Friday, February 4, 2022

11 Singer-Songwriter Shows Coming Up at SOPAC

Top row, from left: Lucy Kaplansky/Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Marc Cohn and Son Volt

Bottom row, from left: Edwin McCain, Marc Broussard and Shovels & Rope.

Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Country and more—our lineup of Singer-Songwriters includes compelling Grammy winners and skilled acoustic instrumentalists. Some, like Son Volt, released new music during the pandemic. Others, like Lucy Kaplansky, Shovels & Rope and Joan Osborne have new albums coming out soon.  



An Evening with Lucy Kaplansky / Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
: $28-$38

Lucy Kaplansky has been called “the troubadour laureate of modern Folk," by The Boston Globe. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams are Americana royalty. He's known as a passionate songwriter and multi-instrumentalist while she has a knack for clear-toned harmonies. In March, Kaplansky expects to release her new album, Last Days of Summer, which includes songs that reference the pandemic.




An Evening with Marc Cohn
Opening Artist: Randall Bramblett
Tickets: $45-$60

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great Soul man. This past fall, Saturday Night Live did a hilarious parody of Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”

Son Volt
With Special Guest Jesse Farrar
Tickets: $34-$44

Founded by songwriter and vocalist Jay Farrar, Son Volt is an Americana Rock band that also infuses Folk, Country, Blues and Soul into their sound. Their songs often seek out the ghosts of America's discordant or forgotten past. The group marked their 25th anniversary in 2020, while in lockdown due to the pandemic. They released their 10th studio album, Electro Melodier in July 2021.

Edwin McCain Acoustic Trio
Tickets: $38-$48

A longtime friend of Hootie and the Blowfish, the guitarist has been called the “great American romantic” (The New York Times). Edwin McCain's tender, instantly recognizable ballads "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More" are immortalized in several 2000s film and TV soundtracks.



Marc Broussard

Marc Broussard’s signature “Bayou Soul” style and rich voice are influenced by his Louisiana roots and musical father, a guitarist for the Soul band The Boogie Kings.

Shovels & Rope: The Manticore Tour
Tickets: $29-$39

Shovels & Rope channel Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Americana and Blues through a nervy Indie Rock prism. Partners musically and in life, this duo composed of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst combines threads from their solo careers in the harmonious music they mix together. Their new album Manticore is due out February 18.

The Milk Carton Kids  
Tickets: $35-$45

With pure tones, entwined acoustic guitars and rootsy songwriting, The Milk Carton Kids weave a captivating spell. The harmonious sound of the twice Grammy Award-nominated Indie-Folk duo has earned them comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers. Their engaging live shows have a touch of comedy with Smothers Brothers-esque banter.

Suzanne Vega: An Evening of New York Songs & Stories  
$39-$195 (VIP Packages Available)

The Grammy Award-winning artist with her restrained Folk-Pop sound celebrates her career-spanning live album, An Evening of New York Songs & Stories, in an intimate concert.



Joan Osborne

The multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee is a soulful vocalist who has performed alongside such notable artists as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Mavis Staples.
Osborne is releasing a collection of unheard demos and live in-studio radio recordings, titled Radio Waves, on February 22.

Martin Sexton

His spirited songs run the American musical gamut, incorporating Soul, Country and Blues. The guitarist has been praised for “his unpretentious heartiness” (The New York Times).

Roger McGuinn, Co-founder of The Byrds  
Tickets: $34-$49

From his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” experience the unmistakable style of Roger McGuinn.


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About SOPAC:

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions. SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit