David Mayfield Parade brings music and melodrama to Garth Newel’s ‘Winter Dance Party’ February 15 at Herter Hall
If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform as front man with his own Parade, with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, or his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield, at Bonnaroo, or on Mountain Stage, you’ve caught on to the charisma, the heart, and the comedy that sets him apart from his fellow Americana music artists. His stage presence is big, unpredictable and sometimes a little quirky. His songwriting is extraordinary and his guitar playing lightning-fast.
David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer – something his father instilled in him in the family band – he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his song-writing and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences coming back again and again.
His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He oozed personality on stage – a trait that makes him a natural frontman. Encouraged by his sister Jessica, Mumford & Sons, and other friends in music to record his original material, Mayfield released “The Parade” to much acclaim in 2011. Since that time, David Mayfield has toured almost non-stop including many appearances with The Avett Brothers with his own Parade.
“The David Mayfield Parade’s Feb. 15 performance at Garth Newel is a first, and I don’t think it’ll soon be forgotten,” says Music Center Executive Director Chris Williams. “When I heard him on Mountain Stage a few years ago I loved his sound and I thought his on stage persona was completely unique. I know that ‘unique’ is an over-used word, but I can’t come up with anything else that captures Mayfield’s combination of guitar-playing chops, songwriting prowess and comedic presence.”
“Our Winter Dance Party has proven successful. We’ve hit our marks with great performers like Eric Lindell and the Honey Island Swamp Band in recent years. Now we’re going to throw a curve ball and see what happens with David. I’m confident that he’ll put on a memorable show!”
Doors open at 6:30 and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance at $35 on the day of the show. Pub snacks are included in the admission price and a cash bar will be available. Space is limited.
To purchase tickets go online to www.garthnewel.org. To purchase by phone, or for additional information, please contact Garth Newel at 540-839-5018 or toll free at 877-558-1689.