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The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band Willie Watson

Opening by Willie Watson

Friday, March 27 @ 8:00PM

From their first gigs, TTB was a sensation among audiences, but for Susan and Derek, adulation is nothing new. On her own, before the formation of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Susan had already racked up five Grammy nominations, in three different categories. Her catalog of pre-TTB recordings, beginning in the mid-’90s and culminating in 2008’s Back to the River, personified American roots music—she’s been praised for her insightful songwriting, galvanizing, emotive vocals and her blues-informed, gutsy guitar style. Her playing has, in fact, blossomed even more since the formation of TTB. As renowned a guitarist as Derek is, one listen to a track like “Whiskey Legs” is proof that Susan is more than holding her own up there, that her exceptional playing is as essential to the total TTB picture as Derek’s, that her instrumental voice is as moving as her singing voice. And that singing voice is like none other on the scene today.

Derek, meanwhile, who began playing guitar at age 9, was destined to become a musician, and since his childhood he's worked relentlessly to turn his natural talent into a true virtuosity. As is well known by rock aficionados, his uncle is Butch Trucks, one of the two drummers in The Allman Brothers Band since day one. But, contrary to popular rumor, Derek did not grow up amidst the band’s inner circle. “I wasn’t around the Allman Brothers when I first started playing,” he says. By his early teens Derek was sitting in with the Allmans, and he became a full-fledged member of that band in 1999, when he was still only 20, up until their final concerts in late 2014. Today, Derek’s wicked guitar work, both electric and acoustic, is recognized globally—Rolling Stone lists him as number 16 on its most recent list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, the youngest living player on the list—and he’s matured into a formidable songwriter and producer as well. Derek was tapped by Eric Clapton as a featured soloist for the English guitar god’s 2006-2007 world tour, and he has played alongside Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm and B.B. King.

Willie Watson

As a founder of Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson grew up listening to his father’s basement record collection, including Bob Dylan and Neil Young, before stumbling on a Leadbelly album at the age of 12. Combined with having heard plenty of local string bands – featuring old-time banjo and fiddle – Willie experienced an epiphany. “As soon as I heard that record,” he recalls, “I was hooked.”

With a voice that could quaver in the operatic style of his favorite, Roy Orbison, Willie went on to discover North Carolina Appalachian fiddle and banjo players Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham, who played songs like “Cripple Creek,” “Sugar Hill” and “John Brown’s Dream” on a compilation cassette of “round peak style” music. He began to unearth Folkways albums, including the label’s groundbreaking 1952 Harry Smith compilation, Anthology of American Folk Music, which helped kick-start the ‘60s folk revival lovingly captured in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He discovered like-minded souls in Old Crow Medicine Show.

“When we started that band, I found people that were cut from the same musical cloth,” he says. “They were my age, into the same thing, going down a similar road. We started sharing our influences, trading records and playing together.”

A few years down that road, Watson’s work with Old Crow is already a large part of the reason that banjo and guitar driven music is heard everywhere in the air these days. On Folk Singer, we find Willie defending his musical turf. A true solo album in every sense, Watson is now center-stage, armed with an acoustic guitar, banjo and the occasional mouth harp. Indeed, hearing Watson’s skillful and subtle banjo and guitar accompaniments and soaring vocals unadorned for the first time is a revelation.

Tickets: $59, $75, $89

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Salina Symphony – AMERICAN MUSIC IN MOTION

American Music in Motion

Sunday March 29 @ 4:00PM

Experience a fusion of classical music and contemporary dance featuring popular American classics, such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Bernstein’s West Side Story. This collage of American music will feature central characters who will tell a story through music and dance.

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The Stiefel Theatre announces –
CMA & ACM award winner

JOE NICHOLS

Joe Nichols

Friday, April 3 @ 8:00PM

"Brokenheartsville" was Joe Nichols first number one country hit in early 2003, and it helped send the album into the country Top Ten. The accolades were suddenly flying fast and furious. The Academy of Country Music named Nichols its Top New Male Vocalist, he garnered three Grammy nominations, and Billboard declared "The Impossible" the tenth most-played song in 2003. Nichols and his band toured with Alan Jackson through August of that year, and saw the single "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" enjoy similar success at country radio. In September, the buzz around Nichols continued with a Horizon new artist award nomination from the Country Music Association. His second disc for Universal South, Revelation, and a holiday album,Traditional Christmas, were released in 2004, followed by the Top Ten hit III in 2005. His next record, Real Things, hit the shelves in 2007 and focused primarily on tender country ballads with a smattering of uptempo jams. Old Things New followed two years later in 2009. Old Things New was another solid hit for Nichols thanks to the singles "Believers" and "Gimmie That Girl," and Nichols followed it up in 2011 with It's All Good.

