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2017/2018

PERFORMANCE SEASON


WELCOME Welcome to The ArtsCenter’s 2017/2018 Performance Season! The artists we have selected for this season represent a variety of styles from Folk to Soul and Bluegrass to Jazz, but what they all share is artistic excellence. All of them are leaders in their fields—well-known legends and up-and-coming innovators who use their musical talents to make us feel and think about the world around us. This is the second year that The ArtsCenter has presented a full season of artists. The response to last year’s season was tremendous, as loyal audiences enjoyed discovering a new favorite artist, and patrons coming to The ArtsCenter for the first time became devoted fans themselves. During the last twelve months, over 90,000 patrons have come through our doors for a program, class or event. We presented over 60 shows and offered over 300 classes through our ArtSchool and Youth Arts programs. To ensure that our programming is accessible to all, we provided over $50,000 in scholarships and free tuition to classes, performances and camps for our community. If you haven’t checked out The ArtsCenter lately—stop by and see what’s new! This forty-two-year-old institution continues to evolve and grow, and we invite you to join us on the journey. We know you’ll find something you love in our upcoming season. Thank you for supporting our mission to educate and inspire the creative impulse in all of us!

Michael G. Parker, Board President

Daniel Y. Mayer, Executive Director

THANK YOU TO OUR SEASON SPONSORS:

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2017/2018 season SEPTEMBER TH 14

DECEMBER

BILL FRISELL: HARMONY FEATURING PETRA HADEN

23-24

CARRBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL

TH 28

MYKKI BLANCO WITH ZENSOFLY

CO-PRESENTED WITH THE NATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER

FR 29

JAKE XERXES FUSSELL & NATHAN BOWLES WITH HOUSE AND LAND AND TRÍO HURACÁN HIDALGUENSE

CO-PRESENTED WITH THE NATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER

SA 30

THE HOT AT NIGHTS MATTHEW STEVENS

AND

OCTOBER 5, 6, 8

MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

TH 12

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX

SA 14

BUSTER KEATON’S THE GENERAL

LIVE FILM RE-SCORING BY TIM CARLESS

NOVEMBER

FR 1

THE GIBSON BROTHERS

SA 2

LAUREL & HARDY

NORTH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WITH NEWBERRY & VERCH

LIVE FILM RE-SCORING BY TIM CARLESS

WE 13 DAR WILLIAMS SA 16

2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY CIRCLE SHOW

SU 31

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

JANUARY FR 12

JASON MARSALIS

AND THE 21ST CENTURY TRAD BAND

MARCH TH 1

VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ

FR 2

KAKI KING:

SA 10

THE NECK IS A BRIDGE TO THE BODY

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S THE KID

LIVE FILM RE-SCORING BY TIM CARLESS

TH 2

RANKY TANKY

SA 4

MISTER G

TU 20

OMAR SOSA & SECKOU KEITA: TRANSPARENT WATER

FR 10

JOHN McEUEN & FRIENDS

FR 23

KEN WALDMAN & THE WILD MEN

SA 18

MILE TWELVE

APRIL

PRESENT WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN

CO-PRESENTED WITH COMMUNITY CHURCH OF CHAPEL HILL

18-19 CARRBORO FILM FESTIVAL

FEATURING RILEY BAUGUS

WE 11 GALUMPHA FR 13 BEAUSOLEIL FR 27

JAYME STONE’S FOLKLIFE


EXPLORE OUR SEASON

Check out these highlights and discover a new artist!

