State Theatre Portland
Natalie Merchant


Natalie Merchant

Thu, October 23, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$65, $45, $35 - Reserved Seating

This event is all ages

All tickets to the July 18 show will be honored for the new date. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Natalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant
Over her 28-year career Natalie Merchant has earned a place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating performer.

Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group between 1981 and 1993 (The Wishing Chair, In My Tribe, Blind Man’s Zoo, Hope Chest, Our Time in Eden & MTV Unplugged).

In 1994 Merchant began her solo career with a self-produced debut album, Tigerlily (1995) which astounded the music industry by selling 4 million copies. In the years following, she released Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999) and Motherland (2001). In 2003 after 18 years she left Elektra Records and independently released an album of traditional and contemporary folk music, The House Carpenter’s Daughter on her own label, Myth America Records. In 2005 she was persuaded to curate a collection of her own work for a double album she titled Retrospective.

She has collaborated both on stage and in the studio with a wide range of artists: REM, Wynton Marsalis, The Chieftains, Mavis Staples, Daniel Lanois, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Tracy Chapman, Cowboy Junkies, Ryan Adams, Lokua Kanza, Yungchen Lhamo, The Fairfield Four, Gavin Bryars, Jakob Dylan, Susan McKeown, Chris Botti, Lúnasa, The Klezmatics, Katell Keineg, Dan Zanes and Medeski, Martin & Wood.

Throughout her entire career Merchant has also been dedicated to supporting a wide array of non-profit organizations lending both financial support and raising public awareness. Scenic Hudson, The Center for Constitutional Rights, Riverkeeper, Doctors Without Borders, Greenpeace, The Association to Benefit Children, Planned Parenthood and The Southern Center for Human Rights are among the social justice groups to which she has been devoted. She was recently appointed by the governor of New York to serve a five-year term as a member of the prestigious New York State Council on the Arts.

Natalie's sixth studio album is due May 6 on Nonesuch Records. For this self-titled and self-produced collection, her first offering of completely original material in 13 years, Natalie has returned to her core band of musicians augmented by strings, brass, and woodwinds to create sparse to lush arrangements. The album represents over a decade of songwriting that she describes as "taking the measure of lives lived by surveying the damage: love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph."
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101