Carlene Carter will perform Friday, Feb. 28 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Carlene Carter will perform Friday, Feb. 28 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Kent Spotlight Series concerts for 2019-2020

Season lineup revealed

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:32pm
  • Life

An Irish quartet, Latin music, virtuoso guitarists and more are part of the 2019-2020 Spotlight Series.

The performing arts series brings exceptional entertainment to Kent. The upcoming season features nine performances, beginning Sept. 27 and running through March 19.

Tickets may be purchased online at 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 Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Box office is closed on Sunday.

Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services and partially funded by 4Culture, Arts WA, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and a variety of business and individual sponsors.

The lineup:

JigJam

Friday, Sept. 27

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

Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

JigJam is an award-winning quartet from Ireland that blends the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana. Described as ‘the best Irish group so far in bluegrass,’ this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fueled, foot-stomping live performance. Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation, Edward Jones, and co-sponsored by Judy Woods.

Che Apalache

Saturday, Oct. 19

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

Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

Che Apalache is a four-man “Latingrass” string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. Their cultural and musical exchange has created an authentic blend of genres evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Edward Jones.

California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio

Saturday, Oct. 26

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

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries, California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio fuse over 45 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six string ensemble. Together, they delight audiences with original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz, and classical music. Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation.

Magical Strings 33rd Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8

Kent-Meridian PAC, 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: $26 general, $24 senior, $15 youth

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a festive and memorable tradition. Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren and guests for an afternoon of Yuletide music, Irish step dancing, drumming, and storytelling. Sponsored by Edward Jones.

A.J. Croce “Croce Plays Croce”

Friday, Jan. 17

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

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior $15 youth

A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist incorporating pop, blues, folk, and jazz. “Croce Plays Croce” features a complete set of classics by A.J.’s father Jim Croce, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced both him and his father. Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm.

Seattle Rock Orchestra performs The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”

Saturday, Feb. 8

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Seattle Rock Orchestra pays homage to America’s Band, featuring a complete performance of the 1966 creative masterpiece Pet Sounds, as well as a smattering of their iconic surfing and hot-rod-inspired hits that we all know and love. Sponsored by The Pete and Pat Curran Family and co-sponsored by the Haffner Family.

Carlene Carter

Friday, Feb. 28

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

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Carlene Carter started her career singing with The Carter Family at 17 years old. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, March 13

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

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission.

Catapult “Dancing Shadows” as seen on America’s Got Talent

Thursday, March 19

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

Catapult is a shadow dance company that rose to fame on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show. Catapult’s amazingly imaginative and theatrical art form combines dance, story-telling, and sculpture. The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow images of shapes from the world around us. Sponsored by Allegro Performing Arts Academy, partial Funding from WESTAF and National Endowment for the Arts.

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