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Looking Ahead: Blue Man Group, Ben Sollee, Chick Corea and Poetry Slam!

April 14, 2014

If you’re looking for a great time this week, you don’t have to look far. Blumenthal Performing Arts has everything you could possibly want in terms of entertainment! From Blue Man Group in Belk Theater to Chick Corea in Knight Theater, there’s something for everyone.

Blue Man Group coming to Belk Theater April 15-20

Blue Man Group takes over Belk Theater April 15-20.

It all starts tomorrow night, when Blue Man Group opens at the Belk Theater! The show is here for six days only! The group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts, which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as “one of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.”

Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget! CLICK HERE for tickets!

Wednesday, it’s Ben Sollee in Stage Door Theater. Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, 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. CLICK HERE for tickets to his concert!

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam is back in Booth Playhouse Friday night. Blumenthal Performing Arts’ monthly Poetry Slams are hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own two-time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007 and 2008). SlamCharlotte strives to promote poetic growth, performance enhancement and increased camaraderie among the poets and the community through the monthly slam competitions. CLICK HERE for more information.

Chick Corea in Knight Theater Saturday

Chick Corea plays in Knight Theater Saturday.

Saturday, you’ll want to have a seat in Knight Theater! When the legendary artist Chick Corea recorded “Piano Improvisations” on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today. Chick released a new solo CD and has embarked upon a world tour with a presentation that is as fresh and innovative as ever. With a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Chick classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and the inimitable “Children’s Songs,” it is a must-see concert if there ever was one. The title of the CD, “Portraits,” derives from something Chick occasionally includes in his solo shows — when the spirit moves him. The artist asks for volunteers from the typically packed house, sits them down one at a time next to the piano and proceeds to paint a musical “portrait” unique to each individual. It’s uncanny how the personality of the person is captured in Chick’s improvisations. CLICK HERE to nab tickets!



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