Sierra Hull – Christmas Time is Here
Award-winning, bluegrass sensation Sierra Hull brings her “Christmas Time is Here” tour to the Franklin Theatre Saturday, December 8th at 8 pm. She’s partnering with Toys for Tots and Second Harvest Food Bank seeking to ease the stress of the holidays for the less fortunate. Each attending fan who donates an unwrapped toy, canned foods, or makes a monetary donation to the local food bank on-site will receive a free signed Weighted Mind (Hull’s latest release, a GRAMMY-nominated record) poster while supplies last. Together, with her band (Justin Moses, Kai Welch, Eddie Barbash, Ethan Jodziewicz, and Jamie Dick), Hull aims to bring Christmas joy to all– those attending the shows and those in need this December.
MORE ABOUT SIERRA HULL:
Sierra Hull’s positively stellar career started early. That is, if you consider a Grand Ole Opry debut at age 10, called back to the famed stage a year later to perform with her hero and mentor Alison Krauss to be early. She played Carnegie Hall at 12; at 13 signed with Rounder Records and issued her debut, Secrets, and garnered the first of many IBMA nominations for Mandolin Player of the Year. She played the Kennedy Center at 16 and the next year became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. As a 20-year-old, Hull played the White House.
She found inspiration in Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and Sam Bush. And, just as importantly, affirmed her own sense of identity in the album covers of Rhonda Vincent, the queen of bluegrass. She heard the words of her parents, prepping her for life’s big moments yet to come, repeatedly instilling the mantra: Hard work, more than anything, will get you somewhere. It certainly did.
In 2010, Hull captured her first IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year. She was shedding the prodigy tag, turning virtuoso, and releasing her second album, Daybreak, with seven of her own original compositions.
By 2016, Hull had reached a more mature place in her life and in her art. She tapped legendary bluegrass musician Bela Fleck to produce her third album, Weighted Mind. A departure from her opening pair of records that blended progressive elements with traditional structure, Hull let go of whatever preconceptions existed– both hers and those of her audience– and birthed a GRAMMY-nominated masterpiece.
Enlisting bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (and Fleck on two cuts), and harnessing vocal contributions from Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens, Hull trusted her foundation of influences to support this artistic leap. Months later she was taking home the IBMA award for Mandolin Player of the Year. After a near-decade of consecutive noms, Hull broke that last glass ceiling, becoming the first woman to win the prestigious title. Of all the numerous awards and achievements Sierra Hull has earned, that one occupies a special place on the mantel. Then she took home a pair to join it, winning again in 2017 and 2018.
Hull has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, as well. Even when off the road, she is frequently guesting with friends and legends, joining such icons as the Indigo Girls, Garth Brooks, and Gillian Welch, and performing at the Country Music Awards in 2018 with Skaggs, Brad Paisley, and Marty Stuart.
She says she’s ready, now, for something new. Currently in the midst of work for the follow-up to Weighted Mind, her next album will consist of all original songs. Beyond that, there are tantalizing ideas she won’t divulge for collaborations and, perhaps, an all-instrumental record. There is a plan, but not a timetable, which is just fine.
SIERRA HULL – CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 – 8 PM
Multi-Grammy Nominated Louis York & Girl Band The Shindellas Live at Franklin Theatre Nov 15th
Weirdo Workshop founders and multi-Grammy nominated singer/songwriting duo, Louis York (Chuck Harmony & Claude Kelly) are back at it as they gear up for a special pre-Thanksgiving Day performance in Franklin, TN at Franklin Theatre on Thursday, November 15 (Doors at 7pm) alongside their emerging girl band, The Shindellas. Fans will have a chance to see this high energy, funkadelic, and pulsating performance up close and personal just in time for the holidays.
Louis York and The Shindellas continue to bless listeners with new music and visuals as part of their Masterpiece Theater series. The live versions of fan favorite “Slow Motion” Reimagined and new single “No Regrets” featuring label mates The Shindellas are only sneak peeks of what’s in store. In addition to their upcoming #LoveTakeoverTour and more exclusive visuals, the guys are back in the studio creating their full-length LP out in 2019. Be on the lookout for their debut album Deep Fried Veggies!
For more information and tickets to the show, CLICK HERE.
More about Louis York:
With a discography that covers everything from Pop, R&B, Gospel, and Country, Louis York has created for icons like Michael & Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion; Chart toppers Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus; R&B Divas Fantasia, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle; gospel’s Le’Andria Johnson and Jonathan McReynolds and more. As self-proclaimed “Weirdos” (an affectionate name they and their followers call themselves), Louis York has pushed the envelope with their music to include themes of love, acceptance, social awareness that culminated into an EP trilogy called Masterpiece Theater: Act I, Act II, Act III. Their first song “Clair Huxtable,” an ode to black women quickly became a fan favorite along with other releases “Things I Should Have Said” and “Don’t Play.”
