May 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Prepare to have your face melted by the likes of Shreddy Eddy, Golden Thunder and the reigning champ, D Vicious. In this joyful comedy, which premiered at the prestigious Humana Festival, professional Air Guitar competitions provide the backdrop for a marvelous cast of characters. When Nina, a real guitar player, wanders into a bar to compete, she soon discovers that she has a lot to learn.
May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018
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Ma Cong’s visceral Blood Rush set to the sizzling music of Latin composer Astor Piazzola, defines the word hot!
Ron Cunningham’s Bolero perfectly captures the relentless drive of Ravel’s pulsating music.
Witty, urbane, sophisticated, and deliciously irreverent, Fluctuating Hemlines’ 1960s fashion collides with 21st century morés.
May 27, 2018
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A live podcast with host Dave Pierini. Named after the theatre folklore of “what happens when the gun doesn’t go off,” Poison Boot features Pierini interviewing actors about the high anxiety moments on stage when the script couldn’t save them. In the second act, an improv team performs a skit based on the story.
May 28, 2018
A night of Hawaiian music featuring Kawika Kahiapo and Nathan Aweau.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Nathan Aweau has been part of such award-winning groups as HAPA, Ka‘eo, and The Ali‘i. His seven solo CDs have won him multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s Grammy) including Male Vocalist of the Year (the only person to have won three times), Song of the Year (twice), and Island Album of the Year, among others. Slack Key guitarist Kawika Kahiapo has contributed to more than 84 recording projects and performed with numerous artists both on stage and as a studio musician, and is a regular at slack key festivals. Kawika’s most recent solo releases won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2015 – one for Island Music Album of the Year for Ku‘u ‘Aina Aloha, the other for Slack Key Album of the Year for Ho‘omaluhia.
May 29, 2018
Start your night out right with jazz, cocktails and dancing. Upstairs at the B presents an hour of live jazz music and drink specials prior to the Mainstage show. All will enjoy happy hour specials and those seeing the Mainstage show will receive a ticket discount.
Guitarist Arlyn Anderson has been performing professionally for almost 20 years. Based out of Sacramento, he has performed throughout the country and has shared bills with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Trey Anastasio and Les Claypool to name a few. While studying classical and jazz at SJDC and CSUS, he shared the stage with many famous jazz greats. The Arlyn Anderson Trio will be performing a variety of classic jazz standards along with some original works and arrangements.
May 31, 2018
Sister Orchid marks Nellie’s 7th label release in just 31 years. Her previous albums include Get Away From My Head, Pretty Little Villagers, Obligatory Pie, Normal as Home: A Tribute to My Day, Sweet Mobile and Blueberry Reader. All have been reasonably well-received. The following actually happened: On Broadway she won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, she also co-created and starred in the award winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats, and has written and produced musical biographies around a compelling gallery of ladies – from environmental pioneer Rachel Carson to the life, conviction, and execution at San Quentin of underdog Barbara Graham, and most recently The Big Molinsky – Considering Joan Rivers, as well as A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of the Year by The New York Times. Nellie’s big-screen work includes roles in PS I Love You and Downtown Express – she contributed movie music to Rumor Has It, Monster-in-Law, Gasland, Last Holiday, and Private Life. In the world of TV her music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, & The View. Nellie has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz. The Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of her 3rd album, Obligatory Villagers, and her writing has appeared in The Onion, Interview, and The New York Times Book Review.
June 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018
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An evening celebrating the history, growth and impact of company for the last decade. The show will contain two new full length works by Artistic Director Kelli Leighton and Assistant Artistic Director Jared Baker.
Kelli Leighton’s new work, inspired by “Warrior” by Segovia Amil, shows the resilience of the human spirit when confronted with the insurmountable challenges of life. We should embrace them, celebrate them, and wear them as our armor. No matter what mistakes we have made, or how much we have been burned, we will fly on with “Scorched Wings”.
“Carved in Fire”, by Jared Baker and set to the music of Bon Iver, depicts the process of a passion running thin. Through it’s timeline, the piece urges us to balance the responsibilities of life, while maintaining the spark that keeps us moving forward.”
June 7, 2018
His full name is Richard Slaid Cleaves, but Slaid is the name that he has used his entire life.
