With more than three decades of experience touring and performing classic country and gospel, as well as their extensive catalog of original songs, Robin and Linda Williams “shine like a diamond among rhinestones” in the world of contemporary Americana (David W. Johnson, The Boston Globe). Frequent appearances on programs like A Prairie Home Companion, The Grand Ole Opry, and Austin City Limits have won many admirers for their stirring live performances and heartfelt songwriting.
Join us for a night to celebrate women artists! We’ll have women-fronted bands playing great music, spoken word performances between sets, and tarot-reading. Tickets are a $10 minimum donation which can be purchased at the door or on Local 506’s website www.local506.com. Proceeds go to Compass Center for Women and Families.
As the grandson of legendary North Mississippi Hill Country Blues musician R.L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside has been playing drums and singing the blues his entire life. He began touring with his grandfather at the age of 13 and continues spreading the Hill Country tradition across the world. Cedric is joined by Trenton Ayers, son of “Little Joe” Ayers, on guitar. Their album, Descendants of Hill Country, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Blues Album of the Year in 2016.
Singer/Songwriter Orlando Parker Jr. performs new music from his R&B/Soul and Rock infused debut ”Tell Me No” EP.
The super dope Greenville, NC band OG Merge (Mike Meeks and Tyrell Speight) kick things off!
Orlando Parker Jr.
Producer and guitarist Darnell “Showcase” Taylor will perform live with a four-piece band on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Beyu Caffé. With two sets starting at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., the Moncure, North Carolina native brings a passionate rendition of soul, funk, and new school that attracts diverse music-lovers across all generations.
John Scofield will be accompanied by Bill Stewart, Vicente Archer, and 2015 winner of the American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, Sullivan Fortner.
Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. An artist with fan bases in many camps and 40 plus recordings to his credit, he has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music, jam band style and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. With multiple Grammy nominations and named an Officier dans L’Ordre des Arts and Lettres by France, Scofield tours the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups.
2016 will draw him into yet another conceptual territory, bringing his lifelong love of American Country music out of his toolbox to share with his jazz audiences in his “Country For Old Men” project, Scofield approaches classic country melodies. In Scofield’s words, “We’re going to turn ‘outlaw’ country tunes into Jazz vehicles. Rather than go to Nashville and record with ‘real’ country players in a country style, I’m joining forces with my jazz cronies to play the songs with our jazz approach. We improvise while keeping the integrity, character and twang of this wonderful American music. I’ve always loved Country music and am super excited to put my treatment of them into play.” Sco and company will sculpt jazz renditions of classic tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page and even Shania Twain to name a few!
After cutting her teeth singing in Chicago bars, Lucy Kaplansky left behind a promising career in music to pursue a degree in psychology and work with mentally ill adults. The musical friendships she had built, however, continued to pull her back into the studio, where she recorded several much-lauded projects with an impressive cast of collaborators. She returns to The ArtsCenter to share her poignant, emotional songwriting and celebrated voice.
Masters of Tuvan throat singing, Alash combine their mastery of traditional technique with modern influences, western instruments, and contemporary song forms. They have worked with distinguished collaborators including the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and won a Grammy for their joint effort with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
Keller Williams and Leo Kottke belong to a tradition of guitar-players who stretch what is possible to do with the instrument. Williams, who is best known for performing frenzied guitar-and-loop-pedal experiments, is paring down to just an acoustic guitar. Kottke, a cult figure among musicians, will play his trademark blend of Delta blues and folk music with his inimitable and peculiar fingerpicking style. The Shut The Folk Up And Listen tour, which features individual sets from each artist with spontaneous collaboration between the two, is designed for the most mindful music lovers.
Samedi Gras: Fat Saturday, the Saturday before the big event! This year we’ve brought the party to our friends at The Pinhook where you can test drive costumes, wear backup outfits or come as you are. The Chit Nasty Band and The Rissi Palmer Band will make you get your boogie on – it’s all about making Mardi Gras excitement with a night of live music, dancing, and all around fun. The ticket helps to fund a free Mardi Gras Night on Tuesday, February 28th, starting at 7:00. Big thanks to Sonic Pie Productions and Abita Brewing for everything they do.
The Choral Society of Durham, Duke Chorale and Durham Medical Orchestra tackle the works of Brahms and Kodály in one powerful performance that celebrates the work of both composers, who were each inspired by Hungarian folk music.
Celebrated Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko, alongside French cellist Vincent Ségal, have created a unique hybrid musical style that bridges the worlds of traditional West African and European Baroque music. Their fluid, danceable collaborations have won them admirers and acclaim the world over.
GARY STROUTSOS’ live performances have captivated audiences around the world. His meditative flute music and time-honored stories evoke the lands and cultures that he has studied over the course of his 35-year career. Gary’s mission is to carry the music forward to future generations and to promote stewardship of diverse cultures and the natural environment. Gary’s unique musical style and use of humor transcends human differences in age and culture, connecting audiences in a shared contemplative space that transport listeners to a spirit of place.
“I cannot imagine trying to come to terms with the history of this complicated country I have chosen to make my life’s work without Gary’s exquisite mastery and understanding of its many varied musical traditions. We don’t leave home without him.”
— Ken Burns, Florentine Films