Charlotte’s Web presents the incomparable Danny Schmidt April 25 at Mendelssohn

Danny Schmidt
Danny Schmidt

Staff Report

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (PAC) presents the finale of the 2013-14 Charlotte’s Web Troubadour Series with the incomparable Danny Schmidt at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, at the historic Emerson House on the Mendelssohn PAC campus, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.

Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero to being recognized as an artist of generational significance.

With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt and Dave Carter, Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out magazine to tag him “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his words and his acoustic guitar, Schmidt’s an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. The understated effect can be startlingly powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.” Join Charlotte’s Web for this “living room” concert: the warm environment of the acoustically and architecturally delicious Emerson House makes for a magical evening, filled with song, stories and laughter.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students up to age 25. Tickets are available and may be purchased online at, by calling (815) 964-9713, in the Mendelssohn PAC Box Office (406 N. Main St, Rockford) or at the door. All seating is first come, first served. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the Mendelssohn PAC.

From the April 23-29, 2014, issue

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