PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Lori McKenna and Lucy Wainwright at Memorial Hall

Lori McKenna with Special Guest,
Lucy Wainwright Roche
Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA
Sunday, April 3rd @ 7pm

Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families and Signature Sounds Concerts have partnered up to offer a pair of tickets for one lucky couple to see Lori McKenna in concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, April 3rd at 7pm with special guest, Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, 3/30/11 at 7pm (EST). More details below.


"There are so many ways for love to rupture, and so many ways for it to heal, and Lori McKenna has songs for most of them." - The New York Times

Lori McKenna’s first name is actually Lorraine. Now you know. She is named after the mother she lost when she was only seven, but whose impact on Lori’s life reverberates to this day. In her sixth album, Lorraine, she considers the influence of her mother, who died at roughly the same age Lori is now, as well as her own place in relationship to her husband, family and community. It is her most personal album to date.Lori’s unusual combination of professional and personal life, at least in the context of the modern music industry, is well-documented. She grew up in Massachusetts in a musical household. Her father was an excellent singer, and her mother played the piano. Two of her older brothers were songwriters, one of whom (Richard) she considers largely responsible for her career. He accompanied a reluctant Lori to open mic nights and gave her confidence that she was good enough. She began performing her songs in public at age 27, after she and her husband Gene already had three children. She and Gene continue to maintain a happy home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, adding two more children to their full lives.

The album closes with a prayer to Lorraine. Lori used to pray to her mother when she was a child: there was a strong sense that Lorraine was watching over her. “I think I made better choices in my life because I felt she was there,” Lori says. “Still Down Here” is a prayer that Lorraine and all the loved ones who leave their earthly burdens behind remember the ones still here on Earth, still in need of their love and guidance. With a daughter so empathetic to the human condition and so loyal and loving to her family and community, one guesses that Lorraine is looking down, very proud.


"Sincere and raw at times recalling Joni Mitchell and Patti Griffin, Roche's bittersweet voice jumps out; she paints an indelible image." -NPR Song of the Day

Lucy Wainwright Roche released her first full-length album simply entitled, LUCY on October 26, 2010. LUCY is well worth the wait. Special guest singers include pals Girlyman and the Indigo Girls as well as The Roches, Loudon Wainwright and Kelly Hogan. Backed by great musicians including: Steuart Smith (The Eagles) and David Mansfield, and produced by LWR and Stewart Lerman, the album features ten new original songs and a cover of a classic Paul Simon song, plus a surprising bonus track which features This American Life’s Ira Glass.

Her tales of life as seen from the road are masterfully told, she moves in and out of stories and song, creates a unique tapestry, weaving the ordinary into the magical, and she brings us all along with her. You won’t hear a false note from this shining star, she’s heartbreaking in a good way — and funny –Lucy’s a masterful performer. She’s a straight shooter, simple and direct, with loads of charm, but watch out, her hauntingly angelic voice and wickedly perceptive songs, will get you every time.


Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Lori McKenna in concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, April 3rd at 7pm with special guest, Lucy Wainwright Roche, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  2. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address)
  6. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 3/31/11 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets available on-line at or at Turn It Up!, Boswell’s Books, Elmer’s, and World Eye Books. 665-4036

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