An Acoustic Evening with John HiattForty years into his recording career, John Hiatt has chosen to title his 22nd studio album, Terms of My Surrender. Surrender? Is that as in Cheap Trick? Or Appomattox? Hiatt laughs, tentatively, at the choice.
“It’s my Appomattox,” he says, wryly. “Really I don’t know where it came from, that idea of trying to arrange the terms of my surrender. I don’t get to do that. It’s a labor in vain in that
respect, if you think you can negotiate that with anyone, or anything. In reference to the title song, it’s in terms of love. You’ve got to give it up. The song says, ‘I can’t negotiate the terms.’”
That’s an essence, perhaps the essence, of the 11 songs here, the 11 stories they tell and, together perhaps, one story. Always a keen observer of life’s flings and foibles alike, usually mixed well together, Hiatt’s insights and skills at sharing them have only sharpened over the year.
With his longtime guitarist Doug Lancio taking the producer reins, Hiatt set out to bring the songs’ character (and characters) into intimate focus. There’s a close-up, patina-festooned bluesy quality tying the tales together. But it’s blues in the knotty backwoods sense, as if sprung from the Delta loam. It’s completely a band effort, his current group, which he calls simply the Combo, a tight-yet-loose unit from years together on the road — Lancio on guitars, banjo and mandolin, Nathan Gehri on bass, Kenneth Blevins on drums, with keyboards from John Coleman on some of the tracks. But it all flows from the leader.
“I had this group of songs and wanted to feature my guitar and voice — oddly enough,” he says. “However peculiar it might be, I thought, ‘Let’s put it out front and see.’”
Talking to Heaven; the Best of International Mediumship
Two of the World’s GREATEST Spiritual Mediums, NY Times Best Selling Author James Van Praagh from the U.S., and UK's Celebrated Medium, Tony Stockwell come together for a very rare and extraordinary event!
Both James and Tony will discuss how they communicate with the Spirit World, guide you through a healing meditation, share what happens in the spirit world and…demonstrate spiritual medium readings for some audience members from family and friends in spirit.
VIP Tickets include premium front row seating and an exclusive Meet n' Greet with James and Tony at the end of the show to get photographs with them and get your books autographed.
An Evening with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues
Having chalked up nearly fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold fifty five million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists. Justin is honoured with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.
OPENING ACT: Mike Dawes
Mike Dawes (ENG) is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers. His acclaimed solo music has gained well over 10 million hits on popular video sharing sites, but Mike is not considered a ‘YouTube act’. Since the release of his debut album in 2013 he has toured almost every continent on the planet, bringing his hyper technical, yet intrinsically musical instrumental performance to tens of thousands globally. He has recorded with and even taught multiple grammy winning artists and currently performs alongside the legendary frontman of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward.
Musicians including Steve Vai, Gotye and James Valentine (Maroon 5) have all spoken of their admiration towards his work. Mike needs to be seen live to be believed. His ability to create the most unusual tones and textures from a single acoustic guitar leaves fellow musicians stunned. All this with a twist of quirky British humour.
Ella and Frank - The Concert
Don't miss “Ella and Frank, A Celebration of the Great American Songbook,” featuring the amazing vocal talents of American Idol finalist live Siobhan Magnus and the incomparable Mark Mahar, backed by Boston Swing! Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald made history in 1974 when they performed 16 sold-out performances at the Uris Theatre on Broadway. Ella and Frank captures the magic of these performances with the stellar vocal stylings of Magnus and Mahar, as they perform the hits made famous by Ella and Frank.
Life In A Jar
A Benefit Performance
PL1 tickets are VIP and include a meet and greet!
LIFE IN A JAR IS:
- A powerful presentation for all audiences.
- A dynamic program touching the Holocaust, ethics, education, respect and unsung heroes.
- A program which brings together a great educational project and a courageous woman.
- A presentation of hope, not despair.
Peter Yarrow & Paul Stookey
Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary together, Grammy-winners Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey carry on the proud tradition of their 1960s iconic folk-singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Since Mary's death in 2009, Peter and Noel Paul have continued to perform as a duo, singing many of the group's classic hits, including "If I Had a Hammer," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," "I Dig Rock & Roll Music," and "Leaving on a Jet Plane." No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following in the 45 years that Peter, Paul & Mary performed together. The trio won five Grammys, produced 13 Top-40 hits, and recorded over two dozen albums; including eight gold and five platinum albums.
An Evening With Garrison Keillor
One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Garrison Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week.
Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, The Writers Almanac, and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places. A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, and Homegrown Democrat. In 2006, Keillor played himself alongside a cast that included Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline, in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman.
With Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, Keillor has also been honored with the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Offering insight and stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers, Keillor captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma and wisdom.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes…. Just like a live version of 'Whose Line'! Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Their high-profile presentations have played to sold-out venues all over the country.
