Don't be fooled, The Grand is the place to be this April. There is something for everyone: Latin music, folk, jazz, and pop performers are all headed to the historic theater next month.
On April 4 at 8 p.m., Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will grace the Copeland Hall stage. Sandoval is known for his Afro-Cuban groove, classical concertos, and soothing with a luscious ballad all with equal power and grace. The Guardian said he is "…arguably the most prodigious trumpeter of his generation…"
The Carolina Chocolate Drops will freshly reinterpret the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas on April 5 at 8 p.m. Their 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig garnered the 2011 Grammy award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Their success has proven why "The Carolina Chocolate Drops are still the most electrifying acoustic act around." - The Guardian
Take a trip down memory lane on April 6 at 8 p.m. with Classic Albums Live Presents: The Who – Who's Next. The performances takes the classic rock album you love and will recreate it live, on stage—note for note, cut for cut. Arguably one of the best rock bands in history, this album is a classic from start to finish, including songs include "Baba O'Riley," "Bargain," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
Their story began with an answer to an ad in New York City's Village Voice. Now more than a decade later, the Hot Club of Cowtown (April 10 at 8 p.m., live at the baby grand) has grown to be a globe-trotting Western Swing powerhouse. Their sound is inspired by their namsakes: "Hot Club" from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club of France, and "Cowtown" from the Western swing influence of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. The band is known for "…Infusing classic pop and jazz tunes with plenty of string-band verve." - Washington Post
Diana Krall, the Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist known internationally, is set to perform at The Grand on April 16 at 8 p.m. Krall sold 15 million albums worldwide and has 9 #1 Billboard Jazz chart debuts. Most recently she produced Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer," contributed "Simple Twist of Fate" to the charity album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International . Her new album, Glad Rag Doll, was released last October.
Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will perform live at the baby grand on April 21 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, their show Simple Gifts provides a fantastical vision of what it is to be human. Calgary Herald calls it "a simple but brilliant production…highly recommended even for adults who don't happen to have kids."
Page 2 of 2 - The Grammy-winning jazz bassist-vocalist, Esperanza Spalding returns to The Grand on April 24 at 8 p.m. This time she will be joined by a 12-piece world-class band, celebrating the power of song with her latest release Radio Music Society. With her unique and style-spanning presence, it's no wonder that she has become one of the brightest lights in the musical world.
In a melodic double-bill, acoustic jazz/folk guitarist Leo Kottke will be joined on stage with Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso and YouTube sensation Jake Shimabukuro on April 25 at 8 p.m. Folk icon Pete Seeger once called Kottke "the best twelve-string guitarist I have ever heard," while Guitar Player Magazine dubbed Shimabukuro the "Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele."
Celebrated superstars of jazz, Dave Holland and Kenny Barron, come together for one unforgettable night of music on April 28 at 7 p.m. The L.A. Times has hailed both artists, labeling Holland "one of the most versatile bassists in jazz," and Barron "one of the top jazz pianists in the world."
But that's not all, The Grand continues to add new programming to their 2012-2013 season line-up. Please visit The Grand's website for all updates and to view what is in store for the entire season.
By purchasing tickets to three, four or five Grand sponsored shows, patrons will save three dollars off each ticket, and by buying tickets for six shows or more, patrons will save five dollars per ticket. This provides MyChoice series buyers the choice of programming with all of the savings and benefits of a series subscription. Additional benefits include ticket exchange privileges, free parking vouchers, lost ticket insurance, and The Grand's Stage Door Pass restaurant program.
MyChoice series and single tickets can be purchased by visiting either websites at TicketsAtTheGrand.org or TheGrandWilmington.org; by calling 652.5577 or 800.37.GRAND; or visiting the Box Office at 818 N. Market Street, Wilmington.