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Looking Ahead: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam, Old 97’s and Last Comic Standing

October 7, 2014

Another full week of action-packed entertainment at Blumenthal Performing Arts is ahead of us! Tonight night we welcome back Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis, then it’s spoken word, great music, and lots of laughs to round out the rest of the week. Who would want to miss any of that?

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra comes to Belk Theater Tuesday, Oct. 7. Photo by Frank Stewart.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra comes to Belk Theater Tuesday, Oct. 7. Photo by Frank Stewart.

Saturday, we kicked off the first annual Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival with Find Your Jazz Day. It was a huge success with multiple elements happening in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Tonight, we conclude the festival with none other than Wynton Marsalis himself and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane and other great jazz composers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis concerts are internationally critically-acclaimed. “The finest big band in the world today,” said The Daily Telegraph, U.K. CLICK HERE for tickets!

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. SlamCharlotte’s current Slammaster, Bluz, is the 13th ranked individual poet in the world. Come check it out on Friday night, Oct. 10, in Booth Playhouse! CLICK HERE for more information.

The Old 97’s come to McGlohon Theater on Saturday night! The band emerged from Dallas 20 years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy. “Most Messed Up” follows their recent two-volume set: “The Grand Theatre,” which found the band as “lifers writing for keeps,” according to Rolling Stone; and their 2013 EP featuring Waylon Jennings, “Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings.” CLICK HERE for tickets!

LastComicStanding_300America’s most compelling comedy competition, Last Comic Standing, takes to the road to showcase the winners and other outstanding comics from NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated series. The lively laughfest searches for the funniest comic in the country with the top 100 comics in America competing for the top 20 spots.  These 20 comics compete in a semifinal round, and as the best of the best emerges, the top 10 move into the compelling challenge rounds. In this phase, they compete in different comedy disciplines – sketch, improv and stand-up – to prove themselves individually and in teams.  Then the funniest of all will take the coveted title of “Last Comic Standing,” winning a prize package that includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by Universal Television, plus the top spot on this LIVE tour. Get your tickets now for this hilarious evening at the Knight Theater on Sunday, Oct.12!


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