The Avalon Foundation has annouced their schudule from December to
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Antje Duvekot – Friday, December 1, 2023 Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7:00 p.m. Stoltz Listening Room, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD
According to the Boston Globe, Antje Duvekot “has gotten hotter, faster than any local songwriter in recent memory. Her songs feel at once fresh-faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice. She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community.” As one of Boston’s top singer-songwriters, Antje has won some of the top songwriting awards around, including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious Kerrville (TX) “Best New Folk Award,” and, in one of the nation’s top music markets, she won the Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Act.” Neil Dorfsman (the producer of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting) says, “When I first heard Antje I knew I was witnessing something very special. She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. https://antjeduvekot.com/
Jazzy Holiday with Sara Jones Trio – Saturday, December 2, 2023 Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m. Stoltz Listening Room, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD
Join the Sara Jones Trio in the Stoltz for a cozy, holiday show filled with jazzy good cheer! Jazz vocalist/pianist Sara Jones has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and on the Esplanade with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In the Baltimore/Washington area, Jones was a featured vocalist with the Jazz Ambassadors and has graced the stages of the Hippodrome Theater, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Strathmore Mansion, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She will be joined on the Stoltz stage by Matvei Sigalov on guitar and violin, and Max Murray playing bass.
ELF, The Holiday Musical – December 7 – 17 Show Times Vary Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Md.
The Avalon Foundation presents the musical comedy ELF! Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-sister doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Join us for the Avalon Foundation’s annual holiday celebration and fundraiser starring over 100 of your friends and neighbors. All ticket proceeds go toward the Foundation’s year-round mission to provide diversified arts and educational programs that improves the quality of life here on the Eastern Shore.
THE MET: LIVE IN HD, FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS- Saturday, December 9 Doors 12:30pm Showtime 1pm Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Md.
Sung in Spanish and inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera tells the enchanting story of a Brazilian opera diva who returns to her homeland to perform at the legendary opera house of Manaus—and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle. The December 9 performance stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia Grimaldi, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to lead a spellbinding new production by Mary Zimmerman that brings the mysterious and magical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage. A distinguished ensemble of artists portray the diva’s fellow travelers on the river boat to Manaus, including soprano Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his enigmatic first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the feuding couple Paula and Álvaro. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
Jamie McLean Band – Thursday December 28 Doors 6:30pm Show 7pm Avalon Theatre
“Jamie McLean has soaked up quite a bit of America’s musical DNA. McLean provides a fascinating cross-section of sounds that merge the yearning and romanticism of Tom Petty, the air-tight instrumental proficiency of Nashville and the rugged independent streak of alt-country.” – Guitar World Magazine From listening to their recordings, you get a good sense of the Jamie McLean Band’s spicy musical gumbo of New Orleans soul, middle Americana roots, Delta blues and New York City swagger. But their captivating live show is where they really turn up the heat! The band has played at Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, and the Ottawa Blues Fest, and shared the stage with the likes of Gregg Allman, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Los Lobos, to mention just a few. McLean’s fiery guitar has joined the ranks of Derek Trucks, his blue-eyed southern soul vocals ooze real emotion, and his top-line songwriting chops have crafted profound, honest and heartfelt songs that will keep you singing along, dancing along and feeling like the song was written about you!
JANET PAULSEN JAZZ TRIO “JOYFUL SONG – A TRIBUTE TO ROSEMARY CLOONEY” Friday December 29 Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm Stoltz Listening Room, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Md.
“Joyful Song, A Tribute To Rosemary Clooney” is a true labor of love by jazz/pop vocalist Janet Paulsen. Known for her carefully curated shows, thoughtful interpretation of lyrics, and passionate delivery, Janet will be celebrating the legendary Rosemary Clooney’s glorious voice and love of the Great American Songbook in a wonderful evening of entertainment that closes out the year with style. Featured songs from Clooney’s pop/jazz repertoires include “Tenderly,” the opening number on Clooney’s 1950s television show; her novelty tunes (such as “Mambo Italiano”), which brought her fame; and the sultry love ballads she was best known for. A highlight is the evening’s exciting medley of songs from Clooney’s classic film, “White Christmas”! An evening of entertainment with the Baltimore-based Janet Paulsen is always a joyful, swinging, and inspiring occasion. With her sparkling stage persona and warm, welcoming style, she brings her heart and soul to every performance. Joining her onstage will be Anthony Pocetti on piano and Jon Pineda on upright bass.
