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Looking Ahead: ONCE, Open Mic, Ian Anderson, Find Your Jazz Day and Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer!

September 29, 2014

The options are vast this week! From FREE family-fun to a big Broadway musical, and everything in between, we’ve got it all for you this week at Blumenthal Performing Arts. Let’s just lay it all out so you can decide what you just can’t miss! CLICK HERE for a full list of upcoming shows, or read below for this week’s breakdown.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company. © Joan Marcus

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company. Photo by Joan Marcus


ONCE comes to Belk Theater, playing for one week only! Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights … but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams … not living in fear … and the power of music to connect all of us.


In McGlohon Theater

Come out and support local talent!

Come out and support local talent!

Blumenthal Performing Arts invites you to participate in this OPEN MIC event on Friday, Oct. 3. This FREE event is open to performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and others are all welcome. Audience seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

In Knight Theater

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson is here for one night only! Legendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson and his band (guitarst Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’Hara and drummer Scott Hammond) are touring the United States. Don’t miss them when they come to the Queen City!



Find Your Jazz Day – Part of the 2014 Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival

It’s a cultural jazz feast for the whole family! Find Your Jazz Day is a FREE all-day event, beginning at 11 a.m. and including live performances, kids’ crafts, educational activities and more! Join us in a New Orleans-style second line jazz parade to the Knight Theater at 6:15 p.m. CLICK HERE to see the full schedule.


Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer come to Knight Theater Oct. 5.

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer come to Knight Theater Oct. 5.


Bassist/composer Edgar Meyer and mandolinist/composer Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, will team up Sunday in Knight Theater. These two MacArthur Fellows will cross traditional boundaries in a diverse program of largely original music.


See, there’s something for everyone. Visit to purchase tickets or read more information. We hope to see you this week!







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