Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Music & Comedy

  The Hollows
February 14 at 8:00pm
Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street

The Hollows are a roots-rock group of multi-instrumentalists, a freewheeling hootenanny of a band. A veritable junkyard of mandolins, banjos, guitars, accordions, horns, harmonicas, and various other musical doodads are in constant rotation. With no frontman (or six frontmen), everyone writes and arranges material, creating a diverse and uniquely blended sound.
Tickets: $20 Premium Seating, $18 Prime Seating, $14 Rear Balcony
 

Lúnasa
March 14 at 8:00pm
Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street

Lúnasa are internationally acknowledged as being the finest Irish instrumental band of recent times. They are renowned for their constant touring, having performed over 1,500 shows across the globe since the band formed in 1997. The band has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Sydney Opera House. In 2011 they were invited to appear at the White House.

Lúnasa’s inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. The recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while the blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.
Tickets: $25 Premium Seating, $22.50 Prime Seating, $20 Rear Balcony

 

The Second City: Happily Ever Laughter
March 15 at 8:00pm
Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street

Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives, as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City's "Happily Ever Laughter" is your chance to see comedy stars in the making in an evening of smart, cutting-edge comedy.

The Second City continues to deliver the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. With scripted and improvisational elements, audiences always enjoy being part of the show and playing along with the next generation of comic legends. Many of comedy's brightest stars have hit the road with The Second City Touring Company including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Keegan Michael Key, Jason Sudeikis, and current Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong.
Tickets: $25

 

Sweet People Productions & the State Theatre present
Keb' Mo'
March 23 at 8:00pm
Keb’ Mo’ has been making critically acclaimed albums since 1994 when he released his self-titled debut and became a fresh face in the blues / roots genre. That record proved to be an entryway that got many to sit up and take notice. But it was his second release, "Just Like You" in '96 that won him the first of three Grammys. It dared a deeper venture into the joyful and healing aspects of the blues and a more mainstream style.

His genre-blending artfulness, intuitive lyrics, unique guitar style, distinctive voice, and magnetic charisma on stage have gained him a tremendously loyal fan base and the significant honor of being called, “a musician's musician.”

Though it seems that Keb’ Mo’ flies just under the radar of big name recognition, during his vibrant 18-year career he has been recognized with a vast number of honors, awards and nominations, including Grammys, BMI awards, and numerous WC Handy Blues Awards.
Tickets: $50 Orchestra, $45 First Balcony, $40 Second Balcony

 

Spotlight Solutions presents
Juston McKinney
March 29 at 8:00pm
Juston McKinney returns to the Waterville Opera House with a brand new show! On Mid-Life Support is a blend of more real stories from the rural patrol along with stories of his family and everyday life, always with the flavor of Juston's classic guy who tries and somehow comes up a little short.

About Juston: Juston grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. After earning an associates degree from the very prestigious Southern Maine Community College, he was hired as a deputy sheriff patrolling the same border in which he grew up. But in 1997 Juston turned in his gun and badge and left the dangerous streets of rural Maine and moved to the quiet community of Queens, New York. While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, and Caroline’s on Broadway. He has had sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions and Comedy Central. And in 2000 the New York Times called him “destined for stardom." Click here to view Juston's appearance on Bill Green's Maine.
Tickets: $18

The DaPonte String Quartet
April 16 at 8:00pm
Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street

Not long after forming in Philadelphia twenty-one years ago, the DaPonte String Quartet surprised the musical world by moving from a cosmopolitan urban area to rural Maine. The DaPonte String Quartet has been -- and continues to be -- sought after to perform and teach all over the U.S. and around the world. They have appeared in France, Scotland, Canada, and more than twenty U.S. states. Their concerts are dynamic and their stage manner — with one another and with their audiences — is warm and conversational. The Quartet members regularly share musical insights with their audiences before playing and these "spoken program notes" enable the listener to enter into a deeper connection with the music.
Sponsored by Inland Hospital
Tickets: $20

 

John Sebastian
With Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
May 9 at 8:00pm
Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street

Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major role in the mid-'60s rock revolution, but what leader, singer and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counter-revolution. "We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us our rock & roll roots," John explains, "but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an 'American' band."

This the Lovin' Spoonful did like nobody before or since, putting their first seven singles into the Top 10. This was unprecedented, and utterly unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they'd taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources - what we now term "roots music" - and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by John Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music. Which it did. 

Thankfully John's induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 hasn't slowed him down. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, John is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music. He is the subject of the current PBS special Do You Believe In Magic: The Music of John Sebastian, and a new album of duets with David Grisman was produced in 2007. He has also lent his music in support of social, environmental and animal rights causes.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at door

  Hot Tuna Acoustic with Leon Russell
June 16 at 8:00pm
Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street

Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. Leon led the famous Joe Cocker's ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John. His songwriting credits include "A Song For You," "Delta Lady," "Hummingbird," "Lady Blue," "Back To The Island," "Tight Rope," and "This Masquerade."

Leon and Sir Elton John recorded a duet album produced by T-Bone Burnett, The Union, which was released October 19, 2010. The single, "If It Wasn't For Bad," was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Capitol/EMI released a 16-track compilation CD, The Best Of Leon Russell, on April 5, 2011. Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and given the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in June 2011.
Tickets: $45 Premium Seating, $40 Prime Seating, $30 Second Balcony
TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14.

UPCOMING EVENTS

National Theatre Live
Coriolanus
Main Stage
February 23 at 2:00pm

Missoula Childrens Theatre
Pinocchio

Main Stage
February 22 at 2:00pm

Monday Night Movie
The Spirit of the Beehive
Main Stage
February 24 at 7:00pm

Legends & Landscapes
Art, Film & the American West
Main Stage
February 28-March 2

The Met Live in HD
Prince Igor

Main Stage
March 5 at 6:00pm

The Vagina Monologues
Main Stage
March 7, 8 at 7:30pm
March 9 at 2:00pm

Sharp Dressed Men
Presented by ACAT
Studio Theater
March 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30pm
March 9, 16 at 2:00pm

Exhibition
Vermeer & Music
Main Stage
March 12 at 10:00am

 

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