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John Pizzarelli Quartet "Holiday Hits and More"
Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 8pm
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A world-renowned guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli was 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 Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. There is just no limit to Pizzarelli's imagination or talent.

Pizzarelli performs annual engagements at the Café Carlyle with Jessica Molaskey and at Birdland with his jazz combo. He continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz.

Darlene Love: A Darlene Love Christmas-SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 7 pm
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It's no wonder The New York Times raves: "Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics."

Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. In 2011, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed her to be "one of the greatest singers of all time" and that certainly rings true. Perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: "Darlene Love is Rock N' Roll!"

Landmark is thrilled to continue our holiday tradition welcoming Darlene Love for her sixth consecutive year!

Cherish The Ladies "A Celtic Christmas"
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 7pm
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Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish The Ladies shares timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide.

In this program, the Ladies perform classic Christmas carols, in their signature arrangements, highlighting unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step-dancing. A wonderful Christmas program, complete with full band and traditional Irish step dancers. "The five women who form the Celtic band delivered a thoroughly engaging performance brimming with spirit, wit and soul." - The Washington Post

Tom Papa
Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 8pm
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As a veteran stand-up comedian, Tom Papa has found success in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. Tom's second hour stand-up special, Tom Papa: Freaked Out, directed by Rob Zombie and named one of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2013 by Laughspin.com, is available as a download and on Netflix. Tom's first hour special, Tom Papa Live in New York City, premiered on Comedy Central in January of 2012 and is available as a download or on Netflix.

Tom created the series More Time With Family, for CBS with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The series was based on Tom's stand-up and Matt's real-life experiences. Tom has also been seen alongside Clive Owen in two episodes of Steven Soderbergh's, The Knick and in the Chris Rock movie, Finally Famous.

In 2013, Tom teamed with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the Emmy award-winning HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, and starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, The Informant.

Tom is host of the hit SiriusXM show, Come to Papa, which airs on channel 99. The weekly, hour-long program features either extended interviews with comedians, including Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld, or features Tom hosting a live, scripted radio play featuring top comedians playing roles or performing all backed by a live band led by virtuoso jazz pianist, Helio Alves.

Olate Dogs
Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 2pm
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The Olate Dogs took home top honors in 2012's America's Got Talent competition, scooping up the $1,000,000 prize and going on to headline at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor.

Since 2012, the Olate Dogs have been touring the U.S., performing sold out shows and commanding standing ovations at high profile sporting events, including NBA, WNBA, MLB, and NCAA games. Many of the canine performers are rescue dogs, and in 2014 the Olates were featured in Halo Purely for Pets' Dog's Best Friend, an online film promoting shelter adoptions.

A singer and talent in his own right, Nicholas Olate has his debut album Think Big available on ITunes. The Dogs themselves have their own Olate Dogs Christmas CD barking the holiday classics, also available on ITunes.

Berenstain Bears Live!(Family)
Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 3pm
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Stan and Jan Berenstain originally published The Berenstain Bears in 1974 and have gone on to publish over 300 books, create three animated television series, an upcoming feature-length movie, and now a brand new musical! Approved by the authors themselves, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical is an adaptation of three of The Berenstain Bears' most beloved books: The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School.

Appropriate for Mamas, Papas, and Young Cubs of all ages, in this live musical production filled with fun songs and dancing, the Berenstain Bears learn important life lessons. Using the iconic stories and imagery of the books, you and your family will see Bear Country come to life on stage while learning about the importance of honesty, health, and safety. In the end, it becomes clear to each of the Berenstain Bears that what truly matters is family.

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz
Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 8pm
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An extensive conversation and Q&A with the purveyor of urban cool, witty chronicler of the "me decade" and the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. Fran Lebowitz remains one of the foremost advocates of the Extreme Statement. She offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media as well as her own pet peeves - including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Ms. Lebowitz's conversational partner will be none other than her good friend (and ours), Port Washington author Susan Isaacs!

Kathy Mattea "The Acoustic Living Room"
Sunday, February 12, 2017 @ 7pm
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Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville's most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into "The Acoustic Living Room" to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts - including Kathy's beloved classics such as 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses, Where've You Been?, and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and a sprinkling of brand new material, all reinterpreted for the duo format. Her 17 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A genuine storyteller, Kathy draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots and is a torchbearer for often overlooked musical legacies like those of Hazel Dickens and Jean Ritchie. Her most recent album, Calling Me Home, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Saturday, February 25,2017 @ 8pm
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Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his "thee's" and "thou's" to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you're wondering where the story is going...so are they! The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new!

The Improvised Shakespeare Company , has been performing its critically-acclaimed show to sold out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB's Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

Joan Osborne
Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 8pm
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Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation - both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for her beloved hit song What If God Was) One of Us, as well as her live performances of What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted and Heat Wave in the GRAMMYAward-winning documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time GRAMMY Award nominee, the soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Patti Smith to name a few.

Osborne's latest solo recording, Love and Hate, is one of the most personally-charged, creatively ambitious efforts of her two-decades-plus recording career. While she has long established herself as one of the world's most respected vocalists, her soulful songcraft reaches a new level of musical and lyrical resonance on Love and Hate. Such insightful, emotionally complex new compositions as Where We Start, Work On Me, Kitten's Got Claws, Keep It Underground and the pointed title track survey some of the more complicated terrain of romantic relationships, in a manner that's rarely been attempted in popular music, while the album's intimate, stripped-down sound marks a stylistic departure from the gritty blues-based rock for which Osborne is best known.

Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies
Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 8pm
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Alan Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada. So Let's Go continues to cement Alan Doyle's reputation as one of our country's most treasured musicians and storytellers. "I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down."

10,000 Maniacs
Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 8pm
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A 30 year collaboration of Jerome Augustyniak, Steven Gustafson and Dennis Drew joined by vocalist/violinist/songwriter Mary Ramsey in 1993 and guitarist Jeffery Erickson. 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than 9 million albums with hits including More Than This, These Are The Days, Hey Jack Kerouac, Trouble Me, What's The Matter Here, Candy Everybody Wants and more. Their multi-platinum album In Your Tribe was named one of the Top 100 Most Important Releases of the decade by Rolling Stone. The band is still driven by "the immaculate jangle and gorgeous vocal/musical arrangements that have informed every Maniacs effort for the last 30 years." - Buffalo New

Vinicius Cantuaria canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 8pm
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Singer, guitarist, composer, drummer, and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuaria is a well-known Brazilian musician in the sphere of Bossa Nova and Jazz.