Tickets: $47 $59

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YOUTH SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES

Youth Symphony

Sunday April 12 @ 4:00PM

These inspiring performances will feature more than 170 members of the Youth Symphony, Junior Youth Symphony and Preparatory Orchestra.

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Salina Symphony – WOMEN IN MUSIC

Women in Music

Sunday May 3 @ 4:00PM

The season will conclude with a celebration of women in music. The program will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful orchestral suite, Scheherazade, Songs from Letters by world-renowned composer Libby Larsen and a premiere composition by KWU alumna Katherine Falk.

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Don Williams

Don Williams

Thursday, May 21 @ 7:30PM

They came to call Don Williams “the Gentle Giant” in the decades he was a dominating country hit maker because of his unique blend of commanding presence and that laid-back, easy style. With hundreds of memorable songs in his repertoire- over fifty of them major hits- Don can still fill an auditorium. Don William’s music is the stuff of experience. This is a man who has lived life, who knows the depth of feeling and emotion ordinary people are capable of, not only in Texas, but in all the other places where his straightforward simplicity has made its mark the – Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Africa, Australia, Finland, Norway and many more. His latest album, Reflections, was released on Sugar Hill Records in March 2014.

Tickets $35, $49, $65, $75

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Mat Kearney

Mat Kearney

With Special Guest: Judah & The Lion

Friday May 22 @ 8:00PM.

Mat’s most recent album, 2011’s Young Love debuted at #1 on the Billboard Digital Chart and #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Known for ubiquitous anthems such as “Nothing Left to Lose”, “Hey Mama”, and “Ships in the Night”, his music has been featured in countless television shows and films ranging from Soul Surfer and Parenthood to The Closer, NCIS, 30 Rock, and Vampire Diaries. His 2006 major label debut Nothing Left to Lose has sold over 450,000 copies, while 2009’s City of Black & White hit #13 on the Billboard Top 200. In between it all, he supported everybody from John Mayer to Keane on the road.

Tickets: $20, $35

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MARC COHN

“Due to circumstances beyond our control Marc Cohn has cancelled. All tickets will be refunded.”

JIM GAFFIGAN

Jim Gaffigan

Will perform TWO shows

Thursday, July 30 @ 7:00PM and 9:00PM

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated Comedian, New York Times Best Selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. His fourth hour special (“Beyond the Pale” 2006, “King Baby” 2009, “Mr. Universe” 2012), “Obsessed” premiered on Comedy Central in 2014 and the DVD/CD was released soon after by Comedy Central Records. “Obsessed”” premiered at #1 on iTunes which gave Gaffigan five albums in the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year’ at the 2015 Grammy’s. In 2013, Jim’s first book ‘Dad is Fat’ was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List and remained on the list for 17 weeks after. His second book, ‘Food: A Love Story’ was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at #3 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List.

Jim Gaffigan will serve as Executive Producer and star in “The Jim Gaffigan Show” which will premier in July of 2015 on TV Land and Comedy Central. In advance of the show premiering, Jim will be on his latest national tour called CONTAGIOUS.

Gaffigan has had guest appearances on many TV comedies and dramas ranging from Portlandia to HBO’s cult hits Flight of the Concords and Bored to Death to dramatic roles in all three versions of Law & Order. He also starred in the movie The Experimenter that debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Tickets $49, $79

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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Saturday, August 15 @ 8:00PM

Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road again in 2015, bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music to audiences all over the US.

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have been playing together for more than fifteen years. First as young thrash metal fans in their native Mexico City, then as innocents abroad and street musicians in Dublin, Ireland at the turn of the millennium, and finally as the globe-straddling, film-scoring, record-breaking artists they are today.

Known for exhilarating live shows, Rodrigo y Gabriela have won the hearts of music lovers from the haciendas of Cuba to the Hollywood Bowl and festival fields of Europe, as they continue to weave their unique six-string magic. The extraordinary interplay between Sanchez's fiery lead lines and Quintero's phenomenal rhythmic battery is truly universal.

Tickets $32, $69.

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