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Stephen Bennett

Stephen BennettWidely 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.”

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PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, April 25th at 8:00pm

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$15 in advance, $18 at the door

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

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 Harrisonburg City Public Schools Fine Arts Celebration Week

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The following events will take place at Court Square Theater. Admission to all events is FREE

Monday, April 27th :
Harrisonburg High School & Thomas Harrison Middle School Jazz Night : 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 28th :
Harrisonburg High School Tri M Music Honor Society Recital : 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 29th :
Harrisonburg High School Percussion Ensemble/Spotswood Elementary Orff : 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 30th :
Thomas Harrison & Skyline Middle Schools Comedy Improvisation : 7:00 pm

Visit HCPS Fine Arts’ Website for more information!

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 Nickels & Wiener Improv Comedy Night: A Benefit for Court Square Theater

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Through some loophole in the system, Nickels & Wiener have been allowed to bring their odd form of improv comedy back to Court Square Theater! Once again, all proceeds from the show will benefit the theater, so come check it out, folks! Performing together for over 20 years, Nickels and Wiener is one of the few improv comedy duos that are not currently incarcerated. Rarely do you find people ignorant and careless enough to attempt an improv show with just two people, but here they are. Nick Nolte once described Nickels and Wiener like this: “Those jackholes broke into my house! I mean really, no joke!”. If you’re looking for the kind of fun found in “Who’s Line is it Anyway” or early “Saturday Night Live” – well, tough noogies … this is way weirder. But come see Nickels & Wiener anyway, and laugh till you stop!”

PERFORMANCE:

Friday, May 1st at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

General Admission: $7.00

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The Duhks

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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.

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PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00 pm

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$16 in advance, $20 at the door

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Timbre

With Local Opening Act, Sleeptalker

 

Timbre PhotoRecently featured on Jack White’s newest album, “Lazaretto”, Nashville based harpist and songwriter Timbre has been enchanting audiences throughout the US and Europe in growing numbers over the last few years with her unique brand of harp-fronted chamber-folk. Her career has caught the attention of the music world, and has led to her recording and collaborating with rock legends Jack White, Tom Jones, Ricky Skaggs, and rock bands such as mewithoutYou, O’Brother, Brooke Wagonner, and The Chariot. The pairing of Timbre’s classically trained voice and harp skills with the dynamic sounds of a talented backing band have entranced crowd after crowd, often bringing complete stillness to crowded bars and festivals, silencing audiences of thousands.  Whether performing with her regular tour set up of harp, drums, and cello, or with a more classical lineup of strings, brass, and even a 20 voice choir, Timbre creates lush soundscapes that pull in listeners of every background. Sometimes haunting, sometimes driving, sometimes unabashedly joyful, Timbre is a musical experience that is completely unique and compelling, reminding listeners that music can move us like nothing else can. On this tour Timbre will be accompanied by a 26 voice choir that helped her record her new album. It will be a truly memorable performance. Local Talent Sleeptalker will open the show.

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PERFORMANCE:

Tuesday, May 19th at 8:00 pm

TICKETS:

$8 in advance/$9 at the door

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United Nations of Comedy Presents: Sean Donnelly

Sean Donnelly Photo Sean Donnelly, currently one of New York’s hottest comedians, is coming to Court Square Theater! “The United Nations of Comedy Tour” has featured five shows to date at our theater, with headliners including Jordan Rock, Antoine Scott, Adrienne Iapalucci, Liz Miele and Rich Praytor. As the series enters into its second wave, Sean Donnelly is sure to carry the weight well, and his act will bring a taste of authentic, New York comedy right here to Harrisonburg … without the plane fare! As seen on the David Letterman Show, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central: Live at Gotham, and other national programs, Sean has shared the stage with many top comics and he remains an extremely difficult act to follow. His brand of self-depricating humor is sure to entertain all audiences.

SHOWTIME:

Friday, July 10th at 8:00 pm

TICKETS:

Adult: $20.00
Student (w/ Valid ID): $15.00
Chamber of Commerce Members (w/ Valid ID): $18.00

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MSG Acoustic Blues Trio

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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.

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PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, September 12th at 8:00 pm

TICKETS:

$14 in advance/$18 at the door

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 The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show

Fred EaglesmithThe heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s past influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll reminiscent of 1966.

Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. While blazing his own often colourful path he has avoided most of the traps and pitfalls of his peers, his career reads like a manual on how to succeed in music today without trying to fit into the traditional business models.

Tambourine was recorded live off the floor using an eight-track analogue console capturing the entire band playing together in the same room. Created during a month long session in an old hall in the hamlet of Vittoria, Ontario, Fred consciously stayed far away from anything that is popular in the mainstream music right now. The result a combination of Eaglesmith’s craftsmanship in songwriting and a fusion of rock ‘n’ roll circa 1966, Motown, and even Tejano influences. Never one to shy away from taking chances with his music and career direction, Tambourine is no exception.

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PERFORMANCE:

Thursday, November 12th at 8:00 pm

TICKETS:

$22 in advance/$26 at the door

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