GET UP AND DANCE TH 10/12

The James Hunter Six

SU 12/31

Dirty Dozen Brass Band New Year’s Eve Party

TH 3/1

Vieux Farka Touré

FR 4/13

BeauSoleil

ARTSPARKS! FAMILY SHOWS SA 10/14

Buster Keaton’s The General: Live Re-Scoring by Tim Carless

TH 11/2

Ranky Tanky

SA 11/4

Mister G

FR 3/23

Ken Waldman and the Wild Men feat. Riley Baugus

WE 4/11

Galumpha


JAZZ AND IMPROVISATION TH 9/14

Bill Frisell: HARMONY feat. Petra Haden

FR 1/12

Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band

TU 3/20

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent Water

FOLK AND BLUEGRASS FR 11/10

John McEuen & Friends: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

FR 12/1

The Gibson Brothers: North Country Christmas

FR 4/27

Jayme Stone’s Folklife

FRESH AND INNOVATIVE TH 9/28

Mykki Blanco with ZenSoFly

SA 9/30

The Hot at Nights and Matthew Stevens

FR 3/2

Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body

BILL FRISELL: HARMONY FEATURING PETRA HADEN

Bill Frisell, one of the most sought-after innovators in contemporary guitar music, has convened a new ensemble consisting of acclaimed vocalist Petra Haden, cellist Hank Roberts, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Bergman to perform HARMONY, a sprawling and evocative trip through the landscape of American music of the last century. Interspersing re-arranged traditionals and popular favorites such as “Oh Shenandoah” and Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” with instrumentals reminiscent of Frisell’s work on his own Big Sur (2013), HARMONY links the past, present and future of American roots music.

THURSDAY

SEP

14 8:00 PM TICKETS $35 RE-IMAGINED AMERICANA

“It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell.” ­— New York Times


JAKE FUSSELL & NATHAN BOWLES WITH HOUSE AND LAND AND TRíO HUracán hidalguense Jake Xerxes Fussell and Nathan Bowles have earned critical acclaim for their unique interpretations, interpolations, and recontextualizations of of traditional Southern music. House and Land, the Asheville area duo of Sally Anne Morgan (also a member of renowned string band the Black Twig Pickers) and Sarah Louise, explores the intersection of traditional Appalachian music and drone. Trío Huracán Hidalguense performs son huasteco, a traditional string-band style originating in east-central Mexico. Co-presented with the National Humanities Center as part of “North Carolina: The New American Heartland”

FRIDAY

sep

29 8:00 PM TICKETS $25 ROOTS UPROOTED: NORTH AMERICANA STRING BANDS IN N.C.


MYKKI BLANCO WITH ZENSOFLY

Mykki Blanco is the transgender, or gender-fluid, stage persona of rapper, writer, and performance artist Michael Quattlebaum, who grew up in Raleigh and whose visionary, art-inflected music and videos have earned devoted audiences and high praise, including i-D Magazine’s designation of Mykki as “the most compelling rapper of his generation.” Rising young rapper, DJ, and producer ZenSoFly —“Rap’s Underground Princess”—hails from Raleigh. She has performed at Moogfest and Hopscotch, and her infectious, genre-bending style blends elements of house and bass music for an electrifying experience. Co-presented with the National Humanities Center as part of “North Carolina: The New American Heartland”

THURSDAY

sep

28 8:00 PM TICKETS $25 RAISE UP: HIP-HOP BEYOND BINARIES


THE JAMES HUNTER SIX Grammy-nominated Englishman James Hunter burst on to the scene in 2006 with his U.S. debut People Gonna Talk, garnering critical acclaim from fans such as Van Morrison, Sharon Jones, and Allen Toussaint. Now making his debut on Daptone Records, Hunter’s fourth album Hold On! veers from the driving stompers to bubbling rumbas and cuts straight to the soul.

THURSDAY

OCT

12 8:00 PM TICKETS $28

“ Tight, taut compositions…rooted in American soul music without being bound to it. ” – The New Yorker GET TICKETS AT WWW.ARTSCENTERLIVE.ORG

BRITISH SOUL REVIVAL


THE HOT AT NIGHTS AND MATTHEW STEVENS Chris Boerner on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio on drums & keyboards make up The Hot at Nights, a group that blends jazzy improvisation with forward-thinking pop and rock sensibilities. Their latest project, Cool It, is a collection of five reinterpretations of songs by other North Carolina artists. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music with the Jimi Hendrix Award in 2004, guitarist Matthew Stevens has vaulted to the forefront of his jazz generation on the strength of his sideman work and musical direction, and his recent trio album Preverbal and appearance at the Art of Cool Festival have left crowds eager for more.