Cleaves's musical roots extend back prior to his days playing in a high school "garage band" with his childhood friend Rod Picott. The two shared a love of music, especially Bruce Springsteen and named their band The Magic Rats, after a character in Springsteen's song "Jungleland."
He brought his love of American artists such as Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, CCR, and more with him to Cork, Ireland, where he spent his junior year of college. To help pass the time he learned how to play the songs on guitar and on November 18, 1985 he made his debut as a busker—a street singer—in Cork City, Ireland.
June 8, 2018
For 40 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers.
To understand Tuck & Patti, start with the wellspring of love within them, then their music begins to make perfect sense. Married 37 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. They have a long-standing tradition: Minimalist arrangements featuring Tuck's extraordinary virtuosity and Patti's rich mezzo soprano.
Patti, renowned for her remarkable ability to touch hearts directly with her voice, exudes the soft, centered yet powerful graciousness of a gospel singer; Tuck almost wears his brain on his skin, anticipating the thousands of musical decisions he'll have to send to his ten fingers during the course of a performance. Seeing the virtuosity and complexity of Tuck's guitar work, most are surprised to learn that Patti is the actual writer, arranger and producer. Without even blinking, Tuck-the-problem-solver brags, "Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra."
June 9, 2018
Other Entertainment Series
Come witness the spandex, the rock-n-roll, and the greatest thing you've never seen before. Watch all levels of air guitarists compete in 2 rounds of 60 second performances, where technical merit, stage presence, and "airness" earn them points with a panel of judges who will be selecting the top air guitarist to represent Sacramento, CA at the 2018 US Air Guitar Nationals. Current reigning Sacramento champion, Kitkat, will be defending her title as 10-15 air guitarists battle it out on stage.
June 9, 2018
It's Jack's personal favorite rock 'n' roll/pop songs Version 7.0. "The Joke's on Me" is an evening of terrific live music and laughs as he performs with his all star band.
Songs by Tom Petty, Little Feat, Warren Zevon, The Mavericks, Grateful Dead, Rodney Crowell, The Turtles and Steppenwolf are just some of the tunes that made his list.
"Music has been a huge part of my life since I was 10 or 12. If I'd spent as much time studying for school as I did memorizing lyrics and reading liner notes, I'd be a rocket scientist” says the man whom many think Elton John sang about in "Rocket Man." Part rock & roll history, part memoir, Gallagher summons up a Jean Shepherd-esque collective consciousness to perform more gems of baby boomer music and to tell the tales that go with them. “I am so lucky to have an amazing band of nationally-known Bay Area musicians playing with me,” Gallagher beams—“The Rubinoos' Tommy Dunbar and Al Chan, drummer Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray/John Lee Hooker/Van Morrison), keyboardist Allen Leong, Dean Chance on harmonica and the legendary maestro himself, Dick Bright."
June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018
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Experience a wealth of brilliant excerpts from George Balanchine in the new intimate setting of the Sofia theater.
June 19, 2018 - July 22, 2018
One of your B Street favorites returns to Capitol Avenue! The Ladies Foursome follows four women as they navigate the ups and downs of life on the links. During this outrageous round of golf the women tackle life, love, men, sex, and careers
June 20, 2018
In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. In the 27 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released eleven albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work.
June 22, 2018
Born in Redding, California in 1950, Roy began playing guitar at twelve years of age. A year later at age 13, he was performing in a rock ‘n’ roll band that wore gold lame jackets and played Little Richard and Chuck Berry tunes. He discovered the great blues players early on, especially when his older brother brought home an album by Robert Johnson. Thus began his love of the blues, slide guitar in particular, which had an immediate effect on Roy, who was indeed named after the King of the Cowboys. Through the years he developed a distinctive style of playing slide guitar that not only emerged, but one that is instantly recognizable.
SBL Entertainment Presents – Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo
June 23, 2018
Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years. Pete is known worldwide for his live performances, session work and solo albums.
As a young boy he would sit on the steps of nightclubs and watch musicians play. Music became his outlet. When he was 15 years old he began to also sketch and paint on wood or cardboard. Anything he could get his hands on, he would start to draw.
Pete did not know that his love for music and art combined would change his life forever. And this is how it began.
June 30, 2018
In a career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three GRAMMY awards, Hudson Valley Troubadour Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio.
As a music-maker, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. In both roles, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. He continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In either format, Chapin's infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he's performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse.
