Arlon’s emergence in the Folk/Americana scene has grown steadily. While accumulating songwriting awards throughout North America, he has opened for such acts as Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Jill Sobule, Michael Smith, Lesley Gore, and has sung with Livingston Taylor. Arlon also was twice selected by Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey to perform in his Music2Life showcase featuring America's best songs of social consciousness. Arlon is equally proud that his lyrics to “The Ace in Grace” (from his 1999 debut, Fountain of Dreams) were used in the official statue dedication of late tennis champion, humanitarian and personal hero, Arthur Ashe.
'Summer’s Voice' is Arlon’s third and latest release (Red Sea Records). He lets you eavesdrop on a conversation with a Vietnam veteran, go on a bus ride with Rosa Parks, and enjoy a red light kiss on your third date, amongst other ordinary AND extraordinary vignettes. His foot-tapping songs will draw chills, laughs, and the contemplative 'Hmmm...' while he engages you with an All-American 'aw-shucks' charisma that you don't see around too often.
Recently, Arlon was invited by a presidential campaign to perform his song 'Be the Change' in a lineup that also included Bruce Hornsby, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Arlon’s music also reached another playing field when the New York Mets chose the title track of 'Summer’s Voice' to be featured in a tribute video to Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Murphy before a packed house at Shea Stadium.
There’s always something meaningful in Arlon’s songs because he recognizes the power of music to reach people. He gives his skills and talents to organizations like Hospice and “Wednesday’s Child” (NBC/Philadelphia), and participates in fundraising efforts for numerous causes including the Hudson Valley Food Bank.
Arlon is never afraid to experiment and push his boundaries. His innate need to constantly evolve is unmistakable on 'Summer’s Voice'. And his music always comes from the heart. “It’s the most rewarding way to communicate,” says Arlon. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
With Jill Sobule and John Sonntag after opening a show at The Outpost in the Burbs. (Yes, chocolate chip cookies are a weakness of hers!)
With my daughter Arlana at benefit show!
With 'Wednesday's Child' and Vai Sikahema (NBC Sports) after a televised mentoring session.
With Noel 'Paul' Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) at Kerrville Folk Festival after the Music2Life concert.
With singer Mara Levine, bassist Andrew Connors, and guitarist extrordinaire John Sonntag after a CD release show.