SETH KIBEL & THE KLEZTET
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Klezmer fans—rejoice! Seth Kibel, one of the best local instrumentalists and winner of not one, not 10, but 28 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards), brings his joyful quartet to AMP. Kibel & The Kleztet light up the night with joyful klezmer music, jazz, swing, and traditional Hanukkah tunes. A masterful woodwind player, Kibel blends Eastern European Jewish folk music with jazz and diverse modern influences. The band includes Sean Lane on piano, bassist Joshua Bayer, and percussionist Tim Jarvis.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW
Saturday, December 21, 2019
The best party music ever made + a band belting out soulful sounds = a rockin’ good time! The Soul Crackers honor the music of Memphis and Motown with their rollicking renditions of timeless songs like, “I Feel Good,” “Dancing in the Streets,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” plus some holiday favorites. Known for their signature medleys, lead vocalist Tommy Lepson, along with the nine-piece band’s horn section create combustible energy to get you on the dance floor.
Friday, January 17, 2020
From the sounds of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style of music. The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the country, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music. Within five years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy six-piece band, with horns and pedal steel guitars. They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s Artist of the Year and Best Traditional Band at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited, and the dance floor never sleeps.
FROM GERSHWIN TO GAGA: CELEBRATING THE TONY BENNETT SONGBOOK
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Chris Mann has been enjoying a meteoric rise since his jaw-dropping duet with superstar Christina Aguilar on NBC’s The Voice. He has lit up Broadway as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera’s 25th Anniversary Tour, performed with the National Symphony Orchestra for President Obama, headlined at the Kennedy Center and made appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show, Ellen, and more. Mann pays tribute to the long and diverse career of living legend Tony Bennett. Enjoy classic and modern hits like “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” performed by one of today’s most sought-after musical talents.
Friday, January 31, 2020
Maryland won the blues lottery when Billy Price moved to Baltimore after 50 years dominating the Pittsburgh blues scene. With his rich voice of buttery soul, Price first entered the national spotlight as a collaborator with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price’s prolific solo career includes 16 releases and countless awards and honors, including recognition as a “Pittsburgh Rock ’n’ Roll Legend.” His album Reckoning has been nominated for a Blues Music Award, and his new album, Dog Eat Dog, was released on Gulf Coast Records in August 2019. Don’t miss Price’s brand of blues in this intimate concert at AMP.
JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS
Friday, January 31, 2020
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars are devoted to promoting the complete story of Cuban music. De Marcos first gained notoriety in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club, an ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians assembled to revive the music of pre-revolutionary Cuba to its golden age. De Marcos established The Afro-Cuban All Stars to promote Cuba’s brilliant young musicians and highlight its senior talent. Featuring a rotating, multi-generational cast, the group draws on the classic Cuban styles of son and danzón, along with contemporary dance rhythms like timba.
The National Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) Artistic Advisor Ben Folds takes center stage to perform at the DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents concert on Friday, February 7, at 9 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Other featured artists are composer-arranger-producer and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff and Chinese Pipa artist Wu Man. Ankush Bahl conducts.
Audiences who purchase tickets to both the February 7, 2020 AND the upcoming December 6, 2019 DECLASSIFIED concerts featuring Jamey Johnson, Emily King, and Gaby Moreno will receive a signed poster from Ben Folds at the February performance. In addition, the first 125 buyers to both shows will be invited to an intimate open-mic conversation and Q&A with Folds, along with the other artists and conductor, on the evening of February 6 in the REACH.
In a unique event that can only be heard with the NSO and Ben Folds, the DECLASSIFIED series defies the traditional classical music presentation by offering great live music in a casual and relaxed setting, with performances of symphonic music, as well as songs that are newly composed and/or arranged specifically for this event.
Folds has said that all the shows in the DECLASSIFIED series strictly adhere to a set of principles that set it apart from other kinds of orchestra performances. “There’s no rock, country, or pop band on stage,” Folds said. “The NSO is the band. We play by the orchestra’s rules, placing them in their natural environment, rather than using them to ornament. We create context that gives both the discerning veteran of the symphony hall as well as the newcomer a musical human experience, drawing a thread between the old and new. Never dumbing down a single note.”
For the February DECLASSIFIED, rather than serving in his usual role as host, Folds will perform live with the Orchestra.
The first DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents concert took place in June 2017, and featured artist-composer-producer Blake Mills, along with Latin Grammy®–nominated Cuban artist Danay Suarez. Previous NSO DECLASSIFIED performances have featured multi Grammy® and Tony®–nominated vocalist and composer Sara Bareilles with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and singer Caroline Shaw; bandleader and composer Jon Batiste with singer/songwriter Kishi Bashi, and composer and pianist Joachim Horsley; indie singer-songwriter Regina Spektor; and Sarah Silverman, Danay Suarez, and Gracie Folds.