BOB NOCEK PRESENTS | Concerts and Comedy in North Carolina and the Southeast

Presenting concerts and comedy in outstanding venues throughout the Southeast.

Jake Shimabukuro
Oct
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Jake Shimabukuro

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Friday, August 4 at 10AM

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake Shimabukuro is known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele. Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah. He started playing at the age of four, and his career skyrocketed with a YouTube clip of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that went viral and received more than 13 million views.

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Paula Poundstone
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Paula Poundstone

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Friday, May 19 at 10AM

Fresh on the heels of the release of her hilarious new book, THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS  comedian Paula Poundstone is entertaining audiences around the country and leaving them complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and wondering if the random people she talks to are plants. Of course, they never are.

Poundstone can be heard regularly on NPR’s #1 show, the Peabody-award winning weekly comedy news quiz Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!  Poundstone is also now readying the launch of her own, brand-new weekly podcast – LIVE FROM THE POUNDSTONE INSTITUTE – which is set to premiere on June 20th, 2017. 

 On stage, Poundstone is known for her casual style, smart, observational humor, and a razor sharp spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend.  Garrison Keillor described her as “the bravest and best improv comic of our time.”

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Jim Lauderdale
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Jim Lauderdale

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Tuesday, August 15 at 12PM

“Few current...acts sing with the command and authority Lauderdale brings to his performances, and fewer still have a set of songs at their disposal as good...” - All Music Guide

Jim Lauderdale is a multiple Grammy® and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today. His record Buddy and Jim, which he wrote and recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Miller, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana Album category and several Americana Music Awards, a show which he has hosted since 2002.

Lauderdale has always stayed true to his North Carolina roots but is influenced from the experience of his travels. He first immersed himself in the early country music scenes of both New York City and Los Angeles before breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter. He has helped pave the way of the current Americana Movement recording records and writing songs that cross genres from country, pop, roots, rock, folk and bluegrass.

Lauderdale, a master songwriter, has had his work featured regularly on the ABC hit show Nashville, and he has several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film Pure Country. 

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World of Dance Live!
Oct
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

World of Dance Live!

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Friday, August 18 at 10AM

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FEATURING:
Luka and Jenalyn
Super Cr3w
DNA
Eva Igo
Diana Pombo
Mihacevich Sisters
Elektrobotz

Hot off of the wildly successful premiere season of NBC’s “World of Dance,” the #1 new series of the summer, World of Dance announces its fall live tour, WOD Live.  Featuring the best dancers from across all genres incorporating both local and national talent, the multi-city tour will bring the excitement and creativity straight from the television to your town. WOD Live tour will include the greatest dance innovators and feature amazing dance skills and brilliance, while offering family friendly entertainment.

Featured talent at each date includes: Luka and Jenalyn, Super Cr3w, DNA, Eva Igo, Diana Pombo, Mihacevich Sisters, and Elektrobotz. Nappy Tabs will also be joining the WOD Live tour as the creative directors. Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo are best known for being supervising choreographers and executive producers of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and for their choreography on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

World of Dance Live offers breathtaking dance skills which represent the spirit of originality, expression, and dedication. The WOD mission is to break down barriers, promote community goodwill, and is a commitment to the dancers and the fans beyond what happens on any given stage.

WOD Live consists of engaging and interactive 90-minute dance showcases which include the hottest stars and dance icons from YouTube and television, a signature host, talent meet and greets and autograph sessions.  WOD Live brings World of Dance to life, attracting some of the most celebrated dancers and fans from across the globe, crossing boundaries, and bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together through the universal language of dance.  Showcases include dance troupes, soloists, duets, and youth groups with multiple genre performances which include hip hop, ballet, contemporary, and ballroom. 

See more at www.worldofdance.com.

 

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King Crimson
Oct
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

King Crimson

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Friday, July 21 at 10AM

"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp.

