2012-2013 A Season of Note:
- 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
Eric Bibb, the Blues Foundation Acoustic Artist of the Year for 2012, will once again bring his legendary talent to the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Bibb, a native New Yorker, is an American acoustic blues singer/songwriter who is based in London and launched his career in Europe. Bibb has been appropriately described as "discreetly awesome" and "a total original." A performance by Bibb is an enriching experience - both musically and spiritually. "Deeper in the Well," Bibb's most recent album was released in March 2012, features single releases "Bayou Belle," "Dig A Little Deeper in the Well," and "Sinner Man."
Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis will appear at the Stephens Performing Arts Center as they have come together for an evening of acoustic music. Both Grand Ole Opry members have had remarkable careers. Collectively, Morgan and Tillis have produced twenty- eight Top 10 Hits, have sold over 14 million records worldwide, and have had twelve number #1 Hits. Morgan has three gold and three platinum albums to her credit and Tillis has produced two gold and three platinum albums. They will share the stage and stories before performing hits that include Morgan's "Something in Red," "What Part of No," and "Watch Me," and Tillis' "Maybe it was Memphis," "Don't Tell Me What to Do, and "Shake the Sugar Tree."
Little River Band
Little River Band, the Australia based band whose main focus was to get airplay on American radio, has achieved great success with good songwriting, powerful vocals and guitar harmonies. Between 1976 and 1983, Little River Band chart successes in America include the following singles: It's a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, Take It Easy on Me, and The Other Guy. Little River Band is considered to be one of Australia's most significant bands with album and CD sales now topping 30 million. They also set a record for having Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years .the first band to achieve that mark. The current lineup brings new energy and arrangements to the classic hits, making memories for the audience out of each live performance.
Kurt Bestor Christmas
Nobody does Christmas better. From the magical, starry stage to the featured musicians, from invited guests and Bestors own playing, conducting and emceeing the show, to the arrangements that add such texture and layers to Christmas songs, there is nothing like a Kurt Bestor Christmas. Bestor has been performing sold-out Christmas shows for twenty four years, as he is best known for his innovative interpretation of season carols found in his popular 5-CD boxed set "The Complete Kurt Bestor Christmas."
Imago Theatre - ZooZoo
ZooZoo, a series of shorts acts involving animals or other creatures with gorgeous masks or body sized puppets. ZooZoo is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, anteaters as waiters, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences nationwide.
"Masters of the mime, dance and acrobatics... sure fire... inspired fun!"
—The New York Times
Celtic Crossroads is critically acclaimed as the most exhilarating and authentic show to come from Ireland in decades - not to be missed! It is an explosion of youthful energy and dazzling musicianship. Celtic Crossroads abounds with fusions of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz whilst pulsating with the rhythms of exciting Irish dance percussion. Spontaneous mild show ovations are the norm, and enraptured Celtic Crossroad audiences are always compelled to shout, and SHOUT for more.
Paco Pena embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer, and artist mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. The New York Times declared that: "Mr. Pena is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colourist's sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument."
America "40th Anniversary Tour"
Perennial classic-rock favorite America has spent the last forty years creating a musical legacy built on their trademark harmonies and timeless sound. Their recording success has stretched throughout the decades and into the new millennium influencing an entirely new generation to the band's best known songs such as "A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," (both of which reached #1) "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man," "Daisy Jane," "Lonely People," and You Can Do Magic." The combination of Gary Beckley's melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell's use of folk -jazz elements, slinky Latin-learning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek's more traditional country rock leanings and high personal lyrics.
The Jason Bishop Show
March 23 in Frazier Hall
As America's Hottest Illusionist, Jason Bishop might have a person passing through his body one moment or make gold fish appear from nowhere the next. Bishop is an international award-winning illusionist who was the youngest person to win the Magician's Alliance of Eastern Stages Award. The Jason Bishop Show now tours the most dynamic illusion and magic show in the U. S. The show currently features exclusive large illusions, award winning sleight of hand and "close-up" magic that is captured live and projected onto LCD screens for the audience to have a clear view of every detail. Bishop is currently the only illusionist in the U. S. to tour with the rare Double Levitation, Plasma illusion and Op-Art.
Beginning as a group of college singers in the mid 50s, the Kingston Trio formed in the San Francisco Bay Arena of California and decided to give it their best shot for a year to see what would happen. What happened was the group released its self-titled, first album in 1958, and it contained a little, irresistible ditty called "Tom Dooley" - a tune that became a 6 million-selling super hit and started folk music's huge revival of popularity in the '50s and '60s. At one point, the group had four albums at the same time in Billboard's Top 10 and nobody, not even the The Beatles, have ever had that. Favorite songs performed by the trio include "The Road to Freedom," "M.T.A," "This Land Is Your Land," "Jamaica Farewell," and "You're Gonna Miss Me."