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With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences.
In addition to his solo recordings & regular international touring, Newman has composed a host of unforgettable film scores, including all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, Maverick, James & the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Monsters University and Monster’s Inc.
Newman’s many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Includes the Red Carpet Gala reception with food, drinks, and silent auction in Hartley/Vey Theatres.
Thursday March 3, 2016
Rhonda Vincent was told her voice was too “bluegrass” for mainstream country music. When she sang bluegrass, fans raved that they loved her “country music.”
There is only one voice and there is only one Rhonda Vincent. But IS she a bluegrass singer or a country singer? The simple answer – yes.
Vincent answers the “bluegrass or country” question once and for all with “Only Me” (Upper Management), her ambitious double-album that is a little bit country, a little bit bluegrass and a whole lot awesome. Vincent is a true artist not confined by strict musical genres or corralled by boundaries set in place by corporate music honchos. Vincent is a singer’s singer, true and pure.
Anyone who knows a mandolin from a Martin guitar knows that Vincent is the bona fide Queen of Bluegrass, a soulful singer who was named Female Vocalist of the Year seven consecutive times by the International Bluegrass Music Association. She has also recorded contemporary country albums and sung with her close friend Dolly Parton, recorded with Willie Nelson and opened for George Jones. Bluegrass or country, country or bluegrass, her voice is unique, recognizable and flawless. It’s only her.
Sunday March 6, 2016
Thursday March 24, 2016 - 7:30pm
Red Dragon Singer/Songwriter Series Presents: James McMurtry with Steve Judice Opening Event DetailsPurchase Tickets
James McMurtry is a Texas legend as a sing, songwriter, and occasional actor. His music career started in his early teens, but his full stride when John Mellencamp became a fan and co-produced McMurtry's first album in the late 80's. A steady flow of intelligent country rock and folk followed. James has built a huge following for his live performances, both solo and with his band. McMurtry's son Curtis is also a gifted songwriter while his father is famed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove).
Songwriter and semi-retired attorney Steve Judice has carved out a devoted following throughout the Souther States. Steve plays solo and as part of the Louisiana songwriting collective The Three Amigos. He is a favorite on Radio Free Texas and is currently working on his fourth album of original songs. Steve has opened shows for Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Billy Joe Shaver
Thursday March 24, 2016
$39.95-$59.95 plus fees
Wednesday March 30, 2016 - 7:30pm
Manship Theatre and Arts Council’s River City Jazz Masters Series Presents: Cyrus Chestnut Event DetailsPurchase Tickets
Cyrus Chestnut of Baltimore, MD is a world renowned classical and jazz performer that combines the soul of a jazz legend and the modern skill-set of a classical performer. This enables him to captivate audiences of all ages with his melodic performances. Chestnut continually tours with his trio, playing live at jazz festivals, clubs, and concert halls around the world. His leadership and prowess as a soloist has also led him to be a first call for the piano chair in many big bands including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra.
The Arts Council’s River City Jazz Maters Series is proud to bring this legend to Baton Rouge, who will no doubt captivate the audience with his unique and soulful style.
Wednesday March 30, 2016
Saturday April 30, 2016 - 7:30pm
Red Dragon Singer/Songwriter Series Presents: John Fullbright with Martin Flanagan Opening Event DetailsPurchase Tickets
John Fullbright is the brightest young star on the musical horizon today. A brilliant singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist, Fullbright's career exploded over the past four years. High points include a Grammy nomination and appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and the Today Show. This fiercely independent Okie has captured a whole new generation of listeners.
Martin Flanagan is often referred to as the most interesting man in Louisiana. Forty years of songwriting and a renowned career as a graphic design man have left him with countless stories to tell. And boy, can Martin tell a story! Check out the mini-documentary on Youtube, "Illegitimate Son of a Legend", for the most intriguing mystery you might ever come across.
Saturday April 30, 2016
$39.95-$59.95 plus fees
A tour de force of percussion and rhythm that glorifies the vibrational power exchanged between two greats ~ Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette. This two-set concert introduces multigenerational phrasing of elevated frequencies that propels sound to the fourth dimension and beyond. Glover joins Jack DeJohnette to take the audience on a journey of melodies extracting unprecedented and beautiful music living within two masterful souls. This once-in-a-lifetime session defines why these two percussive artists are considered legends.
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The list of creative associations throughout his career is lengthy and diverse: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddy Hubbard, Betty Carter and so many more. Along the way, he has developed a versatility that allows room for hard bop, R&B, world music, avant-garde, and just about every other style to emerge in the past half-century.
Born in Chicago in 1942, DeJohnette grew up in a family where music and music appreciation was a high priority. Beginning at age four, he studied classical piano at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, then added the drums to his repertoire when he joined his high school concert band at age 14.
Despite all the awards and accolades, though, DeJohnette continues to make the creative process his highest priority. To that end, his most recent recording is Sound Travels, a nine-song, genre-spanning album that includes Latin rhythms and West Indian energy, meditative pieces and straightahead jazz. Included in the long list of guest players is Esperanza Spalding, Bobby McFerrin, Bruce Hornsby and Jason Moran.
Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Savion made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.
Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed "free style hard core." The Tony Award winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major motion pictures like "Jelly's Last Jam", a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
As a choreographer, Glover's work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. His starring role in the musical Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, which he also choreographed, debuted on Broadway in 1996. The musical chronicles events in African-American history and brought Savion a Tony for best choreographer.
Glover was made known to the younger generation with recurring appearances on "Sesame Street." He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film "Happy Feet." Savion also served as co-choreographer for the film.
Friday June 3, 2016