newport Folk Festival. The project showcased an all-star band of Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington. As a solo artist, Sara has released several highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborated with artists such as John Mayer and The Decemberists.

Often compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch because of her unique musical style, Anaïs Mitchell is widely recognized as an impressive young voice in the resurging American folk movement. She hails from the intersection of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. Mitchell’s albums have found themselves on year-end “Best-Of” lists from media outlets including NPR, Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. She’s currently developing her folk-opera album, Hadestown, into a full stage production, which will premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in Spring 2016.

Don’t miss the chance to see these three incredibly talented women share the stage at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Friday, April 1, 2016!



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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