Born in Manaus, Amazonas, he grew up in Rio de Janeiro, where he was a pioneer of neo-Brazilian music. After six successful records, including 1996's powerful Sol na Cara, Cantuaria moved to New York in the mid-90s. He then became one of the most important downtown New York figures, blending New York/cosmopolitain musicians (Bill Frisell, Ryuichi Sakamoto) with Brazilian ones (Dadi, Limihna) and collaborating with artists as eclectic as Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau and Arto Lindsay.

Although he is active in the NYC jazz scene, this is Cantuaria's first appearance on Long Island.

Chris Smither & David Lindley
Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 7pm
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Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original.

Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one man band to the bone!' Chris melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.

His newest release, Still On the Levee, is a career spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio mates The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master.

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African,Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad "Mr. Dave's" uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.

In 1990 a chance meeting of Lindley and Jordanian born percussionist Hani Naser led to an impromptu jam and an instant decision that "we should take this on the road." David and Hani toured the world for the following six years. The duo recorded two self-released "Official Bootleg" compact discs, 'Live in Tokyo Playing Real Good' and 'Live All Over the Place Playing Even Better' on Pleemhead Audio.
At his expansive and eclectic live performances David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners.

Hot Peas 'N Butter (Family)
Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
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An interactive workshop featuring the performers from Saturday morning's Hot Peas 'N Butter concert. Sing along, dance along and share music from many cultures. A great way to introduce your kids to the music.

Morgan James
Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 8pm
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One voice is all it takes. The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. A microphone and a stage remain the only necessities. That holds true for New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, Hunter, she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and a soulful poise.

Hunter boasts powerful and personal renditions of Prince's "Call My Name" (reached Top 15 at Urban AC radio and #1 most added) along with Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" and Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark". The album features a gradient of soulful styles: from lush tracks, with stacks of voices and horns; modern throwbacks to summertime pop; haunting ballads; empowering farewells.

In addition to Hunter, Morgan has released a live tribute to Nina Simone, Morgan James Live, as well as an EP featuring some of her fan's favorite covers, YouTube Sessions.

Since the release of Hunter, Morgan's music videos have accumulated more than 45 million views (and climbing). With viral sensation Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Morgan toured the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is currently touring with her band featuring her new original music.


TROY MUSIC HALL
30 Second Street
Troy New York 12180
518.273.0038 www.troymusichall.org

Chris Botti
Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)
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Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of jazz and contemporary music.

Tommy Emmanuel
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 7:30pm
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Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s reader polls, and is a YouTube sensation. His videos have over 29,000,000 views and have led to sold out shows in new markets all over the US. Tommy has also been seen all over the United States in his Public Television pledge specials Center Stage and Tommy Emmanuel and Friends.

About Tommy Emmanuel: Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style – he calls it simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that – and more – on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this “fingerpicker” style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel’s biggest fans. Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player – a title given by Chet Atkins to only 5 guitarists in the world), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM) and the holder of both an honorary Master’s Degree (MA) and more recently an honorary Doctor of Arts (DR) from Charles Sturt University in Australia in recognition of his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to music education.

SOUTH ORANGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1 Sopac Way
South Orange, NJ 07079
www.SOPACNow.org

John Pizzarelli "Holiday Hits and More"
Sunday, December 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
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Swing right in to this holiday season with the John Pizzarelli Quartet. Pizzarelli, the world-renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter, has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing Jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged Pizzarelli 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, John Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.
John Pizzarelli started playing guitar at age six, following in the tradition of his father. He turned to Jazz in his late teens after playing in Rock bands, and he received an education playing with his father Bucky Pizzarelli and many Jazz greats who would influence his work: Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Slam Stewart, among others.

Delta Rae: Winter Acoustic Tour
Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
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It’s been a good few years for the relentlessly hard working six-piece rock band from Durham, NC. Delta Rae has been profiled everywhere from NPR and Time to Forbes. Rolling Stone proclaimed that “if Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae.” VH1 hand selected them for their “You Oughta Know” Artist Of The Month program, and they performed not once, but twice on both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan.
Delta Rae released their debut album Carry The Fire in 2012 which was quickly followed up with the EP Chasing Twisters. The band’s soulful sophomore album, After It All, came out in 2015 and according to Time, “It’s big, bluesy and—best of all—refreshingly earnest.”
Live is where Delta Rae truly flourishes, having spent the last year and a half playing to sold out venues from coast to coast, even sharing the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama when they performed during a Democratic rally at UNC Chapel Hill. They’ve played pretty much every festival under the sun, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Voodoo, and are excited to be hitting the road for a special holiday tour this season.

The Motown Experience – Holiday Spectacular
Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 8 pm
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The Motown Experience is an all-star lineup of world class vocalists drawn from the ranks of the legendary groups that made the original hits timeless classics. This dynamic vocal group is assembled from members of The Capitols (Cool Jerk), The Miracles (Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and Hollywood Walk Of Fame Inductees) and from former members of The Temptations.
You will not want to miss their show full of all their greatest hits from the likes of The Temptations, The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Every performance contains that unmistakable Motown stamp, including flashy suits, great singing and dancing, and a polished show that has set the bar for every vocal artist since the late 1950s.
The Motown Experience is backed by a band of seasoned performers who have been the musicians of choice for hundreds of Motown, Nostalgia, Classic Rock and Doo Wop shows around the country. The band has both live performance and recording credits with a veritable who’s who of popular music artists from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
This show is an unforgettable celebration for audiences from 8 to 80.

Cherish The Ladies "A Celtic Christmas"
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 8pm
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Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies share timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide. In this program, the Ladies perform classic Christmas carols in their signature arrangements highlighting unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular Irish step-dancing. Together with their roster of regional, national, and world champion step dancers, the artistry of Cherish the Ladies has made them one of the most captivating and enchanting ensembles in the history of Irish music.
“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.” –The Boston Globe
Cherish the Ladies have grown from a one-time concert concept to a traditional Irish music sensation, literally the most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music. They have been named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC, Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s International Group of the Year Award at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and voted the Top North American Celtic act by NPR Radio’s “Thistle and Shamrock.”
The Ladies have shared the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, The Chieftains, and dozens of symphony orchestras. The Celtic Album, their collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony led to a 1999 Grammy nomination.
Cherish the Ladies have recorded ten highly acclaimed albums. Their quintessential holiday album “On Christmas Night” was released to rave reviews and was chosen as one of the top Christmas Albums of the Year by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Village Voice and many other national newspapers.

Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show
Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 8pm
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Satisfaction is the international touring tribute show to the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard & Pollstar listed show is now celebrating their 15th Anniversary in production with over 2500 performances to its credit. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of its kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to 50 years of classic hits. Satisfaction has been featured in Rolling Stone, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio as the world’s greatest show honoring the legacy of the Rolling Stones.

“They have you in the aisles like Jumping Jack Flash” – Showbiz Magazine

In 2005 Satisfaction became the first ever Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas strip to outstanding reviews. The show was also a featured artist on national television news in the 2007 CBS News/New York special on the rising popularity of the tribute industry. For 2008 the show was chosen by Paramount Pictures and the IMAX Corporation to help promote the new Rolling Stones concert film “Shine a Light” by Martin Scorsese throughout the USA. In 2010 the show received their highest accolades ever as they were approved by the Rolling Stones to perform long term engagements with the Walt Disney Corporation. Satisfaction also embarked on their first ever tour of Russia with sold out shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg in November. Their 2012/2013 was in honor of The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary.

“Shined just like the real Stones on the strip.” – Las Vegas Sun

Tom Papa
Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 8pm
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With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. He is host of the hit podcast and SiriusXM show, Come to Papa, a weekly, hour-long show featuring Tom Papa exploring the funny side of life, occasionally with guests like Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld.
Several times a year in New York and Los Angeles, Tom hosts a live Come To Papa scripted radio play that is recorded live for the podcast and SiriusXM show. With residencies at Largo in Los Angeles and The Village Underground in NYC, Tom Papa writes the script for each live radio show and casts top actors and comedians to play the roles or perform stand-up, all backed by a live band. Past performers have included Matt Damon, Sarah Silverman, Joel McHale, Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, John Mulaney, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollack and many more.
The New Jersey born-and-raised comedian has guest starred on The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land, on Colin Quinn’s web series, Cop Show, and in two episodes of Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax series, The Knick. He appears in Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, in Analyze That, opposite Robert DeNiro, and alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra which was directed by Steven Soderbergh and won 11 Emmys. He starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, The Informant, and starred opposite Paul Giamatti in Rob Zombie’s animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, as the voice of El Superbeasto.
Tom Papa was also seen in the hit Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer. Personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld, he hosted the NBC series, The Marriage Ref, which ran for two seasons. He had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and starred in his own NBC series, Come to Papa.

Rosanne Cash
Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 8pm
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Beloved singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will play a concert featuring music from her acclaimed album The River & the Thread which garnered 3 Grammy awards in 2015 – Best Americana Album and for “A Feather’s Not A Bird,” Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance.

The River & the Thread includes eleven original songs written by Rosanne Cash and her longtime collaborator—and husband—John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger, and guitarist. The recording evokes the American South’s rich landscape—physical, musical, and emotional—and examines the indelible impressions it’s made on our collective culture and on Rosanne Cash, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee. The songs portray a multi-generational cast of characters—from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia, to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas, to a present-day couple in Alabama. While Cash and Leventhal were inspired by the many musical styles associated with the South—Delta Blues, Gospel, Appalachian Folk, Country, Rock, and others—the resulting collection of songs is Contemporary. Cash, who has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded fifteen albums and has charted twenty-one Top Forty Country singles, eleven of which reached number one. A Chicago Tribune reviewer describes Composed, her 2010 memoir, as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.”

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.
The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. Throughout the 1990s, the West African country of Sierra Leone was wracked with a bloody, horrifying war that forced millions to flee their homes. The musicians that would eventually form Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are all originally from Freetown, and they were forced to leave the capital city at various times after violent rebel attacks. Most of those that left the country made their way into neighboring Guinea, some ending up in refugee camps and others struggling to fend for themselves in the capital city of Conakry.
Ruben Koroma and his wife Grace left Sierra Leone in 1997 and found themselves in the Kalia refugee camp near the border with Sierra Leone. When it became clear they would not be heading back to their homeland anytime soon, they joined up with guitarist Francis John Langba (aka Franco), and bassist Idrissa Bangura (aka Mallam), other musicians in the camp whom they had known before the war, to entertain their fellow refugees. When a Canadian relief agency donated two beat up electric guitars, a single microphone and a meager sound system, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars were born.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8pm
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Witness The Improvised Shakespeare Company create a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! In the unpredictably hilarious fashion of improvised comedy, the audience provides Improvised Shakespeare with suggestions for the title of a play that has yet to be written let alone performed out loud!
Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and his “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and the themes of the immortal bard, William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue you will see on stage is spoken for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if every you’re wondering where the story is going…so are the players! The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each performance is completely improvised and entirely new!

“Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious.”
-TimeOut Chicago

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, has been performing its critically-acclaimed show to sold out audiences in Chicago since 2005. Improvised Shakespeare also continues to entertain audiences across the U.S. with its national touring company. The troupe has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. Improvised Shakespeare has been named Chicago’s best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in L.A. (Best of L.A.-L.A. Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

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Marcia Ball & The Subdudes
"Boogie on the Bayou: A Mardi Gras Celebration"

Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8pm
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Marcia Ball and The Subdudes are sure to astound and delight longtime zydeco music fans and give newcomers plenty of reasons to join this feel-good Mardi Gras Celebration. Marcia Ball mixes Gulf Coast Blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex- ‐Mex flavored zydeco into a one ‐of ‐a ‐kind musical gumbo, a sound she has perfected over the course of her legendary career. The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending Blues, Gospel, Funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals.
A Mardi Gras Celebration

Marcia Ball’s songs paint vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with characters, flavors and scenes straight out of Louisiana, Texas and the Gulf Coast. The Texas- ‐born, Louisiana- ‐raised musical storyteller has become a zydeco icon for her ability to ignite a full- scale roadhouse Rhythm & Blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove- laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast Blues have made her a one ‐of ‐a ‐kind favorite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. She’s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards and has a whopping 42 nominations. She’s received five Grammy Award nominations, including five of her six previous Alligator albums. Always a songwriter of renown, Marcia Ball delved deeper into songwriting than she ever had in her career with her Grammy Award‐nominated 2010 Alligator release, Roadside Attractions, creating one of her best and most personal albums.
Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. Led by singer and guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes New Orleans sound is noted by the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.
The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and Jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky Rock ‘n’ Roll attitude and Folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians.

Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” (Family)
Saturday, February 26, 2017 @ 1pm & 4 pm
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All aboard Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” Genevieve is the hippest of all singing train conductors. Together with DC, her beat boxing, break dancing railroad engineer, Genevieve brings Choo-Choo Soul to South Orange for a show full of soulful renditions of the ABC’s, 1-2-3’s, and all your favorite Disney songs covered with catchy beats.
Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” has been honored with a Parents Choice Award for Children’s Television.