The New York Times called Chapin "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music," while Billboard called him "the best family artist around" and described him as "totally captivating." Parents magazine stated, "Nobody today is writing and performing better kids' songs than Tom Chapin."
July 3, 2018
One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4 time banjo champ, and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group.
WB3 performed at the “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capital Hill attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Now the band is rapidly gaining favor in the Bluegrass and Americana world as evidenced by their invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and others.
July 5, 2018
Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy. Coming on the heels of Strange Days, his most successful record since his eponymous debut and despite a never-ending cycle of touring, Moore offers a new release of bright, blazing rock-n-roll that combines his legendary guitar prowess with radio-friendly songs that showcase his elastic, soul-inflected vocals. “It’s a very different climate right now. When we hit a city, it doens’t matter that i have 14 records, radio hits, etc. The only thing that matters is if we can really show up and leave the people feeling they saw something amazing. Its keeps me hungry, and I like the challenge” says Moore.
July 6, 2018
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Emmy Award-winning writer and Tonight Show comedian Mike Dugan’s ‘Men Fake Foreplay’ is a hilarious trip through the trials and errors encountered on the road to becoming a man in a
"boys will be boys" world.
What begins as a naive attempt to "figure out women" quickly shifts into an honest and candid exploration of the male and female psyches and the cultural influences that shape a man's character.
The result is a highly entertaining and deeply considered look at men's experiences with responsibility, trust, feelings, intimacy, commitment, street-corner sex education, role models, dating, diamonds, marriage, lying, cheating, divorce, fantasizing, blaming, shaming, dancing, and, especially, their relationships with women. Dugan’s long career of comedy writing and performing provides a unique take on these topics that has consistently elicited responses describing the show as “hilarious, important, and necessary”.
“A funny, incisive, one-man journey to enlightenment.” - San Francisco Bay Times
"Incisive, Insightful, Interesting and Important. Oh, and Funny. Laugh out-loud, ain't that the
truth, stop you're killin' me, funny." ] - Auburn New York Citizen
"Filled with funny and philosophical insights - Dugan's take goes far beyond yuks
about leaving the toilet seat up.” - Washington Post
"Hilarious and meaningful! A lot of fun and a lot of Truth!" - Marianne Williamson
"Hilarious, Profound, Important." - Ben Vereen
"Men Fake Foreplay needs to fly across America and abroad and be translated into many languages!"
- Amy Smart, Actor/Activist
SBL Entertainment Presents – The Weight Band feat. members of The Band, Levon Helm Band & Rick Danko Group
July 12, 2018
The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante, both former members of The Band, performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, along side Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs.
Inspired to carry on the legacy of the un-forgettable rock group, Weider (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Marty Grebb (keyboards, organ, horns, vocals) and Brian Mitchell (keyboards, organ, accordion, vocals) to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass, vocals) and Michael Bram (drums, vocals) to make up their current lineup with Weider, Mitchell and Grebb. Together, after four years of touring, The Weight Band has recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base.
July 13, 2018
The genius of Davell Crawford arises from his ability to play and sing the music of his passion—the music of his life. The New Orleans keyboardist, vocalist, composer and arranger soaked up the surrounding rhythms and harmonies that were his deep musical roots and nurtured his natural talent. Acclaimed as the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” Crawford brings equal exuberance to both modern and classic jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, blues, gospel, soul, pop, American folk and touches of country-western. Growing up in New Orleans and presently residing there and in New York City plus spending many youthful days in Southwest Louisiana, Crawford’s influences run the gamut from Fats Domino to Sarah Vaughan, to Patsy Cline and even Liberace.
July 14, 2018
Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their own brand of magical musical chemistry to audiences far and wide. Along with Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy-jazz-inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt — which accounts for the “Hot Club” portion of their name — with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing-inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, represented in the “Cowtown” of their name. They have created a legacy of the preservation of musical traditions that have often been overlooked by the mainstream and alternative music worlds. Even Americana and roots enthusiasts have only scratched surface of the multitude of musicians, past and present, who continue to inspire the Hot Club of Cowtown.
July 20, 2018
A native of Italy, D’Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 33 years ago. In 2017 Guitar Player listed him as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar. The CD “Every Step of The Way” was awarded by Acoustic Guitar’s People’s Choice Awards with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine.
