Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday July 13, 2012 7:30 PM
$34 in advance / $40 day of concert

The year 2011 marked the 40th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite America's debut self-titled album. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name." America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

America's journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair" were cornerstones of 1970's Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Gerry Beckley's melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell's use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek's more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics.

America's albums--six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, History, hitting four+ million in sales--displayed a fuller range of the trio's talents than did their singles. Their material encompassed an ambitious artistic swath; from effects-laden rockers to oddball medleys to soul-bearing ballads, America displayed a flawless blend of disparate genres and styles as wide-open as the great American plains.

Enjoying massive success early in their career, America earned their stripes as musical soldiers on the battlefield amidst the excess, craziness and chaos of the 70's. The trio won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1972 and began working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick in 1974. This successful team went on to record seven albums and several Top Ten hits.

With Peek's departure from the fold in 1977, his band mates rose to the challenge and carried on as a duo. Shifts in sound and direction, changes in producers and managers, and a renewed dedication to the craft of songwriting helped rocket America to the upper reaches of the pop charts in 1982 with their smash single, "You Can Do Magic." During this tumultuous time in their career, Beckley and Bunnell immersed themselves in their craft, infusing a newfound maturity into their rich body of work. Their growth as singers, songwriters and musicians has continued into the present day as illustrated by landmark releases such as 2000's Highway 3-disc box set, 2002's Holiday Harmony, an album comprised of seasonal classics and live showcases, 2007's Here & Now and 2009's Live In Concert: Wildwood Springs.

In the midst of their 40th-year anniversary of music making, America continues to evolve while remaining a perennial mainstay on the domestic and international concert circuit and a cornerstone of 70's Top 40 and FM rock radio. In addition to their classics, America is revisiting their roots as writers and artists. The 40th Anniversary show features songs reflecting some of their song-writing inspirations as well as showcasing their first album America with a very special acoustic set, as well as some never-before-performed deep cuts.

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Opening Band - Sarah Blacker

Sarah Blacker's music is a unique blend of acoustic rock, folk, and jazz with stand-out vocals and quirky yet catchy songwriting, that set her apart from other female singer/songwriters in her genre.

Sarah Blacker is a part-time Music Therapist and full-time touring singer/songwriter. She has just released a brand new EP, 'Perfectly Imperfect'. She recently won the title of 2011 My Rural Radio 'Artist of the Year' and has also been nominated by Limelight Magazine as singer/songwriter of the year, and as a nominee for female performer of the year in the New England Music Awards.

Blacker is currently touring either as a duo with Eran Shaysh on percussion and vocals, or with her full band, All Kinds of Sugar featuring Sean McLaughlin on bass and Chuck Fisher on lead guitar. Their magnetic stage-presence and energetic live shows leave people with blurry eyes, warmed hearts, and a head-full of melodies that resound.

Blacker has shared the stage with the likes of Sara Bareilles, Jason Isbell, the Wood Brothers, Carbon Leaf, Anais Mitchell, Lucy Kaplansky and more. Her unique voice, intelligent lyrics, pop-sensibility and quirkiness have perked the ears of many listeners all over the world; she just recently toured Germany performing at sold out festivals throughout the country. She showcased at SXSW (South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival) 2012, and frequently performs at festivals, theaters, and house concerts too.

She accompanies herself on the guitar, ukulele and mandolin, and reminds listeners of Feist, Regina Spektor, and Joni Mitchell. She has independently released 2 CDs and 1 EP, to rave reviews both online and on-air.


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