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Kent announces Spotlight Series lineup for 2011-12

Ruth Moody will perform Oct. 29 at the Kentwood Performing Arts Center as part of the annual city of Kent Spotlight Series. - COURTESY PHOTO
Ruth Moody will perform Oct. 29 at the Kentwood Performing Arts Center as part of the annual city of Kent Spotlight Series.
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Make plans for fall, winter and spring entertainment in town as tickets are on sale for the Kent Arts Commission’s 2011-2012 Spotlight Series.

The performing arts series brings musicians and other entertainers to Kent. The series starts Sept. 24 and runs through April 2012.

Tickets are available at www.kentarts.com, by calling 253-856-5051 or in person at the Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N. Hours for phone and in-person sales are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are priced for general, senior (ages 55 and older) and youth (ages 25 and younger).

The 10 performances are:

Amy Hanaiali’i

Saturday, Sept. 24

Kent-Meridian PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $28 general, $26 senior, $20 youth

Amy Hānaiali‘i is Hawaii’s most respected and loved female vocalist, songwriter, composer and performer.

 

Riders in The Sky

Friday, Oct. 14

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $20 youth

*Spotlight for Families

America’s favorite cowboys. For thirty years, Riders in The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the Western music genre. They have become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own wacky humor and way-out Western wit.

 

Ruth Moody Band

Saturday, Oct. 29

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $24 general, $22 senior, $18 youth

Although best known for her work with Billboard-charting folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Moody is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism and her talent as a songwriter. She plays the guitar, accordion, banjo and other instruments.

 

Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Concert

Sunday, Dec. 4

Kent-Meridian PAC, 3 p.m.

Tickets: $22 general, $20 senior, $16 youth

*Spotlight for Families

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition and this year marks the 25th anniversary of their Celtic music, Irish dancing and storytelling in Kent.

 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” with David Benoit

Saturday, Dec. 10

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 youth

*Spotlight for Families

Contemporary jazz piano legend, David Benoit pays tribute to the much-loved animated television special with the classic music of Vince Guaraldi. The heartwarming show also features the young voices of the Kent-based Rainier Youth Chorale.

 

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

Friday, Jan. 20

Kent-Meridian PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $28 general, $26 senior, $20 youth

Over his 40 year career (he started playing drums in his father’s renowned band at the age of 8) Broussard has gained the reputation as one of the greatest accordion players and vocalists to come out of the Creole culture.

 

New Shanghai Circus

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 youth

*Spotlight for Families

Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show. The troupe’s acrobats, jugglers and contortionists bring more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions to the stage with boundless energy.

 

Bettye LaVette

Saturday, March 10

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $20 youth

LaVette is one of the greatest soul singers in American music history and a 2011 Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album. She melds elements of country, soul, Blues, folk, pop, jazz, gospel and R&B seamlessly. The New York Times says, “Ms. Lavette now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer."

 

Sister’s Easter Catechism “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?”

Friday, March 30

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $28 general, $26 senior, $20 youth

This latest of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter baskets, Easter bonnets, and, of course, those yummy Easter Peeps.

 

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Friday, April 6

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $28 general, $26 senior, $20 youth

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet features Daniel Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass and trombone) – both sons of legendary jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck.  The group’s music reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

 

 

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