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Date(s) - 06/22/2024
8:30 pm

French Azilum Historical Site


DATE: JUNE 22, 2024
TIME: 8:30 PM
PRICE: $30 ALL DAY TICKET INCLUDES CONCERT (look for 20% discount to first 200 purchasers)


Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 8:30 pm, Kate Taylor, of the well-known musical family that includes
brothers James, Alex, Hugh, and Livingston, arrives at the Susquehanna Summer Solstice
Festival with her latest studio album, WHY WAIT! Released on Red House Records, it reunites
Kate with music veteran Peter Asher (of the 1960s Peter and Gordon singing duo) who
produced her 1971 debut album, SISTER KATE. WHY WAIT! includes work of some of Kate’s
favorite songwriters, including her brother James’ “I Will Follow,” and the Beatles’ “Good Day
Sunshine,” as well as Kate’s original R&B title track, “Why Wait!” and the evocative “I got a
Message.” Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate’s musical roots run deep in
the rockabilly, soul, and gospel sounds of the south and in the folk, pop and Appalachian style
that complete her family’s musical playbook.
The idea that started the album WHY WAIT! began at Kate’s birthday party when her agent,
who also manages Asher, noted most of the SISTER KATE band members were still active. Asher
welcomed the idea of recording with Kate on the 50 th anniversary of their SISTER KATE album
collaboration. Kate’s brother, James Taylor, told Rolling Stone: “For Kate to be doing this with
Peter, and that both of them have this life experience that brings them back together, it’s really
a moving thing. I think it’s so great that Kate will have this next iteration, you know, this next
chance for people to hear her and pick up on her.”
Kate Taylor’s appearance under the tent at the historic grounds of French Azilum on June 22,
2024 will highlight the Susquehanna Summer Solstice Festival’s celebration of American roots
music, encompassing a variety of genres: blues, jazz, swing, and American folk. Other
performers will include internationally renowned acts, and local and regional bands.
A plein air (out-of-doors) painting competition is the core of the week-long Festival. Artists
from throughout the northeast will set up their easels to capture the beauty of towns and
villages within 35 miles of French Azilum beginning on June 17, 2024. Plein air prizes, totaling
$4000, will be announced Friday, the 21 st, at 4 PM as Happy Hour kicks off the weekend Festival.
The Susquehanna Summer Solstice Fest is under the auspices of the Bradford County Regional
Arts council (BCRAC). For information, contact Brooks Eldredge-Martin at
brooksem@icloud.com, the BCRAC at info@bcrac.org , or call 570-268-2787. For schedules and
tickets, visit the website at www.susquehannasolstice.com.

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