The Kent Stage
Western Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesVOUCHER PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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Dec8 FriSchool of Rocky presentsKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 11:00 PM, Show at 11:55 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
GENERAL ADMISSION: $13.90
IN ROCKY COSTUME: $10.82
TICKET SALE DATES
GENERAL ADMISSION / IN ROCKY COSTUME Public Onsale: November 30, 2023 10:10 PM to December 8, 2023 11:55 PM
The Kent Classic continues.....Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen when The Kent Stage hosts The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Doors open at 11 - Show starts at midnight!
Tickets are $10 - BUT only $7 if you dare to come in RHPS costume!
Come see the live shadow cast (The School of Rocky) act out the movie and involve the audience in a night you will never forget. Don't forget the virgin sacrifice! Bring you friends, roommates, and anyone willing to get thrilled - chilled - and fulfilled!
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Dec9 SatWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $32.45 / $33.46
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INDIVIDUAL / MEMBERS Public Onsale: September 22, 2023 2:00 PM to December 9, 2023 9:30 PM
The Clarks - Kent Stage debutEarly on, The Clarks were once described as a bunch of out of tune country hicks. The band took irreverent offense to the comments, saying they were never country hicks. Eleven studio albums and a couple of guitar tuners later, The Clarks have struck again with Madly In Love At The End Of The World, a lively ride down a rural lane, laced with love, mourning, and questions about where it all goes from here.The band recorded the eleven song album in a converted A-frame church, which helped highlight a series of warm, rock and Alt-Country tunes. The four original members, Scott Blasey (vocals, acoustic guitar), Rob James (6 and 12-string electric guitars, vocals), Greg Joseph (bass, vocals) and David Minarik (drums, vocals) are joined by fellow touring mates Gary Jacob, Skip Sanders and Noah Minarik, tossing out some spanking pedal steel, Hammond organ and tasty guitar. “We’ve never had more fun composing and recording songs,” says bass player Greg Joseph. “With our storied recording history, it’s really heartening to know that music can still captivate the band as much as it has on this album.”With a highlight reel that includes the Late Show with David Letterman, The Simpsons, and others, The Clarks are enjoying their stage time together now more than ever. “It’s one big extended family,” says guitarist Rob James. “Dave’s son Noah plays on this album, and with us live, so saying that isn’t just a metaphor, it’s fact!” Singing and playing the songs of Madly In Love At The End Of The World has rekindled a fire in The Clarks’ sometimes broken, sometimes mended hearts.
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Dec13 WedWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesShow at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: July 11, 2023 10:00 AM to December 13, 2023 9:30 PM
Louisiana flavor is coming to Kent, Ohio this December when Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Tab Benoit comes to The Kent Stage, bringing with him the unique and soulful Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Wednesday, December 13th!
2 Time BB King Entertainer of The Year and Louisiana Hall of Fame Inductee Tab Benoit has had an incredible career spanning over 3 decades. Built on the foundation of the gritty soulful Delta swamp blues, Tab has acquired a legion of devoted fans. Tab has recorded and performed with some of the top names in the music industry like Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, just to name a select few. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Tab is the founder of “Voice of the Wetlands”, an organization looking to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. Tab has also found himself starring on the silver screen, starring in “Hurricane on the Bayou”, documenting the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the wetlands of LA, and calling to preserve them.
With over 40 years since they were founded in 1977, the New Orleans based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has blended traditional brass band music with a plethora of genres like Bebop Jazz, Funk, and R&B/Soul, creating a unique sound that can only be described as a “musical gumbo”. This uniqueness has allowed The Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 different continents, 30 countries, and record 12 studio albums. The group has also collaborated with a vast array of artists from the likes of Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and Norah Jones. 4 decades into their career, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has become a world famous music machine synonymous with genre bending romps and high-octane performances! The Band consists of Roger Lewis (Baritone Sax/Vocals), Kevin Harris (Tenor Sax/Vocals), Gregory Davis (Trumpet/Vocals). Kirk Joseph (Sousaphone), TJ Norris (Trombone/Vocals), Julian Addison (Drums), and Takeshi Shimmura (Guitar)!
