Richard Thompson will headline NJArts.net at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, January 14

TOM BEJGROWICZ

RICHARD THOMPSON

NJArts.net is proud to announce that masterful singer-songwriter and electrifying guitarist Richard Thompson will be performing at a benefit concert for us on January 14 at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair. Tickets go on sale Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.; visit outpost.ticketleap.com/richard-thompson-2023.

Your support of this concert will allow our site to continue to play its vital role in the state’s cultural ecosystem, with independent and quality coverage of music, theater, film, visual arts, dance and more. Founded in 2014, NJArts.net became a non-profit organization in 2020.

“I’m in the studio in October working on a new electric album; otherwise the show will be acoustic and Zara will sing along with me,” Thompson said, referring to his wife, singer-songwriter and author Zara Phillips.

Phillips’ solo show “Somebody’s Daughter” (based on her book of the same name) will be presented by Outpost in the Burbs on December 10. For more information, visit OutpostIntTheBurbs.org.

Along with fellow bandmates Fairport Convention, Thompson invented British folk-rock, fusing traditional tunes with 60s folk and rock. Thompson has been described as “the best guitarist since Hendrix and the best songwriter in rock after Dylan” by the Los Angeles Times and named one of the 20 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, and was announced by Time magazine as having written one of the 100 greatest songs since 1923 (“1952 Vincent Black Lightning”).

DAVID KAPTEIN

ZARA PHILLIPS AND RICHARD THOMPSON.

Here’s a link to an in-depth 2019 NJArts.net interview with Thompson about his life, career, and 2018 move to Montclair.

A cerebral man with eclectic interests, he has played over 10,000 gigs and his creative energy is unstoppable. Before the pandemic caused some of his concerts to be canceled or postponed, his last long break from touring was in 1976. But now he’s back in touch with his loyal fans.

After leaving Fairport Convention in 1971 he went solo, then in 1973 recorded a series of stunning albums with ex-wife Linda Thompson for a decade until their breakup around 1982. Since then he has enjoyed a successful solo career.

Thompson has an intimate relationship with his fans that I’m sure will be on display at the benefit concert.

“Under the guise of entertainment,” he said in a 2021 interview with NJArts.net, “you can take something out of yourself and you show it to the public and say, ‘Look at this. Do you recognize this? And the audience will say, ‘Yes, I had the same experience.’ As a performer, you almost disappear into the audience. Everyone in the room is part of the shared experience. The stage is an illusion and the fact that you are four feet taller than everyone else is an illusion.

NJArts.net is grateful to have Richard Thompson join us in supporting our site and we look forward to seeing you there.

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