The Cabarrus Arts Council’s 2015-16 Davis Theatre season includes six performances in the flagship On Stage at the Davis series, a holiday show and the return of two local favorites.
On Stage at the Davis will open with Grammy winner Paula Cole on Oct. 2, followed by Shana Tucker, chambersoul and cello, on Nov. 7; Eric Bibb, blues, on Jan. 16; Mountain Heart, Americana, on Feb. 19; Della Mae, roots, on March 12; and Barrage 8, sonic strings, on April 10. There also will be a holiday bluegrass show by the Claire Lynch Band on Dec. 5, three evenings of the Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Show and a performance by Concord singer-songwriter Jim Avett.
Here are short descriptions of the performances:
Paula Cole | Season Opener
Singer/songwriter Paula Cole has been nominated seven times for a Grammy Award, winning Best New Artist. She has had two top 20 hit songs, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and the Dawson’s Creek television show theme “I Don’t Want to Wait.” Her music is complex and rooted in jazz, rock and soul combined with superior musicianship. PaulaCole.com
This cellist-singer-songwriter’s music is an instantly captivating platter of acoustic pop and soulful, jazz-influenced contemporary folk. Balancing mainstage performances in theatres and festivals across the United States with being featured cellist and mezzo-soprano in Cirque du Soleil’s KA in Las Vegas, she is a true rising star. ShanaTucker.com
A four-decade career, 35 albums, countless radio and television shows and non-stop touring have given blues guitar master Eric Bibb a world view that’s tempered by curiosity and compassion, and the ability to see himself in other peoples’ shoes. He has toured all over the world and been nominated for a Grammy as well as four Blues Music Awards. EricBibb.com
Mountain Heart is an all-star band known for revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be played. Members of the band have been nominated for Grammys, Academy of Country Music and County Music Association awards and the band as a whole has won multiple International Association of Bluegrass Music Awards. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry more than 130 times. MountainHeart.com
Recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “new artists you need to know,” Boston-bred and Nashville-based Della Mae has been called a female version of The Avett Brothers. Their vibrantly original music is rooted in rock, folk and bluegrass. The Grammy-nominated band is known for high-energy live performances, timeless lyrics, outstanding musicianship and expressive harmonies. DellaMae.com
Barrage 8 | Sonic Strings
This unforgettable show is the latest project from the creators of Barrage, which brought down the house at the Davis in 2008. Featuring energy, panache and stage innovation, the show features all the instruments in the modern string family with four violins, two violas, cello and double bass. The reimagining of the string octet is rich, powerful and like nothing you’ve ever heard before! Barrage8.com
Claire Lynch Band | Holiday Bluegrass
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Dolly Parton credits Claire Lynch with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, she is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of bluegrass. She is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and has twice been nominated for a Grammy. Make this show part of your holiday season! ClaireLynch.com