7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 24 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis

Tickets $20 advance, $25 door. Available online or at the Majestic Theatre Box Office in downtown Corvallis.

American folk music icon Tom Paxton will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. 2nd St, Corvallis. The performance and talk, hosted by Bob Santelli, is part of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts’ American String Series.

An integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early 1960’s Greenwich Village scene, Paxton has been a celebrated voice of his generation. His music addresses the issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tender bonds of family, friends, and community. He continues to be a primary influence on today’s “New Folk” performers.

Paxton was born in Chicago, but his family settled in New York when he was 10 years old, and calls New York “home.” He received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Oklahoma, where he majored in drama while his interest in folk music grew and eventually predominated. After college he returned to New York while he served in the Army and remained there following his discharge.

His early success in Greenwich Village coffeehouses, such as The Gaslight and The Bitter End, led to an ever-increasing circle of work. In 1965 he made his first tour of the United Kingdom — the beginning of a still-thriving professional relationship that has included at least one tour in each of the succeeding years. He has performed thousands of concerts around the world in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada, and his still-dedicated  and new fans are a testament to the quality of his recent work, and to the enduring power of his modern standards. Paxton’s songbooks, critically acclaimed children’s books, award-winning children’s recordings and a catalog of hundreds of songs (recorded by artists running the gamut from Willie Nelson to Placido Domingo) all serve to document and validate his successful 40-year career. 

Paxton is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. He is likely best known to many for his anti-war song, “Peace Will Come.”

The American Strings series brings renowned artists from around the U.S. to Corvallis and Oregon State University for an in-depth look at how and why stringed instruments play such a profound role in American music.

Hosted by the GRAMMY Museum’s Bob Santelli, the OSU College of Liberal Arts and the Majestic Theatre, the conversation and performance that comprises each segment of American Strings makes for a one of a kind opportunity to appreciate and know better the great American music tradition.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and are available online at http://majestic.org and at the Majestic Theatre box office.

The show is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Majestic Theatre.

To request accommodations relating to a disability please call 541-737-5592 at least one week in advance.