Emilia Dahlin, quartet to record live at Deertrees

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HARRISON — Award-winning Portland singer-songwriter Emilia Dahlin will join forces with her quartet for a summer evening of live music at Deertrees Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 22. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 to $22.

In celebration of the theater’s 80th year, the quartet will create a special “Live From Deertrees” recording in a venue known for its fabulous acoustics.

In 1936 the marvelous opera house was built on the site of an old deer run in the forest above the village of Harrison. It was designed by Harrison G. Wiseman, a famous theater architect with the instruction: “Design the most acoustically and technically perfect theater possible.” Constructed of rose hemlock in the Adirondack style with hand-carved fixtures and near-perfect acoustics, the then 350-seat (now 300-seat) theater was considered as fine as any on Broadway.

Dahlin’s live shows shun the folk label that was bestowed on her in her early career. Emilia’s weaving of a historian’s imagination with a troubadour’s artistry offers an American original sound that touches the relish of vintage jazz, the tang of a Tom Waitsian waltz and the somber grit of a lowtide lullaby. With massive stage presence, and a crack band of Adam Frederick on bass, Seth Kearns on drums and Pete Morse on guitar, live shows serve up a big sound that tends to swing and groove.

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Dahlin has earned numerous local and national awards and has released four albums while touring nationally for over a decade. Her website is http://www.emiliadahlin.com.

The box office will be open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdayon non-performance days, and 1 to 7:30 p.m. on performance days. Call 207-583-6747. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

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