Davell Crawford
January 29 & 30 | 7pm
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Praised by many around the world, the city of New Orleans and its piano tradition has birthed more great and uniquely gifted pianists than any other place in the world. In fact, the piano tradition of The Big Easy has been deemed as “Sainthood.” This honored privilege is held highly by the many locals and music connoisseurs from around the world. Davell Crawford, an all-around musical sensation, is one of the true wonders of the contemporary Crescent City music scene. Cited as one of the few musicians committed to keeping the piano sounds of New Orleans alive, he stands as one of the most versatile and most documented young piano players in America today. He has kept true to the music while adding a little freshness and vitality.


January 31 | 7pm & 9:30pm
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Formed in the wake of success of Prince’s smash hit film ‘Purple Rain’ fDeluxe (FKA ‘The Family’) featured three former members of his Royal Badness’ nemesis The Time (Jellybean Johnson, Jerome Benton and “St Paul” Peterson) along with sax player Eric Leeds and Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of Revolution guitarist Wendy.


Masters of Hawaiian Music feat. George Kahumoko Jr., Led Kaapana & Jeff Peterson
February 15 | 7pm
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With over 25 solo, collaboration, and compilation CDs to his name, George celebrates over 10 years of his famed weekly Slack Key Show on Maui, which has produced 4 Grammy-winning CDs. He founded the Hawaiian Music Institute at University of Hawai‘i-Maui College to preserve the legacy of Hawaiian music and to prepare the next generation for careers in music.

A master of the slack key guitar and National Heritage Fellow, LED KAAPANA has been one of Hawaii’s most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and his extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend and earned him multiple Na Hōkū Awards.

Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and his deep knowledge of multiple open tunings as well as standard tuning, and his ability to both read music and play by ear, has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of solo artists, groups, and orchestras.


Bettye LaVette
April 12 | 7pm
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Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, jazz or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. Her live performances are a must see. She makes her audience feel whatever she is singing about, often leaving grown men in tears.



Melissa Aldana
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Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana purveys explorative and deeply swinging original music, with Pablo Menares on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums. These three musicians turn on a dime and project an uncommonly full orchestral sound, rich in spiritual intensity, all in the absence of a harmony instrument.



Live at the Guthrie: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
February 26 | 7:30pm
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One of the most prominent banjo players in the world, Béla Fleck and his wife and banjo companion Abigail Washburn, have been playing together since they met. Now taking their music on the road, Fleck and Washburn are traveling all over and bringing their Nashville roots along with them. As their first duo project, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, includes both original material as well as traditional songs from roots music. They have had successful solo careers, but both are excited to accompany each other and explore the duo’s identity as they continue to travel around the nation.

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