Rockingham Ballet Theatre Presents: Scenes from La Bayadère
Scenes from La Bayadère is an exotic tale of love and betrayal. Nikiya, a temple maiden, and Solor, a powerful warrior, have exchanged vows of love and eternal fidelity. The High Brahmin of the temple, who is also in love with Nikiya, plots to get rid of Solor. When he learns that the Rajah has selected Solor as the fiancé for his daughter, Gamzatti, the High Brahmin informs the Rajah that Solor is involved with Nikiya. To learn the fate of Nikiya and Solor, attend RBT’s presentation of Scenes from La Bayadere 7:30 pm Saturday, Mar. 29 and 3:00 pm Sunday, Mar. 30. The program features RBT’s new adult company with Yespari Miller (formerly of Ballet Nacional de Cuba).
Sat. (3/28) at 7:30 PM
Sun. (3/29) at 3:00 PM
Adult : $13.00
Senior (65+) : $11.00
Student : $11.00
The annual music conference known as MACROCK began in Harrisonburg, VA in 1996 as a branch of James Madison University’s student-run radio station, WXJM. The aims of the founders were to bring independent music and DIY culture to the Mid-Atlantic region. Since cutting ties with the school and the radio station, MACROCK has been run by a small committee of volunteers with immeasurable help from local businesses and residents. MACROCK’s objectives remain the same as in its founding: showcase independent musical acts from across the country, as well as inform attendees of current happenings within the DIY realm through label expositions and panels. MACROCK continues to exist as an independent, not-for-profit organization. MACROCK has been, and always will be perpetuated by the belief that music can thrive without a corporate influence.
Court Square Theater Lineup:
Friday, April 3rd:
Dorthia Cottrell : 9:20 – 10:00
Timbre : 8:30 – 9:00
Chimes : 7:40 – 8:10
Ghostt Bllonde : 6:50 – 7:20
Lightfields : 6:00 – 6:30
Myrhh Myrhh : 5:20 – 5:40
Saturday, April 4th:
Quilt : 7:20 – 8:00
Prince Rama : 6:30 – 7:00
Advaeta : 5:40 – 6:10
Friend Roulette : 4:50 – 5:20
The Sea Life : 4:00 – 4:30
Basmati : 3:20 – 3:40
Groam & Joan Son of Groam : 2:40 – 3:00
Visit MACROCK WEBSITE for a full listing of all venues.
United Nations of Comedy Presents: Jordan Rock
Jordan Rock isn’t just the brother of comic superstar Chris Rock … he is hilarious, and he’s coming to Harrisonburg for one night only. Jordan is no rookie to the comedy scene. He’s performed in some of the top comedy rooms throughout the nation, including: New York Comedy Club, Live at Gotham, Caroline’s, Comedy Strip and many others. Rock has performed with some of the biggest names in comedy and has appeared on FXX’s Totally Biased with Kamau Bell, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and other national programs. As he steps out of the shadows of his star-studded Rock brothers, Chris and Tony, Jordan shows that he is more than just a name, night in and night out.
Capital Ale House will be offering 10% off all meals with proof of ticket purchase!
Saturday, April 11th
Starts at 8:00, Doors at 7:00
– Adult: $20.00
– Student: $15.00 (must present student ID)
– Chamber of Commerce Members: $18.00 (must present membership card at door)
“Please don’t think about me when I’m gone,” sings Dudley Connell on “Hometown Blues,” the opening track of the Seldom Scene’s new Sugar Hill release, SCENEchronized. But how can we not, when it’s the Seldom Scene, one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands of all time, and it’s been seven years since their last recording?
The band is back, and like an old friend coming around for a visit after being gone too long, the Scene pulls up some chairs and starts telling stories, and the time between just melts away. From the first notes of the CD, it’s like the band was never gone. The familiar warm harmonies and sparkling instrumental work are as strong as ever, signature sounds over the band’s 36- year career that have remained constant despite multiple line-up changes. Now the band is Ben Eldridge, along with guitarist/singer Dudley Connell, mandolinist/singer Lou Reid, dobroist/singer Fred Travers, and bassist/singer Ronnie Simpkins and occasionally guitarist Chris Eldridge. It’s this quintet that is the longest lasting version of the band, together since the 1996 death of founding member, the legendary mandolinist and larger-than-life character John Duffey.
