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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of June 16–18

    Sam Amidon and The Staves are artists in residence at the Eaux Claires Festival taking place at Foster Farms in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, this weekend. The festival, now in its third year, is curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner.

    The Staves worked with Vernon on both their 2016 EP, Sleeping in a Car, and 2015 Nonesuch Records debut album, If I Was, and will have performed at Eaux Claires in each of its three years. Stereogum calls the trio “ethereal, angelic, and otherworldly. They are simply astonishing.”

    Sam Amidon returns to Eaux Claires for the second year in a row and, in addition to his artist residency, presents the Sam Amidon Mixtape on the Oxbeaux Stage on Saturday. Amidon’s newest album, The Following Mountain, was released last month on Nonesuch. The London Evening Standard gives it four stars, praising its “captivating arrangements and elegiac charm.” The Irish Times gives the album four stars as well, calling it “breathtaking … a fascinating signpost to the future.”

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    Composer/pianist Timo Andres performs Shy and Mighty, his 2010 Nonesuch debut, in its entirety at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on Saturday. Andres is joined for the show by pianist David Kaplan, who also played on the original album recording. The New Yorker’s Alex Ross wrote that Shy and Mighty “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene … More mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.”

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    Tune in for an encore broadcast of Rhiannon Giddens’ 2016 Austin City Limits debut on PBS on Saturday. Visit acltv.com for details.

    Giddens, who is currently touring the United States with music from her new album, Freedom Highway, was the guest on NPR's World Cafe earlier this week. "There are very few artists who can bring the past into the present in a way that captures both the nuance of history and the immediacy of now," says World Cafe host Talia Schlanger. "But Rhiannon Giddens has done it, beautifully, on her second solo album, Freedom Highway." You can listen to the interview and performances here.

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    Emmylou Harris, currently touring the US as special guest of John Mellencamp, is in California this weekend, performing at Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys on Saturday and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. The New York Times has called Harris “the reigning queen of Americana.”

    Nonesuch released the first-ever vinyl edition of Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers' Grammy Award–winning 1992 album, At the Ryman, in May and released a five-LP box set of Harris’s first five studio albums, Queen of the Silver Dollar, for Record Store Day in April.

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    Composer Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express, currently touring Europe with music from their 2015 album, Junun, perform at Výstaviště Holešovice in Prague on Saturday, as part of the Respect Festival, and are joined by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood for a set at Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, on Sunday, as part of the Best Kept Secret Festival.

    Ben Tzur, Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians, recorded Junun in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. The Sunday Times of London called it "one of the most inspired releases of the year … intriguing, sinuous, and essential listening."

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    Lake Street Dive continues its extensive US summer tour with a performance at Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green in Shelburne, Vermont, tonight, and two festival sets: at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, on Saturday, as part of Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, and Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sunday, as part of Prescott Park Arts Festival.

    Lake Street Dive made its Nonesuch debut last year, with the critically acclaimed Side Pony. The Boston Globe calls the album an "exuberant, harmony-rich blend of pop, soul, and jazz.”

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    Audra McDonald brings her Tony Award–winning portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill to London's West End with a twelve-week run at Wyndham's Theatre starting in previews this Saturday. Written by Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, the musical play opened on Broadway in 2014 to great acclaim, earning McDonald a record sixth Tony Award, an Outer Circle Critics Award, and a Drama Desk Award.

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    Punch Brothers, who are touring the US through the rest of the month, return to the sold-out Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado this weekend: they play the main stage tonight and the Sheridan Opera House on Sunday, taking their usual spot to close the festivities and the intimate, indoor NightGrass sets.

    The Kansas City Star, reviewing the band’s show at Crossroads last weekend, called it “two hours of thrilling progressive bluegrass, challenging art songs and the dollop of Debussy,” praising the quintet’s “jaw-dropping musicianship.”