Eric Byrd Trio – Saturday, December 30, 2023 Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m. Avalon Theatre 40 E. Dover Street Easton, MD Tickets:
It has been a stellar, 20-plus year career for The Eric Byrd Trio, one of the Avalon’s long-time favorite jazz bands…and it would appear they are just getting started! Not only are they winners of The Maryland State Arts Council $10k Independent Artist Award (IAA) for notable artistic achievement but for over two decades, pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and bebop. The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. They have performed with the great Wynton Marsalis and their latest recording, “Twenty”, won last year’s Washington Area Music Award (Wammy) Jazz Recording of the Year.
DAN NAVARRO – January 5 Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm Stoltz Listening Room 40 E. Dover Street, Easton.
Dan Navarro has had quite an eclectic career over the past 40 years. As a songwriter, he composed Pat Benatar’s Grammy-nominated classic, “We Belong,” as well as songs for The Bangles, Dave Edmunds, and other popular artists. After 20+ years with the acclaimed duo Lowen & Navarro, he released his first studio-recorded solo album, “Shed My Skin”, to rave reviews, going on to record several acclaimed albums and performing thousands of concerts. As if all that isn’t enough, the man has done voice acting in films like Oscar-winners “Coco” and “Happy Feet”, TV series “American Dad” and “Brea”, and even video games (Fallout 4 and Red Dead Redemption II). Navarro, the personification of the engaged Renaissance artist, insists that art is food, music is love, and sleep is for babies.
The Met: LIVE in HD NABUCCO – Saturday, January 6 Doors: 12:30pm / Show: 1:00pm Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton,
On January 6, ancient Babylon comes to life in a classic Met staging of biblical proportions. Baritone George Gagnidze makes his Met role debut as the imperious king Nabucco, alongside soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska reprising her thrilling turn as his vengeful daughter Abigaille. Mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova and tenor SeokJong Baek are Fenena and Ismaele, whose love transcends politics, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy repeats his celebrated portrayal of the high priest Zaccaria. Daniele Callegari conducts Verdi’s exhilarating early masterpiece, which features the ultimate showcase for the great Met Chorus, the moving “Va, pensiero.” This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
Ken & Brad Kolodner – Saturday, January 6 Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:00pm Avalon Theatre, 40 E.Dover Street, Easton, Md.
Join these fan favorites at the Avalon as they make their 10th appearance on our stage! The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo that blurs the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass and American Roots music. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner joined forces in 2009 with his son Brad, a renowned clawhammer banjo player. They’ve sculpted their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful acoustic roots music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation” (Dulcimer Player News). The hypnotizing groove of the percussive hammered dulcimer and rhythmic clawhammer banjo is the core of their sound. They are joined by bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding presence and the dynamic multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy on fiddle and guitar. The quartet won 1st place in the 2019 Neo-Traditional Band Contest at the Appalachian Stringband Festival!
“1964” THE TRIBUTE – Friday January 12th Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:00pm Avalon Theatre, 40 E, Dover Street, Easton, MD.
“Best Beatles Tribute on Earth!” Rolling Stone As Ed Sullivan said back in the day when he first introduced The Beatles to America, “This is a really big shew!” “1964” focuses on the quintessential moment in history when The Beatles actually played before a LIVE audience. The Fab Four toured the world in the early 1960s, but now only a precious few remain who actually saw them LIVE…who actually felt the “mania” that brought these lads from Liverpool to world acclaim. Today, all that remains are a few scant memories and some captured images in pictures and on poor quality film and video. But fear not…HELP is on the way! “1964” meticulously re-creates the “MAGIC” of those LIVE Beatles’ performances with artful precision and unerring accuracy. For those that never saw The Beatles perform LIVE and always wanted to know what it must have been like, ”1964” The Tribute is as close as anyone could possibly get to…FEELING the MAGIC!
STATESBORO : A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – Saturday, January 13th Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:00pm Avalon Theatre
Statesboro is a totally amazing nostalgia-inducing band. Not just a genuine recognition of the Allman Brothers but a card- carrying tribute to Duane Allman’s magical guitar work. Close your eyes, sit back and relive those heady days at the Fillmore East!