Peppino gives guitar workshops, master classes and seminars worldwide. Top leading publishers such as Truefire, Alfred Publishing, Hal Leonard and Acoustic Guitar Magazine Books have published his compositions and instructional methods.
To date Peppino has recorded 18 CD’s, performed in over thirty three countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with such greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum and many more. D’Agostino’s latest solo CD “Penumbra” was released by Mesa Blue Moon Recordings.
July 21, 2018
Other Entertainment Series
Fresh from the national tour of his award- winning, hilarious chronicle of the changes in America during the Time of Trump, comedian, columnist, actor, author, former margarine smuggler, Will Durst is proud to announce he’s updated his hysterical historical “Durst Case Scenario,” with a colon and a subtitle- “Midterm Madness.” DCS: MM is a rollicking feast of outrage and outrageousness as up- to- date as the most current 4 am Oval Office tweet.
In this lightning- paced, 85- minute comedic tour- de- force, Durst, described by the New York Times as “possibly the best political comic working today,” celebrates the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s Reign of Error by analyzing where we are, how we got here and the myriad of destinations that may lie ahead. And what the chances are, we’ll be fighting with dogs for food once we get there.
Chronicling the latest results of the game of musical chairs in the Oval Office, Durst also details the wacky zany antics, palace intrigues and potholes and pitfalls of polarization that threaten our country, hemisphere, planet, solar system and universe, in this, The New Abnormal.
July 27, 2018
The T Sisters are a genuine sister group based in the creative hub of Oakland, California. The group is made up of Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals). Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters’ sound represents a continuum of music: from traditional to pop influences, moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana. The sisters' contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, from the Andrews Sisters and the Pointer Sisters to modern family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three sisters embody a fresh and soulful take on folk/Americana music.
July 28, 2018
“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist MARCIA BALL of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”
August 2, 2018
When you hear about the son of two country music legends, the product seems inevitable… But what you get from Shooter Jennings is a little bit of that, and a whole lot of what you didn't realize you wanted. A musician, song writer, producer, and video game creator, Jennings has released eight studio albums, two live records, and has produced and released various projects courtesy of his own record label Black Country Rock. Jennings’ career hasn't ever stuck to one format, and you can find him all over the map when it comes to where he is at in the game. His latest album, released in 2016, Countach (For Giorgio), came in at #7 on the US Dance/ Electronic charts, and was Jennings’ ode to electronic music innovator and songwriter, Giorgio Moroder. The album features songs with various artists including Marilyn Manson, Brandi Carlile, and Steve Young
August 3, 2018
“Get Ready, Get excited, Fleetwood Mask is about to hit the stage” – quote from Mick Fleetwood, founder of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mask is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band formed out of a mutual love and respect for Fleetwood Mac’s music and story. Replicating one of rock’s most successful bands is a passion for Fleetwood Mask and each band member is committed to performing the music of Fleetwood Mac with authenticity and style. With over 25 years of professional music and theatrical experience combined, Fleetwood Mask provides a fun and exciting Fleetwood Mac musical experience! As Mick Fleetwood states- “This band does it right, just listen to the music and you will know what I am talking about!”
August 4, 2018
Tom Rigney has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area roots music scene for more than thirty-five years. In 2000, after fifteen years as the leader and electrifying violinist of The Sundogs, fiddler/composer Tom Rigney stepped out on his own with a hot new band, Flambeau. The repertoire is original, eclectic, passionate, and filled with a musical and emotional intensity that will come as no surprise to followers of Rigney’s career.
There is no question that Rigney has become one of the premier blues and roots music violinists in the world, and continues to be a prolific composer of powerfully compelling music for the violin, music whose influences come from an extremely wide range of musical styles within the broad boundaries of American Roots Music. As a composer, as a violinist, as a band leader, Tom Rigney is a true American original.
August 7, 2018 - September 9, 2018
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At the height of the cold war, neighbors Sul and Efran decide to build a shared bomb shelter for their families. As the world around them changes, both families are forced to ponder their place in the shifting landscape.