King Crimson was conceived in November 1968 and born on January 13th 1969 in the Fulham Palace Cafe, London (Fripp/Ian McDonald/Greg Lake/Michael Giles/Pete Sinfield), coming to prominence after supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. Their ground-breaking debut In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) described by Pete Townshend as "an uncanny masterpiece", began a career that has spanned nearly five decades.

The current 8 piece lineup - its ninth since 1969 - includes founder Robert Fripp on guitar,  Tony Levin on bass, singer-guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, and Mel Collins on flute and saxophones alongside the drummers and multi-instrumentalists, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey and Bill Rieflin.

NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR RECORDING PERMITTED FOR THIS PERFORMANCE.

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Arlo Guthrie
Oct
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Arlo Guthrie

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Friday, June 9 at 10AM

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Arlo Guthrie's father Woody hoped to one day have enough children to form a family band that toured the country singing their songs together. With the Re:Generation tour, iconic folk singer Arlo Guthrie keeps alive the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo's children Abe and Sarah Lee will join their father on this intimate tour to present music of the Guthrie Generations. 

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Robbie Fulks
Oct
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Robbie Fulks

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Tuesday, August 15 at 12PM

Robbie Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and Virginia, and now lives near Chicago. His records include the influential early “alternative country” classics Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997), the widely acclaimed Georgia Hard (2005), Gone Away Backward, and, most recently, Upland Stories, which earned two Grammy nominations and was named as one of 2016’s best by Rolling Stone and NPR among many others. He has performed on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry,” PRI’s “Prairie Home Companion,” PBS’s Austin City Limits, NBC’s Today ShowLate Night with Conan O’Brien, and 30 Rock. Artists who have recorded his songs include Sam Bush, Andrew Bird, Mollie O’Brien, Kelly Hogan, Mekons, Rosie Flores, and Old 97s. His writing has appeared in GQ, DaCapo Press’s Best Music Writing anthologies for 2001 and 2004, and A Guitar and A Pen: Stories by Country Music’s Greatest Songwriters.

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Boney James
Oct
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boney James

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Friday, September 8 at 12PM

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It’s been a full quarter-century since a young saxophonist and composer released his debut recording as a leader, Trust. Now, on September 1, 2017, Boney James will release his 16th album, this one titled Honestly. If you sense a direct line between those titles, you’ve already come a long way toward understanding what motivates the four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum-selling musician.

“I’m fighting the good fight to be my own artist and not be pigeonholed,” says the genre-blurring James. “With a record’s title I always try to find something that will communicate the feeling I get when I listen to it. The feeling I get with this music is a sense of sincerity and intimacy. The word ‘honestly’ really reflects how I aspire to live my life and create my music. One of the great things about music is how powerful it is. It can totally transport people. These are interesting times we are living in and the one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to make music that evokes a feeling and takes people somewhere… to do what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”

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Boney James
Nov
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boney James

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Friday, September 8 at 12PM

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It’s been a full quarter-century since a young saxophonist and composer released his debut recording as a leader, Trust. Now, on September 1, 2017, Boney James will release his 16th album, this one titled Honestly. If you sense a direct line between those titles, you’ve already come a long way toward understanding what motivates the four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum-selling musician.

“I’m fighting the good fight to be my own artist and not be pigeonholed,” says the genre-blurring James. “With a record’s title I always try to find something that will communicate the feeling I get when I listen to it. The feeling I get with this music is a sense of sincerity and intimacy. The word ‘honestly’ really reflects how I aspire to live my life and create my music. One of the great things about music is how powerful it is. It can totally transport people. These are interesting times we are living in and the one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to make music that evokes a feeling and takes people somewhere… to do what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”

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Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour
Nov
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour

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Friday, June 2 at 10AM

A copy of Shawn Colvin's forthcoming album is included all ticket orders for this show! Online purchasers will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to receive your CD following your ticket purchase. In-person buyers will receive instructions at the box office. 

In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warmhearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor.