Chris Smither & David Lindley
Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 7:30pm
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Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris Smither is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a “one-man band to the bone!” He melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the Blues, American Folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.

Chris Smither’s newest release, Still On the Levee, is a career-spanning retrospective double album. Recorded in New Orleans with studio mates, The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III and highlights the vast catalog of an American music master.

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, for his collaborations with Ry Cooder, and for leading his own band El Rayo-X, he has long championed the concept of World music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American Folk, Blues, and Bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy and Turkish musical sources. He incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki.
Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood’s most in-demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, and many others. At his expansive and eclectic live performances, David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners.

Vinicius Cantuaria canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 8pm
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Singer, guitarist, composer, drummer, and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuaria is a well-known Brazilian musician in the sphere of Bossa Nova and Jazz. He was a pioneer of neo-Brazilian music in the 1990s, then became one of the most important downtown New York figures, collaborating with artists as eclectic as Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau, Arto Lindsay, and Bill Frisell.

Born in Manaus, Amazonas, Vinicius Cantuaria grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and after several successful records, he moved to New York in the mid-1990s. He has proved himself in a number of fields, directly or indirectly linked to Brazilian music. Leader of the rock band O Terco, he released six albums in Brazil in the 1980s and with his album Sol na Cara was a pioneer of neo-Brazilian music in the 1990s. As a composer, Vinicius Cantuaria has had many successes, with Lua e Estrela, Coisa Linda, So Você, and Na Cançao. As a sideman, he has performed with Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque, to name a few.
Vinicius Cantuaria, who owns his studio in New York and frequently travels to Brazil, works every day and progresses in small steps which gives the impression of a simple, melodic music that is incredibly sophisticated. His sound is full of incredible subtlety as well as contrasts, of great unity and remarkable diversity, with a pure and completed classicism. The music is almost classic, in a modern world.

10,000 Maniacs
Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 7:30pm
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One of the most acclaimed bands of the last three decades. 10,000 Maniacs defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands that became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.
Writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material in and around their hometown of Jamestown, New York the group toured extensively and produced two independently released records, Human Conflict Number Five (1982) and Secrets of the I Ching (1983) on their own label. By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings, 10,000 Maniacs were one of the original “indie” bands before signing with Elektra Records.
Although Natalie Merchant is no longer with 10,000 Maniacs, the band has the added distinction of helping to launch her solo career. The singer-songwriter and musician parted ways with the band in 1993.
2016 marks 35 years of 10,000 Maniacs and in honor of the anniversary the band released their first live album with lead vocalist Mary Ramsey, Playing Favorites.

David Sedaris
Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 7:30pm
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With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of Americas preeminent writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms & political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls was a 56th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. David Sedaris is the author of the New York Times bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.
David Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life and since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled Meet David Sedaris. David Sedaris’ next book will be a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding, due out in the summer of 2017.

NAKED SOUL
RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

150 W 17th St, NYC 10011
212.620.5000 ext 344 www.rmanyc.org
Naked Soul is an all acoustic and unplugged (Naked) music series held at the Rubin Museum of Art (www.rmanyc.org). The Rubin is the only museum in North America whose entire collection is dedicated to artwork of the Himalayas (Soul). The series is held in the Rubin's intimate 137 seat cherry wood lined theater. When the artists arrive they are given a tour of the museum. Artists are encouraged to make connections between the art and their songs - slides of any piece of art that the artists choose are projected behind the artist during the performance. After the show, the audience is given a free tour of the museum. Tickets are available by calling the museum M-F 11am-5pm at 212-620-5000 ext 344.

Dana Fuchs
Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 7pm
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Dana Fuchs is a phenomenon, a singer whose mesmerizing voice and presence, has led critics to compare her to rock legends from Janis to Jagger. Fittingly, she appeared in the off-Broadway production, “Love, Janis.” The multi-talented singer songwriter also starred in one of the most talked–about cult films, “Across The Universe,” where she has a major presence both in the film, and on the soundtrack. Dana is currently on a world tour in support of her critically acclaimed album, Broken Down Acoustic Sessions, released in 2015 on Antler King Records.

Anais Mitchell
Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 7pm
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Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. Mitchell recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own label, Wilderland, in 2012.

Among her recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010’s sensationally reviewed Hadestown–a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth–and 2012’s Young Man in America.

Mitchell has headlined worldwide as well as supported tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown), Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, and Punch Brothers.

If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work, it’s her interest in the world around her and inside her. She tackles big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives.

 

Joe Purdy
Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 7pm
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Joe Purdy is a celebrated singer/songwriter and independent artist. Releasing music through his label Mudtown Crier Records. Purdy sold a staggering one million direct track downloads in the United States on iTunes. His latest album, This American, is rich with haunting imagery and filled with warm, American folklore and storytelling. In 2016 Purdy will be heading into the studio to turn more of his experiences into heart-tugging songs, and then he’ll be back on the road as the traveling troubadour his fans have come to know and love.

Duncan Sheik
Friday, February 27, 2017 @ 7pm
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Duncan Sheik is a Grammy and Tony Award–winning artist who launched his musical career in 1996 with his self-titled debut album. In 2015 Sheik released Legerdemain, his first production of original material not attached to a theater piece since 2006. The album received rave reviews including from the Los Angeles Times, who said, “as assured as it is adventurous, Legerdemain reflects his effort in elegantly rendered tunes.” Sheik is currently working on several projects, including a theatrical production of The Secret Life of Bees and a series for New Form Digital. He is also the owner of Sneaky Studios in Garrison, New York.

Ben Sollee
Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 7pm
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Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Ben Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. In 2012, Sollee self-released his fourth album, Half-Made Man, a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year. Later, All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz-flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.”

Ari Hest
Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 7pm
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Ari Hest, with mesmerizing guitar licks and smoky vocals can sound vulnerable, formidable, angry, and hopeful, all with a sense of honesty and passion that is rarely found. Over his fifteen-year career Hest has released more than a dozen albums. He is half of the folk-pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan and half of the Brazilian music–inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise. His music has been featured in The Lincoln Lawyer (“Now”) as well as the television shows Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Throughout his career he has toured worldwide, sharing the stage with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Judy Collins, Suzanne Vega, and others.

