“Hip-hop music has been around for thirty years. Bluegrass music has existed since December 1945. A decade before hip-hop, Motown experimented with an R&B/Bluegrass fusion called SoulGrass. Given the blues contribution to bluegrass, it is only natural that people have played with ideas of putting bluegrass and rap or hip-hop together. Nobody grasped a simple truth about how to do it until GangstaGrass, which was propelled to fame when the hit TV series “Justified” selected one of their early tracks for its theme. Sharped by considerable touring, including two prior area visits, GangstaGrass is maturing into a formidable band. The foundation remains the same simple truth – the bluegrass musicians play bluegrass and the rappers rap. Doesn’t sound like genius, but GangstaGrass is the first bunch to get it. Come to The ArtsCenter and you’ll get it too!” – Art Menius, ArtsCenter Executive Director Find out more »
Deep Dish Theater will present a developmental workshop of Debris, a new play written and performed by Katja Hill, January 15-19. Directed by Artistic Director Paul Frellick, the workshop continues the company's 13th season at University Mall.
Debris is a funny and moving memoir centered around Ms. Hill, her mother and a journey to Finland, her mother's homeland. Traveling together, their trip becomes an exploration of their relationship and a revealing look at how memory functions in our lives.
Katja Hill has been a frequent presence on the Deep Dish stage, dating back to the inaugural season production of Shaw's Arms and the Man, and including memorable turns in Polish Joke, The Misanthrope, Orson's Shadow, Summer and Smoke, and Henceforward, among many others. She also brought her earlier solo show, Cornucopia of Me, to the theater for a limited run in 2009.
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Gershwin family photos and rare video clips help provide a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience while the orchestra performs favorites such as Rhapsody in Blue, Strike Up the Band, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, plus much more! William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor; Ryan VanDenBoom, vocals/tap dancer; Sylvia McNair, vocals; Jeffrey Biegel, piano; David Snyder, piano/vocals/narrator Find out more »
Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! has been rocking the music of the Beatles at clubs, theatres, festivals, and private events. Initially a tribute to the monumental "Abbey Road" album, the band has expanded its scope to include more than 100 Beatles tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four's career. The band specializes in complete, start-to-finish album performances of masterpieces such as "Abbey Road", "Magical Mystery Tour", "Rubber Soul", "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band".
Abbey Road LIVE! is not your typical Beatle look-alike tribute act; don't expect mop-top haircuts and vintage Rickenbacker guitars. Rather, this show is about bringing to life some of the more mature and complex Beatles material in a raw & spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings. Combining attention to detail with a creative exuberance, the band always delights its audiences with its diverse repertoire of hits and more obscure favorites. Find out more »