This weekend brings an opportunity to see a performance by a real music veteran.
Folk singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, whose career hit the 50-year mark in 2017, will perform a show Aug. 5 at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.
Born into a musical family in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor first picked up a guitar at 13 and recorded his first album at 18, according to press materials.
More about him, from a news release:
From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres — folk, pop, gospel, jazz — and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances.
Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, shared the stage with major artists such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule, touring internationally. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.
And from the oh-by-the-way files, he is the brother of fellow folkie James Taylor. Here them meld their voices on “City Lights”:
For more information about Taylor — who, by the way, also is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught a Stage Performance course since 1989 — visit his official website.
For information or tickets to the Cain Park show, click here.