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Looking Ahead: AMERICAN IDIOT Opens Friday; Cowboy Junkies and Creole Choire of Cuba

March 4, 2013

Here are a few things we’re excited about this week!

Often described as haunting, alluring and dreamy, Cowboy Junkies have long since secured their place in the annals pop rock history with their lauded 1988 release, The Trinity Session. The band’s seminal album is a melancholic mixture of blues, country, folk and rock that features featuring original works, covers and traditional songs.

A legend unto itself, after the success of that unforgettable album, the Junkies gracefully built an impressive discography in the more than 25 years of recording and playing together.

Don’t miss your chance to see An Evening with Cowboy Junkies this Thursday, March 7, in McGlohon Theater at Spirit SquareCLICK HERE for more information.

As vital as ever, their latest effort The Wilderness is a sweeping, poignant and gently disarming alt-rock album that shares that same sweet sense of melody and the same haunting voice that made The Trinity Session so remarkable. Extraordinary then, extraordinary now.

American Idiot the Musical opens Friday, March 8, in Belk Theater.

The smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post-9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season.

American Idiot rocks Charlotte March 8-10 in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCLICK HERE for more information on American Idiot.

Based on Green Day’s Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”

Featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (SPRING AWAKENING), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (BLACK WATCH), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (NEXT TO NORMAL), Tony Award®-winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.

American Idiot contains adult content and strong language.


Prepare to be blown away: Hear passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these 10 inspiring vocalists and you will know this is something new from Cuba, the most original vocal sound to come out of the island in a long while.

Creole Choir of Cuba performs this Friday, March 8, in McGlohon Theater at Spirit SquareCLICK HERE for more information on Creole Choir of Cuba.

This Grammy-nominated choir sings the vital music learned from grandparents and parents as well as the songs of some of the foremost groups of contemporary Haitian scene. From laments to protest songs such as “Tandé,” permeated by the homesickness of exile and the eternal dream of returning  “home,” to ritual prayers and celebratory freedom dances, each song tells a powerful Haitian story kept alive in Cuba. The Creole Choir have taken these songs back to Haiti where their enthusiastic reception at festivals around the island has inspired them to learn direct from Haitian artists. As they sing in “Eden Chanté” – “Listen to us.”

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