The State Theater continues its season of varied and quality programming this week with a concert by country rocker Steve Earle on Thursday, and a free appearance by broadcast personality Rachel Maddow on Friday.
Among the so-called outlaws of country music, Steve Earle has dramatic credentials. He was a rising star in Nashville in the 1980's, until his imprisonment for heroin possession.
Recovering from addiction, Earle returned to music, though turning away from the country music establishment. A life-long resident of the south, Earle moved to New York City, attracted by its liberalism and diversity. He celebrates these qualities in "City Of Immigrants" and other songs on his recent album, "Washington Square Serenade".
Steve Earle performs on Thursday with his wife, Allison Moorer.
On Friday, broadcast personality Rachel Maddow comes to the State in an early (6 pm), free appearance.
Maddow hosts a show on the Air America radio network, and was recently hired for a high-profile program on cable television's MSNBC.
Maddow's appearance is free of charge, though tickets are required. The free tickets, while they last, are available at Small World Music and other locations.
for Ithaca Blog