THE MET: LIVE IN HD, CARMEN – Saturday, January 27th Doors: 12:30pm / Show: 1:00pm Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Md.
On January 27, acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell brings a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries. Dazzling young mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the complex and volatile title role, alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s heart-pounding score.
HIGH VOLTAGE AC/DC TRIBUTE Saturday, February 3rd Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:00pm Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Md
Baltimore’s own High Voltage is the nation’s premier AC/DC tribute band – five veteran musicians putting it all on the line every time they take the stage, enabling audiences to enjoy as authentic an AC/DC live performance as possible. High Voltage is the most entertaining AC/DC live show you will see, next to the real thing. For over 10 years, they have delivered the pure energy, excitement, and concert experience that true AC/DC fans around the world have grown to expect. This tribute band performs the very best AC/DC songs and the most recognizable hits, spanning the full range of epic hit songs from the Bon Scott-era through the days with Brian Johnson at the helm. High Voltage gives you the biggest hits: “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Highway To Hell”, “Back In Black”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Hells Bells”, to the other big fan favorites such as “Shoot To Thrill”, “Sin City”, “For Those About to Rock”, “Shot Down In Flames” and so many more!
ROBERT CRAY BAND Thursday, February 15 Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:00pm Avalon Theatre 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Md
Since 1974, The Robert Cray Band has been touring and recording their unique groove, born from a love of Soul, R&B, Gospel, Blues, and Rock n Roll. With over twenty acclaimed albums that have sold millions worldwide, the five-time Grammy winner has also been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and earned the Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement for Performance. With Cray’s distinctive guitar style and impressive vocals, the band has also had many opportunities to perform with legends like Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, as well as The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, and Eric Clapton.
JONATHAN RICHMAN Tuesday, March 12 Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Md
“Richman is one of America’s most unique and dynamic songwriters…” – Nashville Scene Called the Godfather of Punk, Jonathan Richman and his former band The Modern Lovers have influenced everyone from the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop to the Violent Femmes and They Might Be Giants. After his pop profile was boosted later by appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and in the film “There’s Something about Mary,” Richman is still going strong in the new century and remains as dedicated as ever to crafting new music, like his latest album, “Want to Visit My Inner House?” (2021). According to Jonathan, his new music is always his main focus: “Please do not expect old songs. Many singers my age do a retrospective; this show is not like that. It’s mostly stuff made up in the last 3 and 4 years…One last thing, my idea of a good show has nothing to do with applause. It’s about if all the songs I sang that night were ones that I felt.” Prepare to share a unique experience with Jonathan Richman when he takes the intimate Avalon stage!
An Evening with Tom Rush (accompanied by Matt Nakoa) Friday, March 15, 2024 Doors: 7:30 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD
Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration…a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor, and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. https://www.tomrush.com/
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Tuesday, April 2, 2024 Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD
“In short, the show was light and fun, yet heavy with talent and impeccable comedic timing. English humor is not everyone’s cup of tea, but every joke was a hit with the whole audience, keeping everyone laughing while also enjoying incredible music.” The State News Formed in 1985, the current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years, and has become something of a national institution in their homeland. The Ukulele Orchestra has given thousands of sold-out concerts across the world. Their music has been used in films, plays, and commercials, while they have collaborated with an eclectic array of performers and institutions, including Madness, David Arnold, The British Film Institute, The Ministry of Sound, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), and The Kaiser Chiefs. https://www.ukuleleorchestra.com/
Madeleine Peyroux Saturday, May 4, 2024 Doors: 7:30 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover Street, Easton, Maryland
Madeleine Peyroux’s style was shaped by that of classic jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, and her singing uncannily resembles that of the famous Holiday. Yet Peyroux couldn’t be called a Billie Holiday imitator. She played the guitar, and there’s a folk singer’s attitude in her music. Like Norah Jones, whose success paved the way for her, Peyroux has recorded not just jazz and pop compositions, but also songs from other sources such as classic country and folk-rock—and from her own pen. Her stage presence, a deadpan—slightly distant slice of California cool—differs greatly from Holiday’s world of sophisticated hurt. And this contradiction—Holiday channeler yet independent artist—was just one of several that Peyroux has embodied: she’s American and French, retro yet something of a rebel, and a classic stylist yet an artist who agonized over finding her own voice.