Known for her powerhouse voice and “fiery, vulnerable songs,” Sarah King creates thought-provoking, versatile Americana music. Her genuine stories about real-life emotions and situations also draw on classic folk-blues themes, balancing songs about the devil and booze with hard-won moments of reflection and acceptance. Her acclaimed 2021 EP The Hour, produced by Simone Felice and David Baron, earned her recognition as the New England Music Awards Songwriter of the Year and performances at the 2022 Folk Alliance International and Philadelphia Folk festivals, as well as supporting slots for acts including Blues Traveler and The Steel Woods.
For her follow-up to The Hour, King is once again taking risks—this time moving beyond the darkness and introspection that informed her debut solo EP to create a sound echoing the vibrancy of her high-spirited live show. Whether solo or with her full band, she delivers moments of light and darkness, angels and devils, badassery and brokenness, taking listeners on an energetic and sometimes emotional journey through stories of American life. Fans of Chris Stapleton, Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Alabama Shakes will recognize a kindred spirit in Sarah King.
Opener: Ida Mae Specker, 6:30 pm
Ida Mae Specker is a fiddler, singer, and songwriter from Andover, Vermont who makes old-time music for modern times. A member of family band The Speckers, Terrible Mountain Stringband, and The Break Maids, Ida Mae also tours under her own name as a soloist, and with a full backing band. On stage, Ida Mae fuses original, contemporary, and traditional material, bringing heartfelt new life and relevance to the chain of American folk music. Specker's EP of original music, 'Billy in the Heartland,' was released in December 2019, featuring her wild-eyed fiddling and captivating vocals with a rock n' roll heartbeat. She is eagerly beginning her next recording project and has a busy year of touring in store.
Catch a concert on the lawn as the sun sets on City Hall Park with this beloved series that presents 16 free evening concerts on alternating Fridays and Saturdays featuring a lineup of regional luminaries spanning the full spectrum of genres.
2023 City Hall Park programming is underwritten by the Pomerleau Family Foundation and The WaterWheel Foundation. Media sponsor, Seven Days. Twilight Series is presented by Soundtoys.