Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White, perhaps best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the "Blue Collar Comedy" phenomenon, has emerged as a star in his own right and had been one of the top grossing comedians on tour in the U.S. He also can boast of two Grammy nominations, a gold record, three of the highest rated specials in Comedy Central history, a New York Times bestselling book, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units.
Chicago blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy, now in his early 80s, has established himself as one of the music world's premiere guitar players, having influenced musicians since the late '50s and paved the way for many blues players to follow in his footsteps. The Louisiana-born Guy started off with a makeshift guitar, which was made from a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother's hairpins. He later moved to Chicago and got the recognition he needed from Muddy Waters, joining his band and becoming a house guitarist at Chess Records. The rest, as they say, is history. A major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city's halcyon days of electric blues, Guy has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
William Patrick Corgan, A.K.A. Billy Corgan, departs from the Smashing Pumpkins to go on tour following the release of his latest solo work, Ogilala. Corgan will perform music from his new album as well as selections from the Smashing Pumpkins.
As the singer, guitarist and main songwriter of Australia's Men at Work, Colin Hay was responsible for penning several of the quirkiest pop hits of the early '80s. Hay has also recorded multiple solo efforts, in addition to contributing tracks to television shows like 'Judging Amy,' 'Dawson's Creek' and 'Scrubs.' Traveling the world, Colin Hay continues to win audiences with moving lyrics and hilarious insights into an absolutely unique career and life.
Straight No Chaser has emerged as one of the world's premier a cappella groups. Gaining national attention as a YouTube phenomenon for their hilarious and brilliantly performed version of 'The 12 Days of Christmas' (11 million hits and counting), this group of friends, who founded the group as undergraduates at Indiana University, all of a sudden found themselves reunited...with unforgettable new material.
Presented by A.T. Moffett and the Delaware Division of the Arts at the baby grand. Re-Entry - A Performance Tribute to Veterans is a Delaware Division of the Arts supported project directed and choreographed by 2017 fellowship recipient A.T. Moffett. This dynamic performance piece begins with WWII and moves forward in time to present day military operations. Re-Entry blends dance choreography, original music, historic artifacts, and literary research with storytelling based on interviews with veterans and their families. Prior to the performance at the baby grand, there will be an informal preview and a workshop with veterans and the public held at the Delaware Art Museum. The workshop will address the themes of the production. If you are a veteran, know a veteran, or are a civilian interested in participating, please contact A.T. Moffett at firstname.lastname@example.org. The performance is presented in partnership with The Grand Opera House. There is no fee for the preview, workshop, or performance. Advanced registration recommended for the workshop and to the performance at the baby grand. To register, visit delart.org. Museum Preview: Thursday, September 7 at the Museum, 6:00 p.m. Workshop: Saturday, October 21 at the Museum, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Performance: Friday, November 10 at the baby grand, 7:00 p.m. (Please note that the main performance will take place at the baby grand, 818 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.)
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a duo or with his "Acoustic Group" or "His Large Band," Lovett's live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend's deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences.