Carrie Newcomer's had a long, successful career, dating back to her days as the leader of the '80s folk band Stone Soup. But she's never sold tons of albums, and she doesn't sell out arenas.
When she performs in Tampa on Monday, Feb. 24, she'll be in the Jaeb Theatre, one of the smallest spaces at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, an intimate theater that seats a few hundred people at small tables for its popular Club Jaeb series.
But she's widely admired in folk music circles, both for her music and her devotion to altruistic causes and activism. Her infuence exetends far beyond her audience.
In 2008, a Boston's radio station included her on a list of the Most Influential Artists of the past 25 years. In 2010, Chicago's WBEZ radio and The Chicago Tribune included her on their list of Top 50 folk artists of the last half-century.
Her social conscience and her music are inseparable, but her songs aren't heavy-handed. They can be serious, but they can also be light and humorous. They're always melodic and beautifully sung.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Jaeb Theatre at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $28.50 plus service charge and up. Information: 813-229-7827, www.strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear