The Auditorium in Eureka Springs is one of my favorite places to see concerts because it is such an intimate setting with acoustics as clear and distinctive as rain on a tin roof. Set to take the stage at 7 p.m. on July 12 is singer/songwriter, folk music icon Melanie, a Grammy and Emmy award-winning Woodstock veteran. She will perform with her son, buitar virtuoso Beau Jarred.
Melanie burst onto the national folk scene at the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969. Her evocative lyrics and mesmerizing voice inspired the throng of more than 300,000 concert-goers to light candles in the rain during her set. The experience led her to pen one of her biggest hits, “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain).” Soon after came worldwide appearances and many other hits, including “Look What They Done To My Song Ma,” “Peace Will Come”, “Beautiful People,” and her biggest hit, “Brand New Key” (also known as “The Roller Skate Song.”)
Melanie has been a prolific writer and has recorded 57 albums. She was Billboard’s Female Artist of the Year in 1972, has sold over 80 million records, and has lent her voice to humanitarian causes for decades. Her most recent, “Ever Since You Never Heard Of Me,” was released this year and produced by Beau Jarred.
Jarred has been accompanying his mother on stage for several years. Her concerts always include an opportunity for Beau to show off his unique style – a dazzling blend of classical, flamenco, folk and other guitar genres.
All seats are $22.50, reserved seating only. Doors open at 6 p.m., the Intrigue Theater pre-show is at 6:30. Tickets are available online at theaud.org, or at the city auditorium, 36 S. Main St. Phone 479-253-7788.
The Auditorium has a long history of attracting stars. The first performance in the facility was John Phillip Sousa and his 67-piece band. The Auditorium was the dream of Mayor Claude A. Fuller, who facilitated construction of the facility in 1928 to fill the needs and expectations of visitors that desired the most current entertainment available while visiting the Victorian town known for its beautiful scenery and soothing hot springs.
Serious renovation of the 75 year old building took place in 2000 with a series of renovations since. One reason the acoustics are so good in the building, is all the wood. The entire floor is wooden except for two carpet runners down the center, and the back of the chairs are still wooden though the seats are now padded. The stage resonates as well.The 1940s-era sound system was also replaced to add to sound quality. The Auditorium with its balcony and main floor seats 984. There’s not a bad seat in the house.