NC State LIVE | 2019/20 Season

Les Tireux d'Roches at NC State LIVE on August 27, 2019NC State LIVE@The Pour House Music Hall:

Les Tireux d’Roches

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019 8PM, The Pour HOUSE MUSIC HALL

This year we’re launching a new partnership with The Pour House Music Hall downtown to bring our favorite artists on the rise out to you. In a laid back atmosphere, surrounded by friends and neighbors, you’ll discover sounds that move you.

Since 1998, Canada’s TDR (Les Tireux d’Roches) has been electrifying crowds with their unique sound and stage performances. Hailing from a region overflowing with creativity, this motley crew of colorful characters draws from a rich Québécois musical tradition, while staying open to other influences such as jazz and rock. They play on an unconventional arsenal of acoustic instruments and the result is an explosive folk party that’ll make you get up dance.

NOTE: Tickets to NC State LIVE@The Pour House Music Hall will be on sale starting July 8, 2019 (not available through Ticket Central). Become a Create Your Own Series ticket buyer and receive 25% off NC State LIVE@The Pour House tickets!

Amythyst Kiah plays NC State LIVE at the Pour House Music Hall on Sept 10, 2019.NC State LIVE@The Pour House Music Hall:

Amythyst Kiah

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 8PM, The Pour HOUSE MUSIC HALL

Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah is a professed “Southern Gothic” songster born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her hypnotic sound, be it on the banjo or acoustic guitar, is matched by her raw, powerful voice and backed by her immensely talented band. Her deep study of African American roots music, bluegrass, old time, and country give her contemporary sound a rich connection to the past.

NOTE: Tickets to NC State LIVE@The Pour House Music Hall will be on sale starting July 8, 2019 (not available through Ticket Central). Become a Create Your Own Series ticket buyer and receive 25% off NC State LIVE@The Pour House tickets!

Regina Carter at NC State LIVE on September 28, 2019.Regina Carter
Simply Ella

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

“Ms. Carter is widely considered the finest jazz violinist of her generation…”  –The New York Times

For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence earned Regina the prestigious “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Regina’s recent release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, and world tour, Simply Ella, mark the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald.

Nobuntu at NC State LIVE on October 4, 2019.Nobuntu

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

“…rich voices and exhilarating rhythms…” –Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Get lost in the rich tones of Zimbabwe. Nobuntu, the all-female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn praise worldwide for its inventive performances that masterfully blend traditional Zimbabwean songs with Afro-jazz and gospel tunes. The ensemble’s concerts are a treat of pure voices, combined with lively percussion, traditional instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano), and vibrant dancing.

CONTRA-TIEMPO at NC State LIVE on October 25, 2019CONTRA-TIEMPO
joyUS justUS
with live music by Las Cafeteras

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019 8PM, STEWART THEATRE
PRESENTED BY PNC

“The dancing was superb, the music outstanding and the message was potent, timely and positive.” -LA Dance Chronicle

The fierce minds of multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO have concocted joyUS justUS, an urban-Latin dance and music experience that melds community stories with powerful social dance (think salsa, hip hop, Afro-Cuban jams). Prepare yourself for live music by Las Cafeteras. NPR calls them “fresh and smart, ” this indie-Latinx band born in East L.A. has taken the music scene by storm. Through uplifting dance and infectious music, radical joy becomes the ultimate expression of resistance.

Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends at NC State LIVE on October 1. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

KIDSTUFF: Theatreworks USA
Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019 3PM, STEWART THEATRE

Little ones can’t help but dance along to this inspiring new musical based on the clever books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. Be treated to Rosie’s big dreams, Iggy’s passion for architecture, and Ada’s fearless curiosity – a fabulous adventure through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math)!

Recommended for inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers ages 5 to 10 and their families.

Nella at NC State LIVE on November 2, 2019. Photo by Eva Marques.Nella

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

 “Nella is a new voice and important artist from the Americas. I have been lucky to collaborate with her and deeply respect her distinctive and soulful artistry” -Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Nella has a voice that will transport you. Raised on the picturesque Isla de Margarita in Venezuela, this Berklee College of Music graduate blends Andalusian and Venezuelan folkloric traditions with classical training and contemporary flair.

