Beautiful Dreamer: The Foster Project
Sat, February 2, 2013
American Popular Culture begins with Stephen Foster. You may not recognize the name, but you absolutely know his music: "Oh! Susannah” (yes, that "Oh! Susannah"), “Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair”, “Beautiful Dreamer,” and "Hard Times Come Again No More" (a song recorded over 400 times by artists as varied as Emmylou Harris, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Cash, Renee Fleming and Mavis Staples).
Foster was the first American to earn his living solely through his compositions, the first to have a song go gold (in sheet music sales, but analog and digital recordings of his songs continue to do the same for other artists), and, unfortunately, the first American Pop Star to die an early death at age 37— a forgotten alcoholic with 38 cents in his pocket.
150 years later, Foster’s music in all its paradox and glory remains the bedrock of American culture. Ryan Schleicher (bassist/vocalist, Juniper Tar) has assembled a diverse collection of performers into the Foster Project— a one-night-only super group who will interpret, re-imagine and respond to the rich and complex legacy that is Stephen Foster's.
With Juniper Tar as house band, The Foster Project features performances from Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers), Christopher Porterfield (Field Report), Robbie Fulks, Blueprint, Betty Strigens, and a community choir of 20 voices from Milwaukee's various music scenes.
(More artists to follow. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for announcements.)
Learn more about Beautiful Dreamer: The Foster Project at http://www.junipertar.com/.