Mechanics Hall



Monday, December 31, 2012

FIRST NIGHT PRESENTS

ALICIA WITT LIVE AT MECHANICS HALL
with special guest Ben Folds, Ben Folds Five


10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Singer/Songwriter and award-winning actress Alicia Witt will perform on New Year's Eve for her hometown crowd! Alicia Witt is best known as an actor, but with a recent cover story in Sound +Vision magazine, her appearance as a musical guest on the Craig Ferguson Show, and her original piano driven rock in the vein of Sara Bareilles/The Frey meets Billy Joel/Elton John—that is about to change!

You've seen her on TV in Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Two and a Half Men; The Sopranos; Ally McBeal; and of course, as Cybill Shepherd's daughter Zoey on Cybill! Loads of movie credits include her latest Cowgirls n Angels; I Do; and The Boarding House. Her roles have included Michelle in Joint Body; Backyard Wedding; Peep World; The Pond; The Upside of Anger with Kevin Costner; Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise; Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant; and Mr. Holland's Opus opposite Richard Dreyfuss.

After a break spanning more than a decade, during which Folds pursued a successful solo career, Ben Folds Five reunited this year. Their latest album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, burst into the top 10 of the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its September release - the bands highest ever chart debut. Fresh off a world tour promoting the new album, Fold will join Witt's band as "a very special guest bassist for the evening", said Witt.

Folds and Witt have collaborated on several projects in recent months. Witt opened for Ben Folds Five at Brixton Academy, London on December 4th and 5th. The pair also co-wrote and just finished recording a new original song for her upcoming film Pasadena, set for release this spring. "He's obviously very well known as a master pianist, but what's lesser known is that he is also an incredible drummer and bassist," said Witt. "It is a very special and extremely rare occasion to see him rocking the bass, which he hasn't done onstage in over 20 years!"

"... the rock-solid singing, keyboards and songwriting of actress Alicia Witt, serving sharply personal, boldly melodic pop originals in the Carole King/Billy Joel vein... the repertoire of snappy, resilient, emancipated-woman anthems and touching lost-and-found love ballads that now make up the set she "sells" quite well in concert."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

"... what a voice. It comes from tender, intimate appeals, soaring to roof raising heights, as she all the while works the piano with ease and command...where Witt really excels is in her ballads, personal and universal poems of love, longing, and everyday girl issues. Her lyrics flow with a poetic polish, and her piano playing rivals that of rockers Billy Joel or Elton John."
- What Duvet Said, review, 12/09

"One of the many special things about music is that is has the power...to reveal something about the writer, about the singer, and about the listener. But you have to be willing to give yourself over and embrace the special force that leads to a more immersive and more personal listening experience. The willingness to share who you really are connects you with something that's powerful and heartfelt and true. And you don't mind where you end up because of it ... You feel fine. You feel free. You are grooving. That's what Alicia Witt's music is like."
- Sound+Vision Magazine

Tickets:
Every Alicia Witt ticket purchased includes a FREE First Night Button!
ALL tickets will be held for pickup at the Mechanics Hall Box Office

Reserved Seating
Reserved Seating, $15, $20, $35 (VIP)
VIP Seating includes a Meet-N-Greet with Alicia Witt
Double WOO Points

 

Last day to order tickets online: Monday, December 31, 2012

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