Canadian Brass at NC State LIVE on November 16, 2019. Photo by Daniel D'Ottavio.

Canadian Brass

Saturday, NOVEMBER 16, 2019 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

“These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor.” -The Washington Post

For NC State LIVE’s 47th birthday, we’re sharing the party with Canadian Brass – also in their prime 47th season! The game-changing Canadian Brass ensemble has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. What had you accomplished by age 47?

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation at NC State LIVE on January 24, 2020. Photo by Yasmine Omari.Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

“The genius of the modern piano.” -Wynton Marsalis

When Marcus Roberts sits down at the piano, you want to be in that room. He’s got the wild style of Thelonious Monk with a little Fats Waller thrown in for good measure. He’s won countless awards, launched his own record label, been commissioned by prestigious jazz festivals, and profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes. But his greatness doesn’t stop there. Partnering with his longtime collaborators Rodney Jordan (on bass) and Jason Marsalis (on drums), they’ve founded The Modern Jazz Generation. The music born from this multigenerational group is charged with history and innovation – truly shaping the next generation of jazz.

Shana Tucker at NC State LIVE on February 15, 2020. Photo by Chris Charles for Creative Silence

Shana Tucker

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020 5PM & 8PM, TITMUS THEATRE

“Much like vocalist Esperanza Spalding with her double bass, Tucker and her cello blur the lines in our heads that divide classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul.” -INDY Week

North Carolina has a rich musical heritage, and pioneering artists like Shana Tucker are keeping this lineage alive! “Chamber soul” is how Shana prefers to label her distinctive mix of lyrical storytelling, uplifting jazz, classical, folk, R&B, and pop – all translated through her soulful voice and hypnotic cello arrangements.

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan at NC State LIVE on February 28, 2020. Photo by Masa Ogawa.

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

“It was simply captivating. The incredible talent and sheer enjoyment of what they do was plain to see.” -The Evening Post (UK)

Yamato’s motto is “Go anywhere if invited and make the world a little more happy.” With close to 200 performances a year worldwide, they take happiness very seriously. Traveling from Japan’s Asuka Village in Nara Prefecture, these highly trained musicians captivate audiences through Japan’s traditional Wadaiko (Taiko) drums. Yamato thinks of their ancient instruments as a heartbeat – the basic element of life. To witness their playing is to become surrounded by this beat and immersed in an energy that ties us all together. The experience reminds us all of the power of live performance.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar at NC State LIVE on March 22, 2020. Photo by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

KIDSTUFF:
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 3pm STEWART THEATRE

The enchanting Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns to bring us Eric Carle’s classic tale of transition, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Using the magic of black light and fanciful puppets, this inventive theatre company brings the beloved story to life in a blaze of color. Their charming puppeteering also shines a light on Little Cloud and The Mixed up Chameleon – celebrating the genius and charm of Eric Carle.

Recommended for curious and creative minds ages 3 to 8 and their families.

L.A. Theatre Works SEVEN at NC State LIVE on March 26, 2020.

L.A. Theatre Works
SEVEN

By Paula Clzmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 8pm STEWART THEATRE

“L.A. Theatre Works is a national theatrical treasure…” -The Philadelphia Inquirer

Seven game-changing female playwrights take on the true stories of seven remarkable women from seven countries across the globe who faced seemingly insurmountable odds to create heroic change. This powerful tapestry of documentary storytelling transports the audience to Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia, showcasing the strength and resiliency of women around the world. SEVEN reveals that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage, can change the lives of thousands.

SPEAK at NC State LIVE on April 17 and 18.

Leela Dance Collective
SPEAK

Co-created by Michelle Dorrance, Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 8PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 3PM & 8PM, TITMUS THEATRE

“…an evening of rhythmic magic.” –Los Angeles Dance Chronicle

Indian Kathak dance and American tap intertwine to celebrate tradition and embrace new possibilities. Flipping the script on forms generally dominated by men, these four incredible women (including Chapel Hill native and tap impresario Michelle Dorrance) have co-created a triumph of cross-cultural collaboration. The dancers share the stage with a stellar array of Indian classical musicians and a hip jazz combo. Come embrace our differences while celebrating what makes us one.

LIVE@Lake Raleigh spring 2020 dates coming soon!