This fall, she embarks on a seven-week national tour to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her breakthrough album "A Few Small Repairs," which went Platinum and earned her a pair of Grammys for the murder-ballad "Sunny Came Home." The tour will feature Colvin and a full band performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites and surprises from her repertoire. Special guests Larry and Teresa Campbell will appear as support on the tour. 

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Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour
Nov
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour

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June 2 at 10AM

A copy of Shawn Colvin's forthcoming album is included all ticket orders for this show! Online purchasers will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to receive your CD following your ticket purchase. In-person buyers will receive instructions at the box office. 

In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warmhearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor.

This fall, she embarks on a seven-week national tour to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her breakthrough album "A Few Small Repairs," which went Platinum and earned her a pair of Grammys for the murder-ballad "Sunny Came Home." The tour will feature Colvin and a full band performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites and surprises from her repertoire. Special guests Larry and Teresa Campbell will appear as support on the tour. 

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Puddles Pity Party
Nov
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Puddles Pity Party

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Friday, August 11 at 10AM

A 7-foot clown walks into a bar. He motions for a soda water and sits there staring at his drink. The year was 1998 and Puddles had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, GA where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown.

“There was a heaviness about him,” says Geier. “I could tell he wasn’t in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone except to pass him the mustard when he pulled an onion and a heel of bread out of his pocket. A couple weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system was crap, but his voice was something else. I’ve been in my share of bands and wasn’t expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I’ll be damned if his singing didn’t get me all choked up.”

The two soon became close friends, with Big Mike acting somewhat as a confidant as the pair travel all over with Puddles Pity Party, Mike speaking on behalf of Puddles since the clown chooses to stay silent.

Originally from River City before kicking around Atlanta, the sulking serenader gained momentum after hitting the road as guest performer on the 2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live tour and 2013 Eels tour and making special appearances at Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni and NYC’s Sleep No More.

It was Halloween 2013 when Puddles then teamed up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to record an epic version of Lordes’ hit song “Royals,” which instantly went viral on YouTube, having received over 16 million views so far. The “sad clown with the golden voice” captivated audiences and media from around the world, building a fan base of more than 167,000 on Facebook.

Puddles has since performed all over the planet garnering rave reviews at festivals like Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Fest and Belgium’s Gent Fest. He was a feature performer in La Soiree’s 2014 Southbank show in London, which won the Olivier Award. In 2015, Jack Black selected Puddles to perform multiple sets at Festival Supreme, and Puddles was handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to perform Just For Laugh’s “Circus Awesomeus” gala filmed for HBO Canada.

Today, the softhearted crooner continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all the party people. Though his suitcase is packed with plenty of Kleenex, the show is not entirely about sadness and longing. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

“Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks,” says Geier. “The crowd really responds to him. There’s something about a giant sad singing clown that comforts us, let’s us know it’s ok to feel. And the fellowship he creates brings joy. It’s a sad and beautiful world, and we’re all in it together, even when we’re totally alone.”

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Puddles Pity Party
Nov
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Puddles Pity Party

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Friday, August 11 at 10AM

A 7-foot clown walks into a bar. He motions for a soda water and sits there staring at his drink. The year was 1998 and Puddles had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, GA where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown.

“There was a heaviness about him,” says Geier. “I could tell he wasn’t in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone except to pass him the mustard when he pulled an onion and a heel of bread out of his pocket. A couple weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system was crap, but his voice was something else. I’ve been in my share of bands and wasn’t expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I’ll be damned if his singing didn’t get me all choked up.”

The two soon became close friends, with Big Mike acting somewhat as a confidant as the pair travel all over with Puddles Pity Party, Mike speaking on behalf of Puddles since the clown chooses to stay silent.

Originally from River City before kicking around Atlanta, the sulking serenader gained momentum after hitting the road as guest performer on the 2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live tour and 2013 Eels tour and making special appearances at Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni and NYC’s Sleep No More.

It was Halloween 2013 when Puddles then teamed up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to record an epic version of Lordes’ hit song “Royals,” which instantly went viral on YouTube, having received over 16 million views so far. The “sad clown with the golden voice” captivated audiences and media from around the world, building a fan base of more than 167,000 on Facebook.

