Nov. 9 at Springville Center for the Arts
A Tribute to the Music of Levon Helm and The Band
Through a selection of songs from his 55-year career, a group of musicians come together to recognize the legacy of Levon Helm and The Band at Springville Center for the Arts on November 9, 2013 at 8 p.m. Performers include Nick Kowalski, Dana Oakes, Aaron Peters, Tim Brown, Lori Martin, Ray Cook, III, David Jones, Charlie Porter, Ted Lambert and Peter Sorkin.
Born in Arkansas in 1940, Helm discovered a love for music and performing from watching the traveling variety shows that came to town throughout his childhood. Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, Helm was a member of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, which toured across America, but found greater success around Toronto where he met the other future members of The Band.
The Band became the foundation of the modern day Americana movement and the development of country rock. The Band went on to record seven albums before their highly acclaimed farewell concert, The Last Waltz, was filmed as a documentary by Martin Scorsese in 1976.
In 1998, Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer, which caused him to lose his singing voice. After undergoing treatment for the disease, his cancer eventually went into remission, allowing him to gradually regain use of his voice.
His 2007 comeback album “Dirt Farmer” earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008. In November that year, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 91 in the list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2010, “Electric Dirt” won the first Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, and in 2011, his live album “Ramble at the Ryman” earned the Grammy in the same category.
On April 19, 2012, Helm lost his battle with cancer. He is remembered for his strong, rich voice and his unique drumming technique.
Selections to be performed range from hits such as “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from The Band’s formative albums, to newer songs such as “Move Along Train” and “A Train Robbery” from Helm’s more recent solo albums.
Springville Center for the Arts is located at 37 North Buffalo Street, Springville. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12 by calling 592-9038 or online at www.SpringvilleArts.org. Tickets at the door are $15. All proceeds benefit the Center. This is a K-3 Production.