Hopkins Center for the Arts’ 2021-22 Season Concerts
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Taj Mahal Quartet
Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8 pm
In response to the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations, we have rescheduled the Taj Mahal Quartet concert to Saturday, October 16, 2021. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for this date!
Celebrating decades of recording and touring that have nearly single-handedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.
Taj Mahal’s career has been full of and defined by colorful twists and turns, unexpected whimsical ventures and a commitment to a muse that has long preferred freewheeling innovation to conformity. So there’s always the challenge of finding the right words and phrases to capture just what he’s meant to American music over the past half century.
His diversity of musical experience served as the bedrock for Mahal’s first three recordings: Taj Mahal (1967), The Natch’l Blues (1968) and Giant Step (1969). Drawing on the eclectic sounds and styles he’d absorbed as a child and a young adult, these early albums showed signs of the musical exploration that would become Mahal’s hallmark in the years to come. In the 1970s, Mahal carved out a unique musical niche with a string of adventurous recordings, including Happy To be Just Like I Am (1971), Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff (1972), the GRAMMY®-nominated soundtrack to the movie Sounder (1973), Mo’ Roots (1974), Music Fuh Ya (Music Para Tu) (1977) and Evolution (The Most Recent) (1978). The type of blues he was playing in the early 70s showed an aptitude for spicing the mix with exotic flavors that kept him from being an out and out mainstream genre performer.
“What inspires me most about my career is that I’ve been able to make a living playing the music that I always loved and wanted to play since the early 50s,” Mahal says. “And the fact that I still am involved in enjoying an exciting career at this point in time is truly priceless. I’m doing this the old fashioned way and it ain’t easy. I work it and I earn it. My relationship with my audience has been fun, with great respect going both ways! I am extremely lucky to have fans who have listened to the music I choose to play and have stayed with me for 50 years. These fans have also introduced their children, grandchildren and in some cases great-grand children to this fabulous treasure of music that I am privileged to represent. It’s very exciting, to say the least. Gold Level Seating: Members $70, Non-members $75; Silver Level Seating: Members $65, Non-Members $70
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 8pm
In response to the MN Dept of Health recommendations, we have rescheduled the Squirrel Nut Zippers concert. All previously purchased tickets will be honored.
Their musical journey began in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie-cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus, along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips, formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.
Years later in 2016 and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, reinvigorated, reinvested, and rejuvenated. With an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic sound.
A kind of uncontrolled experiment in music on the road allowed the band to feed off audiences energy and surrender to the dancing muse, rather than trying to subscribe to a preconceived notion. Their current critically acclaimed release Beasts Of Burgundy entails twelve original songs from the mind of Jimbo Mathus and the Squirrel Nut Zippers and is inspired by the city of New Orleans, the poet Ron Cuccia, and a disregard for convention. Gold Level Seating: Members $54, Non-members $59; Silver Level Seating: Members $45, Non-members $49
WATKINS FAMILY HOUR
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 8pm
Brother – sister duo, Sean and Sara Watkins, have performed separately and together for nearly their whole lives. Growing up near San Diego, they played countless shows at a local pizza place in Carlsbad, CA with their childhood friend, Chris Thiele. As young adults, Sean, Sara, and Chris broke out nationally at Nickel Creek, an acoustic ensemble that sold millions of albums, won a GRAMMY and toured the world.
With Nickel Creek on hiatus, Sean and Sara released multiple solo albums and pursued other collaborations, most recently with Sara’s involvement in I’m With Her. However, the siblings gravitated toward the idea of another Watkins Family Hour album after realizing that their calendars afforded them a rare opportunity to write, record, and tour together again. Gold Level Seating: Members $33, Non-members: $38; Silver Level Seating: Members $23, Non-Members $28
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8 pm
In light of current recommendations by the CDC regarding crowd sizes and social distancing, David Wilcox has requested that we reschedule his concert. The concert has been moved to March 19, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for this date.
Considered a "songwriter’s songwriter," David Wilcox returns to our stage with some of your old favorites as well as his latest album, "The View from the Edge," a collection of new songs he’s been performing live for the last several years. With just a guitar, his smooth baritone voice and a quick wit and open heart, Wilcox is on a musical journey and you’ll be glad you came along for the ride. Gold Level Seating: Members $23, Non-members $28; Silver Level Seating: Members $15, Non-members $20
Asleep at the Wheel
Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 8pm
In response to the MN Dept of Health recommendations, we have rescheduled the Asleep at the Wheel concert for Saturday, May 7, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for this date!
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents.
Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look, sound and New Album in 2018. With recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (Bass) Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members have given a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (Drums) Eddie Rivers (Steel Guitar) and Jay Reynolds (Saxophone and Clarinet) round out the now 8 piece band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town! Gold Level Seating: Members $50, Non-members $55; Silver Level Seating: Members $40, Non-members $45
Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 8 pm
In response to the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations, we have rescheduled the Roger McGuinn concert for Saturday, May 14, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for this date!
Mr. Tambourine Man not only lived history, he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential 60s group, The Byrds, he was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock” His groundbreaking work on The Byrds “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo” album, is widely credited with ushering in the genre of country rock. Roger’s solo career began in 1973 and has yielded 13 albums, a Grammy nomination, and extensive touring and performing for enthralled audiences ever since. Roger can provide an educational seminar which includes aspects of rock history, musical techniques, and computer techniques he uses in recording. Most recently Roger has been working on his 2018 album, “Sweet Memories” and has been seen onstage with Chris Hillman and Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives during the Sold Out “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo 50th Anniversary Tour”. Gold Level Seating: Members $30, Non-members: $35; Silver Level Seating: Members $20, Non-Members $25