Let the melodies of a lost Chinese civilization carry you away with this breathtaking show presented by Falun Dafa Association of New England. The rippling notes of the pipa transport you to an imperial banquet, where maidens dance under a silvery moon. In a sudden shift, powerful drumbeats conjure an ancient battlefield where the valor of heroes stands out. The New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra was formed in response to the many theatergoers who longed to hear the music of Shen Yun -- the phenomenally successful dance spectacular -- in concert form. Shen Yun's approach, from the composition to the expression of the music, results in a vivid sound with deep emotional range. It's the ultimate in musical storytelling. The Orchestra's performance at Boston Symphony Hall features Shen Yun's most celebrated original compositions and award-winning singers, along with timeless orchestral classics by Dvorak, Suppé and Tchaikovsky.
Brian Wilson, who wrote some of the greatest tunes in American pop music as a founding member of The Beach Boys, performs Pet Sounds in its entirety -- as well as other career-spanning hits -- live at the Grand Theater. From his early songs about cars and surfing to the 1966 masterpiece LP Pet Sounds and beyond, Wilson's "teenage symphonies to God" broke new ground in rock music, combining elaborate vocal harmonies with unconventional instrumentation. He's been productive in recent years, reuniting with The Beach Boys for a 50th anniversary tour and releasing his 11th solo studio album, 2015's No Pier Pressure.
Revered as "the best Beatles show in the world" by the Los Angeles Times, Emmy-winning group The Fab Four is the ultimate Beatles tribute act. With a stunning stage show that spans the brief but timeless career of The Beatles (including three costume changes to signify different eras), this uncanny reenactment has been performed the world over. Delivering one note-for-note song rendition after the next -- including classics like "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "Penny Lane," "A Day in the Life," "Here Comes the Sun," "Hey Jude" and many more -- The Fab Four have so perfected their performance that you may just forget you aren't actually watching the real thing. See the Fab Four at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Perhaps you're wondering what it is that makes this festival for beer and bacon lovers count as a full-fledged jamboree. Is it the unlimited tastings of 60 different beers and ciders? Is it bacon samples from some of the world's foremost bacon pros? Or is it the hopping musical stylings of classic rock and country band Whiskey Burn? Turns out, it's all three -- because an evening of fine brews, savory bacon and fiery live music is exactly what a jamboree ought to be. Come and see for yourself when the Bacon and Beer Jamboree comes to Plymouth Memorial Hall.
Enjoy a gorgeous nighttime cruise through the Boston Harbor and take in the glitter of the city skyline aboard the Northern Lights. The deck of this 115-foot motor vessel transforms into a dance party when music masters City of Four bring their upbeat blend of jazz, funk, pop-rock and hip-hop on board. The city sights become an extra magical view to take in amidst the yacht's twinkling canopy lights and disco balls, whether you're peeking at the Seaport District or the Mystic Tobin Bridge. Think it's a little chilly to be out on the water? Dance off the cold or hang out in the climate-controlled cabin. While an evening cruise may scream date-worthy, this fun evening is also perfect for a girls' night out or a post-work hang with your colleagues. Beer, wine, mixed drinks and pre-packaged snacks will be available for purchase.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:25pm)Friday October 13, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)
You can't talk about the fiery art of flamenco guitar without mentioning the late Paco de Lucía, who pushed flamenco further than the world had ever seen. De Lucía's artistry propelled his unique style of flamenco into genres including classical and jazz. 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón honors that legacy by reassembling the original band that toured with the artist for 10 years, continuing the groundbreaking experience with the Paco de Lucía Project, while paving a new path into the future of flamenco at Berklee Performance Center in Boston and presented by World Music/CRASHarts.
Two Motown legends -- The Temptations and Four Tops -- come together for an unforgettable night filled with some of your favorite golden oldies. Providence Performing Arts Center will get a double dose of smooth choreography and sweet harmonies from the '60s and '70s. The two groups boast both Rock and Roll and Grammy Hall of Fame status, so you'll truly be in the presence of R&B royalty. You'll hear Temptations classics like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." And Four Tops will belt out hits like "Reach Out I'll Be There," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)."
Friday October 13, 2017 / 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Irish trio The Script is known internationally for blending a Celtic soul sound with contemporary R&B influences such as Timbaland and The Neptunes. Singles like "For The First Time," "Hall Of Fame," and "Breakeven" have been smashes on a global scale. Hear them usher in a new sound -- future-facing anthems that speak of both real-life events and sonic adventurism -- when they play tracks from their latest album, Freedom Child, at the Grand Theater in Mashantucket.
In the four years since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album Proof of Love, blues and soul singer Gracie Curran has been filling clubs across the country, wowing audiences with her powerful voice and stirring delivery. Her contagious enthusiasm makes for a concert that's as high in fun as it is in musicality. Catch Curran when she returns to Beverly to play at 9 Wallis.
The New York Times described him as an "otherworldly, goth-tinged projection into the distant future of our violent, racially and sexually charged present." The New Yorker said "he deconstructs the persona of the diva even as he wraps himself in divalike hauteur." But don't take their word for it. If you've never caught a live performance by New York City-based musician, multimedia artist and postpunk counter tenor M. Lamar, get ready for a show like no other from a performer who's part opera singer, part diva, part leather-clad alien. (Orange Is the New Black fans may recognize Lamar as Marcus, the pre-transition Sophia; he just so happens to be actress Laverne Cox's twin brother.) Now, in recognition of the 156th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, M. Lamar will take the Ames Hall stage in Salem to perform an assemblage of old spirituals in the "gothic-devil-worshipping-free-black-man-blues-tradition."
Back in the '60s and '70s, Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon neighborhood was a mecca for folk-rock. The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Carole King, James Taylor, the Mamas & the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Brown, Jim Morrison and Neil Young all lived and created their classic music there. Now, tribute band Live from Laurel Canyon recreates this magical time and place with renditions of favorite songs and stories from the scene. You'll think you've died and gone to classic rock heaven at the The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.
Award-winning guitarist Nick Black has broken out on his own to lead one of the most entertaining R&B bands in the country, and you can catch this rising talent at 9 Wallis during this concert. Black has drawn raves from RazorFish, who said his last CD, Deep Blue, "crackles with the willingness to shake up the traditional routes." Enjoy a soulful night of music at this concert.
Nick Moss is one of the most acclaimed blues guitarists of his generation, with 16 Blues Music Award nominations to his name. Moss began his career working with some of the greats of the Chicago blues sound, including Jimmy Dawkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Jimmy Rogers. Over the years, Moss' style has evolved from classic Chicago blues to the more rock-influenced sound of his albums like Privileged (2010) and Here I Am (2011), but fans and experts agree he's still playing some of the hottest blues in America. Now, Carter Alan's Beverly Blues Series welcomes the Nick Moss Band to the stage of Beverly's 9 Wallis, courtesy of gimmeLIVE.