By Patrice Shields
Special to The Banner
Veteran singer and songwriter Jonathan Edwards brings his four decade long repertoire of hits to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Edwards will perform the music that played on repeat on every radio station throughout the 1970s including the anthem “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.”
Joining Edwards to perform his classics and music from his new album “Tomorrow’s Child,” will be his daughter Grace (of Grace and the Victory Riders), guitarist- arranger Jérôme Degey, jazz-folk pianist Tom Snow and composer-guitarist Don Campbell. When Edwards isn’t recording one of over a dozen albums or writing movie and TV score, he is on the road performing.
“I’ve been … doing what I do best,” said Edwards, “which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it.”
Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.
His new album “Tomorrow’s Child, is produced by four-time Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott, and features the venerable and beloved Edwards accompanied by such roots music luminaries Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, John Cowan, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss.
Edwards maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that have kept himperforming live for over 40 years. “It is really gratifying to hear,” says Edwards of the positive feedback from his fans.
Tickets for “Jonathan Edwards” are $40 for Premium Seats, $35 for Center Seats and $30 for Side Seats and can be purchased online at artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989.
What: Jonathan Edwards
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016; 8 p.m.
Where: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs — Hinman Auditorium10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
Cost: Tickets are $40 for premium seats, $35 for center seats, and $30 for side seats
Information: Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. Call 239-495-8989 or visit artcenterbonita.org.