Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:00PM
WCS Performing Arts Center
12901 15 Mile Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Make a Donation of Non-Perishable Food at the Concert!
Join the Chapin Family, Tom Chapin & Friends, Jen Chapin and The Chapin Sisters as they present an evening of Chapin Music. Enjoy original music ranging from contemporary folk to cool jazz. Be prepared for a musical journey of love and discovery with more than a few stories and laughs along the way!
This concert includes a special Taxi ride through the catalog of songs that made Harry famous! Harry’s brother Tom, daughter Jen, and nieces Abigail and Lily, lend their talents to such classics as Cat’s in the Cradle, Taxi, and Circle. Harry Chapin (1942-1981) was one of our most passionate, prolific and inspiring songwriters. A devastating auto accident in 1981 cut Harry’s life short, yet he left behind a body of work that his fans continue to treasure decades after his death. He also remembered as a great humanitarian raising funds for anti-hunger agencies. Harry Chapin started the Word Hunger Year organization in 1975. His family continues on his work by raising funds for Hope Network in Macomb.
In a career that spans five decades, 22 albums and three Grammy awards, multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and films. As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. Chapin's infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he's performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse.
Tom began performing professionally as a teenager in the early 1960s, playing in Greenwich Village folk clubs alongside his siblings Harry and Steve as The Chapin Brothers. In 1971, he began a five-year run as the host of the Emmy and Peabody award winning ABC-TV children's series Make A Wish. Chapin launched his solo recording career with 1976's Life Is Like That. It was the first of a string of albums that further established his reputation as both a gifted storyteller and a natural entertainer, winning him an uncommonly loyal fan base in the process. He also continued to venture into other creative areas, playing the lead role in the hit Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. Tom performs with his friends Michael Mark best known for writing the theme for TV’s “Entertainment Tonight” and Jon Cobert who has recorded with John Lennon, John Denver and Dion and wrote the theme for ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight.” Read more about Tom Chapin.
Harry’s daughter Jen Chapin is a New York based singer-songwriter, educated at Berklee College of Music, who sings with a cool, jazzy vocal style. Jen Chapin’s music is jazz-tinged urban folk story songs powered by funk, soul and improvisation of the city. Jen Chapin will be accompanied by Jamie Fox on electric guitar.
Their latest CD 2008 Light of Mine highlights Jen’s gift for interpreting classic songs from Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and others. Critics have called Jen thoughtful, worth savoring (People), addictive (Boston Globe), and brilliant, soulfully poetic (NPR).Her trio has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby and the Neville Brothers. Read more about Jen Chapin.
The Chapin Sisters, Abigail and Lily are known for their pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. Their songs defy genre, melding elements of pop, blues and psychedelic rock with hints of appalachian banjo riffs, echoing percussion and modal harmonies. Their first full-length record Lake Bottom LP was produced by Thom Monahan (Lily’s, Devendra Bandhart, Vetiver) and Mike Daily (Whiskeytown, Grace Potter). The record was critically acclaimed and named one of LA Weekly’s Top Ten Records of 2008.
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