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The Kingston Trio

Friday, October 2
7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

The Kingston Trio was formed in 1957. Using only acoustic guitars and banjos, and singing simple yet memorable melodies, they revolutionized popular music. The release of “Tom Dooley” began the “folk music revival” and set the stage for Dylan, Baez, Peter Paul & Mary and the entire protest movement of the 60s. The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by the Beatles. With trademark three-part harmony, and a clean, crisp sound, the current group is the most vocally complete since the original days.


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Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble

Friday, October 16
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $27 general, $25 senior, $15 youth 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

With roots firmly grounded in Japanese Taiko tradition, Kenny Endo stretches the genre by incorporating funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban and Hawaiian elements. For his 40th Anniversary, Kenny will embark on a nationwide tour with his Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble. Among the stellar artists joining Kenny are Abe Lagrimas (vibraphone, drums, ukulele), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese bamboo flutes), Masaru Koga (flute, drums), Shoko Hikage (koto, dance), and Michihiro Sato (shamisen).

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

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The Second City

"Holidazed and Confused"

Thursday, December 3
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth 

Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm and Judy Woods

For over 50 years, Chicago’s famous, daring, and hilarious comedy company, The Second City has performed social and political satire in the form of scripted sketches, music, and improvisation. Their alumni is a veritable “Who’s Who” of comedy including Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, John & Jim Belushi, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ryan Stiles, Tina Fey, Horatio Sanz, Tim Meadows, Joan Rivers, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, and so many more. “Holidazed and Confused” will have audiences laughing through the festive holiday season. With original songs, brand new sketches, and some classic favorites, this boisterous holiday revue is sure to please.

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Magical Strings

29th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert

Sunday, December 6
3:00 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 general, $22 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 29
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth 

International Guitar Night is North America’s premier traveling guitar festival, bringing together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting.  Each tour, International Guitar Night founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for a special evening of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.  On this tour, Gore will be joined by three of Europe's leading acoustic guitarists: Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel. 

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Antics

"Sneaker Suites"

Friday, February 5
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $20 general, $18 senior, $15 youth 

Antics is a Los Angeles-based hip-hop dance theater company. Under the direction of Amy “Catfox” Campion, Antics creates multimedia urban dance performances that incorporate bboying, bgirling, krumping, popping, capoeira, DJs, MCs, spoken word, theater, and film. “Sneaker Suites” utilizes the expressiveness and virtuosity of street dance, as well as provocative poetry to tell the stories of sneakers: of those who make them, those who wear them, and those who dance in them.

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

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A Fiddler's Feast

Featuring Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, and Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Friday, February 26
7:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

“A Fiddler’s Feast” brings two acclaimed duos together for an evening of everything from Scottish dance music to a wide range of American roots genres, and tunes ranging from poignant to sizzling.

Alasdair Fraser has long been regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador. His career spans 30 years, and includes a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and performances on movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Natalie Haas, a graduate of Juilliard School of Music wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. This seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a musical dream for Fraser: Finding a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

 Jay Ungar and Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s composition Ashokan Farewell became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS. Jay and Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American music styles: 19 century classics, lively Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic fiddle tunes, and favorites from the golden age of country and swing, along with their own compositions.

 

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Al Stewart

Friday, March 18
7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth 

Sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family

By the time he was 22, Al Stewart had met the Beatles and played John Lennon’s guitar, opened for The Rolling Stones, shared an apartment with Simon & Garfunkel, recorded for Jimmy Page, and spent a year playing guitar for Yoko Ono. Stewart came to stardom as part of the folk revival of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, and developed his own distinctive style of combining folk-rock music with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events of history. He is best known for his #1 hit “Year of the Cat” from the platinum album of the same name, and his follow up album “Time Passages, which also went platinum. 

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Sister's Easter Catechism

"Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?"

Friday, April 1
7:30 p.m.
Kentwood Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth 

Celebrate the Easter Season with Sister as she answers time worn questions like “Who was Mary Magdalene?”, “Why isn’t Easter on the same day every year like Christmas?”, and “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?”  Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this installment of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter baskets, Easter bonnets, and, of course, those yummy Easter Peeps.  Get ready to participate as Sister runs her own version of the Easter Egg Hunt, with special rewards, and candy giveaways.  Bring the whole family, don your bonnet, and join Sister for this new seasonal treat!

 

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