Che Apalache
Saturday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth
*10% off when purchasing the World Fusion package (JigJam 9/27 and Che Apalache 10/19)

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Edward Jones

Che Apalache (CHAY-op-uh-LAH-chay) is a four-man “Latingrass” string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to form Che Apalache and hit the stage.

The group began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, "Latingrass," is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.

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California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-MeridianPerforming Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the United States), California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) fuse over 45 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six string ‘phenomensemble.’ Inspired in 2009 by an impromptu studio session together, CGT and MG3 released a live recording and began touring throughout North America.


CGT’s steel-stringed guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars as they delight audiences with original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz, and classical music.

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Magical Strings 33rd Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert
Sunday, December 8, 3:00 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Edward Jones

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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A.J. Croce “Croce Plays Croce”
Saturday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior $15 youth

Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm

A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist, known for his boogie-woogie piano playing reminiscent of Dr. John. His music incorporates pop, blues, folk, and jazz, and has charted on seven radio charts including Top 40. “Croce Plays Croce” features a complete set of classics by A.J.'s father Jim Croce, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced both him and his father. The show often includes such timeless songs as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Workin’ At the Car Wash Blues,” “Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)," “One Less Set of Footsteps,” “Lovers Cross,” and “Box #10,” to name a few.

A.J. has shared the stage with notable artists including James Brown, Willie Nelson, and Bela Fleck, and has appeared on many television shows including Good Morning America and The Tonight Show.

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Seattle Rock Orchestra performs The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”
Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family
Co-sponsored by the Haffner Family

The Beach Boys become 'The Beach Gals' when Seattle Rock Orchestra pays homage to America's Band with an all-female vocal quartet and chamber orchestra. The show features a complete performance of the 1966 creative masterpiece Pet Sounds, as well as a smattering of their iconic surfing and hot-rod-inspired hits that we all know and love. Featuring the songs 'Good Vibrations,' 'Wouldn't It Be Nice,' 'God Only Knows,' "Sloop John B,' 'California Girls,' and many more.

Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) was born out of the desire to marry the unabashed performance energy of rock ‘n ‘roll with the broader palette of musical nuances treasured in classical music. Founded by bassist & composer Scott Teske, SRO is a full orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir, and a rotating cast of guest vocalists. SRO celebrates and perpetuates the orchestral tradition while exploring the rich history of rock and pop music and delivering performances that are spectacular, fun, educational, and of exceptional quality.

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Carlene Carter
Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Carlene Carter started her career singing with The Carter Family at 17 years old. She has now been releasing music for almost four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century. Her most recent album release was Carter Girl, a collection of Carter Family songs and originals, inspired by her family.

Carlene spent the better part of the last few years on the road with John Mellencamp on his Plain Spoken tour, both as a support act and joining him on stage nightly to perform duets. She also played a role in the touring production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the southern gothic musical play written by Stephen King and Mellencamp.

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We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed’s career covers an incredible breadth of genres. He has collaborated with and conducted major original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanies Jessye Norman, has collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and has toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and the Clark Sisters.

This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.

Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission.

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Catapult “Dancing Shadows” as seen on America’s Got Talent
Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Allegro Performing Arts Academy

Catapult is a shadow dance company that rose to fame on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show.

Catapult’s amazingly imaginative and theatrical art form combines dance, story-telling, and sculpture. Their family-friendly shows are all about the human body and its ability to transform. The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow images of shapes from the world around us. You won’t believe your eyes as the dancers become a mountain, a full-size elephant, a helicopter, and a moving car. The show is full of humor, emotion, and engaging stories told through music, shadows, poetry and humor.

Partial Funding from WESTAF and National Endowment for the Arts

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