August 10, 2018
It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and winner of four GRAMMY Awards pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Outside of the band, Jones made the charts as a solo artist also lent his trademark keyboards to many artists ranging in genre from Ray Charles to Neil Young. He also produced albums for Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers, Willie Nelson’s Stardust and more. Booker more recently won back to back GRAMMY AWARDS in the category Best Pop Instrumental Album for his 2011 release The Road From Memphis where he is backed by the hip-hop band The Roots and for the 2009 album Potato Hole which features guests Neil Young and Drive By Truckers. He’s also been in the spotlight leading an all-star band for a number of events for President Obama, the latest being an In Performance at the White House gala devoted to Memphis soul that aired on PBS. Booker’s current album Sound The Alarm (Stax/Concord) is critically acclaimed and features collaborations with some of the finest talents in modern soul and R&B including Mayer Hawthorne, Anthony Hamilton, Vintage Trouble, Estelle, Gary Clark, Jr., Luke James and more. Rolling Stone raves, “Booker T Unleashes The Blues on Sound The Alarm”, and No Depression proclaims, “With…Sound The Alarm marking a brilliant return to Stax Records after 40 years, Jones is currently on tour. Catch him if you can, and change your plans to make it if you think you can’t.”
August 11, 2018
Over the past couple of decades, tribute bands have become big business in the world of concert promotion. And, not surprisingly, the more popular ones are the acts that are most authentic. Such is the case with Cash’d Out (Douglas Benson vocals, Kevin Manuel guitar, George Bernardo drums, and Stephen Rey bass), a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. How can you tell? Well, beyond critics having anointed Cash’d Out the “next best thing to Johnny Cash,” and the group having won six San Diego Music Awards for Best Tribute Band, and being the only tribute band endorsed by the official Johnny Cash web page, JohnnyCash.com, the real proof lies in what members of Cash’s inner circle have said. “Cindy Cash came to a show, we made her cry and she gave me a necklace with Johnny's hair in a glass locket,” explains front man Douglas Benson. Benson added that Cash producer Lou Robin has also been to several Cash’d Out shows, and claimed that if he closed it eyes it was like “going back in time.”
August 14, 2018
World-renowned guitarist and singer JOHN PIZZARELLI has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”
Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talen
August 15, 2018
Geoff Tate celebrates the 30th Anniversary of one of the best-selling rock concept albums, Operation: Mindcrime - certified Platinum and named as one of the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time”. Come again and follow Nikki through his journey of a corrupt society as he gets involved with a revolutionary group along with Father William, Dr. X and Sister Mary.
Geoff and his electric band will perform the album in its entirety, featuring the hits “Revolution Calling”, “I Don’t Believe In Love” and “Eyes Of A Stranger” along with a greatest hits set featuring “Jet City Woman” “Empire” and the forever signature “Silent Lucidity.
August 17, 2018
Guitar fans will have the rare opportunity to hear Grammy Award-winning master guitarist John Jorgenson play electric guitar with a world-class band that easily moves between rock, country, blues, and many other styles giving Jorgenson a solid platform to exhibit the virtuosity that earned him a Grammy award in 2008, ACM Guitarist of the Year three consecutive times, inclusion in Guitarist Magazine’s “100 Guitar Heroes” and “100 Most Influential Guitarists”, and Guitar Player Magazine’s “Album of the Year” with the Hellecasters.
Jorgenson is well-known as a preeminent gypsy jazz guitarist, and bluegrass mandolinist, but it’s his eclectic electric guitar playing that will be featured on this tour, so expect some amazing tones and dazzling fretwork on his signature Fender model guitars.
Known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, Jorgenson has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan.
August 18, 2018
Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 52-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early ’60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the ’60s.
In the 42 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards.
August 25, 2018
Tyrone Wells still sort of chuckles to himself when he thinks about the fact that making music is his “job." He has been at this “job" for well over a decade, and is just now beginning to shake off the discomfort and stress of the days when he had a real job (TJ Maxx - lead of the ladies department in Spokane, WA). As far as jobs go, Tyrone feels like he has won the lottery (in regards to his present “job”). He loves to create music. He loves to perform. He is a husband, and a father of 3 daughters. He has four sisters, so he feels right at home being completely outnumbered by the ladies in his present household (and also when he was the lead of the ladies dept at TJ Maxx). He believes that Jesus is for real. He’s writing this bio. He’s referring to himself in the third person. He knows that this bio has a ring of sarcasm, but he is dead serious. He feels extremely grateful. He jokes around, but he has worked very hard at making music his “job." He has spent countless hours writing, recording, playing live, and traveling to play live again. He has spent time away from his beloved family to make this thing a reality. He has never really experienced much radio success, so his fans have been gained the old fashioned way, by pouring his heart out on a stage, and by word of mouth. He feels certain that he will make music until his dying day, as it is not only gratifying for him to create, but also therapeutic and necessary. He can’t believe you’re still reading this… if you are still reading this, he wants to thank you for taking the time to do so, and for supporting what he does. He knows it would be impossible without you.
