By Scott V. Fedale, Rendezvous Board of Directors
For the past thirty-five years, summers in Moscow have been enriched by an exciting event bringing great music to the Palouse. This July 13 - 15, we will once again bring Rendezvous in the Park to life among the trees of East City Park. For Rendezvous’s 35th anniversary, we're bringing back two of our most popular headliners from the past, JJ Grey & Mofro and Paul Thorn.
Our Friday night headliner, JJ Grey, remains a “blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human” (jjgrey.com).
Our Saturday night headliner, Paul Thorn, will be featuring material from his latest album. Too Blessed To Be Stressed. This album stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. “In the past, I’ve told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,” the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. “This time, I’ve written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I’ve done it with a purpose: to make people feel good” (paulthorn.com).
Our Thursday headliner, The Lack Family, is a Moscow/ Pullman favorite, having performed at Bucer's, One World Café, and Pullman's Crazy Days, in the past several years.
The adventure began in 2009 when this family sold everything and hit the road. They’ve been touring coast to coast and now tour globally, traveling to seven European countries, Japan, Mexico and Canada. Not to mention that toured in 47 of the 50 United States.
The Lacks say the support they get “off the stage is the biggest drive that keeps us going! It’s become so much more than just music” (thelackfamily.com).
Information about the opening acts for Friday and Saturday and how to purchase tickets is available at: http://www.rendezvousinthepark.com.