Melissa Ferrick
Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 7pm
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Melissa Ferrick’s twelfth original album is a homecoming. The self-titled album is, in many ways, a new beginning for Ferrick. Written in just over a year, recorded at home, and released on her own relaunched label, the acoustic album is simple, eloquent, and honest with an undeniable level of maturity. For long-time fans this will be a welcome new arrival. For those who are just discovering Ferrick this is a superb way to be introduced. A completely solo effort in its process, creation, and release, Ferrick is marking the middle of her career with a perfect return to songwriting and herself.

Anthony D'Amato
Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 7pm
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Anthony D'Amato is an American songwriter and singer signed to New West Records. His latest album is 2016's 'Cold Snap,' produced by Mike Mogis and featuring performances by Conor Oberst and members of Bright Eyes, The Faint, and Cursive.

TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL
13 Main Street Tarrytown, NY 10591
877.840.0457 www.tarrytownmusichall.org

John Pizzarelli "Holiday Hits and More"
Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 8pm
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A world-renowned guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli was hailed by the Boston Globefor "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 Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. There is just no limit to Pizzarelli's imagination or talent. Pizzarelli performs annual engagements at the Café Carlyle with Jessica Molaskey and at Birdland with his jazz combo. He continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz.

The Wizards of Winter with Original Members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 8pm
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The Wizards of Winter will bring their symphonic & progressive rock vibe and heartwarming sounds of the season to the Music Hall on December 8th! Featuring three original members of TSO, this 11-piece ensemble that boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes Decembers past. Featuring a state of the art light show! The Wizards of Winter will give you several of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s greatest hits, including Christmas Eve in Sarajevo, Mad Russian, Christmas in the Air, Old City Bar, Queen of the Winter Night and others, as well as music from their own rock opera, “Tales Beneath a Northern Star.” The band includes three original members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Guy LeMonnier, Tony Gaynor and Joe Cerisano.

Andrew Bird
Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 8pm
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We are thrilled to welcome singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird back to the Music Hall! With his new album, Are You Serious, Andrew Bird has widened the breadth of his art by directly rejecting his own human experience. With key contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, Are You Serious attains a level of expression that’s a personal, evolutionary leap. “Here I am with my most unguarded, direct, relatable album to date,” Bird says, “Go easy on me. Are You Serious is the second record Bird has made with producer Tony Berg, following 2005’s breakthroughThe Mysterious Production of Eggs. “Tony and I spent months preparing for Sound City,” says Bird, referring to the legendary Los Angeles studio where Nirvana recorded Nevermind and Neil Young made After The Gold Rush. “We went through every part of every song, every note, scrutinizing the voicing of the chords, fnding melodically interesting ways to move from one chord to the next. I decided to work with a producer because I wanted the recording process to be more rigorous. Novelists have editors and playwrights workshop their drama. Tony really played that role for me on this album.”

David Crosby & Friends
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 8pm
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Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour with a new group, performing music from his incredible new album “Lighthouse” along with many of his greatest hits. Crosby leads the Lighthouse tour down a new four-way street that brings old classics to life with new spirits. Joined by 2 time Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy, New York’s best kept Secret Becca Stevens and Canadian songstress Michelle Willis, playing acoustic guitars, piano and beautiful vocal harmonies, the band will reinterpret Crosby’s greatest hits and present the beauty of “Lighthouse” as well. This will be an extremely unique opportunity to see what Crosby calls “a dream team of musicians”.

Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Party Ever!
Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 8pm
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Ronnie Spector returns to the Music Hall with her popular holiday show! Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960s. And to this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie's powerful trademark vocals and her gutsy attitude. For these qualities and more, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007. As the Number One pop group in England, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes headlined over acts like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds. The Beatles personally requested that the Ronettes join their final U.S. tour in August 1966; later that year, at Basin Street East, a talented young come dian named Richard Pryor was the opening act for the Ronettes' final live performance. In 2004 Ronnie was recognized for her contribution to American popular music when she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame. Her holiday CD, Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever, released in 2010 complements her classic Christmas songs “Sleigh Ride,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” “Sleigh Ride” (#3) and “Frosty The Snowman” (#17) are among ASCAP’s Top 20 most–played holiday radio hits of the past decade.

Cherish The Ladies "A Celtic Christmas"
Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 8pm
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Cherish the Ladies return for their highly anticipated annual Christmas Concert. “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says The Boston Globe of Cherish The Ladies, Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup that formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. For more than three decades, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming. As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow, Cherish The Ladies blazes forward into another decade of music making.

Tusk - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 8pm
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TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The Fleetwood Mac story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years. It is the saga of a British blues band formed in 1967 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies. In between came a period where Fleetwood Mac shuffled personnel and experimented with styles, all the while releasing solid albums with chart topping hits such as Landslide, Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Say You Love Me, Hold Me and many others. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising TUSK have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members' formative years. Fronted by solo artists Kathy Phillips (vocals) and Scott McDonald (guitar, vocals), and supported by veteran musicians Kim Williams (keys, vocals), Randy Artiglere (bass) and Tom Nelson (drums), TUSK takes its audience members on a sweet ride down memory lane. Authentic-sounding and always respectful, TUSK leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world's best-loved, top-selling bands.

Blood Sweat & Tears
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 7pm
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With World Class vocals, musicianship, & a multitude of solid gold hits, Blood Sweat & Tears is at the top of their game. Vocal dynamo & pop phenomenon Bo Bice fronts the band with a self-assured voice & good looks. They are the band that fused rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid that came to be known as “jazz-rock”, including the smash its “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, and “Spinning Wheel”.

Bobby Columby, original founder & drummer of BS&T, has fielded a team of the best contemporary musicians to create an All Star powerhouse of a band. His vision for the band remains quite simple, “Find the greatest musicians and the rest is easy”. That philosophy was combined with hit recordings of songs by masterful songwriters such as Laura Nyro, James Taylor, The Band, the Rolling Stones, as well as Billie Holiday, that have sold tens of millions of recordings. “I believe BS&T has an iconic stature. It’s a style of music,” says Colomby. “A concept that people are coming to see, along with songs that they’re familiar with.” His desire to create a 21st century B,S & T brand first began to come into focus when he heard singer Bo Bice performing “Spinning Wheel” on American Idol. “Bo’s an original,” says Colomby. When I saw him perform I thought, ‘WOW!… He could sing a lot of this material in a newer fresher way.’ Bo’s style works PERFECTLY with ‘God Bless the Child’ and ‘Spinning Wheel’ and ‘You Made Me So Very Happy’ as well as with the material that the band will be performing as we move musically forward.” They have won Gold Records, Grammy Awards, the respect of the best in the industry & the love of millions of fans. It’s a future of endless possibilities for Blood Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice.

