Entertainer Alan Cumming to bring his Cabaret show to Music City

Alan Cumming, the Tony, Olivier and Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer and director brings his highly-acclaimed cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, to James K. Polk Theater on May 31. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. Described by Time magazine as “one of the most fun people in show business”, Cumming is bringing his new show…

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Black Violin is bringing their Classical Boom Tour to War Memorial Auditorium

Black Violin has announced their US Classical Boom Tour, which is coming to War Memorial Auditorium on April 26. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. After serving as the house band for the ESPN’s hosted 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation, the network recently selected Black Violin’s track “Stereotypes” to promote the upcoming…

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Legendary blues artist Robert Cray to play James K. Polk Theater Feb. 27

Legendary guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray will perform at TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater on Feb. 27. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray grew up in the Northwest listening to everything from Five Blind Boys of Mississippi to Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles. Cray brought these influences into play…

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Acclaimed Japanese drumming sensation TAO brings new show TAO: Drum Heart to TPAC

The internationally acclaimed percussion artists of TAO bring their intense percussion beats and spectacular talent to Nashville for TAO: Drum Heart, a special one-time event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Mar. 2, 2018.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

TAO: Drum Heart is the latest production from TAO, whose modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create an energetic and unforgettable production.

In 2004, TAO attended the world’s largest festival of the arts, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and became the number one box office smash hit of the festival. Following that success, TAO began spreading their talent overseas with a three-month tour in Germany and Australia.

After performing at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, their first North American tour spanning 44 cities and totaling 50 shows throughout the U.S. completely sold-out. Now, TAO continues to tour worldwide, playing in over 22 countries, 400 cities, and in front of 7 million spectators.

Along with their worldwide achievements and over 200 shows each year in Japan, TAO received “The 6th Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner’s Award” from Japan Tourism Agency and “Outstanding Cultural Contribution” from the Oita prefecture. TAO has rewritten the whole story of the traditional Japanese Drum and proudly stands as the greatest of all Japanese drum performers in Japan.

 

If You Go:

TAO: Drum Heart

Mar. 2, 2018

8:00 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

 

Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

Street Corner Symphony join songwriter Gabe Dixon and friends for Christmas show

Street Corner Symphony, the Nashville-based a cappella group that shot to stardom on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” joins hit singer/songwriter and keyboardist Gabe Dixon and friends for an evening of holiday music, Christmas cheer and special collaborations at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Dec. 2.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

The two groups are coming together for a family-friendly show of original and popular Christmas music, sing-a-longs and special guest surprises that celebrate the holidays as only Music City can.

Street Corner Symphony will perform a variety of holiday classics, original Christmas music, classic rock, R&B/Soul, with some improv elements, including a special collaboration with Dixon and his band. Dixon will perform a spirited set of Christmas tunes and originals inspired by the season, including songs from his Christmas EP on Spotify, including “Don’t Want to Let Christmas Go,” “Drivin’ Around Town,” and “Christmas Time is Here.”

“I’m really excited to bring some holiday cheer, and play some of my songs with Street Corner Symphony,” Dixon said.

“We’re all big fans of holiday music, and we’re incredibly excited to be sharing the stage with Gabe,” said Jeremy Lister of Street Corner Symphony. “We’re thrilled to bring in the holidays with our friends and fans in Nashville. Plus, it’s a huge honor for us to be doing our first show at TPAC.”

 

About Street Corner Symphony:

Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary a cappella group based in Nashville, Tennessee, founded on May 28, 2010, to compete in NBC’s all-vocal competition, “The Sing-Off.” The Southern gents quickly won over judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls) and – most importantly – millions of primetime viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella.

Since, Street Corner Symphony has made their mark on the music world, recording albums, providing clinics for schools, giving benefits for cancer, performing across the country and around the world and even working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss and Take 6’s Claude McKnight. Street Corner Symphony moves seamlessly between most styles of music, feeling at home in all of them. Their repertoire covers a wide range, from gospel and barbershop to rock and pop, appealing to the young and old alike.

 

About Gabe Dixon:

Gabe Dixon released his sophomore solo album, “Turns To Gold,” on April 8, 2016. Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Third Day), engineered by Devin Vaughan (Marc Broussard), and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonics Mastering (Allison Krauss & Union Station, Luther Dickinson), the LP marks Gabe’s first official collection as an independent artist.

 

Throughout his career, many other notable artists have taken note of and supported Gabe’s immense talents. He’s opened for and toured with the likes of Loggins & Messina, Gavin DeGraw and Delta Rae, as well as held side-gigs as the keyboardist and vocalist for Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss & Union Station, O.A.R. and Supertramp. His songs have received placements on major television shows including Parks and Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, and Vampire Diaries, and his song “Find My Way” served as the title for the box office hit The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock. Fans have seen him perform twice on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and on festival stages everywhere from Bonnaroo to High Sierra Music Festival. However, it’s with “Turns To Gold” that listeners will hear Gabe Dixon as he always meant.

 

If You Go:

 

Street Corner Symphony, Gabe Dixon and Friends Christmas Show

Dec. 2, 2017

7:00 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org

Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

 

 

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble brings their signature hip-hop jazz to Nashville Feb 14

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE) bring their fresh and funky jazz sounds to Nashville for the first time for an evening of unforgettable music at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Feb. 14, 2018.

