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Star-Studded Lineup of Folk, Rock, Roots and Blues Coming to SOPAC

By DAVID LACKEY

January 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has announced three new shows featuring performers with worldwide followings: Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega and The Mavericks.

Richard Thompson, the British folk and rock pioneer, was already scheduled to play SOPAC on Saturday, March 15, but that show is nearly sold out.  He will now perform on Sunday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., as well. Thompson first came to fame with his British-folk revival band Fairport Convention, and later became something of a guitar god with his solo albums that stretch from the ‘70s to today.  His latest is the critically acclaimed “Electric.”  Opening the show will be Richard’s son, Teddy Thompson, whose fourth album, “Bella,” was recently released.

Here is a video of Richard and Teddy performing their duet, “Pursuasion.”

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Suzanne Vega will perform at SOPAC on Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m.  Vega is one of the most respected songwriters to have emerged from the folk-revival of the 1980s. While radio programmers have moved on to other styles and Vega has not had many pop hits since her breakthroughs, “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” she has continued to create a powerful body of work including compilations of her songs that she re-recorded now that she is a more accomplished and confident performer.

Here is perhaps Vega’s best known song, “Luka.”

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The Mavericks, whose blending of country and traditional rock & roll has earned them a loyal fanbase is back with their first album in ten years, and will play SOPAC on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m.  Reunited with his band after a number of solo records, singer Raul Malo is a virtuoso not to be missed in a live setting. 

Here are the Mavericks with “Back in Your Arms Again.”

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Other shows of note coming to SOPAC that still have some tickets available are:

Marc Cohn with Special Guest Paula Cole: Friday, Jan. 10

Josh Ritter: Saturday, Jan. 11

Greg Brown and Steve Forbert: Saturday, Jan. 18

True Blues: Corey Harris, Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart: Thursday, Jan. 23

But tickets at: www.sopacnow.org.