Be prepared for a great time when a legendary Grammy winning trio takes the stage at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on Aug. 19! Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs will come alive on stage to deliver a program of blues, gospel and bluegrass. They’re joined by Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass with occasional guest performances by Buck White.
In honor of the trio dusting off the old country playbook and taking Charlotte’s stage, we dedicate this Tuesday Tune to Ricky Skaggs’ No. 1 hit “Highway 40 Blues.” On July 9, 1983, this song rose to the top of the charts and became America’s favorite country song.
Larry Cordle wrote the the song for Skaggs to record. Before recording the original song in 1983, Skaggs changed one line due to his Christian upbringing. Cordle wrote “My eyes are filled with bitter tears / Lord, I could use could an ice-cold beer” but Skaggs changed it to “Lord, I ain’t been home in years.” After releasing “Highway 40 Blues,” Skaggs became Billboard Magazine’s Artist of the Year.
Watch Skaggs perform the song in the video below.
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Our friends at Southern Women’s Show will be hosting their three-day-long event at Charlotte Convention Center Aug. 28-30. We have a few tickets to spare and we’d like to give you the chance to win them!
As an added bonus, the first 5,000 complimentary goody bags handed out at the show will contain a flyer with exclusive discounts to many upcoming performances in Blumenthal’s six uptown theaters!
Here’s a few more things you can expect at this year’s show:
- Attend Girls’ Night Out from 4-8 p.m. on Friday with a complimentary glass of wine (limited quantities, one per person with coupon and valid ID) — sponsored by Concord Mills.
- Join Melinda Bates, the White House Insider, at the Spotlight Stage Friday and Saturday and get a VIP tour of the White House; hear about entertaining at the White House; or go backstage with the first families.
- Meet Jessa Duggar Seewald from “19 Kids and Counting” at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Fashion and Entertainment Stage.
- Mother-Daughter Day is Saturday. Enjoy makeovers and pampering, shopping and having fun together. Walk the runway at the Mother-Daughter Look-alike Contest hosted by Ramona Holloway and her mom, Wheezy — sponsored by 107.9 The Link.
- Britt Nilsson from “The Bachelor” is appearing Saturday and Sunday — sponsored by World Vision.
- Celebrate Teachers Appreciation Day on Sunday with FREE admission for teachers who show their school ID at the Box Office. Select exhibitors will offer money-saving deals for teachers and educators who show their school ID Sunday.
- Your favorite Ice Sisters will appear Sunday, and the first 330 girls in line will be presented with tiaras! Afterward, they will entertain you with a sing-along to your favorite songs.
- Comedienne Joy, self-proclaimed “Queen of Clean,” will appear on the Fashion and Entertainment Stage Friday and Saturday!
- Check out culinary demonstrations, food sampling and trivia games at the Food Lion Chef Challenge Stage.
- Attend daily wardrobe and makeup workshops, hourly fashion shows and much more!
You could win four tickets to the Southern Women’s Show for you and your girlfriends! The tickets will be valid for any day Friday, Aug. 28-Sunday, Aug. 30, and will be available for pickup at will call. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us who you’d like to bring with you to the Southern Women’s Show. Winners will be selected on Tuesday, July 28, at noon and notified via email.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” that should keep you from seeing Broadway’s record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical Aug. 25-Sept. 6 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Based on Berry Gordy’s 1994 autobiography, “To Be Loved,” Motown The Musical shares the true American dream story of Gordy’s journey from being a featherweight boxer to becoming the heavyweight music mogul that launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and so many others.
Motown The Musical, part of the PNC Broadway Lights, features over 40 classic Motown songs including the Motown anthem “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Ashford was inspired to write the iconic R&B song after moving to New York City. He was determined not to let the harsh city get the best of him. The duo wrote the song in 1966 and it became a huge success for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. Diana Ross later recorded the hit in 1970 and it went on to become Ross’ first solo No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ross’ version was also nominated for a Grammy.
Watch the original songwriters behind this hit tune, Ashford and Simpson, perform their take on “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” live!
Don’t miss the sounds of Detroit when Motown The Musical drives through Belk Theater next month! Get tickets now! Prices start at just $20.
