Magical Strings 35th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert
Sunday, December 5
3:00 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent. Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren, and guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. The Bouldings perform on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings, percussion, and harp-like instruments from around the world. Guests add Irish step dancing, drumming, and storytelling for a festive and memorable performance.

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International Guitar Night
Friday, January 21
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $26 senior $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Community Foundation

International Guitar Night is North America’s premier traveling guitar festival. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore assembles a new cast of guitar luminaries come together for a special evening of solos, duets, and quartets. For International Guitar Night's 22nd year, three guitarists are returning from the COVID-postponed 2021 lineup: Lulo Reinhard, Germany’s Latin Swing master; contemporary classical guitarist Stephanie Jones from Australia, and two-hand "tapper" Alexandre Misko from Russia. Brilliant Italian jazz guitarist and vocalist Eleanor “Lele” Strino will also join the group.

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Mariachi Herencia de Mexico
Saturday, February 5
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, a youth ensemble from Chicago’s immigrant barrios, is mariachi music’s most exciting newcomer. The Latin GRAMMY-nominated group of young Mexican-American musicians have released three highly acclaimed studio albums with chart-topping debuts on both the Billboard and the iTunes Latin Albums charts.

Mariachi Herencia de México has performed in prestigious performing arts centers and alongside major artists like Lila Downs, Aida Cuevas, Los Lobos, Pedro Fernández, as well as some of the most respected mariachi groups from both sides of the border, demonstrating that this group of students have the talent, training and bravado to hold their own with the best in the world. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

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Live from Laurel Canyon – Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock
Saturday, February 12
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $26 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family

Follow the twists and turns of the side roads off Laurel Canyon Boulevard, located in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, between 1965 and 1975 and you’d find some of the musicians who redefined American popular music and inspired the “L.A. sound” of the early ‘70s – artists like The Mamas & The Papas; the Byrds; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Neil Young; James Taylor; Joni Mitchell; Carole King; Jackson Browne; Linda Ronstadt; America; and the Eagles.

Join us as we follow these legendary artists and share stories on how they ended up in the Canyon and how this neighborhood of like-minded artists influenced the music that was created.

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The Drifters
Friday, February 25
7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Judy Woods

Up on the Roof. Under the Boardwalk. This Magic Moment. There Goes My Baby. Dance with Me. Spanish Harlem. Stand by Me. The list of hits goes on and on. The Drifters are one of rock & roll’s founding vocal groups. They were in the first class of legends to be initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the first African American group to be inducted. Their classic tune "Under The Boardwalk" is the most played R&B record of all time.

From their inception in the early 1950's until recently, The Drifters have had a symbiotic relationship with Rock & Roll legend George Treadwell. Once again, the Treadwell family has put The Drifters back on tour in the United States – a monumental reunion celebrating their 50-year catalogue of memorable hits.

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Alpin Hong
Friday, March 18
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Community Foundation, with support from the Haffner Family

Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern-day Pied Piper. From Walt Disney Hall to the White House, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.

Rooted in extensive classical training and a background in extreme sports, martial arts, and video games, Mr. Hong is a creative force unmatched in his vitality and charisma. Called “a pianistic firebrand” by the New York Times, Hong's daring mashup of autobiographical storytelling and dazzling piano performance is at turns hilarious, tragic, and beautifully poignant. 

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Masters of Hawaiian Music
Friday, March 25
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $26 senior, $15 youth

Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. is known as “Hawai‘i’s Renaissance Man.” He is a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter, author, world-traveling performer, teacher, artist and sculptor, farmer, and chef. In addition to his Grammy Awards, he is also a multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner. He is the producer and star of the long-running, weekly Slack Key Show® on Maui, now in its second decade.

George’s “Masters of Hawaiian Music” shows showcase the artistry of kī-hō‘alu (slack key guitar), the distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings. Guitarists Jeff Peterson and Sonny Lim join George on this tour to share beautiful music, good humor, Hawaiian cultural knowledge, and the down-home spirit of the islands.

Partial Funding from WESTAF and National Endowment for the Arts, and support from Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Community Foundation

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