Puddles has since performed all over the planet garnering rave reviews at festivals like Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Fest and Belgium’s Gent Fest. He was a feature performer in La Soiree’s 2014 Southbank show in London, which won the Olivier Award. In 2015, Jack Black selected Puddles to perform multiple sets at Festival Supreme, and Puddles was handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to perform Just For Laugh’s “Circus Awesomeus” gala filmed for HBO Canada.

Today, the softhearted crooner continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all the party people. Though his suitcase is packed with plenty of Kleenex, the show is not entirely about sadness and longing. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

“Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks,” says Geier. “The crowd really responds to him. There’s something about a giant sad singing clown that comforts us, let’s us know it’s ok to feel. And the fellowship he creates brings joy. It’s a sad and beautiful world, and we’re all in it together, even when we’re totally alone.”

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The Gibson Brothers
Nov
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Gibson Brothers

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Friday, September 22 at 12PM

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An Evening of Christmas Bluegrass with The Gibson Brothers featuring Joe Newberry and April Verch

The Gibson Brothers’ brand of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony, making them the premiere brother duet of the genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. Their first-ever album of entirely original songs, In the Ground sees the Gibson Brothers taking on their own roots as the sixth generation of Gibsons to grow up on their family farm. The two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year follow up their stellar, 5-times nominated tribute to brother harmonies, Brotherhood, with this latest effort, which digs even deeper into their commitment to family and their history. The themes come from the farm, their childhood, and the region in which they were raised. One can hear their dedication to the songs, from the lighthearted to the profound; in the modernity of the lyrics, matched with a virtuosity that feels somehow both traditional and revelatory. Featuring celebrated, award-winning Dobro player Rob Ickes, In the Ground reaches into new territory for the Gibson Brothers as they reflect on their past.

With accolades including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year; Song of the Year; Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year—in some cases multiple times—the Gibson Brothers truly need no introduction in the bluegrass world. Yet even though they’re "bluegrass superstars" (New York Times),there are still plenty of people outside the worlds of bluegrass and acoustic music who are not yet familiar with their music.  For them, In The Ground is the perfect record—just as it is for long-time Gibson Brothers fans, too. 

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Edwin McCain
Nov
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Edwin McCain

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Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour.  His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he’s added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.

Those enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart; “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike (just ask last season’s AI winner, Nick Fradiani).  Even Justin Bieber has been known to belt out “I’ll Be” during his own concerts.

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Bob Saget
Nov
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bob Saget

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Friday, September 15 at 10AM

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Yes, Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows, including two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced ("Full House" and "Americas Funniest Home Videos") but he’s also an out of his mind standup comedian for over thirty years. From his 2014 Grammy-nominated stand-up special, “That’s What I’m Talkin’ About” to his scene-stealing cameos in "Entourage," and "The Aristocrats," it’s always effective as Saget embraces his dark side.  In January 2016, Bob completed a 9-week run on Broadway as Pastor Greg in the Tony-nominated play, Hand To God, and his first book, Dirty Daddy, is a New York Times Best Seller with Vanity Fair calling it, “Hilarious and at times heartbreaking.”  Bob will be seen in the upcoming third season of the hit Netflix series, Fuller House, which premiered its second season on December 9.  He just finished shooting the feature film, Benjamin, which he directed and stars in, his new hour stand-up special, Zero To Sixty, will premiere November 14, 2017 on Amazon, iTunes and many other platforms, and he continues touring his standup across North America.