The highly-anticipated twelfthseason of the hit TV show, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" is currently running on the CW network.
The Show (in their own words)
The world's funniest improv show, featuring the brilliant comic stylings of Brad Sherwood and his addle-brained sidekick, Colin Mochrie. It is the longest running international improv show on planet earth, we think. - Brad Sherwood
An evening of interactive comedy with big belly laughs supplied by improv icon Colin Mochrie and eye candy for the visually impaired by Brad Sherwood. The most fun you can have with a theatre full of people that's legal and doesn't include washing up. - Colin Mochrie
The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6
The Summit Tour
The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will begin a special collaboration with their 2016 "The Summit" tour. Both of these legendary acts have 10 Grammy Awards to their credit amongst a host of other recognitions. Each will perform a set, culminating with a duet featuring the tightest harmonies known in the music business as well as in innovative arrangements and funky grooves.
The Manhattan Transfer marks the 40th anniversary of their debut recording this year while Take 6 celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great jazz and pop hits that earned them induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Take 6 has been recognized as the quintessential a capella group in virtually every genre. They were inducted last year into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, from whom they have received 10 Dove Awards in addition to their Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year and more.
Tower of Power
Onsale Friday, April 22 at 10am
For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."
Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage
Jim Brickman Comfort & Joy
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star studded vocal collaborations.
Since the release of his debut album “No Words” in 1994, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best selling solo piano artist of our time. His signature style has also brought him two Grammy nods, four Gold albums, and 30 charted adult radio hits. Brickman received top honors with two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, a Canadian Country Music Award and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.
Jim Brickman’s newest CD, Comfort and Joy celebrates the warm feelings of the holiday season with a collection of Christmas classics and brand new original songs. Featured performers include Anne Cochran, Tracy Silverman, Charlie Allen, Leslie Odom Jr., Sandi Patty, John Oates and the legendary Johnny Mathis.
Brickman’s best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine”, “The Gift”, “Love of My Life”, “Simple Things” and “Peace.” He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists that include: Martina McBride, Gerald Levert, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Sara Evans, Donny Osmond, and Olivia Newton-John.
Brickman has received worldwide acclaim as a performer. His concerts have been enjoyed internationally and in over 125 cities across the U.S, including shows at Carnegie Hall and the White House. He recently performed on his eighth Jim Brickman Cruise. Jim Brickman also hosts Your Weekend, a weekly radio show, heard in over 80 cities across North America. He has authored three best-sellers, Simple Things, Love Notes and his latest book Soothe – How To Find Calm Amidst Everyday Chaos.
Vienna Boys Choir
The Wiener Sängerknaben or Vienna Boys' Choir (sometimes translated Vienna Choir Boys) is the world's foremost children's choral group. It is also among the oldest of all musical organizations, having been founded pursuant to an Imperial decree of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I on July 7, 1498; the Emperor wished boys' voices to be added to the choir of the Imperial Chapel, or Hofkapelle. This established a tradition of having the boys sing in weekly Sunday masses in the Imperial Chapel of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, a tradition that continues today.
Over the centuries, illustrious composers have written masterpieces for the Boys' Choir of the Imperial Chapel, including Mozart, Bruckner, Gluck, and Schubert. Many great musicians got their start as members of the Boys' Choir; among them were the great conductors Hans Richter, Clemens Krauss, and Lovro von Matacic. During the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the choir became renowned for its secular performances as well, appearing in colorful Imperial-style military uniforms, each complete with a dagger. After World War I, wide popular and governmental disfavor of all things Imperial resulted in the dissolution of many long-standing institutions, including the Imperial Chapel Choir. However, Chaplain Joseph Schnitt remained in his position at the chapel and re-gathered the choir. Sparing no personal expense, he re-established a boarding school for the choristers. He replaced the imperial uniforms with a distinctive sailor-style uniform.
The Vienna Boys' Choir has the most stringent training and admittance policy in the world. Boys wishing to join must first gain entrance to a preparatory school where they receive a complete elementary education. Their instruction includes elements of musical theory, sight-singing, and the practice of singing, and instruction on at least one instrument; at the age of nine, they have to pass an examination based strictly on musical ability and vocal quality. There is no religious requirement. The teaching is purposely intensive in order that their education not be slighted due to the frequent touring. There are usually two choirs away on a tour at any given time, most frequently for three months. They are accompanied by their choirmaster, their tutor, and a nurse. Vienna Choir Boys have visited the United States well in excess of 50 times since 1932 and have traveled to all six inhabited continents. They are beloved the world over for their lively singing style and beautiful tone and have commissioned a number of new works, including Britten's The Golden Vanity.
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