Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present folk artist, Greg Brown in concert on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the acoustic theater at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Doors for the show will open at 6:30pm.
Greg Brown’s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get-togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown traveled with a band for a few years, and even quit playing for a while before he moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in midwestern clubs and coffeehouses.
Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience. One Big Town, earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone’s four-star review of Further In called Brown “a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.” 1997’s Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned Brown his second Grammy nomination. His latest CD, One Night (Red House), is a re-release of a 1983 live performance originally on Minneapolis’ Coffeehouse Extemporé Records.
Greg Brown will perform at 7:30pm, doors at 6:30pm, on Saturday, May 24 at the Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 N. Fort Valley Road). Tickets are $32 – $42 in advance and day of show. To avoid an online purchasing fee, tickets may also be purchased at Rainbow’s End, Coconino Center for the Arts, or by dialing (928) 779-2300.