The landmark Hopewell Theater recently re-opened after undergoing an extensive eight-month fit-out renovation, including a new lobby, box office, concession stand, as well as a state-of-the-art cinema system with surround sound, prep kitchen, and expanded theater seating area and balcony. The theater’s sophisticated interior design is a mix of urban-style meets classic country with a sense of casual elegance.
Part of the theater’s expanded vision includes a carefully-curated programming schedule that will showcase independent films, some followed by Director Q&A or paired with a reading or concert, and live music on a weekly basis performed by local and regional singer-songwriters.
Here are the musical performances coming to Hopewell Theater in winter 2018:
Sat., January 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Mamma’s Marmalade has always brought fresh vibrancy to old traditions. Since their formation in the spring of 2014, the Northampton, MA-based quintet has delved into the limitless capabilities of classic bluegrass instrumentation (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass) and explored the parallels of acoustic music, ranging from the blues to Old Time, from gypsy jazz to bluegrass. The authenticity of their music calls listeners back to a time when wooden instruments, analogue sound and sweet vocal harmonies captivated the hearts of America. With a deep respect for tradition, and an eye towards contemporary music, Mamma’s Marmalade brings an exciting new energy to the enduring narrative of American folk music.
Sat., Jan. 27th at 8:00 p.m.
The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His 2016 album “World War Willie” appeared on numerous year-end top ten lists as did hid his live shows. As American Songwriter said “Nile cranks up the volume and tears into these tunes with the same hunger, passion and exuberance he displays in his legendary sweat-soaked shows.” World War Willie was voted “Album Of The Year” by Twangville Magazine and the song Forever Wild was named “Coolest Song In The World” by Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.” In the summer of 2017 Willie Nile released his 11th studio album Positively Bob – Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan to rave reviews. He is currently bringing his electrifying live show to audiences worldwide.
Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Silvana Estrada on Thurs., Feb. 1
With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. Critics have touted his genius technique, but it’s his profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. Hunter’s signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today’s great guitarists.
At only 19, Silvana Estrada has been steadily developing her identity within the Mexican soundscape through her literary and musical creation. Her style is a mixture of Latin American sounds with “Mainstream Song”. Her vocals echo the ‘son jarocho’ tradition of Mexican southeast combined with prose that navigates between contemporary Spanish-language poetry and Mexican music of the 20’s – a uniquely rich sound, full of colors and stories, that rides the edge between tradition and modernity.