Bob Marley's The Wailers feat Original Members of The Legendary Band
Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 8pm
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The legendary Wailers band is carrying its revolutionary sound and message to loyal fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ band members, The Wailers are on the brink of musical history! Since 1974, Bob Marley & The Wailers have recorded, toured, and performed before millions of fans in multiple countries. They have claim to more than 250,000 Bob Marley & The Wailers records sold since the early 70s, including 1977’s Exodus, declared Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine. The BBC named “One Love” Song of the Millennium that same year. The New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the century, and Rolling Stone magazine name Bob Marley & The Wailers Band of the Year in 1976. All of these accolades were made possible with the Wailers band creation of and participation in timeless, distinctive music; intricate arrangements, and lyrics that touched fans everywhere.

The incomparable Wailers are coming together, to perform on stage, and this is a slice of musical history you must not miss. This Wailers band promises to deliver music and talent perfected over numerous decades. Old- school members welcome the new-generation talent of drummer Aston Barrett Jr., Fams’ multi- talented son and nephew of Wailers co-founder and innovative drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett. Familyman Barrett is heralded as a musical genius, was named as one of the most influential bass players of all times, and received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player magazine.

Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show
Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 8pm
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“Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show" is the international touring tribute show to the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard & Pollstar highly rated show are entering their 15th year in production with over 2500 performances listed to their credit. Performing up to 150 shows a year, this highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of its kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to over 50 years of classic hits. They have been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio as the world’s greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy. The cast now has three successful projects including “A Symphony For The Devil” and their latest project “Gimme Abbey”.

Melissa Etheridge
Sunday, January 15, 2017 @ 7pm
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Performing with her band! Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs" and "Ain't It Heavy," for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, "I Want to Come Over." Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades.

Kris Kristofferson
Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 8pm
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Three-time Grammy winner Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “For the Good Times,” all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson’s compositions. His renown as a songwriter triggered Kristofferson’s successful career as a performer and that, in turn, brought him to the attention of Hollywood, leading to his flourishing career as a film actor. Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films. In 1977 He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in “A Star Is Born.” He’s appeared in cult favorites including the “Blade” trilogy, “Lone Star,” “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Blume In Love,” “Cisco Pike,” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” Recent films include “Fast Food Nation,” “Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story,” “The Jacket,” “Silver City,” “He’s Just Not That In To You,” and “Dolphin Tale.” Heralded as an artist’s artist, he has recorded 29 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting, which puts the focus on the songs.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (Family)
Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 7pm
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Made possible in part by Maria Fareri Children's Hospital
The Popovich Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves and parrots.The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has a rich performance history, presenting thousands of shows in more than 20 countries and is currently in its 6th season at the Planet Hollywood Resort/Casino in Las Vegas. Popovich’s 2014 independent film "Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West” recently won the Audience Choice Award at the 17th annual Dance with Films Festival in Los Angeles.

Maceo Parker
Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 8pm
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Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can. Always at the forefront, Maceo has been a common thread in the history of funk — helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Leading his flawlessly tight band with a cool confidence, Maceo transports audiences to the slickest of eras in performances that are positively timeless. Maceo will soon re-release Roots Revisited — The Bremen Concert, a live recording from the first incarnation of Maceo’s own band in 1990 (which, at the time, included Fred Wesley on trombone, Pee Wee Ellis on tenor saxophone, Larry Goldings on B-3 organ, Rodney Jones on guitar, and Bill Stewart on drums). Maceo’s current band hits the road this season in celebration of repertoire spanning the prolific career of this funk legend: 50 Years of Funk.

Let it Be - A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles
Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 8pm
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Direct from London’s West End & Broadway, the international sensation LET IT BE has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide and is jam-packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits with gorgeous lighting and video production. Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical Sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! ‘THE GIG THAT LIVERPOOL NEVER HAD IS NOW THE GIG THAT LIVERPOOL CANNOT DO WITHOUT!’ – Liverpool Sound and Vision

Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul "With Genevieve!” (Family)
Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1pm & 4pm
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All aboard Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” Genevieve is the hippest of all singing train conductors. Together with DC, her beat boxing, break dancing railroad engineer, Genevieve brings Choo-Choo Soul to Tarrytown for a show full of soulful renditions of the ABC’s, 1-2-3’s, and all your favorite Disney songs covered with catchy beats. Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” has been honored with a Parents Choice Award for Children’s Television.

 

Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder
Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7pm
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Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and renowned pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby, fellow friends and GRAMMY winners, go back out on the road to collaborate with Skaggs’ razor-sharp band Kentucky Thunder on brand new tunes and traditional bluegrass classics. Without any restrictions, their music is as fascinating and masterful as the two stars that created it. The pair blends songs drawn from deep roots in mountain music, adding piano and Hornsby's inimitable songwriting to Skaggs’ instrumental core of mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle and banjo into a musical feast. Punctuating the show is a vibrantly expansive version of Hornsby's early hit "The Way It Is" and a performance of "White Wheeled Limousine," and to sum up the free-spirited nature of their collaborations, Skaggs and Hornsby joyfully present the vintage fiddle tune "Cluck Ol’ Hen." Skaggs and Hornsby promise to kick up a storm with their mix of high-lonesome harmonies, full throttle bluegrass picking, and improvisational piano.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - An Acoustic Evening
Friday, March 2, 2017 @ 8pm
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With World Class vocals, musicianship, & a multitude of solid gold hits, Blood Sweat & Tears is at the top of their game. Pat Benatar: she’s always been a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer, she remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bonafide living legend. A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Love Is a Battlefield", "We Belong" and "Invincible".

Tommy Emmanuel
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 8pm
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One of the finest guitar players of our generation, Tommy Emmanuel returns after a sold out appearance 2015! Give a listen to “Old Photographs,” the closing track on Tommy Emmanuel’s It’s Never Too Late and you’ll hear the distinctive squeak of finger noise as he runs his hands across the frets of his Maton Signature TE guitar. Many musicians would edit those imperfection’s out, but to Emmanuel, those imperfections are perfect. A master technician, Emmanuel started professionally at age 6, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), he’s piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy) and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll. A noted fingerstyle guitarist, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one - man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but Emmanuel never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date.

A Year With Frog and Toad (Family)
Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 2pm
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Based on the beloved children's books by Arnold Lobel, this whimsical musical follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends like Man Bird and Lady Bird; Father, Mother and Young Frog; Turtle; Squirrel and many more along the way. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 TONY Awards - including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's beloved children’s books and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale that bubbles with melody and wit, the show is an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting experience for the whole family.

