Tuesday, June 23, 2009

LL Bean Summer Concert Series

"Enjoy the incredible talents of local and national performers at L.L.Bean’s 11th Annual Summer Concert Series. There’s music for everyone–from jazz to folk and country to zydeco. Best of all, concerts are free."
How fantastic is that?! Madeleine Peyroux kicks off the series this Saturday evening. Due to circumstances I don't want to talk about here, we're not going to Iowa this week. I'm sad about this, but I am looking forward to seeing Madeleine Peyroux. I've been a big fan of hers for a couple years. In fact, our whole family is. I remember listening to Peyroux pretty much non-stop during my pregnancy with Tommy... so Tommy has very regularly heard Peyroux since before he was born. It's going to be a good time!

The concerts at LLBean are held at their Discovery Park which is sort of like a courtyard in between all of their retail stores . We've heard nothing but rave revies for these concerts. I do expect them to be crowded, but we're just going to stay mellow, get there early and take it in stride. That's really all we can do, right?

We're looking forward to many of the other upcoming shows. I am excited to see the Wallflowers... they were a big part of my personal soundtrack when I was in college. Dan Zane and Friends is going to be fun for the whole family. The great thing is that since these are free shows, we can go and possibly discover some other artists we wouldn't otherwise see in concert. The other wonderful thing is that they're family friendly which is pretty much the only way we'd be able to enjoy it at all since we still haven't found a babysitter.

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L said...

Wow. I'm jealous. That's a great line-up. I've seen the Wallflowers and Blues Traveler multiple times, though not recently, and they always put on a good show. Oh - and make sure you check out Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience. I saw him at Jazzfest in NOLA last year, and it was a great set. He won a Grammy a couple of years ago.

Anonymous said...

That really is great. I'd love to see the Wallflowers and I'm a big fan of Dan Zanes! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you're missing your visit, but Madeline Peyroux is awesome! I checked out the link and on Aug. 22 Slaid Cleaves is playing. He's an amazing folk musician. You should totally check him out...I've heard good things about Dar Williams too.