September 1, 2018
Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band, The Youngbloods, took the nation by storm when The Youngblood’s single “Get Together” became a worldwide Top 10 hit and a prominent soundtrack for peace. After seven group releases, Young began the production of more than 15 acclaimed solo albums including Song for Juli, Light Shine, Songbird and a live album with his great touring band titled On the Road. In 2005 he released the most comprehensive collection of his music to date—The Very Best of Jesse Colin Young. For the first-time ever, songs from his solo career as well as hits from The Youngbloods were placed in two CD package.
Jesse was born and raised in Queens, New York in 1941, with his earliest family memories being filled with the joy of music and celebration. His mother was a violinist with a beautiful singing voice and perfect pitch. His father was a Harvard educated accountant with a passion for classical music. Along with his older sister, the family spent evenings gathered around the piano singing Harvard fight songs and other lively tunes. In 1959 the talented student won a scholarship to Phillips Andover. The rigorous curriculum and strict discipline the school required ultimately resulted in Jesse being kicked out of the exclusive academy—an event which forever changed the course of his life.
September 14, 2018
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his new album, Chano y Dizzy!, his 25th recording as a bandleader on Concord Picante, set for release on September 27, 2011. For the first time, Sanchez and Francisco Torres, long time band member (trombone/vocals), join forces to produce the new album.
September 15, 2018
John will be performing his catalogue of hits from his 40 year career as a solo artist, with The Baby’s and Bad English and presented in a unique electric-acoustic format with his band.
John Waite’s catalogue of hits features some of the most loved songs of the 80s and 90s – the #1 Worldwide hit ‘Missing You’, The Baby’s ‘Isn't It Time’ and Bad English's ‘When I See You Smile’ rank amongst some of his biggest international hits and are still heard on radio today. Others include ‘Tears’, ‘Change’ and ‘These Times Are Hard For Lovers’. ‘Every Step Of The Way’ and ‘If Anybody Had A Heart’ appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 Demi Moore film About Last Night. ‘Deal for Life’, penned by Martin Page and Bernie Taupin, was featured in the Days Of Thunder soundtrack.
As a solo artist and as the lead singer of The Baby’s and Bad English, John Waite was a fixture of album-oriented rock radio stations during the '70s and '80s. John Waite had a talent for power ballads and driving arena rock, occasionally touching on new wave-styled power pop as well.
His most recent recordings, The Wooden Heart-Acoustic Anthology Volume 1 and Volume 2, released in 2015 and 2017, respectively, features Waite in stripped back format – vocals and acoustic guitar only – and highlights the core essence of the songs themselves, threading newly penned original compositions, reworkings of some of Waite’s favorite material from his solo career and The Babys alongside smartly chosen covers by the likes of Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), Donovan (“Catch The Wind”) and Richard Thompson, into an authentic and soul stirring musical statement.
September 19, 2018
Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musician Guy Davis, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation. In bringing the True Blues film to the concert stage, the True Blues concert vividly brings to life this crucial wellspring of American music. Corey Harris was featured in Martin Scorcese's "The Blues: A Musical Journey," which followed Corey on a roots journey to West Africa. Guy has often followed in the Thespian footsteps of his parents, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, most recently in the Broadway revival of "Finian's Rainbow," and earlier in "Mulebone" and "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil."
Blues is at the center of their artistry, and the blues takes center stage in
True Blues, the concert.
September 21, 2018
What is "The Baylor Project?" A husband. A wife. An astonishing debut.
The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of Pastors, Marcus and Jean's musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make it’s mark. Their debut CD "The Journey", released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at Number 8 and a year later garnered 2 GRAMMY® Nominations for BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM and BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE, solidifying The Baylor Project as an undeniable force. As you listen to “The Baylor Project,” you will be taken on an eclectic musical journey that showcases as much versatility as it does virtuosity.
