The Englert Theatre's Douglas & Linda Paul Gallery will be closed for renovations for approximately two weeks beginning Sharon Beckman's Exhibit, "Olio," will be unavailable for viewing during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Dailey & Vincent is one of the most reputable and elite Bluegrass acts in America, carrying with them a highly acclaimed signature sound and live concert performance. The 3-Time Grammy nominees play over 115 shows per year to sold out crowds, and have one of the most loyal fan bases in all of music. Since the formation of Dailey & Vincent in 2007, the band has been recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as 3-time ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and and 3-time ‘Vocal Group of the Year’ in addition to three Dove Awards and a myriad of other accolades.
On Saturday, August 9th, the Iowa City Community Theatre (ICCT) and Shelter House will host the second annual Shelter Our Community fundraiser at the Englert Theatre. This event, which benefits both organizations, will include a reception, a live auction, and entertainment. A pre-performance wine and dessert reception will begin at 7 p.m. in the Englert lobby. Tickets are $40 per person and include the reception.
Grammy-nominated flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have emerged in the last three years as a powerful voice defining the continuing folk tradition. A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called “folk revival,” an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids to the delight of traditionalists and newcomers to the folk movement alike. Indeed, Garrison Keillor has called them “absolute geniuses in close-harmony,” while cultural purveyors like T Bone Burnett and Billy Bragg continue to refer the importance of The Milk Carton Kids among a group of new folk bands expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them. The Los Angeles Times lauds The Milk Carton Kids' latest Anti- Records release, The Ash & Clay, as displaying “absolute mastery of their craft” while Paste emphasizes the “intellectual sophistication of their songs, making The Milk Carton Kids an option for purists unsatisfied with some of the pop tendencies seeping in to the genre.” In addition to a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album of 2013, The Milk Carton Kids also received a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Awards. They are featured in T Bone Burnett & The Coen Brothers' concert film documentary, "Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'", alongside Joan Baez, Jack White, Gillian Welch, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers and many other folk luminaries and upstarts.
Old Capitol Opera’s premiere production will be none other than Chicago! Resounding through the iconic Englert Theatre will be the sounds of a jazz band trumpet, belting divas, and murderous gunshots. Filled with a star-studded cast, and an electric apprentice ensemble, this show is sure to knock your fishnet stockings off!
The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife, Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (words). Their track "Far From Any Road" was recently featured in the opening credits of the HBO series "True Detective." The Handsome Family's lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and full of meticulously-researched narrative and exhilarating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad. Of course, you don’t have to be a music historian to love these songs. They are full of romantic longing for nature’s mysterious beauty and the tiny wonders of everyday life; they pair sweet melody with sad harmony, love poetry with dark beats. This is music that makes you shiver and cry, but also makes you happy to be alive.
There is something palpably immediate about Mary Gauthier’s songs. They don’t contain detours. Her music strikes an emotional chord and drives the point home with lyrics as straightforward as they are deeply resonant. Mary, quite simply, writes songs about us, all of us. She strips the veneer off of ordinary moments and leaves the splinters exposed. L.A. Weekly raves: “Gauthier’s skill in balancing a profoundly personal tale with classic underpinnings ultimately hints at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events that touch on the mythic and the timeless.”
Louie Anderson is one of the most versatile and successful comedians working in Hollywood today, loved by the television audiences who never missed his nightly hit series "Family Feud," his FOX animated series "Life with Louie" and his appearances on late night talk shows. He is adored by standing-room-only crowds in Las Vegas and respected by readers of his books. He is worshiped by the rising comics he mentors and encourages with his honesty and wisdom. Louie recently finished writing his newest installment on family, The F Word: How to Survive Your Family. Now, Louie is traveling the States doing what Louie loves to do: stand up comedy. Louie again delivers to his fans his inimitable brand of humor and warmth.
Join us for or our 2nd Annual Fall Friends Dinner, an intimate fundraiser for The Englert Theatre. The event will include: a cocktail hour in the Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery, a gourmet dinner served on our stage and dessert and coffee to wrap things up. Chef David Wieseneck (of the Motley Cow) will prepare the meal, Jamie Powers (of Deluxe) will make the desserts, and Cedar Ridge Winery will provide cocktails and wine. Our stage will be transformed into a warm, rustic dining area. Throughout the evening, select artists will treat guests to unique performances. This is a great opportunity to support our nonprofit arts organization, enjoy a great meal in the company of friends, and speak directly with the Englert executive staff and board.
Benji is the sixth full length record by Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon. The album was released February 11, 2014, and features guest musicians Steve Shelley, Will Oldham and Owen Ashworth. On August 20 of 2013, Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records released Mark Kozelek & Desertshore, the third record from Mark Kozelek and Phil Carney's side project, Desertshore. 2013 also saw the release of Like Rats, 2 live albums, and the Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle's collaboration, Perils From The Sea. Both Mark Kozelek & Desertshore and Perils From The Sea made Uncut's top 100 best albums of the year. In 2012, Mark Kozelek released an 18 track album under his Sun Kil Moon moniker, entitled Among The Leaves. Mark toured in support of the album and made his debut TV appearance on Jimmy Fallon performing with The Roots.
Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour is a musical revue of American traditions for the modern age. Special guest and master of ceremonies Dom Flemons (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) guides an evening of performances by Pokey LaFarge and his band, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége and the Cajun Country Revival, The Tillers and The Loot Rock Gang. This diverse lineup presents styles ranging from string ragtime to country blues to Appalachian folk to Cajun dancehall music and beyond. A self-contained, traveling festival, Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour showcases some of the finest present-day interpreters of real American music for a swinging night of entertainment and dancing for all.
With his laid-back vocal delivery and acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, ‘70s folk, and contemporary jazz. With the release of his self-titled debut album in 2004, the Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher immediately earned the attention of discerning music fans and fellow artists alike for his adult alternative, indie/rock style. He makes his Englert debut as part of his 2014 Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song Tour, named for his most recent studio recording.
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including the group's latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. The Steps have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during the group's Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
When country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's "The Sing-Off" this past December, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota… rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000s, Home Free had been perfecting their live show for years prior to "The Sing-Off" - performing together for crowds in countless State and County Fairs, on college campuses, in front of Fortune 500 companies, and in theaters all across the country. It was their experience on the road that carried them to a "Sing-Off" victory, swelling their fan base and bringing their homegrown country style into a national spotlight. Home Free continues to entertain audiences nationwide with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. They arrive to town on the heals of their debut release on Columbia Records, Crazy Life.
Join us for a special event with Lena Dunham to celebrate the release of her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl. Lena will be in conversation with novelist Curtis Sittenfeld. Poet Jenny Zhang will open. The price includes admission to the event and a signed copy of Not That Kind of Girl. Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the critically-acclaimed HBO series "Girls," for which she also serves as executive producer, writer and director. She has been nominated for 8 Emmy awards and has won 2 Golden Globes, including Best Actress, for her work on "Girls." Lena has also written and directed two feature length films (including 2011's Tiny Furniture), created two web series, and is a frequent contributor to the The New Yorker. Lena graduated from Oberlin College in 2008.
You can tell a lot about a person from the company he keeps. When that company has included Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys, George Harrison, Emmylou Harris, Doc Watson, John Hiatt, Jerry Garcia, Reverend Gary Davis, Dr. John, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Phoebe Snow, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Mississippi John Hurt, you realize you’re dealing with a very special case. David Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, has continually expanded with each album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music, and his touring band has grown apace. By the mid-’70s, the David Bromberg Big Band included horn players, a violinist, and several multi-instrumentalists, including David himself. With the release of Try Me One More Time, his 2007 solo return to the studio, David continued his musical revitalization, playing shows on his own, backed by Angel Band, his own David Bromberg Quartet, and reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band. Since Try Me One More Time, he has released the studio albums Use Me (2011) and Only Slightly Mad in 2013.
For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 breakthrough album Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Her latest release, Are We There, is a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth.
It's extraordinary to think that in an age when musical careers are lucky to last three years, Los Lobos has prevailed for more than three decades. In answer to the question posed by the group's debut album 25 years ago: These wolves have not only survived - they've absolutely thrived. But more than any other California band, Los Lobos can best be described as eclectic - in the best possible sense of that term. It's nearly impossible to encapsulate or pigeonhole East L.A.'s favorite sons, since they excel at (and manage to synthesize) every form of modern roots music into their sound. You name it - hard R&B and blues, Tex-Mex, country, pop/rock, folk music, ethereal psychedelia, gorgeous ballads, or pure, raucous garage rock 'n' roll - and these guys have delivered it in spades, while forever remaining true to the pure traditional Mexican music that brought them together as teenagers in the first place.
Chase Garrett's 5th Annual Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp features three of the most in demand leaders in blues and boogie woogie from around the world today. Prepare to be blown away as Ricky Nye (Cincinnati, OH), Chase Garrett (Innsbruck, AU) and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (British Columbia, Canada) hit the stage to bring you the best blues and boogie woogie show in Iowa City!
Described by the New York Daily News as “some of the most provocative chit-chat around,” Henry's spoken word performances – “talking shows,” as he calls them – are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of humor and outrage; pop culture, political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism.
PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place at The Mill (120 E. Burlington St). The Mill will open for event seating at 7 p.m. - feel free to come early to grab a bite to eat! The Mill is a 19 and over establishment. Patrons under the age of 19 must to be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 10:00 pm.
As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden's voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera house to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She's performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts Bryce Dressner (The National), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson among friends and fans. They are just a few of the many who've fallen in love with Worden's mystical voice and mythic storytelling. Worden's artistry seems to transcend music itself. On stage she evokes as much Martha Graham as Edith Piaf, and can be found collaborating with visual artists (Matthew Ritchie) and filmmakers (Matthew Barney, Murat Eyuboglu) alike. Where worlds are colliding, there is a Shara; a zeitgeist for a growing movement of experimental musicians eager to bend the borders of artistry and genre.
Born in Memphis and raised in California, Rosanne Cash - daughter of country legend Johnny Cash - has recorded 15 albums, including 1981′s Seven Year Ache and 1987′s King’s Record Shop (both certified Gold). Rosanne has charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which climbed to No. 1. She has received 12 GRAMMY nominations, winning in 1985. Cash has also published four books, including her 2010 bestselling memoir, Composed, which The Chicago Tribune hailed as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.” Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York magazine and the Oxford American, among others. She recently wrapped up a three-day residency at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s sight and sound experience,
Traffic Jam. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. Mason has penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot.