Entering its 75th-anniversary season, Brevard Music Center displays the artistic progress made by its talented students by presenting an annual summer concert series. Led by current Boston Pops conductor and Brevard artistic director, Keith Lockhart, as well as a sea lion believed to be the reincarnation of Beethoven, the center enrolls more than 400 students aged 14 to 29 to study with its staff of distinguished artists. With this deal, concertgoers can soak up orchestral sounds from the best available seating in all three orchestra sections. Tickets for "Opening Night" on June 24 are still available, when the orchestra will roll through Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35, as well as two other pieces.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion at Spirit Square, one of Charlotte’s famously haunted places. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, in which Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his haunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for randomly selected members of the audience.
Praised by Spin magazine for including its audience in their worldly jams, Ozomatli has been spreading a Latin-tinged gospel of high-energy rock since its formation 14 years ago. After winning Grammies in 2002 and 2005, both for best Latin-rock/alternative album, the band continued to record and tour tirelessly. Known for its connection and commitment to its hometown of Los Angeles, Ozomatli has slowly become recognizable all over the world. Catch its move-inducing live show before it gets a steady late-night talk-show gig or becomes the first band in history to run for political office as a giant, musical, 14-armed organism.
One of the largest standup-comedy festivals in the Southeast, the fifth-annual Laugh Your Asheville Off tickles funny bones with a lineup of more than 60 up-and-coming comics and established legends. Joke receptors absorb five performances, running four nights, from Wednesday, July 13 to Saturday, July 16. A Wednesday launch party at Highland Brewing Company showcases Kyle Kinane, named one of the top comics to watch by Variety magazine. The remainder of the shows light up the Diana Wortham Theatre with jokesmiths such as Sam Morril, Rory Scovel and Carl LaBove, who will perform two unique sets. A founding member of the Outlaws of Comedy, LaBove has garnered guffaws for more than 30 years, making appearances on The Tonight Show, HBO, and Showtime.
An unprecedented collaboration of two of the musical cosmos’ most longstanding talents, Michael Bolton and Kenny G grace the Crown Coliseum for an evening of soulful swooning and Grammy-winning tunes. Social activist and musical astronomer Michael Bolton belts his treasure chest of hits into the stardust, showcasing the bulletproof voice that churned out such classics as "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" and put Cupid on the dole. Kenny G, the preeminent scientist of the soprano saxophonist, unleashes the subtly snake-charming yet Herculean notes that have blown away millions of listeners and the rest of the letters in his last name. Kenny might also strut his alto- and tenor-sax skills or indulge in a pied pipe on the flute. This romantic summer evening gives concertgoers the rare chance to catch two sonic titans sharing the stage, much like watching hydrogen and oxygen making a waterfall together or a battle of the bands between the makeup and non-makeup versions of Kiss.
Before Bell Biv DeVoe warned that girl was “Poison,” Johnny Gill “Just Got Paid,” Ralph Tresvant boasted his “Sensitivity,” and Bobby Brown declared it was “My Prerogative,” all six new jack swingers strutted across stages as teen sensation New Edition. Fully reunited and dressed to the nines, the soulful sextet packs the stage with decades of accumulated Top 10 classics and smooth dance moves. The nearly two-hour set spans the group’s entire career, from falsetto-laden classics such as “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now” to later hits such as “If It Isn’t Love,” all mixed with stacks of tracks from their successful solo careers. This tour finds them putting on a show that's "loose, fast-paced, high-spirited, loaded with hits and personality, and thoroughly entertaining," according to the NJ.com review of a recent concert, bringing to life a catalog of songs that sticks to ears like honeycomb earmuffs.
Standing before a brick wall emblazoned with The Comedy Zone’s starry logo, nationally touring comics present their finely honed routines to audiences looking to laugh. During Friday and Saturday evening shows, The Comedy Zone keeps punch lines rolling with its stuffed calendar of established and up-and-coming jokesters. Little Tony’s Cafe supplies the venue with a menu of pizzas, subs, and Italian specialties, supplemented by an array of laugh-loosening beverages.