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Ben Taylor, son of music icons James Taylor and Carly Simon, recently released his first album in four years, and is embarking on a tour that will make a stop at SOPAC in late February. The new record, Listening, "shows off Taylor's soulful voice – which bears more than a passing similarity to his father's pipes – alongside his trademark mix of blues-tinged guitar, Hammond organ and call-and-response backing vocals." --Rolling Stone.
In his review for Artist Direct, Rick Florino describes Listening as “. . . the kind of record that beckons multiple and close listens because the singer and songwriter has gone so deep. It's a rewarding record on numerous levels. From the soulful, '70s-inspired swoon of "Oh Brother" to the rustic harmonies and whistling of "Giula", Taylor superbly delivers a myriad of feelings via a multitude of styles.”
Taylor is also a strong advocate for sustainable agriculture, lending his talents to the non-profit Island Grown Initiative in his hometown of Martha’s Vineyard. His passion for locally grown food and for educating youth about gardening and agriculture is evident. Taylor cites his dedication to green initiatives and education as a source of inspiration both personally and artistically.
More About South Orange Performing Arts Center
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a world-class performing arts space in the middle of South Orange, featuring music, theater, dance and comedy. In addition to entertainment events, the Center hosts a variety of performing arts education programs including, Performances for Schools, ArtWorks, New Jersey Youth Theatre, TADA! Youth Theater and Lydia Johnson Dance. The facility's loft and theater are available to rent for private functions. There is also a Clearview Cinemas on the ground floor. SOPAC opened in November 2006 and is located next to the South Orange train station and has its own lot, which is used for commuter permit parking during the day.
Other events here
- PRIMAL CONVERGENCE Art Exhibit at SOPAC Weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
- CLOSING Reception at SOPAC | PRIMAL CONVERGENCE Art Exhibit Sat, Jun 29, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm