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Mavis Staples

Having been referred to as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace” by NPR, Mavis Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. Since beginning her career in 1950 with her family group The Staples Singers, she’s become both a Blues and Rock…

Cancelled: Allison Russell / Katie Pruitt

  The April 6 co-bill of Allison Russell and Katie Pruitt at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts has been cancelled due to illness. We looked forward to this concert, so please know that best efforts will be made to reschedule each artist at SMF in the future. If you have already purchased tickets, a…

Blind Boys of Alabama / The Campbell Brothers

The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Since…

Voices of Mississippi feat. William Ferris, Cedric Burnside, Shardé Thomas, and Luther & Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars

Voices of Mississippi is a new multimedia event that celebrates the music, art, and storytelling traditions of the people of Mississippi. Based on the 2019 double-Grammy Award-winning Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, the program features live musical performances integrated with film, audio recordings, and rare photographs captured by folklorist William…

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Robert Spano, Conductor, Avi Avital, Mandolin

Robert Spano, Conductor Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Avi Avital, Mandolin   Commissioned for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Maestro Spano, The Parallactic Transits invites audiences to look to the stars. “I hope to paint an image both of the stars slowly moving in our field of vision and of we ourselves, moving metadimensionally around the…

Drive-By Truckers

Originally hailing from Athens, Georgia, the Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. “​​From their first notes together to their current tour,…

The Wood Brothers

Dubbed “masters of soulful folk” by Paste, The Wood Brothers formed after brothers Chris and Oliver Wood pursued separate musical careers for 15 years. Chris already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his…

Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange)

Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Watchhouse (formerly known as Mandolin Orange) are songwriter Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar). More than a decade down the road, a half-dozen albums, and a family of their own to contend with, Watchhouse makes beautiful, downhome, contemporary acoustic folk music…

Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart feat. Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Bryan Sutton, Mark Schatz and Justin Moses

“They nearly always come back,” said Béla Fleck. “All the people that leave bluegrass. I had a strong feeling that I’d be coming back as well.” My Bluegrass Heart is that return the 15-time Grammy winner is talking about – the third chapter in a decades-spanning trilogy which, by his counting, started with 1988’s Drive…

Remembering Ray Brown: Christian McBride, Benny Green and Jeff Hamilton / Sean Jones Quartet

Christian McBride is a six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer, the host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival. Since the early 1990’s Christian McBride has recorded on over 300 dates as a sideman. However, he’s been a leader from his debut recording in 1995. Aside from various stints with…

Dee Dee Bridgewater & the Memphis Soulphony: Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready

Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning over four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. She also bears the title…

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, always has succeeded on his exceptional gifts, his training and his work ethic. He has returned to traditional American roots forms, collaborating with Ricky Skaggs. He has played with the Grateful Dead. He has fused the plunk and dazzle of 20th-century modernist classical composition…