By Kelly Burch
---- — It’s not easy to find a concert that the whole family can enjoy, let alone one that is free. However, that’s exactly what will be coming to Concord next month as the Grammy-nominated family band Trout Fishing in America performs a free concert in the Spotlight Café at the Capitol Center for the Arts.
The concert is part of the William H. Giles Concert Series, which opened Dec.16, 1960, after a legacy of more than $700,000 was left by Helen B. Gile to finance a free concert series for the residents of Concord.. Although tickets are free, they must be reserved ahead of time to ensure seating.
Trout Fishing’s Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are certainly an odd pairing, with Idlet standing 6-feet-9-inches tall, and his band mate coming in at just 5-feet-5 (and one half) inches.
Despite their difference in height, Grimwood and Idlet come together to make beautiful music. They have been performing, writing and recording for more than three decades, and have received over 20 national awards and honors, including four Grammy nominations.
Grimwood’s professional musical experience began when, as a precocious teenage bass player, he began sitting in with jazz musicians who had socks older than him. Always the good student, he earned a degree in music from the University of Houston and then quickly landed a position with the Houston Symphony. By that time, Ezra Idlet had given up his spot on the bench of a local junior college basketball team to pursue a life of rock and roll. It was shortly thereafter that Idlet and Grimwood met as members of the Houston-based eclectic folk/rock band St. Elmo’s Fire, which became the percolator for Trout Fishing in America.
As St. Elmo’s dissolved in 1979, Trout Fishing in America was officially born. Idlet and Grimwood had become best of friends and musical partners.
Sharing knowledge and encouraging art is a mission of Trout Fishing In America. In the past few years, they have developed a variety of songwriting workshops for teachers and students. Their willingness to make fun of our most annoying and sometimes disgusting habits in one song, then touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life in the next, is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and their audience so real.
If You Go What: Trout Fishing in America. When: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m. Where: The Spotlight Café, the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main St., Concord How: Tickets are free, but must be reserved by visiting www.ccanh.com.