Don Conoscenti, singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist, will be featured on the Winter Wind Stage on Sunday, December 7. Tickets are $20 for the 7:00 pm concert held in The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.
Once a die-hard rocker, Don Conoscenti is one of the most respected musicians and critically acclaimed songwriters in acoustic music. He is best known for dynamic acoustic folk performances characterized by a distinctive use of multiple and partial capos and a wide-ranging instrumental proficiency that includes six and 12-string guitar, steel guitar, piano, drums, percussion, flute, recorder, didgeridoo, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. His live performances are a soulful fusion of styles blended from his experience playing rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk and country.
Don grew up in the Chicago area. At the age of 17 he left home and began to travel extensively throughout the United States, South America, Jamaica, and Japan, absorbing different musical styles at each stop. He formed his first rock band while living in Vermont and working behind the counter of the original Ben and Jerry's ice cream store. He later earned acclaim as a jazz guitarist.
Don then moved to Atlanta and began to make a name for himself as a folk singer in the thriving music scene where he, and most of Atlanta's other notable musicians, played at Eddie's Attic.
After Conoscenti left Atlanta he toured the country almost continuously until 2004, returning to Chicago in 2005 for a year studying jazz, guitar and voice. The following year he settled in Taos, New Mexico, where he continues to study jazz as he also explores the blues, Americana, and rock as a member of several bands.
In the fall of 2013, Conoscenti joined the band of SONiA disappear fear for a 54-city tour in the U.S. and Canada that included stops on the west coast in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver and Los Angeles and in the east in New York City and Boston. Conoscenti was also a featured guitarist on SONiA disappear fear's 2013 release Broken Film.
Don has performed twice on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. Following his 1999 performance there, the Library of Congress added a collection of Conoscenti's work to their folk revivalist archives. In 2003, the Archive of Folk Culture of the American Folklife Center added a collection of Don Conoscenti material.
Conoscenti has released nine CDs to date, all but one on his Cogtone label. Ellis Paul sang back-up vocals on Paradox of Grace. The two close friends and collaborators have appeared in Norman and at Woody Fest individually and together many times over the years to enthusiastic audiences. The Depot welcomes “Don Con” back.
To purchase concert tickets click the Buy Tickets link above, or stop by The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or phone 405 307-9320 (hours 8 to 2, M-F.)
Winter Wind concerts are made possible in part, by grants from The Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, with additional support from Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion; Brad and Lisa Raley; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Nancy McClellan; Farrel and Julie Droke; Danna Primm; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.