Cathedral Arts Live: Walter Parks & Rob Curto

Cathedral Arts Live: Walter Parks & Rob Curto

Date(s) - 01/17/2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Grace Church Van Vorst

Cathedral Arts Live is delighted to once again host the incomparable Walter Parks, performing with accordion ace Rob Curto January 17, 2020 at 7 pm.

Storyteller, singer-songwriter, and finger-picking guitarist Walter Parks, a Florida native now living in Jersey City, enchants audiences with his creative mix of swamp blues, folk, and jazz delivered sometimes in an ambient style and sometimes in a gritty-rootsy style. From 2001-2011 Parks’ toured all over the world with Richie Havens’ trio. Swamp By Chandelier, Parks’ current solo show, is an entertaining and historical presentation of such European and Appalachian rooted music as well as the slave spirituals, work songs, and hymns that were sung in the Southeast Georgia area during our country’s transition from The Civil War to industrialization. In the show, he also performs originals and a few Richie Havens classics. The locally celebrated Vault Allure Concert Series that presents artists from all over the world is organized and promoted by Walter Parks and his wife Margo. “Along the path of a serious artistic career, certain situations, places and/or people eventually take us to a crossroads,” said Parks. “Grace Van Vorst Church is such a crossroads, where one is naturally inspired to do one’s best work instead of settling for less.”

Rob Curto is an accordionist, composer, arranger, and keyboardist based in New York and Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the band Matuto which was chosen to represent the United States State Department overseas as part of the American Music Abroad program in 2013 and 2015. He has released 4 CDs as a bandleader and is a prolific composer and arranger.

The duo’s collaboration marks Parks’ third appearance at Cathedral Arts Live. He previously delighted audiences with a solo performance, a reimagining of traditional spirituals with Jersey City singer Vivian Sessoms, and a reunion with Stephanie Winters, his former bandmate from The Nudes.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hot food and cold beverages available for purchase. Doors open at 7 pm.


Now in its fifth season, Cathedral Arts Live aims to create a transcendent musical experience and strengthen our community by welcoming and celebrating a diverse group of artists, performers, and audiences in our beautiful space.

*This program is made possible in part by funds from The New Jersey State Council on The Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by The Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and The Board of Chosen Freeholders.