Similar to the diverse selection of outdoor activities in Central Oregon, the Tower Theatre’s 2015-16 Season provides a spectrum of entertainment opportunities to satisfy an array of tastes in performing arts. Shows range from a Georgia country music legend and a Hall of Fame English Rocker; to Mexican Mariachis and folk revivalists; to gypsy jazz maestros and post mod power pop. After you’ve satisfied your outdoor craving for the day, don’t settle into the same chair in your living room – grab a seat in Bend’s Living Room and satisfy your craving for live performance and entertainment. Here is a taste of what’s on tap under the Tower Theatre’s marquee:
In November Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, will cause a musical Traffic Jam when he retraces the sights, stories, and songs behind some of the greatest days of rock.
Kicking off the holidays, and their U.S. Tour, are the Ten Tenors, vocal wonders from down under whom the Los Angeles Times describe as, “pure electricity and undeniable drama.”
Then enjoy the collective of Northwest musicians that is the Portland Cello Project, performing everything from Bach to Kanye West and Arvo Part to Britney, bending all preconceptions of what music can come from the cello.
Winter heats up with an electrifying evening of classic radio hits like I’m A Believer, Candy Girl, and Happy Together performed by Under the Streetlamp, a quartet of leading cast members from the Tony Award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys.”
Next, it’s an acoustic evening with Travis Tritt, the Grammy Award-winning country-rock musician who dominated charts in the early ‘90s with hits It’s A Great Day To Be Alive, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Here’s A Quarter, and Love of a Woman, to name a few.
Back by popular demand, Jose Hernandez and Mariachi Sol de Mexico return this spring with what Billboard Magazine labelled, “one of the most prolific Mariachis in the world…a versatile performing troupe.”
Also bringing his poignant and joyful performance back to Bend is master of American roots music, and living link to the Delta Blues, Keb’ Mo’.
Then prepare yourself for Rhythmic Circuses’ joyous parade of rapid-fire tap talent accompanied by imaginative costumes, a human beatbox, and a seven-piece band.
The Smithereens bring back the post mod power pop of the ‘80s with echoes of the Kinks and Elvis Costello. According to NPR Fresh Air, “everything in The Smithereens’ world is like a film noir shot in psychedelic colors. A great rock ‘n’ roll band.”
Canadian folk artists, Dala, take the stage next drawing upon influences of The Beatles, Joni Michell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan to create music that is catchy, insightful, and eloquently beautiful.
What better way to spend Mother’s Day than with Lisa Rock and her six piece band as they perform Close to You: Music of The Carpenters, singing all of their most memorable hits including Rainy Days and Mondays and We’ve Only Just Begun.
Then embark on a virtuoso journey of gypsy jazz with the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet featuring original works influenced by Bergara’s native Argentina, followed by a modern variant of the sound, style and spirit of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France.
Next, The Portland dance troupe, BodyVox, returns with their visual virtuosity and unique ability to combine dance, theatre and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor.
Wrapping things up is The Kingston Trio with special guest William Florian. The current Trio continues the rich musical legacy of the Grammy Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award winning folk pioneers of the 1960s; while Florian steers an upbeat musical journey through the greatest folk and pop songs of that era, from Peter, Paul & Mary and Mamas & Papas to Pete Seeger and John Denver.
Tickets are on sale now. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are also at facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.
The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading performing arts organization, providing cultural and education programs that make an essential contribution to Central Oregon’s lifestyle and strengthen the community.