JACKSON, WY— Center for the Arts just released its winter season lineup, and suffice to say fans of every musical genre have something to look forward to this season.
Genre-defying singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett returns to town in February alongside country legend John Hiatt. Indie icon Joshua Radin will take the stage in late February with vocal powerhouse Lissie and special guest Lily Gershaw. Folk duo The Milk Carton Kids will serenade The Center in March. There’s also jazz, live theater, and live storytelling on the schedule from now through March. Mark your calendars! Tickets go on sale December 5 at noon. Check out The Center’s calendar for the full schedule, and selected author bios below:
John Medeski’s Mad Skillet 1.15.19
Mad Skillet was born of a late night show in New Orleans, LA during Jazz Fest 2015. It came out kicking and screaming, laughing and wailing, laying down a deep New Orleans groove steeped in jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and R&B.
Band members are lead keyboardist John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood, The Word), Grammy-nominated guitarist/bandleader Will Bernard (Medicine Hat, Party Hats), New Orleans native sousaphone player Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Backyard Groove), and drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ani DiFranco) also a New Orleans native.
An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt February 5, 2019
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.
John Hiatt has risen to prominence by converting his personal tragedies into a catalog of recordings for more than four decades. Since the release of his 1974 debut, “Hangin’ Around the Observatory,” rarely has more than a year or two passed without a new Hiatt collection hitting the shelves. Hiatt’s raspy, blues-based singing has been compared with that of Bruce Springsteen, however, Hiatt’s skill as a lyricist is the thread that ties his music together.
Joshua Radin & Lissie with Special Guest Lily Gershaw February 27, 2019
Love and the complications surrounding it have long proven to be Joshua Radin’s songwriting forte. Though he never intended to be a live performer, there was little choice when the first song he ever wrote, “Winter,” was featured on an episode of “Scrubs.” The resulting fervor around the song soon led to a record deal, and over the last decade, Radin has toured the world countless times, sold hundreds of thousands of records and topped the iTunes charts, earned raves from Rolling Stone to The Guardian, performed on “The Tonight Show,” “Conan,” and more, played Ellen DeGeneres’ wedding at her personal request, and had his songs featured in more than 150 different films, commercials, and TV shows.
The 4th Annual Presentation of The Moth Mainstage March 4 2019
The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. It seeks to present recognized storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists and to encourage storytelling among communities whose stories often go unheard.
The Moth Mainstage is a community where entertainment and enlightenment merge, featuring five tellers who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors.
An Evening with The Milk Carton Kids, March 6 2019
“The Milk Carton Kids’ music is defined by the understated virtuosity of singer-songwriters and guitarists Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale. Tight harmonies and shimmering melodies set against intricate, driving guitar are their hallmark, earning them accolades nationwide—including the Duo/Group Of The Year honor at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.
While their songwriting bends toward the atmospheric and poignant, Ryan and Pattengale have unexpectedly sharp senses of humor, which comes through during their onstage banter between songs.” (NPR)
The Milk Carton Kids’ “All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do” arrives from ANTI- Records on June 29.
An Evening with Liz Phair, March 21 2019
Liz Phair is a Grammy-nominated singer songwriter whose debut album, “Exile In Guyville,” is considered by music critics to be a landmark of indie rock. She has been a recording artist and touring performer for twenty-five years, paving the way for countless music artists, particularly women, who count her among their major influences. Phair has sold over five million records worldwide, with three US gold albums and two Grammy nominations.
Her 1993 debut studio album “Exile in Guyville” was released to international acclaim; it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, by Pitchfork as one of the 100 Greatest albums of the 90’s and is considered one of the most accomplished debut albums for any artist in any genre to date.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Exile in Guyville,” Matador Records will be re-issuing the record along with a box-set.
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