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Sam Amidon, The Staves are artists in residence at Eaux Claires Festival … Timo Andres performs Shy and Mighty in Brooklyn … Emmylou Harris is in California … Shye Ben Tzur, Rajasthan Express, Jonny Greenwood perform Junun at Best Kept Secret … Lake Street Dive tour US Northeast … Audra McDonald takes Lady Day to London ... Punch Brothers close out Telluride Bluegrass Festival … and more …

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Sam Amidon and The Staves are artists in residence at the Eaux Claires Festival taking place at Foster Farms in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, this weekend. The festival, now in its third year, is curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner.

The Staves worked with Vernon on both their 2016 EP, Sleeping in a Car, and 2015 Nonesuch Records debut album, If I Was, and will have performed at Eaux Claires in each of its three years. Stereogum calls the trio “ethereal, angelic, and otherworldly. They are simply astonishing.”

Sam Amidon returns to Eaux Claires for the second year in a row and, in addition to his artist residency, presents the Sam Amidon Mixtape on the Oxbeaux Stage on Saturday. Amidon’s newest album, The Following Mountain, was released last month on Nonesuch. The London Evening Standard gives it four stars, praising its “captivating arrangements and elegiac charm.” The Irish Times gives the album four stars as well, calling it “breathtaking … a fascinating signpost to the future.”

---

Composer/pianist Timo Andres performs Shy and Mighty, his 2010 Nonesuch debut, in its entirety at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on Saturday. Andres is joined for the show by pianist David Kaplan, who also played on the original album recording. The New Yorker’s Alex Ross wrote that Shy and Mighty “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene … More mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.”

---

Tune in for an encore broadcast of Rhiannon Giddens’ 2016 Austin City Limits debut on PBS on Saturday. Visit acltv.com for details.

Giddens, who is currently touring the United States with music from her new album, Freedom Highway, was the guest on NPR's World Cafe earlier this week. "There are very few artists who can bring the past into the present in a way that captures both the nuance of history and the immediacy of now," says World Cafe host Talia Schlanger. "But Rhiannon Giddens has done it, beautifully, on her second solo album, Freedom Highway." You can listen to the interview and performances here.

---

Emmylou Harris, currently touring the US as special guest of John Mellencamp, is in California this weekend, performing at Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys on Saturday and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. The New York Times has called Harris “the reigning queen of Americana.”

Nonesuch released the first-ever vinyl edition of Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers' Grammy Award–winning 1992 album, At the Ryman, in May and released a five-LP box set of Harris’s first five studio albums, Queen of the Silver Dollar, for Record Store Day in April.

---

Composer Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express, currently touring Europe with music from their 2015 album, Junun, perform at Výstaviště Holešovice in Prague on Saturday, as part of the Respect Festival, and are joined by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood for a set at Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, on Sunday, as part of the Best Kept Secret Festival.

Ben Tzur, Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians, recorded Junun in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. The Sunday Times of London called it "one of the most inspired releases of the year … intriguing, sinuous, and essential listening."

---

Lake Street Dive continues its extensive US summer tour with a performance at Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green in Shelburne, Vermont, tonight, and two festival sets: at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, on Saturday, as part of Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, and Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sunday, as part of Prescott Park Arts Festival.

Lake Street Dive made its Nonesuch debut last year, with the critically acclaimed Side Pony. The Boston Globe calls the album an "exuberant, harmony-rich blend of pop, soul, and jazz.”

---

Audra McDonald brings her Tony Award–winning portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill to London's West End with a twelve-week run at Wyndham's Theatre starting in previews this Saturday. Written by Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, the musical play opened on Broadway in 2014 to great acclaim, earning McDonald a record sixth Tony Award, an Outer Circle Critics Award, and a Drama Desk Award.

---

Punch Brothers, who are touring the US through the rest of the month, return to the sold-out Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado this weekend: they play the main stage tonight and the Sheridan Opera House on Sunday, taking their usual spot to close the festivities and the intimate, indoor NightGrass sets.

The Kansas City Star, reviewing the band’s show at Crossroads last weekend, called it “two hours of thrilling progressive bluegrass, challenging art songs and the dollop of Debussy,” praising the quintet’s “jaw-dropping musicianship.”

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