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Dec14 ThuWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $43.78 / $38.62 / $31.42
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INDIVIDUAL / MEMBERS Public Onsale: September 22, 2023 10:00 AM to December 14, 2023 8:30 PM
An Evening with Vienna Teng“I was in a long-distance relationship with music for many years,” jokes singer-songwriter Vienna Teng. Long-distance, perhaps, but long-running. In 2002, Vienna released her debut album Waking Hour, landing her on NPR’s Weekend Edition, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the top of Amazon’s music charts. Four more albums followed, most recently Aims in 2013, as well as the music for The Fourth Messenger by playwright Tanya Shaffer. Together with Vienna’s captivating live performances and thoughtful online presence, her work has built a devoted following across generations and continents.Still, other pursuits have always beckoned. Vienna returned to academia in 2010 to study environmental sustainability, which led to a new career working on climate change, energy and waste issues. She also became a bonus parent to her partner’s two kids, and in early 2020 welcomed a newborn addition to the family - just in time for pandemic lockdown.
“I learned a lot about what it means to hold two truths in your head at the same time, as the saying goes,” Vienna says of that period. Out of that idea emerged some of the most intricate and impassioned songwriting she's ever done: a pair of songs called “We’ve Got You,” about leading and leaning on one’s community. When she performs it on stage - solo, live-looping her voice, keyboards and percussion to layer the two songs together - the audience response is electric.“We’ve Got You” also marks a new chapter of merging her musical and environmental vocations. In 2022, she launched a “music x climate action” community on Patreon, combining monthly livestream shows with Zoom climate action sessions, and hosting workshops between concerts that participants have described as “life-changing,” “rocket fuel,” and “the perfect antidote to despair.”
Vienna Teng's Climate Action Workshop
"Vienna will also be leading a climate action workshop from 4:00pm - 6:00pm prior to the show, designed to help people find practical, impactful ways to advance climate solutions that match their interests and talents. For more information and to register for the workshop:
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Dec16 SatWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $73.65 / $59.23
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: August 25, 2023 10:00 AM to December 16, 2023 9:30 PM
Forever full of ear-tugging/eye-popping surprises, ever-eclectic singer/songwriter and actress Macy Gray returns in top form with an inspired new 11-song Moonslice Records album – The Reset – and within a fresh new presentation – fronting her own band, The California Jet Club. Produced by Tommy Parker, The Reset reveals 360 degrees of Macy Gray at her lyrically introspective and vocally exuberant best. The songs move from Macy’s signature vulnerable intimacy on the lead single, “Thinking of You,” the epic orchestral ballad “You Got Away” and the festive, sexy circus of “Bottom to the Top” to the resoundingly rebounding singalong uplift of “Every Night” featuring special guest, rapper Maino.
Making this album a separate piece from the previous 10 studio projects in the 5x-Grammy-nominated (with one win) artist’s exquisite catalog is the full involvement of road band members drummer Tamir Barzilay, keyboardist Billy Wes and bassist Alex Kyhn. While all three specialize in specific instruments, they are all multi-instrumentalists, co-writers and sing background. On the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” broadcast from June 2021, Tamir is seen playing guitar and drums simultaneously. The trio wraps its sound around Macy like a glove. And she, in turn, provides them full license to shine as bright as front of stage spotlights.
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Dec29 FriKent, OHUnited StatesShow at 5:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP SOUNDCHECK: $78.80
TICKET SALE DATES
VIP SOUNDCHECK Public Onsale: October 4, 2023 10:00 AM to December 29, 2023 7:30 PM
VIP Soundcheck Sit-In Upgrade Package- Early entry into the venue- Access to Sit In to watch Red Wanting Blue’s Soundcheck (Times will be emailed closer to the show)- One Signed Concert Poster- Early Access to Red Wanting Blue Merch- Very limited availability
Dec29 FriWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: October 6, 2023 10:00 AM to December 29, 2023 9:30 PM
The music industry is a destructive animal where even the fittest isn’t guaranteed unscathed survival. That means indie rock band Red Wanting Blue is rare indeed. A quarter-century of steady artistic growth is virtually unheard of in the volatile world of rock music, whether it’s an underground band struggling to find the key to success or a multi-million-selling supergroup buckling from the excesses of fame.
Red Wanting Blue, formed in 1996 in Athens, Ohio, is comprised of Scott Terry on lead vocals, tenor guitar, and ukulele; Mark McCullough on bass, chapman stick, and vocals; Greg Rahm on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; Eric Hall on guitar, lap steel, and vocals; and Dean Anshutz on drums and percussion. Together the five musicians have forged a creative path that grows and expands with each successive recording.