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (Family)
Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2pm
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From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done! Founded in 1977, Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. At Childsplay they believe that young people deserve to experience challenging, thought-provoking theatre of the highest artistic quality. Written by Katie Mitchell, Adapted from the Book by Dr. Seuss

10,000 Maniacs
Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 8pm
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A 30 year collaboration of Jerome Augustyniak, Steven Gustafson and Dennis Drew joined by vocalist/violinist/songwriter Mary Ramsey in 1993 and guitarist Jeffery Erickson. 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than 9 million albums with hits including “More Than This,” “These Are The Days,” “Hey Jack Kerouac,” “Trouble Me,” “What’s The Matter Here,” “Candy Everybody Wants” and more. Their multi-platinum album “In Your Tribe” was named one of the Top 100 100 Most Important Releases of the decade by Rolling Stone. The band is still driven by “the immaculate jangle and gorgeous vocal/musical arrangements that have informed every Maniacs effort for the last 30 years.” – Buffalo News

Loretta Lynn
Sunday, April 22, 2017 @ 7pm
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We are thrilled to welcome back country music icon Loretta Lynn. For over 55 years now, Loretta Lynn has fashioned a body of work as artistically and commercially successful—and as culturally significant—as any female performer you’d care to name. An honest-to-goodness American icon, she is the proud owner of ten #1 albums, sixteen #1 singles, four Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, twelve Academy of Country Music Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards. Her music has confronted many of the major social issues of her time, and her life story is a rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. In 1972, she became the first female artist to win the Country Music Association’s coveted Entertainer of the Year award. Now a member of the Country Music and Songwriters Halls of Fame, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In all, she has sold more than 45 million albums, worldwide. In 1976, Lynn penned “The Coal Miner’s Daughter,” making her the first woman to write a best-selling autobiography. In 1980, Universal Pictures released a movie by the same name, which would later earn an Academy Award for Best Actress (Sissy Spacek).

SYMPHONYSPACE
2537 Broadway at 95th Street,
New York, NY 10025-6990
(212) 864-5400 www.symphonyspace.org

The 36th Annual John Lennon Tribute
Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 8pm

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Theatre Within in association with Music Without Borders presents The 36th Annual John Lennon Tribute. A New York City tradition since 1981, the Tribute joyously celebrates John Lennon's music, life and timeless message of peace, love and social activism.

This year's Tribute features folk-rock legend Donovan, who will receive the 2016 "John Lennon Real Love Award" and play an extended set, including Beatles songs and some of his own classic hits, in John Lennon's memory.

Donovan famously accompanied the Beatles in 1968 on their historic journey to India to study meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

"We are excited to honor such an important artist who was a good friend of John Lennon," said Executive Producer and MAD Magazine Senior Editor, Joe Raiola, who will appear in the Tribute for the 36th consecutive year.

More great artists will be announced soon!

Santander Performing Arts Center
136 North 6th Street
Reading, PA 19601
610.898.7299 www.santander-arena.com

Pink Floyd's The Wall Theatrical Experience
Friday January 10, 2017 @ 7:30pm

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd with The Wall Theatrical Extravaganza as the characters from the prodigious album come to life on-stage, offering up a unique experience that commemorates Pink Floyd's acclaimed masterpiece. The Wall Theatrical Extravaganza is more than a concert - it's the only production in the world presenting the iconic album in its entirety. Combining elements from "The Wall" movie as well as from the legendary concerts in New York & London in 1981, the historic Berlin concert in 1990 & the many Roger Waters variations, The Wall Theatrical Extravaganza renders an amazing recreation of one of rock's true tours de force.

Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY
845.679.4406 www.bearsvilletheater.com

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Sunday December 10, 2016 @ 9pm

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Multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. A shortlist of artists who’ve benefited from their talents, live and in studios, reads like a Who’s Who of Music Icons: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on the Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and, for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm.

Now, with an eponymous debut album, the couple brings it all back home. "Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams" may have been simmering awhile, but the timing is perfect; the eleven tracks, produced by Campbell, distill everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience.

With "Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams", this duo not only brings a lot to the table, they bring the table itself – plus the house, the still, the church, the marriage bed, the sawdust-covered floor, and abiding, unconditional love, all carried in two voices harmonizing across hills, hollers, porches, and fire escapes. Those close harmonies ride atop music made in a mountain refuge, far from the madding crowd, connected to a spirit that lives on in song.

 

Maceo Parker
Sunday December 11, 2016 @ 8pm

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Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can. Always at the forefront, Maceo has been a common thread in the history of funk — helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Leading his flawlessly tight band with a cool confidence, Maceo transports audiences to the slickest of eras in performances that are positively timeless.

Maceo will soon re-release Roots Revisited — The Bremen Concert, a live recording from the first incarnation of Maceo’s own band in 1990 (which, at the time, included Fred Wesley on trombone, Pee Wee Ellis on tenor saxophone, Larry Goldings on B-3 organ, Rodney Jones on guitar, and Bill Stewart on drums).

Maceo’s current band hits the road this season in celebration of repertoire spanning the prolific career of this funk legend: 50 Years of Funk.

 

Judy Collins
Thursday December 22, 2016 @ 8pm

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Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Judy Collins is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

 

Matisyahu "Festival of Light 2016"
Wednesday December 28, 2016 @ 8pm

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Matisyahu first made a name for himself with his album 'Live at Stubbs,' and 'Youth' quickly followed. Both albums subsequently went Gold and 'Youth' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. 2009's 'Light' reached #1 on the Reggae Albums chart and stayed in the top spot for 34 weeks. His fourth studio album, 'Spark Seeker,' also debuted at #1 on the Reggae chart, marked his relocation from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and found him working with Dr. Luke protégé KoOoL Kojak.

'Akeda' (out June 3, 2014), Matisyahu's fifth studio album, was recorded in Brooklyn¹s Studio G and produced by Dub Trio's Stu Brooks. The material for the album was written both in Matisyahu's Los Angeles home and while on tour. Matisyahu states, "This record and period of my life deal with madness, listening for and following the inner intuitive voice, a small still sound. This record deals with love, with feelings of brokenness and humility, with humanity, struggle, and sacrifice."

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Saturday December 31, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

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For nearly two decades, the Catskill Mountains hid rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret. Then one day, singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe said goodbye to her hometown hideaway and moved to New York City to start the hard soul collective, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

“Our music is loud, fun, and it’s supposed to make you feel good,” she declares. “That’s the goal.”

