The Clark Center is known for stellar performances and recognizable acts that include a diverse and entertaining selection of world-class performers in a variety of musical genres such as bluegrass, big band, Celtic, jazz, contemporary, and country, as well as comedy, acrobatics, and theatrical productions.
The 2009-2010 season begins Sept. 12 with the up-and-coming bluegrass group, Bearfoot. Boasting five vocalists, twin fiddles, fast-picking mandolin, guitar, and upright bass, this group’s powerful, emotive vocals and instrumental excellence are giving them a name the world over.
Here are some additional highlights of the 2009-2010 season:
Smokey Joe’s Café takes the stage on Oct. 24. This tribute to the songs of Leiber and Stoller is the longest running musical revue in Broadway history. The show features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including such hits as “On Broadway,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Love Potion No. 9” and “I’m a Woman.”
The Shirelles hit the stage on Feb. 6. These ladies were the first major female vocal group of the rock and roll era, the first American girl group to hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and the first group to be named “Best Female Group” five years in a row by Cashbox and Billboard. Their hits include “Mama Said,” “Foolish Little Girl,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Soldier Boy.” Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes the stage on March 5. Named for the historic Preservation Hall in New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is hailed as “the best jazz band in the land.” They work to preserve the New Orleans’ jazz style by keeping alive the traditions and history of this uniquely American sound with tunes like “Bucket’s Got a Hole in It,’ “Bill Bailey,” “Little Liza Jane,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
Guthrie Family Rides Again with Arlo Guthrie takes place on April 20. For the last four decades, legendary folk icon Arlo Guthrie has embodied a spirit of sharing timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs to audiences across the globe. “Guthrie Family Rides Again” brings four generations of voices together on one stage and the entire family will perform songs they’ve written, learned together, and come to love including Arlo’s standards and a selection of unpublished Woody Guthrie works.
The Clark Center Association offers discounts and memberships. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.