By gradually morphing from self-sufficient, independent outfit to skirting the mainstream without losing underground cred, Red Wanting Blue earned the right to enjoy the benefits of longevity. The band’s music followed suit. Take melodic heartland rock ‘n’ roll sprinkled with dashes of down-home Americana and dip it in the modern, metropolitan rock world. Then add muscle, from a robust rhythm section to the full-throttle vocals of frontman Scott Terry. The results are truly a music industry story worth telling.
Special end of the year event - Must also have a ticket to the concert.“VIP Soundcheck Sit-In Upgrade Package”- Early entry into the venue- Access to Sit In to watch Red Wanting Blue’s Soundcheck (Times will be emailed closer to the show)- One Signed Concert Poster- Early Access to Red Wanting Blue Merch- Very limited availability
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Jan19 FriWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesShow at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $58.20 / $49.96
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: October 14, 2023 10:52 AM to January 19, 2024 9:30 PM
Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and a spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Time magazine, in the March 2020 “Best of” issue, listed Paula’s HBO special, "Cats, Cops and Stuff" as one of The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever. Paula can be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast "Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone", and as a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me"!
Also an author, Poundstone’s second book, "The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness" (Algonquin 2017) was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audiobook was one of five finalists for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award.
Paula was the first female comic to perform at the White House Correspondents dinner, in its then 73rd year. She was the first female standup to win the ACE award, in its then 5th year, for Best Comedy Special on Cable television. She is included in innumerable lists, documentaries and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians of our time.
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Jan31 WedWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $42.75 / $39.66 / $37.59
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: November 17, 2023 10:00 AM to January 31, 2024 7:30 PM
TR3 announces a new string of tour dates set for early 2024 to support their new studio album, Watch It, set to release Jan. 19. The unveiling of the offering from the ensemble, fronted by Dave Matthews Band collaborator and two-time Grammy nominee Tim Reynolds and featuring Dan Martier on drums along with Mick Vaughn on bass, comes just under a month after the completion of their fall tour.Watch It follows TR3’s 2019 LP, The Sea Versus the Mountain, and their 2022 live album Wild in the Sky. The collection was arranged and written during the fallout following the pandemic and was recorded at Dave Matthews Band’s studio, the Haunted Hallow in Charlottesville, Va. The 10 mostly instrumental tracks were produced by Dave Matthews Band studio manager and chief engineer Rob Evans who helped direct the sonic tapestry of jazz, funk and rock.For the new tour dates, Reynolds and company will set out for Portsmouth, N.H., on Jan. 18. From there they’ll make their way to a collection of Northeast cities, including Hartford, Conn., and New York, before heading to the Midwest for appearances in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. The tour will culminate with a performance in St. Louis on Feb. 3.
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Feb9 FriWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $83.95 / $68.49
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: October 13, 2023 10:00 AM to February 9, 2024 8:30 PM
An Evening With Judy Collins
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 55-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.
The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
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Mar11 MonWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $54.08 / $37.59
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: August 18, 2023 10:00 AM to March 11, 2024 8:30 PM
Dervish, one of the world’s most creative interpreters of Irish folk music and recently recognized with a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, have confirmed they are planning to release a brand new album later this year. Having devoted the last three decades to gently reinventing the traditional songs of their homeland, Dervish were widely celebrated in 2019 for their album The Great Irish Songbook which featured such luminaries as Vince Gill, David Gray, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Earle, and many other stellar guests.
Dervish’s founding members were childhood friends in County Sligo, the same creatively fertile region that spawned a group of legendary fiddle players who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1920s, then recorded the first known Irish-music albums of any genre. As young musicians in 1989, the band members were commissioned to record an album of music from the renowned Sligo tradition. Despite a feverish response from all around the world, Dervish turned down record-deal offers and launched their own label and career, releasing their sophomore effort Harmony Hill in 1993, immediately seeing the album climb the Irish mainstream charts. The band have since released 14 albums on their own label and in recent years they have been working with Rounder Records and the Concord Music Group in Nashville.
Through the years, Dervish has appeared at some of the world’s biggest festivals, from Glastonbury in the UK to Paleo in Switzerland to Rock in Rio, with the “great and good” of the entertainment industry while steadily making their name as of the foremost purveyors of Irish folk music of their generation.
Along with Guinness, Jameson and Kerrygold butter, one of Ireland’s greatest exports may be Dervish, a dazzling Irish traditional band described by one reviewer as “the most compelling, most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today.” Denise Foley Irish Philadelphia.