September 22, 2018
Whether or not you subscribe to the adage that the devil always has the best music, you can take it on faith that anytime he pops up for a cameo in a Ray Wylie Hubbard song, the results are gonna be pretty damned entertaining. And as any fan of the Hubbard cannon knows, Old Scratch pops up in his songs a lot — nearly as often as all of Hubbard’s wise-cracking black birds, lyrical and musical nods to Lightnin’ Hopkins, bad-ass women (usually Hubbard’s own wife, Judy), and a myriad of other grifters, ruffians, and scrappy cats of the gnarly and general lowdown variety. Somewhere or other on just about every Ray Wylie Hubbard album, the devil always gets his due — and he’s now even worked his way up to top billing on the acclaimed songwriter’s latest, Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can (on Bordello Records through Thirty Tigers).
September 25, 2018 - October 28, 2018
On sale 1 month before opening.
In this quietly gripping play, we meet Darja, a Polish immigrant living in New Jersey. With a steely determination, Darja makes her way in this foreign world and fights for the things she loves, most notably her son.
October 15, 2018 - November 4, 2018
On sale December 1st, 2017
TREASURE ISLAND returns to the B Street stage on Capitol Avenue! This beloved adaptation is back with new twists, exciting explosions and your favorite characters.
Recommended for ages 7 and up.
October 19, 2018
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year and has won the respect and admiration of her peers.
Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, and Sam Grisman), The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017.
October 20, 2018
Grammy-nominated JD Souther has penned countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, Grammy-nominated JD Souther has penned countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn and found success as a solo artist. This led him to being inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and becoming one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation. On his latest studio album, Tenderness (Sony Music Masterworks), Souther creates a perfect balance of understated Jazz with the ineffable pop narratives that have been the backbone of much of his greatest work. His classic albums John David Souther, Black Rose and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues (Omnivore Recordings).
October 26, 2018
Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf—his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counter-culture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes—the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge on the city’s competitive bar scene, where he learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop to Taj Mahal, toured through the area, and Castro was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out.
November 1, 2018
The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.
November 6, 2018 - December 9, 2018
On sale 1 month before opening.
In this stitch-in-your-side funny play, Casey is an Elvis impersonator working in a Florida Panhandle bar. But when his poorly attended Elvis show is cancelled for the more popular drag queen performers, Casey is despondent. His girlfriend is pregnant and the rent check’s bounced. But to his rescue come Tracy Mills and Miss Anorexia Nervosa who instruct Casey on the finer points of drag performance.
November 9, 2018
Every night that award-winning harmonica player, singer and songwriter Rick Estrin and his cohorts The Nightcats perform live— wherever in the world that may be—a crowd of dancing, shouting, laughing and cheering people will be enjoying some of the best live music they’ve ever heard. On one of these nights —October 5, 2013, at San Francisco’s Biscuits And Blues—the proceedings were captured live. The result is Rick Estrin & The Nightcats’ irresistible new release, You Asked For It…Live!. The band was, as they always are, on fire. The hometown, sell-out crowd was ready to explode, and the front man was celebrating his birthday. According to Estrin, “Cutting loose and stretching out in an intimate, nightclub-type setting is the natural environment for the Nightcats to kick maximum ass. The fact that it was my birthday, in the town where I was born and raised, only added more fuel to the fire.”
November 11, 2018
Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
November 30, 2018 - December 30, 2018
On sale December 1st, 2017
The return of this hilarious adaptation of Dickens’ classic story, Ebenezer Scrooge has had enough of his yearly redemption and does everything he can to bust out of it. All the familiar characters are present as he fights his way through the night, providing fodder for his disdain but also pushing him, reluctantly, to his absolution.
Recommended for all ages.
April 26, 2019
Amy's role as a cultural force for Hawaiian Culture stems from composing in Hawaiian Language and bringing her language to the world with a current blend of diverse musical stylings.
Hanaiali'i's talent emerges from a disciplined classical training, fused powerhouse vocals, and honoring her family's worldly heritage and rooted ancestral responsibility.
Amy's albums have also garnered 18 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards – Hawai’i's equivalent to the GRAMMY® awards.
Hānaiali'i's range of multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano wins, showcases her varied musical depth over the years prevailing in the following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others.