Small Potatoes Is Arts Center Benefit Concert


Small Potatoes, an eclectic duo that weaves folk, Celtic, bluegrass and jazz into their music, will perform a benefit concert for the Manhattan Arts Center at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz. The concert is sponsored by First Savings Bank.

The "spuds," as they are known by their fans, have become a popular draw at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, where they have captivated crowds with tight harmony vocals and a fun, varied setlist.

The Chicago Tribune says their music "almost defies description. A melding of their vastly different musical backgrounds, it is a blend of Celtic, cowboy, jazz, swing, blues and folk. They play everything from mandolin, acoustic guitar and concertina to the Irish flute, tin whistle and bodhran and a host of percussion toys." The duo is also popular with children, featuring a kid’s show variously called "tater tots" or "small fries."

"Our music is the result of years of careful indecision," said Rich Prezioso, guitarist, songwriter and vocalist in the duo. "We’re really just eclecto-maniacs." Joining Prezioso is Kerrville New Folk Songwriting award winner Jacquie Manning, who has honed her stage skills through years of touring and over 20 years as a Girl Scout and as a troop leader.

First Savings Bank’s sponsorship of the concert means that 100 percent of the door will go towards programs at the Manhattan Arts Center.

"We are thrilled that First Savings Bank has stepped forward to sponsor this event," said Penny Senften, acting executive director at the Center.

"We value their partnership, which will make a real difference to the many Manhattan citizens who enjoy our programs."

The concert is produced by BirdHouse, an acoustic music series beginning its seventh season at the Manhattan Arts Center this fall. Fall BirdHouse season tickets will be available at the concert.

Tickets for the benefit concert are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available at The Dusty Bookshelf in Aggieville, and at the Manhattan Arts Center. Patrons may purchase tickets by calling 537-4420. If any tickets remain they will be available at the door the day of the show.