Ken Waldman/Ken Waldman & The Wild Ones: Description
Ken Waldman combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and smart storytelling for a performance uniquely his. Nine CDs include two for children. Fourteen books include eleven full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a kids' book, and a creative writing manual. He's appeared at the widest range of venues for the widest range of audiences, from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to the Woodford Festival (Queensland, Australia) to the Dodge Poetry Festival to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas to all manner of concert series.
Though Ken can come solo, as he still sometimes does for residency activities, more often he's joined by an accompanist or two, or a whole troupe of musicians, many of whom are headliners themselves. Ken has been compared to such icons as John Hartford, Ken Burns, and (Mr.) Fred Rogers.
Regionally, the past 25 years he's not only appeared throughout Alaska, but more recently has done residencies through the Mountain Home (ID) Arts Council, Salmon (ID) Arts Council, Great Basin College (Elko NV), Big Sky (MT) Arts Council, and Chico (CA) Performances, as well as events in Boise, Spokane, Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Portland, Eugene, and Crescent City (CA).
"Always recommended." --Austin Chronicle
"Renegade Americana." --Denver Post
Ken Waldman/Ken Waldman & The Wild Ones: Description of Outreach Options
In March 2019, Ken Waldman came to Chico Performances in Chico CA. There, he led a main stage show where he was joined by four accompanists, including two from nearby Paradise, a community which had been destroyed by fire four months before. The next day, Ken played two main stage School Day shows with one of those accompanists. Earlier in the week, Ken was solo when he visited three elementary schools, a senior center, and a university Creative Writing class.
Every community is different. Ken has visited communities where he's worked with both pre-schoolers and at-risk or advance placement high-schoolers. He's offered community Creative Writing workshops. At colleges, he's not only visited writing classes, but has also visited Music Department classes and Honors Program classes. He's always interested in having conversations so his events are win/win/win for the sponsoring organization, the community, and for himself (and the artists joining him). That includes streaming and/or hybrid events.
Ken Waldman/Ken Waldman & The Wild Ones: Pandemic Performance Options
Ken Waldman/Ken Waldman & The Wild Ones: Description of Provisional Touring Options
The Lakewood (CO) Cultural Center was supposed to host Ken Waldman along with Willi Carlisle in October 2020; the date's been moved to February 2021. The organization received WESTAF TourWest funding for the visit (and Ken recently made four education videos, two for elementary-school students, two for older students) and lead a community Creative Writing workshop. For the mainstage show, the theater for now is allowed to have 29 people. They're looking at two shows instead of one, and the venue received CARES funding in order to live stream, which Ken Waldman and Willi Carlisle are happy to do.
(Ken Waldman adds that though he shared Chico Performances videos of himself with Willi Carlisle, from Missouri, and Kevin Carr, from Oregon, he has contacts virtually everywhere, so can often bring local musicians.
Also, the Chico Performances residency was in a community hugely impacted by the fire in nearby Paradise, and Ken's work paid attention to the circumstance in a way that didn't dwell on the disaster, but didn't diminish the effects either. Ken understands the challenges related to the pandemic, so looks to share his talents accordingly.
Ken Waldman always feels he can be of service!
- We can travel up to 3000.
- Regional block booking available.
- We offer hybrid/video events
- Touring will resume on 1/2021
Ken Waldman/Ken Waldman & The Wild Ones: Tech Requirements
Depends on who Ken Waldman has joining him and what kind of event. If Ken brings a troupe, he likes to use a condenser microphone, which he'll bring, so they only need a single mic, or a hybrid system with an extra mic for Ken. But Ken Waldman works with all kinds of presenting organizations in all kinds of settings. Simple is fine! If he brings his music partner, Lizzie Thompson, a cellist, and they're flying in, she'd bring an electric cello, so would plug her in. Otherwise, it's all acoustic, and they pride themselves on being easy.
Ken Waldman/Ken Waldman & The Wild Ones: Fee Ranges
Fee Range for public performances: $1,200-$7,500 (depends on numerous factors)
Fee Range for residencies and workshops: $2,500-$20,000 (again, depends on numerous factors)