Saturday, September 14th at 7:00 PM
The Side Street Steppers are a page from Americas past, playing rare and popular music from the 1920s and 30s. Dubbed the Golden Age of Gramophone Recording, the two decades between 1920 and World War II saw the rise of jazz and the birth of the blues, the demise of ragtime and the emergence of hillbilly music that would become known through the world as country music. The Side Street Steppers present a pastiche of this transformation of the American musical landscape, performing on vintage and homemade instruments. Get ready for plenty of hip-shaking, foot stompin', caterwauling and croonin'.
Christian Stanfield and Miss Vera Victoria founded the Side Street Steppers in June of 2009. What began as a simple duo of musicians unearthing material from the Golden Age of American gramaphone recording has grown into a full-blown Memphis institution.
The Steppers have to date played over 1000 shows and released four full length studio recordings. Notable bookings include the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville, Kentucky (September 2015), headling the International Banjo Rally in Eureka Springs, Arkansas (September 2014), and an appearance at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City (June 2016).
On the home front, the Side Street Steppers have played the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Delta Fair & Music Fest, Cooper Young Festival, Rock For Love, River Arts Fest, Shelby Farms Down To Earth Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Festival and the Juke Joint Festival.
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins. Two legends at their instruments, two giants in the music industry. Floyd Cramer’s unique “slip note” piano style was an essential part of countless country, pop, and rock hits in the 1950s and ‘60s and is widely regarded as the standard for country piano. Chet Atkins’ innovative thumb-style guitar led him to become known as one of the world’s preeminent guitar virtuosos, and many of the records he produced for RCA have become classics.
Though Floyd and Chet have passed away, their Nashville Legacy lives on through Floyd’s grandson, pianist Jason Coleman, and Chet’s niece, guitarist Meagan Taylor. In this concert, Jason and Meagan take audiences on a journey back in time to Nashville’s “golden era,” sharing the music made famous by Floyd and Chet, as well as by the countless country, pop, and rock artists whose careers they impacted, including Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves, and many more.
Plus, the concert is much more than just music . . . Jason and Meagan share their own personal stories of growing up with their “Grandad” and “Uncle Chester,” and audiences will enjoy hearing tales of Nashville’s early recording days as told straight from the source. It’s all topped off by heartwarming family photos and films and a series of video duets with Jason, Meagan, and their legendary predecessors that you’ll have to see to believe.
Saturday, November 16th at 7:00 PM
Imagine... The smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band…All created by the human voice alone!
Hailed "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.
From the beginning, the "pact" of these well-studied masters has been to stay true to Music, regardless of style or genre. Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (the LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (the Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars Sheryl Crow, Boyz II Men, Natasha Bedingfield, and Ray Charles to name a few; as well as with jazz legends Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and many others. Over the last 2 decades, their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films and is enjoyed on jazz and pop radio worldwide.
Around the globe, audiences are mesmerized by the thrill of m-pact's vocal acrobatics, innovative orchestrations, and commanding yet authentic stage presence. Unknowing ears of all ages come expecting entertainment but leave enriched from an indescribable experience: the musical journey across Technicolor soundscapes produced by this "Cirque du Soleil of Song". m-pact's studio recordings (5 full-length albums, 3 EP's, and several single releases) have received rave reviews and multiple awards, including Best Jazz Album, Best Pop/R&B Song, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Vocal Arrangement (the CARA Awards), Best Seasonal Album ("Indie" awards), and Best Unsigned Band (Billboard Magazine). m-pact recordings are also frequently selected for inclusion on compilations and "best-of" collections.
As m-pact enters their third decade, they are once again breaking new ground with new recording projects, music videos, and awe-inspiring live performances. The guys are hard at work on their 6th album, are booking their new symphony shows, and their multiple fine arts showcases have made them one of the most-requested acts of the year. All of this leaves no doubt that m-pact's music will continue to reach the ears and hearts of music lovers around the world for many years to come.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Princess Thimbelina finds happiness by believing in what her heart tells her to be true.
Hans Christian Andersen narrates his classic fairy tale of Princess Thimbelina, the little girl no bigger than your thumb — so small she could sit atop a thimble. Princess Thimbelina and her menagerie of animal friends are featured in this original musical adaptation. All of the classic characters are in this play: Mumford Mole, the Frog, Angus the Bird, Miss Spider and the Prince of Sunflowers. The production features the trademark GIANT puppets, fanciful costumed characters and live actress Holli Rubin as Princess Thimbelina!
Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre is dedicated to influencing the world of tomorrow by enchanting the children of today. Through the theatrical retelling of classic children’s stories, each with its own unique life lesson and moral, Bits ‘N Pieces brings to life the magical wonderment of children’s fantasy and reinforces the core values long told and emphasized by great storytellers.