2018-2019 Season Performances
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7 p.m., $37
The Buckman Performing Arts Center is delighted to kick off their season with harmonica virtuoso and Blues Traveler jam-band front man John Popper. The intimate evening of music will find him joined by piano and backing vocals. With highlights from a life spent making and breaking records and music, fans will enjoy acoustic sets with both solo material and tunes from the Blue Traveler catalog. Singer-songwriter Katrina Woolverton will perform an opening set.
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 7 p.m., $35
Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Delta Rae is fronted by Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes with robust, sultry harmonies rounded out by Holljes’ brothers Eric and Ian, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. Headlining over 100 shows each year since 2009, Delta Rae’s larger-than-life performances have earned coveted spots at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. NPR, Washington Post and New York Times have covered their rising star, and Forbes recognized them on the “30 Under 30” list. Now signed to Big Machine Label Group’s imprint The Valory Music Co., Delta Rae is touring in support of their latest release, A Long And Happy Life, and their latest radio single “No Peace in Quiet.”
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 7 p.m., $35
Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and thrilling audience interaction, Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun! The Artrageous troupe of painters, musicians, singers and dancers pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one-of-a-kind, interactive, crossover experience!
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7 p.m., $28
Puerto Rican-born salsa siren Melina Almodovar returns to her Memphis roots, where her celebrated career began, to perform with Latin legend Tito Puente, Jr., heir to the musical legacy established by his later father, the Mambo King, himself. This electrifying Billboard award-winner and Grammy-nominated duo will have audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles in a celebration of Latin culture, music and dance. The two joined forces in Miami five years ago and are revered for their sensational, high-energy performances.
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8 p.m., $28
Kurbasy invites audiences on a sonic-theatrical exploration of Ukraine’s rich trove of song cycles, lullabies and legends. The female, Eastern-European vocal ensemble, presented in partnership with the US State Department and NEFA’s Center Stages series, conjures this Slavic land’s traditions and rituals in a folk-based, multimedia performance with tight vocal harmonies, resonant lyrics and culturally unique instruments.
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 8 p.m., $28
With a naturally expressive voice that has drawn comparisons to legends like Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster has a wide musical palette - gospel and blues to jazz, folk and soul. With a string of awards and Grammy nominations for her ten albums and powerfully transfiguring live performances, the songstress learned how to command a stage as a teenager in the rough bars of Texas.
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7 p.m., $28
Energetic with an edge, comedian Lucas Bohn’s one-man comedy Lesson Plans to Late Night recounts his transition from elementary school teacher to national touring comedian. His one-of- a-kind witty performances have been compared to Defending the Caveman and heralded “a hysterical comedic multimedia masterpiece” by Parade Magazine. The perfect blend of schoolboy charm and impish charisma, Bohn’s comedy is both smart and audacious with the rare ability to draw laughs from young and old alike. He has shared the stage with Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart and been dubbed “Comedian of the Year” by Campus Activities Magazine.
Friday, February 8, 2019, 8 p.m., $28
Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO was created to provide needed opportunities for dancers of color, who were then systematically denied entrance to dance schools. Today, it is one of the world’s most reputed touring companies, celebrated for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Steeped in the principles of opportunity, inclusion and hope, PHILADANCO bridges cultural divides and consistently performs for sold-out audiences.
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $30
Back by popular demand, the Underwater Bubble Show returns to Buckman by way of Latvia and takes audiences below the surface into a majestic world, where fantasy becomes reality. UBS incorporates drama, pantomime, dance, puppetry, juggling, aerial arts, acrobatics, contortion, sand art and imagery with the amazing beauty of soap bubbles. Participants of all ages will delight in this colorful, magical utopia that merges science, light and imagination.
Friday, March 29, 2019, 8 p.m., $28
As the tamburello pounds out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music, the two singers start a wild, frenetic dance, and audiences inevitably find it impossible to sit still! This musical tradition is so old it’s hard to date. Emanating from Italy’s Mediterranean coast, Newpoli mingles original music with thrilling traditional arrangements. The tempo from the handcrafted, indigenous instruments is feverish and high, and the drama and passion from the frenzied tarantellas can be heard in every note!
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8 p.m., $35
Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation with her commanding performances, passionate presence and emotionally evocative songwriting. The multi-platinum recording artist and seven- time Grammy-nominee is a highly sought-after collaborator who has performed alongside Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Mavis Staples, to name a few. She brings her celebrated evening of Bob Dylan songs to the Buckman stage for an unforgettable season finale.