Renown singer-songwriter Happy Traum returns to the Maverick Concert Hall stage on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 pm. Happy will share the stage with legendary singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica virtuoso John Sebastian; pedal steel guitar and Dobro artist Cindy Cashdollar; and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Zach Djanikian.
The program will include traditional and contemporary American blues, ballads and folk songs, as well as guitar instrumentals from the players’ vast and varied repertoire.
A native New Yorker, Happy Traum was deeply involved in the seminal Washington Square/Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Along with his group, the New World Singers, he cut the first recorded version of Bob Dylan’s anthem “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Over the past five decades he has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Happy wrote for and served as editor at Sing Out! magazine, and has written articles and instructional columns for Rolling Stone, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, and other music publications.
Happy and his brother, the late Artie Traum, formed a duo that, according to Rolling Stone, “defined the Northeast folk music style.” Their performances at the 1968 and 1969 Newport Folk Festivals helped to gain them an avid following and a contract with famed manager Albert Grossman.
Over four decades, the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric
Regular visitors to the Sebastian family’s Greenwich Village home included Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie, so it was no surprise when young John became a fan of, and then a participant in, the folk music revival that swept the nation in the late ‘50s. As singer-songwriter, guitarist, and virtuoso player of the harmonica and autoharp, his role in The Lovin’ Spoonful propelled that group to the front lines of the mid-‘60s rock revolution. As a songwriter, John created thoroughly modern tunes that sounded like they contained the entire history of American music.He was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s he continued to record and tour, and the ‘90s saw John return to the group format with the J-Band, a contemporary celebration of his jug band heritage. He was the subject of the PBS special Do You Believe In Magic: The Music of John Sebastian, and a new album of duets with David Grisman came out in 2007. He has also lent his music in support of social, environmental and animal rights causes.
Dobro, steel guitar, and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music, including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Albert Lee, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrison Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, Beau Soliel, Daniel Lanois, and Redd Volkaert. Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly compliment a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo — and to do it in so many musical genres — has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene.
Zach Djanikian is a Woodstock-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has recorded and toured internationally for the past five years as a member of Amos Lee’s band, and recently completed a tour with fellow Woodstock resident Rachael Yamagata. With his band The Brakes, he has toured and opened for such artists as Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Live, and Widespread Panic.
All Maverick concerts are held in the historic concert hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, N.Y. 12498. The hall was hand-built in 1916 in a woodland glade just two miles from the center of Woodstock.
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Featured image: Happy Traum