In the years since, the group – her brother, Jackson Kincheloe (harmonica), Sasha Brown (guitar), Josh Myers (bass), Phil Rodriguez (trumpet), Brian Graham (saxophones) and Dan Boyden (drums) – teamed with producer Randy Jackson for their debut EP, performed more than 700 shows and made their national TV debut on the Today show. They’ve released three full-length studio albums, including their most recent studio pass, the acclaimed The Weather Below.

Now, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will finally appease its flock of devotees by releasing its first live album – Fowl Play. The album was recorded on New Year’s Eve before a raucous, sold-out crowd in Fairfield, Connecticut and was the beautiful, accidental result of an original New Year’s Eve plan gone awry. After losing their New Year’s Eve gig just weeks before the big night, the band made proverbial lemonade, securing an alternate venue at the last moment, packing the house, putting on their biggest party to date and recording it for the world to hear.

Fowl Play captures the unbridled live energy for which Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds has become famous and finds the band rollicking through catalogue favorites past and present. The album also features a brand new song entitled “Frankie” and a deeply soulful, overwhelmingly powerful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Dr. Feelgood”.

“They may be from Brooklyn, but the fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk emanating from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is rooted in Memphis soul,” writes the LA Times. “Their rhythmic wheelhouse combines big-city grit and down-home sweetness with a little bit of Americana twang.”

The band has shared the stage with Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, The Avett Brothers, and Galactic and has turned audiences into believers through appearances on the festival circuit at Bonnaroo, Firefly, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bottle Rock, Forecastle and others.

Ultimately, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds stand poised to shake up rock ‘n’ roll all around the world. “This all stems back to why I loved performing and singing to begin with,” Arleigh leaves off. “I want to make crowds happy and see them smile and dance. Singing brings me so much joy. I hope our music does the same for everyone.”

 

Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show
Saturday January 21, 2017 @ 8pm

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Satisfaction is the international touring tribute show to the Rolling Stones. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to 50 years of classic hits. Satisfaction has been featured in Rolling Stone, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio as the world’s greatest show honoring the legacy of the Rolling Stones.

In 2005 Satisfaction became the first ever Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas strip to outstanding reviews. The show was also a featured artist on national television news in the 2007 CBS News/New York special on the rising popularity of the tribute industry. For 2008 the show was chosen by Paramount Pictures and the IMAX Corporation to help promote the new Rolling Stones concert film “Shine a Light” by Martin Scorsese throughout the USA. In 2010 the show received their highest accolades ever as they were approved by the Rolling Stones to perform long term engagements with the Walt Disney Corporation. Satisfaction also embarked on their first ever tour of Russia with sold out shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg in November. Their 2012/2013 was in honor of The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary.

“They have you in the aisles like Jumping Jack Flash” – Showbiz Magazine

“Shined just like the real Stones on the strip.” – Las Vegas Sun

 

Martin Sexton
Sunday February 17, 2017 @ 8pm

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"The real thing, people." -Billboard

In 2017 American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road. The Wall Street Journal and CMT premiered tracks from the album that since garnered much critical acclaim. "Outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul-marinated voice." -Rolling Stone

Syracuse native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early 90's. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it's his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.

 

Max Creek
Saturday February 18, 2017 @ 9pm

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In those rare instances that a band reaches its fourth decade, it’s usually a result of stardom. It’s easy enough to keep things together when each member has a jet and techs on retainer and the world tour rolls around every few years. But that’s not how Max Creek has done it. In 40+ years Max Creek has been small, big, regionally-huge, medium, and any other size one can think of; they’ve never graced the cover of Rolling Stone, but you’d be hard pressed to find a music fan in the Northeast that hadn’t heard of them.
Creek lacks pretense; there is no hip style or genre-title that can define them.

From the beginning they’ve mixed anything they liked—rock, country, reggae, soul, jazz, calypso—in with their own great songs and it’s all just come out sounding like Creek. As such they’ve never been the hot item in the flavor-of-the-year club yet they’ve also never gone out of style. Moreover, Creek exudes confidence but lacks ego; each member is an incredible musician but that’s never been what it was about.

But that is all things Creek is not, and what Creek is is far more important. The band is certainly joyous, and their stage is full of smiles and laughter, both during and between songs. All one has to do is glance into the crowd to see that the feeling is contagious. Creek is also much more engaging than the average band, sculpting lengthy shows on-the-fly from their 200+ song catalog with rockers, ballads, deep jams and crowd sing-alongs all tucked into their perfect places.

And Creek is, most definitely, a family. 40-odd years in, the audience is a multi-generational stew; it’s not uncommon to witness old-school Creek Freeks getting down with their teenage (or older!) kids.
Creek itself is multigenerational.

Though the “front line” of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Mark Mercier and bassist John Rider has remained intact since the mid-70s, the current drums and percussion team of Bill Carbone and Jamemurrell Stanley weren’t even born when Max Creek was founded.

 

Buffy Sainte-Marie
Friday February 24, 2017 @ 8pm

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Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way,” the title track of her 1964 debut. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, still resonates with the Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them).

Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”), open-hearted love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go”), incendiary powwow rock (“Starwalker”), or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong,” which Sainte-Marie co-wrote and Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman.

Often pegged as a folk singer – particularly by past record labels that either failed or were unwilling to see how far ahead of the curve she was – Sainte-Marie never fully fit in with her ’60s contemporaries. While her peers were singing the centuries-old folk ballads she may have adored, her songs sprang from her own imagination and were effortlessly unique.

In truth, and this is often overlooked, Sainte-Marie is like an investigative journalist who prods and provokes to tell another side of a story. She tells the part of the narrative that has been conveniently left out of history books. Her songs have been a light in the dark, uncovering everything from corporate greed (“No No Keshagesh”) to violations of human rights (“My Country ’Tis of Thy People You’re Dying”) to governmental abuse of the very people it’s supposed to protect (“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and it's companion from this latest album, “The Uranium War”).

“I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize and value the core of a universal idea simplified into a three-minute song,” she says. “What appealed to me in folk music were the songs that have lasted for generations, but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I wanted to give people something original.”

 

The Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London, CT
860.444.7373 www.gardearts.org


An Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Friday January 20, 2017 @ 8pm

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Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt unite on stage for an unforgettable night of intimate, acoustic music. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music's most vibrant and iconic performers. A Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor, he has broadened the definition of American music, fusing elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers. John Hiatt is a talented singer and guitarist best known for his prolific songwriting. His songs have been successfully covered by musicians from Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers to Iggy Pop and Three Dog Night. With 11 Grammy nominations and 24 albums to his name, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.