Susan Werner

Susan Werner

Clever and engaging songwriter and performer whose witty songs hearken to Cole Porter or Noel Coward, is credited by the New Yorker with “bringing literacy and wit back to popular song”

Jun 17, 2022
8pm — 9:30pm
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ArtYard and the Frenchtown Bookshop are excited to announce that award-winning singer-songwriter Susan Werner will appear in their Concerts at ArtYard concert series.

There is truly no one in contemporary music writing “sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics” (Washington Post) like those of Susan Werner. Her training as a jazz pianist and opera singer (she has a master’s degree in vocal performance) make her concerts a master class in musicianship and raises her to “the elite of American songwriters” (Direct Current). Her 12 albums cover the genres of folk, jazz, gospel, and Broadway-style American Standards. No wonder that her songs have been recorded by Tom Jones, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, and Christine Ebersole, and NPR called her “The Empress of the Unexpected.”

In short, in the words of Nashville Music Row Magazine, “This woman is great. Period.” But, in 25 years of nonstop touring and recording, she has continually reinvented herself. The has recorded albums of vintage-sounding songs in the style of Gershwin and Cole Porter (“I Can’t Be New”); witty gospel-styled songs that weave soulfulness and doubt (“The Gospel Truth”); songs with Cuban rhythms following her tour there (“An American in Havana”); New Orleans jazzy songs (“NOLA”); and a side-splitting collection of humorous songs including “What Did You Do To Your Face” (about bad plastic surgery) and “Pabst Blue Ribbon” (about the aphrodisiac effects of Milwaukee’s finest beer).

She will be accompanied for this performance by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Trina Hamlin, who will also open the evening.

The concert is part of the opening season of programming at the McDonnell Theater, the heart of ArtYard’s new building at 13 Front St., a welcoming communal resource and vessel channeling the power of art to unsettle, engage, bridge divides, and spark unexpected moments of arresting beauty. The 162-seat theater has state-of-the-art projection, lighting, and surround sound and will be the site of music, film screenings, dance, theatre, artist talks, and more.

Music at ArtYard is curated by Scott Sheldon, co-owner of the Frenchtown Bookshop and the former presenter of The Sanctuary Concerts in Chatham. Over 15 years, Scott presented more than 300 concerts, including Judy Collins, Suzanne Vega, Marc Cohn, Rosanne Cash, Jimmy Webb, the Roches, Janis Ian, Josh Ritter, and Nick Lowe.

Proof of vaccination, valid identification and masks are required for this performance. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance start time to park, check-in, and find your seat.

Photo at top: Susan Werner (Photo: Bob Yahn)

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