Norah Jones soothes my soul. I’ve been a fan since 2002. I play Come Away With Me when I’m troubled, when I need to focus on a big project or just when I need to drift along with a song.
I am so excited that she is the headline performer at “Williamsburg Live” on Friday, June 21 on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. “Williamsburg Live” is the final event of the Virginia Arts Festival this year. It’s going to be great.
Parker Millsap opens for Norah Jones on Friday night. Millsap is a singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who has been compared to a young Elvis Presley. His songs are a mix of blues, country and rock.
Norah Jones was born Geethall Norah Jones Shankar. If you are as old as me, you will remember her father, Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar player who was an enormous influence on the Beatles. She grew up in Texas and sang in the church. All of these influences make Jones a unique blend of country, jazz, folk, rock and soul with just a little bit of eastern spiritually thrown in.
Norah Jones was a lounge singer in New York City before she became a recording artist. She’s kept that intimate feeling in her songs. She’s won nine Grammy Awards. She has recently been collaborating with artists such as Jeff Tweedy and Thomas Bartlett.
On Saturday, June 22, 14-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris will be the headliner. This woman has recorded more than 25 albums over the last 40 years. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. Harris is a singer, songwriter, collaborator and activist who continues to be a stunning live performer.
The opening act for Emmylou Harris on Saturday night is Mandolin Orange. The duo features singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz. The pair plays guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. Their music “radiates mysterious warmth – their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear.”
Besides the great music both nights, the setting of Williamsburg Live is beautiful and historic. Shaded by centuries-old trees, there will be all kinds of fun food trucks like Food-A-Tude, serving Lobster Tail Corndogs and Little Piggy’s Wurst Nightmare. Two Williamsburg breweries, Alewerks Brewing Company and Billsburg Brewery, are concocting exclusive brews for Williamsburg Live. For a complete list of food trucks and beverage options, go to https://www.vafest.org/williamsburg-live/food-beverage/
“Williamsburg Live” is a great way to kick off the first official weekend of summer. I’ll see you there. Gates open at 6:00 pm Performances start at 7:30.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.vafest.org/williamsburg-live/tickets/