Looking Ahead: Keb’ Mo’, Under the Streetlamp, Mountainfilm on Tour and The Wood Brothers!
It is going to be one busy week here at Blumenthal Performing Arts, but that means we are more likely to have something for everyone! From a three-time Grammy winner, to a modern day Rat Pack, to an outstanding eye-opening film, we have a great variety of entertainment with four amazing shows! That’s pretty exciting stuff. Come to one or come to them all! Read on for full details on each show coming up this week.
Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22 release of “BLUES Americana” on Kind of Blue Music. His 12th full-length album marks the 20th anniversary of his debut “Keb’ Mo’,” but, more importantly, the disc is a signpost of artistic and personal growth.
Over the past two decades Keb’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. His songs have been recorded by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer, and his playing inspired leading instrument maker Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster acoustic guitar. He has collaborated with a host of other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, jazz diva Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke and Little Milton. Keb’ also performs the theme song for the smash sitcom “Mike & Molly” and was music director for TV’s “Memphis Beat.”
Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Belk Theater
Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group with a top PBS special, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time rock ‘n’ roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and many others. And thanks to the permission of Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, the guys perform a medley from the “Seasons” catalog of outstanding hits.
Critics have called Under the Streetlamp “a sure-fire sellout!” All the songs are delivered in the inimitable Under the Streetlamp style, with tight harmonies and slick dance moves that will take you back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers.
Their special guest is the a cappella group Gentleman’s Rule!
Mountainfilm on Tour is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter. The films selected for the show will cover themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.
The Mountainfilm Festival is a four-day event held each Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo., that is part film festival, part ideas summit and part jamboree. For 35 years, Mountainfilm has attracted leading independent documentary filmmakers, artists and photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival’s motto of “Celebrating Indomitable Spirit.”
Each year, Mountainfilm on Tour takes a selection of outstanding films from the Telluride festival on the road to engage audiences who otherwise would not have an opportunity to experience them. Year-round and worldwide, the tour reaches about 30,000 people on five continents.
The films will begin promptly at 8 p.m. A Mountainfilm presenter will introduce the films as well as host an engaging dialogue with the audience following the films.
The Wood Brothers come to McGlohon Theater for one night only.
The group reached a new level when Chris Wood had a scrap of a song that “seemed like a chorus” scribbled in a notebook and he played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around that he didn’t know what to do with. The two pieces, composed months apart — one in urban Atlanta and the other deep in the Catskills — dovetailed musically and lyrically: the verse about a man regretting chasing unattainable women, and the high-lonesome, harmony-driven refrain of “When I die, I wanna be sent back to try, try again.”
“Neon Tombstone” wasn’t the first song that Chris and Oliver had written. Since 2006, they had released three studio albums of Americana as The Wood Brothers. But it was the first one they’d written like this.
“This is how a song is supposed to come together,” Oliver remembers thinking. “There was some chance, some randomness, to it.” The experience marked a deeper level of collaboration for The Wood Brothers, a new found fraternal synchronicity that’s captured on their latest album, “The Muse.”
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