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Mar13 WedThe Kent StageKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: October 11, 2023 2:58 PM to March 13, 2024 7:30 PM
Similar backgrounds yet different paths.
Paul Thorn and Steve Poltz have a 20+ year friendship and are taking it on the road and in the ring together this Spring for a multi-city tour, surely to bring love, laughter and mischief along with them. Equal parts humor, poignant stories, and expert musicianship, these two storytellers with contagious smiles will put on a show that will make you laugh one minute and cry the next.
About Paul Thorn:
Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths. Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity, and character – as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, raised among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured the young Elvis generations before, Paul Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television, performed on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine among many others, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time. He’s also appeared on major television shows, received numerous National Public Radio features, and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts.
Paul’s latest release, “Never Too Late To Call,” is seven years in the making and features all original material. The CD was recorded at Sam Phillips Studio in Memphis and produced and engineered by Grammy winning wunderkind Matt Ross-Spang.
About Steve Poltz:
With a cult following that includes fellow musicians, regular folks and festival goers who stumble onto his performances, there’s no common denominator to Steve’s fans. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in San Diego, CA, Steve initially toured and recorded with San Diego cult favorites The Rugburns. But it was through his creative partnership with Jewel that he vaulted into the national spotlight; co-writing her multiplatinum Billboard Hot 100-busting smash, “You Were Meant For Me,” and continues to work with her to this day.
Over the years, the Nashville-based troubadour has built a fascinating solo catalog, earmarked by his debut, One Left Shoe, Dreamhouse, Folk Singer, and 2019’s Shine On. No Depression crowned him, "A sardonic provocateur with a lighthearted acoustic-driven wit, suggesting at times a sunnier, less psychedelic Todd Snider, or maybe a less wan, washed Jackson Brown,” while the Associated Press dubbed him "part busker, part Iggy Pop and part Robin Williams, a freewheeling folkie with a quick wit and big heart.”
Among other collaborations, GRAMMY-winning bluegrass phenom Billy Strings tapped him to co-write “Leaders” on 2021’s Renewal and he’s co-written with Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, Nicki Bluhm, Oliver Wood and even Mojo Nixon.
Steve’s latest record, 2022’s Stardust & Satellites (Red House / Compass Records), was produced by Oliver Wood and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers.
Mar14 ThuWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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TICKET SALE DATES
MEMBERS members Presale: November 30, 2023 12:14 PM to March 14, 2024 7:30 PM
ADVANCED / MEMBERS Public Onsale: November 30, 2023 1:00 PM to March 14, 2024 9:30 PM
"Kindred spirits to Reverend Peyton are John Lee Hooker and RL Burnside." - The Washington PostThree time BMA nominee's The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band are "the greatest front-porch blues band in the world". They are led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Their latest record Dance Songs For Hard Times went #1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Sirius XM Blues Charts and was produced by Grammy winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton). The record is critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Relix, Popmatters, Guitar World, American Songwriter, No Depression, Glide, Wide Open Country, Paste, American Blues Scene and many more!
Mar29 FriWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $92.18 / $76.73
TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: October 13, 2023 10:00 AM to March 29, 2024 8:30 PM
Now And The Evermore
“I’m deeply grateful for the life I have,” says Colin Hay, “and I think my natural tendency has always been towards optimism and humor. Lately, though, I’ve had to be more intentional about it. I’ve had to actively seek out the positive, to let new rays of hope shine on some seemingly dark situations.”
That’s precisely what Hay does with his extraordinary new solo album, Now And The Evermore, facing down struggle, loss, and even his own mortality with grit and wit at every turn. Written and recorded in Hay’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles, the collection is a defiantly joyful celebration of life and love, one that insists on finding silver linings and reasons to smile. That’s not to say the record deludes itself about the realities of our modern world, but rather that it consistently chooses to respond to pain with beauty and doubt with wonder.
The music on Now And The Evermore (Lazy Eye/Compass Records) is vibrant and animated, brimming with fanciful melodies, lush orchestration, and even a guest appearance from Ringo Starr, who kicks the whole thing off with a signature drum fill. Hay’s performances are likewise buoyant and full of life, drawing on vintage pop charm, pub rock muscle, and folk sincerity to forge a sound that’s at once playful and profound, clever and compassionate, whimsical and earnest. At its most basic level, Now And The Evermore offers a deeply personal acknowledgement of the relentless march of time, but zoom out and you’ll see that Hay’s contemplations of identity and eternity are in fact broader reflections on our shared humanity, on letting go of dead weight and reaching for the light no matter how dark things may get.
