We Can Be Heroes: The David Bowie Tribute Feat. Julius Collins, Michael Bland, and more
January 8 & 9 | 7pm
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As a teenager, Bowie’s dream was to write musicals. Five decades later, more than 60 albums, 25 movies, and a hit Broadway musical in Lazarus, his impact on music and culture is irrefutable. Described by Rolling Stone as “the greatest rock star to ever fall to this or any other world,” David Bowie blazed a trail in music, fashion, art, and most of all self-expression. Starring dynamic and versatile Twin Cities vocal talent Julius Collins, We Can Be Heroes will dazzle with inspired fashion and some of Bowie’s greatest works, including, “Let’s Dance,” “Young Americans,” “Starman,” “Heroes,” and many more. The show features theater darlings Ann Michels and Erin Schwab, Jeremy Ylvisaker of The Suburbs, and Ryan Smith of Soul Asylum on guitar and Cory Eischen on Keyboards — all under the Music Direction of Prince’s longtime bandmate and drummer, Michael Bland.


Roberta Gambarini with Cyrus Chesnut
January 21 | 6pm & 8pm
January 22 | 7pm
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A native Italian, Gambarini has been turning heads since her 1998 move to Boston and concurrent third-place finish in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition. A vocal virtuoso, she has incredible technique and a warm tone, owing to her instrumental approach. Her first domestic release, Easy to Love, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2006.

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut is one of jazz’s most important links to its past, while continuing to look toward the future. Chestnut’s melodic playing and impeccable swing evoke comparisons to Jay McShann and Count Basie.


Jeff Austin Band
February 7 | 7pm
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“As a founding member of the beloved bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff Austin is no stranger to roots-music fans. But Austin has embarked on the next step in his musical journey, releasing his first solo recording, The Simple Truth, on a national label. And, while his fleet fingers and passion for improvisation remain intact, listeners will also find hints of power-pop, country ballads, bluegrass and rock.”


Shemekia Copeland and Carolyn Wonderland
March 29 | 7pm
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Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.


Commander Cody
May 12 | 7pm & 9:30pm
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Ever since his early days as front man for the Lost Planet Airmen, Commander Cody has been a truly unique and iconoclastic figure. His special blend of old-time rock ‘n’ roll, country, boogie-woogie, R&B and Western swing have virtually defined American roots music. The band’s straightforward energy was evident on their debut single, 1968’s “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and is still on display at their blistering live shows. After 23 years away from the studio, Cody returned in 2009 with Dopers, Drunks, and Everyday Losers, a collection of new songs and CC classics.

Arturo Sandoval
May 14 | 7pm & 9pm
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A man of many musical hats, Arturo Sandoval is much more than one of the most technically brilliant trumpeters alive. This protege of Dizzy Gillespiestepped out from under the bebop master’s long shadow years ago, and has compiled an impressive catalog of Latin jazz, classical trumpet work, original compositions, and solo piano recordings. His recording and film work has netted him 4 Grammy Awards, 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The standard bearer for Latin music as well as trumpet playing, he has recently been seen on the Grammy Awards performing with pop star Justin Timberlake as well as on the Latin Billboard Awards with the gifted Alicia Keys, where he was awarded his 6th Billboard Award for “Best Latin Jazz Album”.



Joanne Shaw Taylor
March 8 | 8pm
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Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as having the honour of playing alongside some of her musical idols.

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