Singer/songwriter Deni Bonet to play free concert in Berkeley Springs
Fresh off selling out New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, singer/songwriter and instrumentalist, Deni Bonet will take the stage for a free concert Saturday, Aug. 3, at Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) State Park.
Morgan County Arts Council Concert and School Coordinator Jill Klein Rone said the internationally-known recording artist has performed at the Morgan Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park series in Berkeley Springs too many times to count.
“She’s one of our favorites. She’s lots of fun and she’s really talented,” Rone said. “The audiences really like her.”
Bonet said she has some West Virginia roots, having lived in Charleston, W.Va., while starting her professional career as part of the house band for National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage.
She now resides in New York City and has taken her unique style of music across the country as well as internationally. The accomplished electric violinist said she is known for her blue violin.
Her impressive resume includes having performed and recorded with Mundy, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan and many others. She has performed throughout the country and around the world including a recent sold-out concert at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City, concerts on the Great Wall of China, at the United Nations and the White House.
Bonet has also recently toured the United States and Europe, and has become an in-demand act, headlining various festivals, performing arts centers, clubs, colleges and international venues.
“They loved me in Ireland, even though I don’t play Irish music, I play my own but they still loved it,” Bonet said.
Bonet describes her style of music as energetic folk rock.
“The Wall Street Journal called it Sheryl Crow meets the B-52’s,” Bonet said. “It’s very fun uplifting music that makes you feel good.”
Her music has been featured on HBO, NBC, American Airlines as well as several film and modern dance projects. She said she was recently honored to be awarded a grant through the Arts Envoy Program of the U.S. Government to spend a month on a residency in Africa teaching violin, songwriting and rock ’n’ roll at a music college in Zanzibar.
Bonet has released several CDs of her own original music including last year’s critically-acclaimed “Bright Shiny Objects” on Zip Records/Sony-RED. And she said she is currently working on her next project which is due out in 2020.
She said she has been very blessed to have many well-known musicians agree to play on her albums, such as guitarist Peter Buck from R.E.M. and Fred Schneider from the B-52’s.
“For me it’s just fun because these are amazing players that are agreeing to come play on my record,” Bonet said.
The artist said she usually performs as a duo or a trio. At the Saturday show, she will be joined by Chris Flynn on guitar and Ado Coker on keyboards.
“She’s (Coker) remarkable and I’m really lucky to have her right now,” Bonet said.
She said her show is family-friendly and she especially enjoys when young violin students come to see her perform.
“It sort of transcends the age barrier, which makes me happy to play to all ages,” Bonet said.
All concerts start at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to sit on.
The Morgan County Arts Council’s Ice House, located at the corner of Independence and Mercer, two blocks north of the park, serves as the rain location. Rone said the decision to move the concerts due to weather will be made by noon on the days of the concerts and will be posted on the Morgan County Arts Council’s Facebook page and other social media.
For more information, visit macicehouse.org or call 304-258-2300.