Bill Frisell to Play Solo Show in Extraordinary Eastern PA Listening Room.
Philadelphia, PA, August 22, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- On Sunday, September 8, 2013, Grammy Award winning Bill Frisell will perform a solo show in the quaint McCoole’s Arts & Events Center in Quakertown, PA. Frisell’s solo show at McCoole’s cozy 182 seat venue follows an evening in which he and his band of America’s most accomplished studio performers pay tribute to the songs of John Lennon in the 700+ seat Hillman center for the Performing Arts. Later in September he has been commissioned to create and perform in a series of concerts at Jazz at the Lincoln Center that explores the roots of American Jazz. Although Parlor Concerts at McCoole’s launched with a promise to being Grammy-winning world renowned musicians to the Quakertown theater, Co-Founder Tom Malm admits he is a little surprised someone in such high demand as Bill Frisell could be available. “His booking agent was at our debut show with John Hammond in June and suggested him. It’s hard to get the idea of what we are doing across without actually seeing and hearing it, but if what we were doing wasn’t special, we’d never see the likes of someone as great as Bill Frisell.”
It is hard to imagine any artist being busier. Frisell was in Germany touring when the arrangements were made. In addition to his John Lennon Tribute shows, later in the year he will tour with his Big Sur Quintet, an orchestration of strings and drums in performance of his newest recording composed during a 10-day residency on property owned by the Big Sur Land Trust. In total, Frisell has six independent projects, each with separate repertoires, orchestrations, and musicians. That doesn’t include the solo shows like the one he is bringing to Quakertown or the log of collaboration with artists as diverse as Brian Eno, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Elvis Costello, Loudon Wainwright III, Marianne Faithful, David Sandborn and dozens of others. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that, "Frisell is a revered figure among musicians - like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable." Spin Magazine called him “Clark Kent.”
What Parlor Concerts at McCoole’s delivers is a boutique concert experience complete with uncommon personalized attention to the guests in the seats and on the stage. The stage is set in the center of a semi-circle of cushioned theater seating, awash is sound that was perfected through over 100 hours of engineering, testing and evaluation. It is a premium experience, delivered at a ticket price that general compares to an artist’s front row seat in many venues. “We only have four rows in our center section and seven rows in the wings. Our first row in many venues would put you on stage with the artist. The sound in every seat is perfect.” The company doesn’t charge any ticket processing fees either, a necessity of larger venues due to the complex construction of many artist agreements. “It’s really simple,” Malm says. “Our $44 ticket for the Bill Frisell show costs the same as a $35.75 ticket and one theater and a $39.50 dollar ticket at another.”
The premium seat section, 79 seats in four rows from the center of the stage are $54, with all other tickets at $44. Parlor Concerts at McCoole’s is a separate business from McCoole’s Red Lion Inn.