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The Gibson Brothers
Dec
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Gibson Brothers

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Friday, September 22 at 12PM

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An Evening of Christmas Bluegrass with The Gibson Brothers featuring Joe Newberry and April Verch

The Gibson Brothers’ brand of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony, making them the premiere brother duet of the genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. Their first-ever album of entirely original songs, In the Ground sees the Gibson Brothers taking on their own roots as the sixth generation of Gibsons to grow up on their family farm. The two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year follow up their stellar, 5-times nominated tribute to brother harmonies, Brotherhood, with this latest effort, which digs even deeper into their commitment to family and their history. The themes come from the farm, their childhood, and the region in which they were raised. One can hear their dedication to the songs, from the lighthearted to the profound; in the modernity of the lyrics, matched with a virtuosity that feels somehow both traditional and revelatory. Featuring celebrated, award-winning Dobro player Rob Ickes, In the Ground reaches into new territory for the Gibson Brothers as they reflect on their past.

With accolades including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year; Song of the Year; Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year—in some cases multiple times—the Gibson Brothers truly need no introduction in the bluegrass world. Yet even though they’re "bluegrass superstars" (New York Times),there are still plenty of people outside the worlds of bluegrass and acoustic music who are not yet familiar with their music.  For them, In The Ground is the perfect record—just as it is for long-time Gibson Brothers fans, too. 

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Elizabeth Cook
Dec
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Elizabeth Cook

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Friday, October 13 at 10AM

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Elizabeth Cook didn’t quite know what she was doing. But she knew there were songs, and they had to get out. Six even years since her critically acclaimed Welder, as well as much personal tumult, there were songs that needed to be born.

“If anything, (Exodus) is a pledge of allegiance for the bad girls and the Homecoming Queens who got caught in a scandal. It’s a bill of rights, and a testimony for those good girls who got away with more than they should have.

“I’m slow, and getting slower,” laughs the lanky blond, unapologetically. “I’m taking my time, really drilling down. There were nine versions of ‘Methadone Blues.’ I’ve never done that before. I love that entrenchment and dedication – and I wasn’t going to do any less than what needed to be done.”

For fans of the Florida-born’n’raised Cook, a Grand Ole Opry regular, SiriusXM Outlaw Country hostess and David Letterman favorite, Exodus of Venus will be something of a shock. If she maintains the tang of her drawl, what emerges – beyond Cook’s always vibrant and vivid sense of detail – is a song cycle soaked in turpentine, musk and honey.

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The Dream Syndicate
Dec
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Dream Syndicate

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Friday, August 4 at 10AM

with special guest ELEPHANT STONE

Like a lot of bands and other incendiary devices, The Dream Syndicate began in a basement. Their sound was long songs of feedback and drone and psychedelic rave ups centered around cheap guitars plugged into broken amps. Guitars! Long Songs! Psychedelic garage music (well, basement, technically)— not things that were in fashion at that moment of time.

The band’s debut record, “The Days of Wine and Roses” was recorded in three consecutive midnight-to-8am sessions. Fueled by adrenaline, junk food and the knowledge that they were making the record they’d always wanted to make, The Dream Syndicate made an album that continues to make all-time Best Album lists and influence bands to this day.

Despite a touring schedule playing more shows to larger and larger audiences, the band split up at the end of 1988. “It just felt like we had done everything we had set out to do. It was starting to feel a little rote, a little redundant and even a little perfunctory,” says Steve Wynn. “Maybe we were just tired and worn out but it felt like a good time to stop.”

In 2012, Wynn was asked to perform at the prominent Walk On Project Festival in Bilbao, Spain by a good friend who annually organizes the charity event. “I tried to get my band or the Baseball Project to do it but they were both busy. I really wanted to play the festival so I said, ‘hey, how about the Dream Syndicate?’ He thought I was joking but I wasn’t. It felt like time to give see what the Dream Syndicate meant and would sound like in a whole new era and setting.”

The reunited band, with Wynn, Jason Victor, Mark Walton, and Dennis Duck, took everything in baby steps. “We were playing just enough to become a band but not enough to spook the giddy reality that it was actually happening.” The shows were exciting---for both the band and the eagerly awaiting fans. The next step was to see if the excitement and newfound chemistry would extend to the studio.