It will be a busy week here at Blumenthal Performing Arts, as we get ready for the arrival of two FREE events this Saturday! On July 25, Charlotte’s streets will be filled with dance and graffiti as National Dance Day and Graffiti Jam take over uptown Charlotte.
In addition to these two Saturday events, we are also hosting a third free event, Pick Your Seat Night, on Monday, June 27. Pick Your Seat Night provides theater fans the opportunity to choose their own season seats for the 2015-16 PNC Broadway Lights season.
National Dance Day will be held July 25 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Plaza.
It is a grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move! Blumenthal will join hundreds of other organizations across the country in hosting an array of participatory dance activities.
To give you a taste of what’s to come with Breakin’ Convention, the international festival of hip-hop dance theater headed to Charlotte Oct. 9-10, Graffiti Jam will be held on July 25 at the former Goodyear Auto Service Center, 100 E. Stonewall St. It will be buzzing with live graffiti art demonstrations, dance cyphers, live disc jockeys and much more. People of all ages are invited to try their hand at tagging or they can just enjoy the talent of local graffiti artists as they paint canvases of all shapes and sizes.
Drop by Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on Monday, July 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and check out your seating options at PICK YOUR SEAT NIGHT. Test drive the view from all locations until you find your favorite. Open seats will be marked and staff available to discuss all your options.
Put on your dance shows and join us July 25 from 1-4:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Plaza for our third annual National Dance Day celebration! This event will be filled with exercise, new experiences and fun!
Hundreds of people will enjoy the usual National Dance Day fun but will also get a taste of Breakin’ Convention, the international hip-hop dance theater festival headed to Charlotte this fall, with a Graffiti Jam happening just two blocks away.
Facts About National Dance Day!
- National Dance Day is FREE and open to everyone.
- National Dance Day was created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance,” to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance.
- Dance instructors will be onsite at the Wells Fargo Plaza to help teach the official National Dance Day routine to attendees, as well as other large group numbers.
- Along with hosting National Dance Day in Charlotte, Blumenthal Performing Arts hosts regular open mic events for budding artists to perform on Blumenthal stages and will be adding more WHIRL events throughout the year.
National Dance Day is a grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move! Blumenthal will join hundreds of other organizations across the country in hosting an array of participatory dance activities. This free event is open to people of all ages, and no prior dance experience is necessary for participation!
Reduced Shakespeare Company Performs The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) at Booth Playhouse Nov. 5-7!
Join us at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Nov 5-7 for Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)! The troupe will take the stage to answer the fundamental questions of comedy:
- Which is the least funny nationality? Which is the funniest? Why did the former try to exterminate the latter?
- How do critics describe everything in a way to make it sound unfunny? (“First of all, the premise is weak. No one would ever believe that a baseball team would actually have a first baseman named “Who.”)
- Why did the chicken cross the road? RSC dreams of a day when chickens can travel freely without their motives being questioned.
They’ve skewered history, the Bible and the world’s most celebrated playwright. Now, Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner.
Since its pass-the-hat origins in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has created 10 world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen and heard the world over. The company’s itinerary has included stops off-Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, as well as performances in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Singapore and Bermuda, plus countless civic and university venues throughout the USA, the U.K. and Europe.
Purchase your TICKETS today to see these hysterical comedians tackle the entire history of comedy in just 90 minutes!
Get a sneak peek of the show by watching the comedians below!
“Close the window, calm the light, and it will be all right” because Boz Scaggs comes to Charlotte next month! The talented singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform at Knight Theater at Levine Center For the Arts on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
In addition to touring extensively with his own band, Scaggs continues to work with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald as The Dukes of September, most recently a playing a 47-city tour to rave reviews, performing their own material along with R&B and soul classics. Within that collaboration, throughout his career and especially evident in his album “Memphis,” Scaggs’ unique voice and trademark sound make plain his abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music.
Watch Scaggs perform one of his greatest hits, “We’re All Alone,” in the video below. He recorded “We’re All Alone” for his 1976 album “Silk Degrees.” Several other artists have recorded the song, including Rita Coolidge, Bob James, Johnny Mathis, Engelbert Humperdinck and Lesley Gore.