 

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Sep. 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

 

The seven sons of jazz trumpeter/band leader Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind, and Fire, Chaka Khan) carry on his musical legacy in the brass band tradition in HBE with generous doses of hip hop, soul and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous musical blend that is sure to delight jazz enthusiasts and a new generation of music lovers.

 

Together the brothers of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed at Coachella, WOMAD AU, Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, and their song, “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, “Hunger Games.”

 

Now celebrating 10 years of touring internationally as independent artists, the band quietly released “Sound, Rhythm and Form” in 2016 as a special treat for their loyal fans. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble continues to create and record and are currently working on the forthcoming “Bad Boys of Jazz” LP.

 

If You Go:

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Feb. 14, 2018

7:30 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

Nashville House Concerts launches series with star-packed debut at War Memorial Auditorium

Storme Warren and Joe Denim co-host the Nashville House Concerts. Photo by Amber J. Davis.

Nashville House Concerts, a new live music and variety series co-hosted by SiriusXM radio personality Storme Warren and Country artist Joe Denim, debuted last night to a packed house and extraordinary line up featuring Martina McBride, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, Ryan Kinder and Denim all performing on stage at War Memorial Auditorium, Music City’s historic concert hall.

In keeping with the theme of Nashville House Concerts (“You never know who’ll stop by.”), the expected line-up was only half the fun as surprise guest Jim Lauderdale dazzled the crowd with a performance of “King of Broken Hearts,” “Maestro” Dan O’Callaghan composed and performed the world premiere of the new anthem for National Salami Day and famed bartender Wayne Jones from The Palm served up on-stage concoctions, including a sausage and salami-infused bourbon cocktail. In addition to performing a hit-filled acoustic set, McAnally and Osborne composed and performed a song written on site using challenging words from the audience.

“There will always be surprises, there will always be great music,” said Warren.

Each artist played with the esteemed house band led by Denim on keys and B3, Dave Wilson on bass (Sammy Kershaw, William Michael Morgan), Mica Roberts (Toby Keith) and Marty Slayton (George Straight) on background vocals, Dave Dykstra (William Michael Morgan, Josh Gracin) on drums and up-and-coming guitar slinger Nick Seguin.

Nashville House Concerts, live at War Memorial Auditorium, is a series of 10 live music and variety performances showcasing a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars and accomplished songwriters. Every show promises musical performances, imaginative interviews, surprise guests and unpredictably funny experiences. Upcoming “house guests” include musicians Kristian Bush, Ashley McBryde, Natalie Hemby, Waterloo Revival, Ray Scott, Jim Quick and comedian Tom Mabe with individual show line ups to be announced soon.

Presented by Coca-Cola with partners Chef’s Market, Music City Light, NASH Icon 95.5 FM and NASH 103.3 FM, Nashville House Concerts take place on the first Thursday of each month from Sept. 2017 to June 2018. The show is from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the next Nashville House Concerts performance on Oct. 5., 2017, are on sale now at WMArocks.com.

Casting Announced for Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-Winning ‘Jersey Boys’!

Casting has been announced for the Nashville engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the TPAC January 9-14. The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio), Corey Greenan (Tommy DeVito), Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) and Jonny Wexler (Frankie Valli) as The…

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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage’

Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang on their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas when A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage presented by Hiller stops in Nashville this holiday season for a one-night-only performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Dec. 8, 2017.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, performed by a three-piece ensemble, and stays faithful to Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join the Peanuts characters in a caroling sing-along, and discover the magic of the season for themselves.

Based on the popular Peanuts comic strip, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson became a holiday viewing tradition after it first aired in 1965. It was adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer, by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

If You Go:

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

Dec. 8, 2017

8 p.m.

Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

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Over three decades, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, educators and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

 

 

 

 

Mannheim Steamroller Comes to Nashville December 28

Mannheim Steamroller

America’s favorite holiday tradition, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, performs one night of holiday classics at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Dec. 28, 2017.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

The best-selling Christmas artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, founded and created by Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis, begins their annual Christmas tour on Nov. 13. The show, directed and co-produced by Davis with MagicSpace Entertainment, features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on the Billboard seasonal chart every year. In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests, and is one of the longest-running tours in the music industry.

“Our first Christmas tour was 33 years ago in 1974 when we played in five cities,” says Davis. “Currently, we play an average of 75 cities each year, and it is a real privilege to continue sharing the holiday spirit through our performances.”

Along with the upcoming tour, PBS stations nationwide will be broadcasting “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” this year. The milestone special was filmed two years ago to mark the group’s 30-year anniversary of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking Fresh Aire compositions. This year’s tour includes many of the performances in the PBS special broadcast.

For more information about Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, visit http://www.mannheimsteamroller.com, or follow Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis online at Facebook and Twitter.

If You Go:

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis

Dec. 28, 2017

7:30 p.m.

TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

 Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller

From his longtime home in Omaha, Nebraska, Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category. His first Christmas album in 1984 revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, and the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 28 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1 selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold. He also is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items. His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic.

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.