Called one of his generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, Marc Cohn returns to the Bankhead Theater stage this coming Monday, March 11 following two sold-out shows in previous seasons. A natural storyteller with the precision of a brilliant tunesmith and the passion of a great soul man, Cohn’s hit song “Walking in Memphis” off his debut album won him a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1991.
About Marc Cohn
According to Cohn, he has been obsessed with pop music for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Cleveland hearing his older brother’s band rehearsing songs by the Beatles, Ray Charles, and the artists of Motown. Cohn sang with the band through high school and started experimenting with songwriting before heading to Oberlin College where he taught himself to play the piano.
Cohn transferred to UCLA and eventually began to play in local venues. Not long after his time in Los Angeles, Cohn moved to New York City and started working on demos for writers such as Jimmy Webb, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. In 1987, Cohn performed two songs (“One Rock and Roll Too Many” and “Pumping Iron”) on the Phil Ramone-produced concept album of Starlight Express.
Two years later, Cohn served as a backing pianist for singer Tracy Chapman on her second album. It’s impossible to discuss Cohn’s blossoming career without mentioning “Walking in Memphis,” which was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in February 1992 and certified Platinum in 1996. TIME magazine called Cohn “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade.”
The following May, Cohn released his second studio album, The Rainy Season, which included notable guest appearances by David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Bonnie Raitt. After a great deal of touring in the early 1990s, Cohn returned with the release of his third solo effort Burning the Daze. Rosanne Cash and other household names joined Cohn on the album.
Cohn’s music-making was influenced by many of the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s and, over the years since, he has gone on to record with many of the legends of that era including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, and Graham Nash.
Today, Cohn remains incredibly popular with his fans. Since the aforementioned platinum album, Cohn has released six studio albums, including “Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities” in 2016. Cohn maintains an active touring schedule and his easygoing personal style allows him to connect with his audiences, sometimes performing favorite music at the airport.
Whether singing original songs or putting his own spin on hits from past decades, Cohn effortlessly balances the exuberant with the poignant, distilling universal truths from real-life tales.
Marc Cohn At The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
It’s no secret that Cohn is one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. We can’t wait for his return to the Bankhead Theater in what’s expected to be a sold-out performance. Part of what separates Cohn from other performers is that he displays a deep connection with his audiences, taking requests and sharing surprises. Of course, the performance wouldn’t be complete without Cohn’s rich, evocative, soulful songs that have remained fan favorites for decades.
Cohn is set to appear at the Bankhead Theater next Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $60 and are going quickly, so be sure to get yours as soon as possible.
As a reminder, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers military and student tickets to just about every performance. Should you need either of these tickets or ADA tickets, please contact the box office.
If this is your first time at the Bankhead, please be aware that everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theater. Secondly, ADA seats are for wheelchairs only. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center staff also wants to mention that the military discount is offered to active and veteran military personnel.
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