“It’s a troubling and confounding and ever-inspiring world that we live in,” he muses. “I’m lucky to be able to wander downstairs and try to make some sense of it, at least to myself.”
Born in Scotland, Hay moved with his family as a teenager to Australia, where he first came to international fame with seminal ’80s hitmakers Men At Work. While the band would reach the heights of stardom—they took home a GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist and sold more than 30 million records worldwide on the strength of #1 singles like “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under”—by 1985, they’d called it quits and gone their separate ways. Hay released his solo debut the following year and, over the course of the next three-and-a-half decades, went on to record twelve more critically acclaimed studio albums that would help establish him as one of his generation’s most hardworking and reliable craftsmen. Rolling Stone praised his “witty, hooky pop” tunes, while NPR’s World Café lauded his “distinctive voice,” and late night hosts from David Letterman and Craig Ferguson to Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have all welcomed him for performances.
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Apr13 SatWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $67.47 / $52.02
PREMIUM PACKAGE: $115.87
VIP SOUNDCHECK: $208.57
TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / PREMIUM PACKAGE / VIP SOUNDCHECK Public Onsale: November 3, 2023 10:00 AM to April 13, 2024 9:30 PM
An Evening With Suzanne Vega - Old Songs, New Songs and Other Songs
Suzanne Vega will be joined on stage by her longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard (of David Bowie fame), performing a career-spanning show including favorites like Tom' Diner, Luka, and more! Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been called contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world's best-known venues. Known for performances that convey deep emotion, "Vega's distinctive, clear, unwavering voice"; (Rolling Stone) "has been described as a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper"; by The Washington Post, with NPR Music noting that she "has been making vital, inventive music; throughout the course of her decades-long career". Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who "the world with a clinically poetic" (The New York Times), Vega's songs have tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real-world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, her work is immediately recognizable as utterly distinct and thoughtful as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 30 years ago.
Gold Circle: $58
SUZANNE VEGA VIP EXPERIENCES - Very Limited Availability
SOUNDCHECK VIP EXPERIENCE $195.00 + fees
• One reserved ticket within first 5 rows • Pre-show visit to Suzanne’s soundcheck • Pre-show Q&A with Suzanne • One autographed tour poster • One commemorative Suzanne Vega VIP laminate • One commemorative Suzanne Vega ticket - Must arrive several hours before the concert.
PREMIUM PACKAGE $105.00 + fees
• One reserved ticket within first 10 rows • One autographed tour poster • One commemorative Suzanne Vega ticket
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Apr20 SatWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: October 27, 2023 10:00 AM to April 20, 2024 12:01 AM
Carbon Leaf debuted as an independent college band in1993, gaining a strong regional following playing small clubs and campuses in surrounding Virginia. The band spent 5 years establishing their roots in the mid-Atlantic region, picking up weekend shows where they could and putting the funds into four self-released albums between 1995-2000.In 2001 the band received national attention with their song “The Boxer” which gained key support at a handful of AAA radio stations across the country, a unique accomplishment considering the group was still an unsigned band at the time with no formal representation. Carbon Leaf’s momentum continued into 2002, becoming the first unsigned act to ever win an American Music Award in the show’s 46-year history, and the first to perform live at the AMAs to a globally televised audience as an independent artist. The band’s 2004 radio single “Life Less Ordinary”, received considerable airplay and reached a broader audience nationwide, peaking at #5 on AAA radio and #28 at Hot AC. The increased exposure put the band on the road for 250+days in2004 and 2005. Between 2007-2009, the band collected a series of songwriting awards, including the International Songwriting Competition’s first prize honor for ‘The War Was In Color”. Missing the autonomous flexibility of their earlier years, the band decided not to extend its contract for a 4th release under the label, and as 2009 came to a close, Carbon Leaf once again embraced it’s independent roots. Energized by the renewed freedom, Carbon Leaf built it’s own recording space, Two-Car Studio, and began writing and releasing on their own again. The band’s creativity accelerated in this new environment and 6 independent projects were released between 2010-2013, including two EPs (How The West Was vol. One and Christmas Child); alive album and acoustic concert film (Live, Acoustic...and in Cinemascope!); two full-length albums (Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle and Constellation Prize) and the soundtrack for Universal’s Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey. "We’ve been gifted an opportunity to write and perform in front of a live audience,” said Barry Privett, while reflecting on the band’s 27 years. "We are lucky to have fans on the other end of that long road, receiving what we create. Our audience has been what sustains us. And what compels us forward. It’s not something we take for granted." Carbon Leaf is Barry Privett (lyrics, vocals), Terry Clark(guitars, vocals), Carter Gravatt (guitars, strings, vocals),Jon Markel (bass, vocals) and Jesse Humphrey (drums, vocals).From 2014-2016 the band focused their efforts on re-recording the three albums released through Vanguard, which hold the rights to those master recordings, but not to the songs themselves. Fans eagerly supported the three re-recordings, and with the newly completed versions (Indian Summer Revisited, Love Loss Hope Repeat Reneaux and Nothing Rhymes With Woman 16), Carbon Leaf regained the publishing rights to 100% its song catalogue.