“It would have been easy to hang it up after Duffey died,” admits Eldridge. “But we had a meeting about a month after he passed, and we decided that we’d been enjoying playing together too much to let it just fade away. And these songs, the body of work that the Scene had created over the years, it would have been a shame to never play those songs again.”
But for now, the world is a better place with the release of SCENEchronized. In its way, it’s a tribute to the Scene’s past as much as it is a statement about the present. You’ll find two songs recorded by the Country Gentlemen along with one song written by Duffey and recorded early on by the Seldom Scene. There’s not one but two Paul Craft songs (Craft contributed such gems as “Keep Me From Blowing Away” and “Through the Bottom of the Glass” to earlier Scene releases). There’s one called “Sad Old Train” that’s an explicit tribute to “Old Train,” a beloved number from the Scene’s repertoire. And once again going outside the usual bluegrass lines, there’s a Dylan song, a John Fogerty song, a Duane Allman song, as well as a more traditional Stanley Brothers tune.
And throughout, you’ll find the songs couched in brilliant arrangements by this stellar quintet–frequently augmented by the jaw-dropping flatpicking of Ben’s son Chris Eldridge (of the Infamous Stringdusters), who wasn’t even around when the Seldom Scene first began on its incredible journey. “He didn’t come along until eleven years after we got started,” says Ben, “I have to say, he’s played some amazing stuff. Nice that he can show us a thing or two.”
Saturday, April 18th
Starts at 8:00, Doors at 7:00
$30 in advance, $35 at the door
Sponsored by James McHone Jewelry
On The Road Collective Presents: The Variety Show
An evening of laughs, community & talent. Join us for The Variety Show! A show that will feature a variety of talent including: comedy, music, poetry, magic, hula hooping and more! You will leave inspired and proud to have aided in the fostering of a program that contributes hope and education to the youth in our community.
All proceeds from The Variety Show benefit the On the Road Collaborative. On the Road Collaborative is a local youth empowerment organization, dedicated to ensuring every child is on the road to college, career and fulfilling their promise.
Thursday, April 23rd
Starts at 7:30, Doors open at 7:00
$10.00 in Advance
$12.00 at the Door
James Gregory: The Funniest Man in America
For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch. James does not “tip-toe” through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives and people obsessed with the slightest change in weather conditions – now referred to as global warming. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists.
Gregory’s success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. “My comedy is based on my life experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business.”
Friday, April 24th at 7:00 pm
Physical Tickets available at our office at the Smith House (311 S. Main Street) Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Preferred: $35 (rows D, E, F)
Premium: $42 (first 3 rows A,B,C)
Widely regarded as one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of his generation, Stephen Bennett is also an acknowledged master of the harp guitar, a challenging teacher, a gifted composer, and a performer of great sensitivity. The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association referred to him as “the Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar”. Stephen has traveled the world and performed with the best. From California to Maine, Texas to Tennessee, around Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, Stephen has played all sorts of venues and events. He has released many recordings of music, along with DVDs, books and other instructional materials – and is always working on something new.
Listening to Stephen’s music, it’s clear that his work is the product of both mind and heart, intellectually challenging and emotionally satisfying. It is deeply personal, even as it is universal. Listeners often have a feeling that they have stepped into the world of the musician, and for a short moment in time, there are only the two of them there. Says one reviewer: “With his ear near the body of the harp guitar, Mr. Bennett gave the impression of a father cradling a newborn baby . . . His performance was imbued with heart and grace.”
Saturday, April 25th at 8:00pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door
Members save 20% on this event! (And always get free popcorn.)
No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001, The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro-Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of four critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.
On Beyond the Blue The Duhks are in the best form of their 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. “All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we’ve learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible.” Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music.
Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00 pm
$16 in advance, $20 at the door
Members save 20% on this event! (And always get free popcorn.)
MSG Acoustic Blues Trio
M.S.G. – The Acoustic Blues Trio performs traditional Piedmont blues. Their style of music has been influenced by the likes of Archie Edwards, Etta Baker, and Cephas & Wiggins. This band can raise the roof with some old-fashioned house party tunes, make you laugh with their witty originals and make you weep with blues ballads! They each perform with the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Band and have performed at numerous regional festivals, including: Richmond Folk Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Artscape, and Bayou Boogaloo. They have also had the honor of performing on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
Saturday, September 12th at 8:00 pm
$14 in advance/$18 at the door
Members save 20% and get free popcorn!
41-F Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540.433.9189