SATURDAY

sep

30 8:00 PM TICKETS $24 ELECTRIC AVANTGARDE


FAMILY SHOW

MISTER G

NOV

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a superstar in the world of family music – called “a bilingual rockstar” by The Washington Post, and “irresistible”by People Magazine. Spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk, his dynamic, original music has won three Parents’ Choice Gold Awards.

5

4

11:00 AM TICKETS $10

BILINGUAL CHILDREN’S MUSIC

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ranky tanky

NOV

2

Charleston, South Carolina-based Ranky Tanky – translated loosely from the Gullah dialect as “work it” or “get funky” – performs ebullient and horn-driven music from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Island region. South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross join forces with celebrated low-country vocalist Quiana Parler to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

8:00 PM TICKETS $22

TRADITIONAL GULLAH

FAMILY SHOW

john mceuen & friends PRESENT WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN A founding member of legendary folk outfit The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, award-winning multi-instrumentalist John McEuen has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music. His love of acoustic music history and being onstage is evident to all those who see him putting his banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, lap steel, and piano together with songs and storytelling.

NOV

10 8:00 PM TICKETS $34

FOLK LEGEND


MILE TWELVE

NOV

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse folk and bluegrass influences. Co-presented with the Community Church of Chapel Hill

18 8:00 PM TICKETS $18

MODERN BLUEGRASS

2nd annual HOLIDAY circle show The ArtsCenter’s annual Songs from the Circle shows are a celebration of the best in classic American Folk and Bluegrass. Special guest artists will include Laura Jane Vincent, Johnnie and Jeanette Williams, and Jefferson Hart.

“ Soon to be your new ‘Family Tradition’! ” - Rebecca Newton

DEC

16 8:00 PM TICKETS $25

HOLIDAY BLUEGRASS


THE GIBSON BROTHERS:

DEC

Born on a northern New York dairy farm, Eric and Leigh Gibson started playing banjo and guitar in middle school. From those beginnings, the brothers have joined forces with a loyal and virtuosic team of musicians to create their own distinctive mix of heritage and soaring harmony. Joe Newberry & April Verch open the evening.

8:00 PM

NORTH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS WITH NEWBERRY & VERCH

1

TICKETS $37

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS


5

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DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND RING IN THE NEW YEAR!

Self-described as “a big old musical gumbo,” the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has been getting audiences on their feet and dancing for over thirty-five years. Formed in the fabled Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans (and featured on the HBO show of the same name), Dirty Dozen has worked with artists from Elvis Costello to Dizzy Gillespie. This appearance at The ArtsCenter is guaranteed to be a raucous New Year’s Eve party!

DEC

31 8:00 PM TICKETS $48

NEW ORLEANS SECOND LINE


DAR WILLIAMS

DEC

Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty since the ’90s. We are delighted to welcome Dar back to The ArtsCenter for this live performance, featuring a reading from her latest book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns. VIP tickets include preferred seating and a signed copy of the new book.

13 8:00 PM $30 / $50 VIP

ICONIC SONGWRITER

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

JASON MARSALIS

AND THE 21st CENTURY TRAD BAND As the son of pianist Ellis Marsalis, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo, from a young age it was clear that Jason Marsalis had what it took to be great. Whether making albums of vibraphone-driven acoustic jazz or performing with a wide range of musical luminaries, including members of his illustrious family, with each passing year Jason Marsalis continues to grow and develop as a composer, bandleader, and performer.

JAN

12 8:00 PM TICKETS $29

CLASSIC JAZZ


VIEUX FARKA TOURé Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Touré has worked with artists such as John Scofield, Dave Matthews and Soulive’s Eric Krasno. With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians.

5

MAR

1

8:00 PM TICKETS $22

MALIAN GUITAR

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MAR OMAR SOSA & SECKOU KEITA: TRANSPARENT WATER Seven-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa and award-winning Senegalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita have joined forces on their beautiful new collaboration Transparent Water. Acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich global heritage that spans jazz, latin and African influences, the combination of both artists is a riveting fusion of styles.

20

8:00 PM TICKETS $28

AFROLATIN JAZZ


KAKI KING:

THE NECK IS A BRIDGE TO THE BODY Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. She brings to The ArtsCenter her latest project, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, a visionary multi-media synesthetic performance that uses projection mapping to reimagine the surface of her guitar as the stage for a luminous exploration of the mythology of the instrument.

MAR

2

8:00 PM TICKETS $25

GUITAR INNOVATOR


FAMILY SHOW

GALUMPHA Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography for young and old.

APR

11 7:00 PM TICKETS $10

COMEDIC DANCE


ken waldman

MAR

AND THE WILD MEN FEAT. RILEY BAUGUS Ken Waldman has drawn on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. A former college professor, Waldman published seven full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children’s book, and has released nine albums that mix old-time Appalachian-style string band music with original poetry.

23 8:00 PM TICKETS $14

APPALACHIAN FOLK

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

FAMILY SHOW

BEAUSOLEIL For the past 42 years, BeauSoleil has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound blends the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass.

APR

13 8:00 PM TICKETS $30

ZYDECO LEGENDS


jayme stone’s folklife Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone makes music that both defies and honors the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. Jayme Stone’s Folklife – featuring Stone, Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson and Tristan Clarridge – follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story, blowing the dust off of old songs and remaking them for modern ears.

APR

27 8:00 PM TICKETS $22

FOLK REVIVAL

2017/18 FILM AT THE ARTSCENTER

SILENT FILMS WITH ORIGINAL SCORES BY TIM CARLESS

Local musical impresario Tim Carless brings classic silent films to The ArtsCenter and re-imagines them with original scores performed live by an ensemble of musicians. Buster Keaton’s The General - October 14 - 3pm Laurel & Hardy - December 2 - 8pm Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid - March 10 - 8pm

OCT 14 3:00 PM

DEC 2

8:00 PM

MAR 10 8:00 PM

$15 / $10 KIDS

LIVE FILM RE-SCORING


MANHATTAN SHORT MANHATTAN SHORT film festival is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe — from Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna, and Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond — bringing great films from around the world to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites.

OCT 5

8:00 PM

OCT 6

8:00 PM

OCT 8

3:00 PM TICKETS $10

GLOBAL FILM FEST

2017/18 FILM AT THE ARTSCENTER


ARTSCENTER PARTNERS Organizations working in partnership with The ArtsCenter Mettlesome A Halloween sketch comedy revue featuring goblins, ghouls, the NC General Assembly, and other things that go bump in the night. October 13, 14, 20, 21 - 8pm

The Monti Community-based themed storytelling series featuring local storytellers. September 8, February 3, April 28, June 16 - 8pm

No Shame Theatre - Carrboro Participants cast, rehearse, and stage short performances for a live audience. September 16, October 14, November 11, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 19, June 16 - 7pm sign-up, 8pm show

PopUp Broadway An open chorus that rehearses and performs 2 musical theater songs per show. October 26 - more dates TBA - 7pm

Theatrical Partners The ArtsCenter partners throughout the year with local theater groups, including One Song, Company Carolina, Pauper Players, and Triangle Playwrights. Visit artscenterlive.org for show dates

Transactors Improv Long- and short-form improvisation, musical numbers, and audience suggestions. November 4, December 15, February 10, April 21 - 8pm

Transactors Improv: For Families Family-friendly short-form improv scenes, made up on the spot. September 9, October 28, January 13, March 17, May 19 - 6pm Additional events will be added throughout the year. Visit www.artscenterlive.org and subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter for ongoing calendar updates and promotions. Follow us on social media for up-to-the-minute news, discounts and more:

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