The Center announces full winter lineup

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Center has done it again.

A full winter lineup of “Center Presents” shows was just announced, and it’s full of character. From big names to those you might not know yet, each show is guaranteed to be a treat:

Chris Thile

February 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Note: This has changed from the originally scheduled date of Dec. 17 due to a conflict with the artist’s schedule.)
The Center Theater
Tickets: $65-85 plus $3 processing fee

Photo: Chris Thile

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.

A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold over two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line, their first since 2005.

As a soloist Thile has released five albums including his most recent, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1, which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer. In February 2013 Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Then, in September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, in January 2015.

Josh Ritter
December 27, 2019 at 7PM
The Center Theater
Tickets: $45-65 plus $3 processing fee

Josh Ritter to perform on December 27. Photo: Josh Ritter

Upon graduating from Oberlin College, Josh Ritter moved to New England and began performing at Club Passim’s Open Mic nights. His first headline appearance was at the organization’s annual campfire. festival on Memorial Day Weekend in 2000. After opening at Passim for Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Josh signed with their label, Signature Sounds.

Named as one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine, Josh has since recorded nine studio albums and has toured all over the world sharing the stage with musicians such as The French Kicks and Joan Baez.

The Mike Super 2.OH™ show
December 29, 2019 at  7 p.m.
The Center Theater
Tickets: $19 Students $39 adults

In this brand new show, it’s possible that someone will travel through time, the audience could solve a murder mystery, impossible predictions are made and minds are read…all involving the audience in a way never before experienced…and this is only in the first 10 minutes of his all-new show…The Mike Super 2.OH! SHOW! ™ Bring your family and friends BACK to share in an ALL-NEW evening of the impossible.

An Evening with Vince Herman, Oliver Wood and Justin Townes Earle
January 19, 2020
7 p.m.
The Center Theater
$57-67 plus processing fee

Vince Herman
Things are just more fun when Vince Herman is around, and since helping co-found Leftover Salmon over a quarter-century ago, Leftover Salmon shows have always been the most fun. Herman moved to Boulder, CO from Morgantown, West Virginia, where he was attending West Virginia University, in 1985. On his first night in town, he met his future bandmate Drew Emmitt at a show for Emmitt’s group at the time, the Left Hand String Band.

Oliver Wood
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Oliver Wood forms one half of the roots-music duo the Wood Brothers. On their three albums, the pair have refined a soulful blend of blues, folk, back-porch funk and other forms built largely on the foundation of Oliver’s guitar and his brother Chris’ stand-up bass. Oliver’s earthy vocals and sturdy compositions have helped the band gain a substantial fan base and rapturous reviews.

“Oliver is an unbelievable songwriter and a great musician and singer,” says producer-musician John Medeski, who helmed the Brothers’ first two albums (and is Chris Wood’s bandmate in Medeski Martin & Wood). “I can’t tell you how many of his songs I thought were traditional standards. They sound like old classics, but they’re originals. His songwriting is deep.”

Justin Townes Earle
Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.

Film Screening: Americaville
January 24, 2020
The Center Theater
$17 plus processing fee
Q&A to follow with filmmaker Adam James Smith

Hidden among the mountains north of Beijing, a replica of the Wyoming town of Jackson Hole promises to deliver the American dream to its several thousand Chinese residents. In Americaville, Annie Liu escapes China’s increasingly uninhabitable capital city to pursue happiness, freedom, romance, and spiritual fulfillment in Jackson Hole; only to find the American idyll harder to attain than what was promised to her.

The Moth Mainstage
January 28, 2020
7 p.m.
The Center Theater
$55-75 plus processing fee

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.

Courtney Barnett
February 6, 2020
7 p.m.
The Center Theater
$57-77 plus processing fee

Courtney Barnett is one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, a singer-songwriter who mixes deeply insightful observations with devastating self-assessment. With countless awards in her home of Australia as well as Grammy and BRIT nominations, fawning press and adoring audiences, Barnett’s rise to global prominence feels both unprecedented and important.

Sneaky Pete and the Acoustic Weapons
March 10, 2020
7 p.m.
$29 plus processing fee

Local favorites and purveyors of original mountain music, Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, will be making their debut on The Center’s stage with a very special night of music on  Tuesday, March 10. This evening will be a two-set affair, building upon musical foundations to a glorious climax.

Starting the night will be the first-ever SPSW acoustic set! Utilizing the sonic purity of the Center hall, the Weapons will be stripping down to their roots and performing like you’ve never heard them before. After this unique set of “axe the cables” material, the band will turn on, plug in, and commence the live show that has become a legend in this humble corner of the West. Casting a wide net of Secret Weapon musicians, this will be the big-band that SPSW has always dreamed of. Full horn section, back-up singers, and the core members will all collide in an auditory explosion that will leave the audience jumping out of their seats and dancing in the aisles.

The debut performance of Sneaky Pete and the ACOUSTIC Weapons. A high-energy electric show that sounds like nothing before conceived in the shadow of the Tetons. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear authentic locally-written music in the hub of artistic expression in Jackson Hole.

Lightwire Theater’s Dino-Light
March 12, 2020 6:30 p.m.
$15-35 plus processing fee

DINO-LIGHT, formerly known as Darwin the Dinosaur, was the recipient of the prestigious Jim Henson FoundationGrant and first feature-length theatrical production created and performed by creators Ian Carney and CorbinPopp. In this original storyline, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love.  This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing and has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world.

Larkin Poe
March 18, 2020 at 7 p.m.
$54-74 plus processing fee

Larkin Poe have found their voice. In a genre as storied as American roots and soul, the sister duo are poised to make a mark all their own with the release of their fourth album Venom & Faith, out November 9. Rather than concede to the history of the canon they hold dear or rest on their laurels, Larkin Poe persist and emerge rattling, stomping, and sliding into a modern-day depiction of what roots rock should sound like. Another chapter in an everlasting story.

“It’s a celebration of roots American music,” Rebecca says, “as translated by two sisters who are playing the blues in a modern age. Steeped in the traditions of Southern roots music the Georgia-bred, Nashville-based Rebecca and Megan Lovell showcased their mastery in orchestrating, harmonizing and breathing new life into the musical heritage of their upbringing with 2017’s Peach, which was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album.

David Crosby & the Sky Trails Band
May 22, 2020
8 p.m.
The Center Theater
Tickets: $79-$99 (plus $3 processing fee)
VIP Package $599 (plus $3 processing fee)

David Crosby will play The Center stage May 22. Courtesy photo.

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour in May and June. Joining him will be five musical friends, collectively and affectionately known as the ‘Sky Trails Band’. James Raymond on keys, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is. On this tour, he will be performing some of his best-loved songs and greatest hits from right across his illustrious career, alongside some new material from the forthcoming album, plus a few surprises as well.

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