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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Melodic Pop and Soul

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  • WHITE MILLS - The Wildflower Music Festival presents guitarist Richard Alan Smith in a concert on Saturday, August 2. His music has been described as an effortless weave of blues, soul, jazz, funk, fusion, and world music. “Beautiful Compulsion,” his newest release, highlights intimate vocals, insightful lyrics and the lost art of melody. The performance begins at 6 p.m.
     The generous talents of Richard Alan Smith cross many levels. He has toured the world as a guitarist for well-known groups, including the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, Air Supply and Kenny Loggins. His guitar can be heard behind recordings of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Diana Ross. As a composer, he’s garnered three Emmys for his work in documentary films. He played the role of Til in the Academy-Award winning film “Ray,” the biopic of Ray Charles.
     In 2009, Richard Alan Smith was onstage at Wildflower lending his guitar talents behind the surprise hit of that season, Danish superstar Stig Rossen.
     General admission tickets are $22; students 6 to 18 years are $11. There is no charge for children under six.
     Upcoming concerts in the Wildflower concert series include: Maureen McGovern ($29 ticket) on Saturday, August 9, and Back Home Again—A Tribute to John Denver, on Saturday, August 16.
     The general admission performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Wildflower Amphitheater on the grounds of the beautiful Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, between Hawley and Honesdale, PA. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy the pristine setting. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the gym at the Wallenpaupack Area High School.
     All performers and programs are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the evening of the performance and in advance at www.wildflowermusic.org or by phone, 570-253-5500.
    For additional information and directions, call 570-253-5500 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), email music01@ptd.net, or visit online at www.wildflowermusic.org.

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