Dinner and A Song August 13th
Featuring Rupert Wates
We had a great time last month at our first Dinner and Song, so we're doing it again, and again...
Enjoy an evening of food and song.
Our August DNS event features, singer songwriter,
Rupert Wates was born in London, and he is “a ridiculously talented musician,” said Kitchen Sink House Concerts in Arizona.
He has been a full-time songwriter since 1992 when he signed an exclusive deal with Eaton Music Publishing. He has written songs in all kinds of styles for all kinds of artists. Wayne Slater-Lunsford, writing in Concerts In Your Home reviews, said Rupert is “one of those rare artists who leaves an audience better than he found them.” Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange considers him “a prime figure in American music who’s just biding his time until he’s discovered.” And Ryan Moore of AMP The Magazine wrote that he is “more compelling, more sympathetic and more emotionally accessible than many other modern performers.”
Moving to Paris in 2001, Rupert developed his skills as a singer and performer and formed his own group. In 2005 he recorded the album ‘Sweet or Bitter Wine,’ his first as a solo artist. The album was released on the Mainstem label in autumn 2005.
Since September 2006, he has been based in the USA. His music has found a warm reception in America. The Forwardian Arts Society, in describing a recent performance, wrote, “It was as if Mr. Wates was standing at the well of humanity and drawing up the emotions and experiences of mankind to the surface where they could nourish those who partook of them from his vocal and musical instruments.”
Since coming to the US, Rupert has won over 30 songwriting awards.
Wates averages 170 live shows a year, and he has performed in every state in America to critical acclaim. “[Wates] made us all sit up pop-eyed at what he could do with six strings,” wrote Keith Harrelson of Moonlight on the Mountain in Alabama. And in Concerts In Your Home reviews, C. Murphy wrote, “Our audience was spellbound for the duration of his performance.”
He has released six albums. His recordings have gained outstanding reviews and continue to be aired on college and mainstream radio all over the world.
Discography: The Rank Outsiders Ball (2014), At the Losers’ Motel (2012), Joe’s Café (2010), Dear Life (2008), Coast to Coast (2007) and Sweet or Bitter Wine (2005). Music Store
In 2010 Wates released ‘Joe’s Café,” an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album’s warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass.
‘Joe’s Café’ has been presented very successfully at the Fringe Festivals throughout North America including Hamilton (Ontario), Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Victoria (British Columbia) and San Francisco, and in other venues from New York City to the Southeastern United States.
The show won Best Music Revue in the San Francisco Fringe Festival.
Audiences everywhere respond to Rupert Wates’ brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.
Dinner service at 6:30 PM, music will follow
There are 18 seats available.
Advanced reservations are required by 3 PM, August 10.
The Seasonal Menu
Starter: Mixed Greens with Chilled Cucumber Dill Soup
Main Event: Honey Lime Marinated Chicken, Seasonal Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes
Meal $25 per person plus tax and gratuity (credit cards accepted)
40-45 minutes of music will follow dinner with $15 - $20 per person suggested donation to the artists.
Please call 402-873-5850 to RSVP if you would like to make a reservation specifically for this event.