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United Nations of Comedy presents: Comedy with a Taste of Jazz

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On its third tour stop, The United Nations of Comedy brings a night of comedy and jazz to downtown Harrisonburg’s Court Square Theater. Nationally known comedian, Liz Miele, shares the stage with jazz greats The Robert Jospé Experience on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm.

Comedian Liz Miele has performed stand-up on national programs including the Conan O’Brien Show, Jon Stewart Show, and Comedy Central. She has shared the stage with many of today’s top comedians, touring here in the U.S. as well as abroad. Although this show is targeting adults, the content is neither raunchy nor vulgar.

Robert Jospé has been pegged as one of the best drummers on the east coast. His trio, The Robert Jospé Experience, hits hard and delivers a jazz sound that is unique and magical. Butch Taylor(keyboards) played and recorded with the Dave Matthews Band for over ten years and Dane Alderson (electric bass) from Perth, Australia, amazes audiences with his virtuosity on the bass.

PERFORMANCE:

Friday, July 25 at 8:05 PM

Doors Open at 7:30 PM

TICKETS:

Students/Seniors/Groups of 10 or more: $15

Adults: $20 advance, $25 at the door

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Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun

Live theater presented by Valley Playhouse

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Written by Norm Foster, directed by Jay Zehr

Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun is a perfect blend of comedy and drama, well-written and compelling from beginning to end. It tells the story of a mentally challenged young man and a pregnant young woman and reveals their developing relationship with humor, sensitivity and a real-life honesty that will keep the audience entertained and enthralled. Receiving high praise throughout Canada, Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun has been described as ”funny, heroic and heartwarming and riveting from start to finish.”

Directed by Jay Zehr  Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun features a cast of Playhouse veterans and new actors to our stage including Rebecca Wishon, Jan Kirby, Howard Jeffries, Daniel Mintz and Jennifer Murch.

PERFORMANCES

Thurs. August 7 – Saturday August 9 at 8:00 PM

Thurs. August 14 – Saturday August 14 at 8:00 PM

Sundays August 10 & 17 at 3:00 PM

TICKETS

$12 General

$10 Seniors or Groups of 10 or More

Members save 20% on this event! (And always get free popcorn.)

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concorDance contemporary presents Communitas, a summer dance concert. This Crozet, VA-based professional dance company presents their 6th production which features nine dancers, three choreographers, and a violinist, uniting San Diego, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville.

 

PERFORMANCE:

Wednesday, August 20

8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$10

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Danny Knicely Concert

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At this concert, Danny Knicely will be releasing a new guitar album that focuses on the true and natural tone of exquisitely fine acoustic instruments in the hands of master musicians. Danny plays a vintage D-18 Martin guitar and is accompanied by Wyatt Rice, rhythm/lead guitarist for the Tony Rice Unit, and twice named International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bassist of the Year, Mark Schatz, from Nickel Creek and the Claire Lynch Band. The album features  old-time and bluegrass flat-picking, open string swing, dreadnaught jazz, and includes cameo performances by Danny on mandolin and vocals.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these exceptional musicians perform this music live in concert.

http://dannyknicely.com/Video.html

PERFORMANCE:

Suday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 PM

TICKETS:

$16 in advance

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An Evening with Ellis Paul

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“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an Artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential of his music.” - New York Times

Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays. Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters.

With 16 CDs, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis’ songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, and ‘Shallow Hal’. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, and multi-platinum band Sugarland, among others.

http://www.ellispaul.com

PERFORMANCE:

Friday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Members save 20% on this event! (And always get free popcorn.)

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Songwriters in the Round featuring Trent Wagler, Sarah Siskind, & Scott Miller

Join us for an intimate evening with three accomplished singer/songwriters on stage together sharing their songs and the stories behind them.

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Trent Wagler

Trent is the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Steel Wheels. The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. The Steel Wheels also host the annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival in July at Natural Chimneys Park in Mt Solon, VA.

www.thesteelwheels.com

Sarah Siskind

“Sarah Siskind is one of very few songwriters that is a true student of American music. Her lexicon is incredible and her voice…well, she’s a teacher.” – Bon Iver

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“She continues to be one of my favorite singers and songwriters. She absolutely knocks me out.” – Bonnie Raitt

“One of our favorite singers storming SXSW this year.” (2012) – TIME Magazine

Sarah Siskind has been called “the best female singer/songwriter in America today” (Steve Binder, legendary TV director/producer) and “an artist you must hear now” by Spin Magazine. She has toured with Bon Iver (he has also famously covered her “Lovin’s For Fools”) and The Swell Season, had songs recorded by Alison Krauss (the GRAMMY nominated “Simple Love”), Madi Diaz and many more. Armed with a striking vocal style and solid guitar-work, mostly on her beloved vintage electric Gibson, Sarah is a regular NPR performer with features on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, World Cafe with David Dye, All Songs Considered, Song Of The Day and most recently NPR’s Mountain Stage.

www.sarahsiskind.com

Scott Miller

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Combining the emotional honesty and intelligence of a singer/songwriter with the swagger and enthusiasm of a rock & roller, Virginia-bred Scott Miller first made a name for himself as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with the superb pop/rock band The V-Roys, before establishing himself as a solo artist to watch on his first album with his ad hoc group The Commonwealths, Thus Always to Tyrants.  His latest release, 2012′s CoDependents, is a duo project with fiddle player Rayna Gellert.

www.thescottmiller.com

PERFORMANCE:

Thursday, October 30

8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Members save 20% on this event! (And always get free popcorn.)

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Oh Brothers! A Special Night of Traditional Bluegrass with The Bluegrass Brothers and The Martin Brothers & Aspen Run

Join us for an evening with two of the mid-Atlantic region’s finest traditional bluegrass ensembles.
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The Bluegrass Brothers are a high energy bluegrass band and a must see show for a traditional bluegrass delight! They have all grown up in bluegrass music families in Southwest Virginia and it is evident very soon after they hit the stage. They have made many musical accomplishments over numerous years, and their vocals and musicianship are second to none. The Bluegrass Brothers are one of the finest bluegrass shows in the country, and they are friendly country folk. They perform from coast to coast and in a most soulful, heartfelt manner. They have earned fans from several countries and everybody says: “We want The Bluegrass Brothers back next year!”

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The Martin Brothers & Aspen Run offer a straight-ahead bluegrass experience! Based in Maryland near the bluegrass hotbeds of Baltimore and Washington DC, the band is heavily influenced by the sounds of Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Johnson Mountain Boys and Del McCoury; a regular traditional Bluegrass 101 course of study. While some of the members look young, they started early…and they definitely capture the vibe of the masters as they play throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 Pm

TICKETS:

$18 in advance, $22 at the door

Members save 20% on this event! (And always get free popcorn.)

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For many years now, Court Square Theater presents a country, honky tonk, swingin’ extravaganza of musical friends collaborating to bring to life classic songs from the real roots of country music. GRAMMY® winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer host the evening with IBMA Female vocalist of the year, Claire Lynch, and Prairie Home Companion regulars, Robin & Linda Williams. Add to that a fabulous band and you’ve got a great country show – one that sells out every year!

HANK WILLIAMS was a consummate country songwriter, with hits that included “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “The Lovesick Blues” and “Jambalaya”. He died at the age of 29, on New Year’s 1953, leaving behind a legacy of songs and performances that will not be forgotten. In the six years of his recording career, Hank Williams songs created the definition of the perfect country song. This popular show brings together an all-star cast of friends who get together just once a year to celebrate the songs of a country music idol.

PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, December 27 at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$24 in advance

$28 at the door

Members save 20% on this event! (And always get free popcorn.)

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