WALDOBORO, Maine – The Waldo Theater (916 Main St, Waldoboro) hosts Hiss Golden Messenger (solo) from Durham, NC live on stage Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. Alisa Amador will open the show.
Songwriter MC Taylor’s music is both familiar, yet impossible to categorize. Elements of the American songbook—the steady, pulsating acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the tracings of the steel guitar, the dancing, weaving organ, and the electric piano—form the foundation of Taylor’s existential ruminations. about parenthood, joy, hope and loneliness – our delicate and tense balance between dark and light, which offers fully engaged contemporary commentary in his latest album.
“I went looking for peace,” he says of his new album “Quietly Blowing It,” out June 25, 2021 on Merge Records. Throughout the album, Taylor puts his keen eye on our “broken American moment” – when he first sang on Hiss Golden Messenger’s critically acclaimed “Terms of Surrender” – in a way that feels awfully intimate and human. Surrounding himself with a group of trusted collaborators that includes Buddy Miller, songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, Tony Award-winning songwriter and playwright Anaïs Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman, the Dawes Brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, and his oldest musical confidant Scott Hirsch, Taylor has done his boldest and most promising work to date with “Quietly Blowing It.” It’s an album that speaks a personal truth at this time when the old models of “being” feels broken and everything seems at stake.
Opening the night is Alisa Amador whose music is a synthesis of the many styles she voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with. . With a sound described by Vance Gilbert as “Shawn Colvin meets Joni Mitchell has lunch with Amy Winehouse meets Suzanne Vega and Diana Krall”, and NPR calls, “a perfect rendition of my wildest dreams”, her soulful vocals, poetically incisive lyrics and the syncopated beats are likely to have you crying, laughing, and dancing all in one set. Alisa won the Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf Video in 2022.
Concessions, including beer and wine for those 21 and older, will be available at the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Waldo no longer requires proof of vaccination and has moved to optional masks for all visitors. We are limiting our capacity in order to leave space between customers.
Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 in person. $1 from every ticket is donated to the Durham Public Schools Foundation, whose mission is to foster community support for public schools and invest in our students, educators and families to ensure success and equity for each student.
Visit www.waldotheatre.org for more information.