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Roanoke Valley favorites Celtic Woman are scheduled to bring “The Emerald Tour” to Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre on March 9.
According to a Roanoke Civic Center news release, the act will celebrate the Emerald Isles’ musical and cultural heritage by combining new songs written specifically for Celtic Woman.
The group’s ever-changing lineup recently changed again, with the addition of Mairead Carlin. She had previously toured with Don McLean (“American Pie”).
Celtic Woman was last in the valley for a March 2011 show at Salem Civic Center, with its “Songs from the Heart” tour. It has previously hit Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre in February 2010.
Tickets are $102, $72 and $42 andgo on sale Friday at the civic center box office, via hometownbanktix.com or 877-482-8496.
Banda Magda is an international jazz tour de force. Led by accordionist/singer Magda Giannakou, this six-piece act with three percussionists delivers music with global influence, mixing Afro-Cuban with European styles seamlessly. And Giannakou leads the band with great humor and abandon — neither of which distracts her from an impeccable and energetic performance.
This show was a great way for Jefferson Center to start its Jazz Club season. Check out this version of “Asteroide,” from that album “Amour T’es La?” And hope that she and her fantastic band return before too long. It’s like watching jazz magic.
Roanoke resident Bukuru Celestin, whose debut record, “Amkeni,” made a nice splash on the iTunes chart, is taking his show on the road.
Celestin will join Snarky Puppy and Banda Magda on Saturday for a performance at World Cafe Live, in Philadelphia. The show is at 8 p.m. Want to see the show? Go here — http://tickets.worldcafelive.com/event/310805-snarky-puppy-philadelphia/. It’s an all ages event.
It’s a tight triple bill, as Celestin recorded “Amkeni” with Snarky Puppy, and the band’s bassist and leader, Michael League, produced it for the band’s GroundUP, an imprint on the Ropeadope label. Magda Giannakou, whose Banda Magda plays Jefferson Center’s rehearsal hall tonight, took part in the “Snarky Puppy Family Dinner” recording at Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Hall.
I meant to have a podcast today with Magda Giannakou, of Banda Magda. But I could not get my act together and missed my opportunity to talk to this refreshingly different performer, who plays two Jazz Club sets at Jefferson Center on Friday. Anyway, I’ll post video below.
But first, she arrives in Roanoke today to do an artist residency at Jefferson Center. She will write and record a song with the help of local, home-schooled students ages 6-8. That is happening at the Music Lab.
On Friday, she will do a workshop with Music Lab students at 4 p.m. Then she’ll play her two sets. The first one is sold out. Call 245-2550 to find out if tickets remain for the 9 p.m. set.
Now for that video. Here, Giannakou performs “Amour T’es La” with Snarky Puppy at Jefferson Center, for the Family Dinner sessions.
Music Lab at Jefferson Center student Bukuru Celestin’s recent collaboration with international jazz-funk act Snarky Puppy, “Amkeni,” made an immediate impact on the iTunes world music chart, landing recently at No. 8 there.
On September 13, Celestin, his harmony-singing sisters and an 11-piece band will celebrate that disc’s release in an 8 p.m. concert at Jefferson Center’s rehearsal hall.
The GroundUP Music/Ropeadope Records release — recorded at the music lab studio — fuses the gospel/folk music of Celestin’s Burundi and Tanzania heritage with Southern gospel soul and deep jazz. Give it a listen at http://bukuru.bandcamp.com. I would suggest buying it, too, but according to Jefferson Center, you can get a free copy of “Amkeni” if you buy a ticket to the show. And tickets are only $12.
Get more information at http://www.jeffcenter.org/bukururelease
It’s another season of music at the Lyric Theatre, and it’s looking pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Sept. 20 – Richard Thompson – Solo Acoustic Performance
Sept. 28 – Not So Silent Cinema
Oct. 10 – Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (The Both)
Dec. 6 – An Evening with Bruce Cockburn
Jan. 23, 2014 – An Evening with Judy Collins
January 31, 2014 – Meshell Ndegeocello – A Dedication to Nina Simone
Feb. 22, 2014 – Barefoot Puppet Theater
April 26, 2014 – An Evening with Rita Coolidge
Get details and buy tickets at http://www.thelyric.com/live/
Jefferson Center’s upcoming entertainment series selections are generating the most interest that box office employees have ever seen at the venue.
The venue had sold more than 500 season tickets by Tuesday to its Star City Series, Jefferson Center executive director Cyrus Pace said. Shaftman Hall, where the Jeff presents those shows, holds 889 people. This year’s Star City performers are Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Chris Thile, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush leading their bands in a double-bill, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Taj Majal Trio with opening act Shemekia Copeland and Bela Fleck with Abigail Washburn.
As of Tuesday, there were 100 tickets remaining for Dr. John and about 100 for the Douglas and Bush show, while the Thile concert was selling quickly, Pace said.
“Some of those will probably sell out by the end of this week,” he said.
The smaller Jazz Club series, with shows held in the Jefferson Center rehearsal hall, already has recorded two sell-outs. Banda Magda’s 7 p.m. show is at capacity, as is the Djangoary event, featuring Frank Vignola, Pace said. Tickets still remain for both acts’ 9 p.m. sets.
The family series and the Jazz Series — featuring The Yellowjackets, Snarky Puppy, Pat Metheny Unity Band and Luciana Souza Quintet — have moved at a similarly impressive pace, he said. This time last year, 420 Star City series ticket packages had moved. Pace credits a couple of different factors in the sales increases.
“People who have been with us from the very beginning, buying those series [passes], continue to support us by committing to being here for all of those shows,” he said. “There are supporters in this community who want to be sure that we continue to provide these kinds of artists to the community, [so] tickets are still reasonable.”
To see the full Jefferson Center schedule, visit http://www.jeffcenter.org/events/all.
Early yesterday morning at Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, the Carrboro, N.C., Afrobeat band Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba were sounding just great. I shot this, an original song called “Metpi Metpi.” Sorry I got too close a couple of times and blew out the mic. Ride it out and be treated to great musicianship. And let’s hope this FloydFest-level act will be back around soon. Great stuff.
Star City Series
Sept. 19 — Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Oct. 10 — Chris Thile
Oct. 19 — Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
Nov. 7 — Jerry Douglas Band and Sam Bush Band
Jan. 25 — Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Feb. 22 — Taj Mahal Trio and Shemekia Copeland
March 7 — Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Dec. 13 — The Yellowjackets
Jan. 31 — Snarky Puppy
Feb. 13 — Pat Metheny Unity Band
April 11 — Luciana Souza Quintet feat. Lionel Loueke and Gregoire Maret
Nov. 3 — Spencers Theater of Illusion
April 19 — Luma Theater
Sept. 27 — Banda Magda
Nov. 23 — Cindy Blackman Santana and Another Lifetime
Jan. 18 — Djangoary, feat. Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo, with Hot Club de Big Lick and Gypsy Roots
March 22 — Omaha Diner: Charlie Hunter, Bobby Previte, Steven Bernstein and Skerik
And here is a podcast — the entirety of our interview with Jefferson Center artistic director Dylan Locke.