April Showers Bring … Loudon Wainwright III to the Armory

Celebrate the returning sun with this spring’s first Concert at the Armory on April 12, featuring the perennial talent that is singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. Local American roots duo Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore will open.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. (The Internet tells us the sun won’t set until 7:37 p.m!) Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online at, or at the door pending availability. For concert information, call (970) 472-7656.

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright IIILoudon Wainwright III’s newest album, 2014’s “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)”—is the 26th album in his long and illustrious career.

Its 14 songs comprise a genre-bounding set (“eclectricity,” he calls it) dealing with varied subject matter including depression, drinking, senior citizenship, gun control, heartbreak, pet ownership and New York City’s arcane practice of alternate side of the street parking.

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1946, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island).

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. In 2011, they were commemorated by the comprehensive five-disc retrospective “40 Odd Years.”

An accomplished actor, he has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe and Judd Apatow. Wainwright has also starred on TV in “M.A.S.H.” and “Undeclared.”

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

Mollie O'Brien & Rich MooreGrammy-award winning vocalist Mollie O'Brien and her husband, powerhouse guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists' songs. They are masters of the craft of interpretation, following in the tradition of the great singers that, since the beginning of popular American music, have made and remade the songs of their eras as their own. Also songwriters, they add their own original tunes to the canon of the American roots music that all their work draws from.

Known well for their boundary-defying flexibility, their work twists and turns through blues, traditional folk, jazz and rock ’n’ roll. Says Elmore Magazine, “O’Brien’s stunning vocals swing from delicacy to domination in a heartbeat, and Moore’s exquisite guitar provides more than just background. This marriage was made in heaven."
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