“It just felt like a good idea to see how it would work in the studio,” says Steve Wynn. “From the start, we said we had to love what we recorded or else we would make sure that nobody ever heard it. Nothing in between.” The group retreated to Montrose Studios in Richmond, Virginia with old pal and Green On Red founder Chris Cacavas on keyboards and acting as co-producer with the band. From the first day of recording it was apparent that the band was making an album that would live up its history and take their story into the present.

Wynn says, “In a way it feels like if "The Days of Wine and Roses" would have been made in 2017. Which is to say that it's true to what we did before but it's also a whole new thing. There's no doubt it's a Dream Syndicate record and yet it's not quite exactly like anything we did before.”

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Formed in Montreal in 2009, Elephant Stone is the brainchild of vocalist, bassist, songwriter, and sitar player, Rishi Dhir. Also featuring Miles Dupire (drums/backing vox) and Gabriel Lambert (geetar/backing vox), Elephant Stone have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and are prominent members of the burgeoning psych rock scene.

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Cherish The Ladies
Dec
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Cherish The Ladies

Cherish the Ladies’ July 19 & 20 performances at Stag’s Head Music Hall in Raleigh, NC have been rescheduled for December 12 & 13, 2017. These new rescheduled performances will be part of Cherish the Ladies’ Celtic Christmas Tour. Original tickets will be transferable to the rescheduled dates, and refunds will be available at the point of purchase until August 18 for those who cannot attend the rescheduled dates.

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Tig Notaro
Dec
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Tig Notaro

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Friday, October 6 at 10AM

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Tig Notaro is a comedian, actor and writer originally from Mississippi, who Rolling Stone named one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.  Tig writes, produces and stars in the semi-autobiographical Amazon series, One Mississippi.  Season 1 yielded several nominations including - WGA, GLAAD and The Critic’s Choice Awards.  Tig was also nominated for an Emmy as well as a Grammy for her 2016 HBO special Boyish Girl Interrupted, a GLAAD Award nomination for the Netflix Original Documentary Tig, and her memoir I’m Just a Person is a New York Times Bestseller. 

In 2013, Tig was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore release, Live, which sold over 100,000 units in just six weeks.  Live is a stand-up set delivered just days after Tig was diagnosed with invasive bilateral breast cancer, of which she is now in remission.  Tig remains a favorite on late night talk shows, public radio, tours around the world regularly and most recently sold out Carnegie Hall. In her time off, Tig enjoys bird watching with her wife Stephanie, their twin sons and cat Fluff, at home in Los Angeles.

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Cherish The Ladies
Dec
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Cherish The Ladies

Cherish the Ladies’ July 19 & 20 performances at Stag’s Head Music Hall in Raleigh, NC have been rescheduled for December 12 & 13, 2017. These new rescheduled performances will be part of Cherish the Ladies’ Celtic Christmas Tour. Original tickets will be transferable to the rescheduled dates, and refunds will be available at the point of purchase until August 18 for those who cannot attend the rescheduled dates.

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A John Waters Christmas
Dec
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

A John Waters Christmas

  • The Paramount Theatre CHARLOTESVILLE VA (map)
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March 10 at 10AM

Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker (“Female Trouble”, “Hairspray”, “Serial Mom”), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas”.  This rapid-fire “trigger warning” for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, “Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?”, “Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?”, “Has Santa ever been nude?”, and, most importantly, “Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?”  Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they’re false, and Waters prays for a Gaspar Noé Christmas film, and a new sex club that encourages gay men and lesbians to have sex with each other for the very first time.  Delving into his love for the annual December warning list of “Unsafe Toys to Give Your Child” and his hatred for email Christmas cards, The Easter Bunny, and any kind of holiday “food issues”, the Pope of Trash will give you a Cool Yule like no other.  You better watch out, you better cry!  John Waters, the People’s Pervert, is coming to town.

