A Season of Note 2017-2018 Entertainment Series
- All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center unless otherwise noted.
- Box Office phone: 208-282-3595
- Buy Tickets online
- Tickets also available at Vickers Western Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello
Riders in the Sky
February 28, 2018
For more than thirty-five years Riders in The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. While remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modernday icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and wayout Western wit, all along encouraging fans to live life “The Cowboy Way!” In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ol’ Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. Along with two GRAMMY wins, Riders have been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers of the Year” six times, and won “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times. ridersinthesky.com
Acoustic Living Room Tour with Kathy Mattea
March 17, 2018
There isn’t just a template for a career like Kathy Mattea’s. Her mainstream country accomplishments have already earned her Grammy, CMA and ACA Awards. Songs including “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where You’ve Been,” “455 Rocket” and many more have earned her a place in the West Virginia Hall of Fame. What began as an experiment –- trying out a wide range of new songs and styles with a fresh approach to singing--The Acoustic Living Room Tour, featuring Bill Cooley, her brilliant long-time guitarist and musical collaborator, presents the essence of Kathy Mattea—great songs and great stories that connect her with the audience—in a simple, relaxed presentation that spotlights the duo’s acoustic guitar chops undergirding Kathy’s lithe, expressive vocal style. kathymattea.com
April 14, 2018
In their 20th year, Reckless Kelly continues to do what’s made them among the best in the Texas music scene, balancing roots country and rock with original songs centered around rousing and introspective melodies, and dynamic musicianship. Their September 2016 album release (their 9th) Sunset Motel has already been named the #10 Best Essential Album of 2016 and scored a 2017 Grammy nomination. This was a follow-up to their Grammy-winning, ballad rich Long Night Moon- with such tartly honest roots-rocking tunes about heartache and indecision as “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him),” “Moment in the Sun,” and “One More Last Time,” as well as the social commentary of “radio” and the upbeat honky tonk urgency of “Volcano.” Reckless Kelly’s string of critically acclaimed albums-Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003), Wicked Twisted Road (2005), Bulletproof (2008), Somewhere in Time (2010), Grammy –nominated Good Luck & True Love (2011) and Grammy-winning Long Night Moon (2013) – set a standard of reliable excellence and commitment to an instinctive vision of Americana. recklesskelly.com
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The Marshall Tucker Band. April 11, 2018 7:30pm
In the early fall of 1973 The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. Their debut album had already spawned numerous hits.
The band’s recent release of their Live! From Englishtown album is a time capsule from that period. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed.
Today the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony / RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. For their most recent release, the band dug into the vault and emerged with the original live recordings from its biggest show to date. The new Live! From Englishtown album was originally performed in 1977 and reportedly drew more than 150,000 fans. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band's current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current members include the highly respected drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother's Finest and The Outlaws, multi instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals, Tony Black on bass, and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg SC, are disciples of the Caldwell Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music.
Tickets available this Friday February 16, 2018 at 10:00am.
Stephens Box Office, 208-282-3595, www.idahostatetickets.com, and Vickers Western Stores Pocatello and Idaho Falls.