After taking a much-needed break from touring in 2016 to focus on things back home and in the studio, the band returned to the road heavily in 2017 behind Gathering Vol.1, the first of four acoustic EPs released under the ‘Gathering’ banner. In 2018, the band celebrated its 25th Anniversary with extensive U.S. touring.2019 was spent writing and recording songs for a new EP(Gathering 2: The Hunting Ground) and a 27-song video project filmed on location at a beach house on the Atlantic Ocean (Carbon Leaf Cottage: Songs By The Sea)
May1 WedWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: September 15, 2023 10:00 AM to May 1, 2024 7:30 PM
Thirty years after her formative busking days Peyroux is the proud curator of nine beguiling albums and an accomplished performer with sell out worldwide tours under her belt. Her atmospheric version of Serge Gainsborough’s La Javanaise was used in the soundtrack of Oscar Winner The Shape of Water and her countless accolades include the coveted BBC International Artist Of The Year honor.Madeleine’s thirst for creative exploration is unfading and her willingness to face creative challenges remains as solid now as it was three decades ago.With endearing passion and great curiosity, the unstoppable genre-defying virtuoso continues her search for the good and examines life with the treasured William Congreve belief that Music has charms to soothe the savage beast.Madeleine might attribute her success to “mostly luck” but to the industry and loyal fans alike, it is the immense talent and utter dedication to her craft that shines through.“Peyroux is a tremendous talent and almost a total intuitive” reflects Larry Klein, “she has the capacity to get the magic. When she sings and plays her guitar, great things happen.”2023 finds the prolific musician continuing her world tour around the 2021 release of Careless Love Deluxe Anniversary Edition. As part of Rounder’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the label is offering a re-release Deluxe Edition of the 2004 album with additional live performance material to be released worldwide on 21 August 2021.Peyroux’ Careless Love Forever World Tour, begun in September of 2021 continues into 2023 with several more performances in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.Madeleine is debuting her new symphony program with performances beginning in April in the US and extending through the summer into fall of 2023 with several more to be added to her 2024 touring season.This concert is with her quartet.
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May8 WedWestern Reserve Folk Arts AssociationKent, OHUnited StatesDoors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PMMore InformationTICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: December 1, 2023 10:00 AM to May 8, 2024 9:30 PM
Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established
himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters, and composers of his generation. The
New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter has released ten studio albums to date, three
DVDs, and three live albums including the GRAMMY® nominated Rufus Does Judy at
Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with artists such as Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Miley Cyrus,
David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Carly Rae Jepsen, Robbie
Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Sting, and producer Mark Ronson, among
many others. He has written two operas and numerous songs for movies and TV.
His 2020 GRAMMY® nominated studio album of original songs, Unfollow the Rules, finds
Wainwright at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty, and a
new-found fearlessness. In 2023, he embarked on a journey to his family folk roots with his
newly-released, GRAMMY® nominated album Folkocracy featuring reinvented folk duets with
artists like Chaka Khan, Brandi Carlile, John Legend and Anohni and many more.
He has been working on his first musical of John Cassavetes’ Opening Night for the
West End with Ivo van Hove for a number of years which is set to open at the Gielgud
Theater in March 2024. During this time he has also completed a Requiem which will
premiere with the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio France in June of 2024. Co-
commissioners for the Requiem are the Master Chorale in Los Angeles, the Palau de la
Musica in Barcelona, the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Orchestra in Ireland,
and the Royal Ballet London.
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