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A John Waters Christmas
Dec
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

A John Waters Christmas

  • Diana Wortham Theatre ASHEVILLE NC (map)
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TICKETS ON SALE
March 10 at 10AM

Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker (“Female Trouble”, “Hairspray”, “Serial Mom”), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas”.  This rapid-fire “trigger warning” for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, “Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?”, “Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?”, “Has Santa ever been nude?”, and, most importantly, “Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?”  Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they’re false, and Waters prays for a Gaspar Noé Christmas film, and a new sex club that encourages gay men and lesbians to have sex with each other for the very first time.  Delving into his love for the annual December warning list of “Unsafe Toys to Give Your Child” and his hatred for email Christmas cards, The Easter Bunny, and any kind of holiday “food issues”, the Pope of Trash will give you a Cool Yule like no other.  You better watch out, you better cry!  John Waters, the People’s Pervert, is coming to town.

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Del McCoury Band
Jan
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Del McCoury Band

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Friday, July 28 at 10AM

For more than fifty years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands.

Del might be 76, but he's singing better than ever and showing no signs of slowing down.

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Air Supply
Feb
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Air Supply

TICKETS ON SALE
Friday, September 15 at 10AM

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Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.

After the shows' performances at 10:30, they would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs, "Love and Other Bruises" and "If You Knew Me" and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one — CBS Records — who admired their unique style.

They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the national charts. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the U.S. market.

Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called Life Support. On this record were some treasures of songs, including "Lost in Love" which went Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.

Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Now Air Supply was on their way. The second single was "All Out of Love," and that went up the charts even quicker.

Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. "Lost in Love" was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies.

The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

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G3 2018 - Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (of Dream Theater), & Phil Collen (of Def Leppard)
Feb
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

G3 2018 - Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (of Dream Theater), & Phil Collen (of Def Leppard)

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Friday, September 22 at 10AM

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G3 2018
Joe Satriani
John Petrucci (of Dream Theater)
Phil Collen (of Def Leppard)

Guitar superstar JOE SATRIANI is pleased to the 2018 incarnation of his massively popular G3 tour. Satriani will be joined on the highly anticipated tour by fellow six-string legends JOHN PETRUCCI and PHIL COLLEN.

Since its debut in 1996, Satriai’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. “I could say that I’m surprised at the durability of G3 and how much it’s grown, but in a way I’m not,” Satriani says with a laugh. “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Feb
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

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Friday, October 13 at 10AM

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Since Scott Bradlee created Postmodern Jukebox in 2009, the project has amassed more than 740 million YouTube views and 2.7 million subscribers, chalked up more than 1 million likes on Facebook, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes charts with all 14 of their releases since 2014, caught the attention of NPR Music and NBC News, and played hundreds of shows to sold-out houses around the world.

Despite finding such success for the project on the road, Bradlee continues to arrange and record new arrangements every week for PMJ’s legion of fans.  The multi-talented collective has interpreted hits by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, The White Stripes, Lorde, Outkast, Radiohead, Maroon 5 and many more. Last year, PMJ collected 18 favorites from among their hundreds of songs to compile The Essentials for Concord Records. The album included the song that put the band on the map, a vaudevillian distressing of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” and their ‘50s doo-wop version of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” which garnered more than 19.5 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine.

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Jonny Lang
Feb
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Jonny Lang

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Friday, October 20 at 10AM

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It is hard to believe that at 36 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades.

Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15 -- an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lie to Me revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Also, setting Lang apart from the wunderkind crowd was a 15-year-old voice that sounded like a weathered soul shouter. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings. "I got married, had kids, and that arc has been recorded on albums along the way," says Lang. "There is a lot of personal history in there, and also some things that relate to world events."

What began as a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, evolved over those recordings into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Lang's distinctive, blues-inflected licks appeared on every album, but became one element in a sea of passionately sung and tightly arranged songs.

Signs is not merely a return the artist's guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. Beyond focusing attention on his soloing prowess, it is about recapturing the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center, fairly leaping out of the speakers. "A lot of my earlier influences have been coming to the surface, like Robert Johnson, and Howlin' Wolf," he reports. "I have been appreciating how raw and unrefined that stuff is. I had an itch to emulate some of that and I think it shows in the songs. Still, I let the writing be what it was and that was sometimes not necessarily the blues."

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