More about The Shindellas:
Introducing Kasi, Tam, and Stacy, a.k.a. The Shindellas their music focuses on self-love, empowerment and positivityThey recently released two singles “Reconsider” and “Ain’t That The Truth” that will be featured on their upcoming EP out at the top of 2019. Most recently, the ladies appeared at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival performing with Grammy-nominated duo Louis York. The brainchild of multi-Grammy nominated songwriting-production duo Louis York a.k.a. Chuck Harmony & Claude Kelly (Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson, etc.), they guys wanted to create a platform for better representation of black women in music. “We’ve heard the disrespectful opinions being shared on conference calls and in board meetings. “We’ve seen what gets the green light and what doesn’t. We see the void in popular music. We’ve worked with the very best women in the music business so it’s only fitting that Louis York makes a statement…through art. That statement is THE SHINDELLAS!”
Catch Louis York & The Shindellas November 15th at 8 pm. For more information and tickets to the show, CLICK HERE.
Gateway Chamber Orchestra Unveils 2018-19 Season
Tickets are on sale now for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Season – “Inspiration Abounds.”
The four-concert Masterworks Series will explore composers that have shaped the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) over the past decade, culminating with a new festival dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn in April. Internationally acclaimed soloists are scheduled to perform, including Los Angeles Philharmonic principal clarinet Boris Allakhverdyan.
Join the GCO for a classical musical experience that will surprise and entertain as you listen to some of the most noteworthy musicians in the Southeast. This season begins with a slate of American originals, and the following concerts feature other GCO favorites, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
“The 2018-2019 season is a celebration of our first 10 years,” said Gateway Chamber Orchestra Music Director Gregory Wolynec. “Each program will take a closer look at composers and works that have shaped our identity with prominent American composers, fascinating works from the Second Viennese School, as well as Mozart and Haydn. This is a celebration of the music that has launched our orchestra!”
Season tickets (includes four events) begin at $50 for students/military and $80 for adults. The Gateway Chamber Orchestra performs at the Franklin Theatre, with concerts on Monday evenings.
For more information about the GCO, visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com. For tickets, call the Franklin Theater box office at (615) 538-2076 or visit franklintheatre.com. Season tickets are on sale now. Individual concert tickets will be available Aug. 6.
American Originals with Boris Allakhverdyan
Monday, September 24th, 7:30 p.m.
Cristina Spinei – Clarinet Concerto
Aaron Copland – Clarinet Concerto
Aaron Copland – Quiet City
Philip Glass – Symphony No. 3
This All American line-up features favorites by Copland, a mesmerizing work by Philip Glass and a new work from the pen of Middle Tennessee’s own Cristina Spinei. It marks the first full line-up of American composers in the GCO’s history, featuring clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Monday, November 5th, 7:30 p.m.
Anton Webern – Langsamer Satz
Alban Berg/arr. Alfred Bartles – Sonata, Op. 1
Arnold Schoenberg – Chamber Symphony, Op. 9
The GCO transports you to Vienna for a truly memorable musical experience. Explore the transformation of classical tonality in the 20th century with works by Arnold Schoenberg and his pupils as you discover these beautiful pieces by masters of the Second Viennese School.
Monday, January 28th, 7:30 p.m.
Richard Strauss – Serenade, Op. 7
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 36 Linz
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky – Orchestral Suite No. 4 Mozartiana
The lineup of beloved treasures features three renowned composers – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Enjoy the stunning strains of the symphony penned for the Austrian town of Linz, while Serenade, Op. 7 and the Mozartiana suite serve as a tribute to Mozart’s influence on two later master composers.
Monday, April 8th, 7:30 p.m.
Program to be announced
The GCO’s final concert of the season is a celebration of the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, composer of 106 symphonies. Nuanced performances of works by Haydn have appeared in every season of the GCO and have defined the orchestra’s sound and approach.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GCO: Visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com.
FOR TICKETS: Call the Franklin Theater box office at (615) 538-2076 or visit franklintheatre.com. Season tickets are on sale now. Individual concert tickets will be available Aug. 6.
The GCO is a nationally-recognized cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings and inspiring educational programs. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO performs in two permanent homes – The Franklin Theatre in Franklin and the Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.
Stepping Into August and the Last Days of Summer
It’s the final days of summer, and we hope the Franklin Theatre and Downtown Franklin are on your list of things to do for a moment of leisure. Nothing like stepping into the cool theatre and catching an afternoon matinee or an evening show with your loved one, with a cold beverage, sweet snack and story to take you away.
Here are a few highlights of what’s happening at the theatre and in Downtown Franklin this month:
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FIRST FRIDAY ART SCENE – 8/3
Downtown Franklin’s monthly art crawl is Friday 8/3 beginning at 6 pm. Stroll the streets, visit the shops, meet local artists and discover their talented work. You can sip and savor the food and libations so plentiful around here, too. Catch a movie around the art crawl – “Book Club” (PG-13) at 4 pm, “Ocean’s 8” at 7 pm.
LIVE THEATER – 8/4 & 8/5
The talented teen performers of Act Too Players present: “Legally Blonde the Musical”
A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!
IMPERFECT COURAGE BOOK TOUR – 8/16
Jessica Honegger is the Founder of Noonday Collection-a socially responsible business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. To celebrate the launch of her new book, Imperfect Courage, join Jessica and special guests Amy Moffett Brown of the Bobby Bones Show and Ashley LeMieux of the Shine Project for a meaningful and fun girls’ night out!
TWIST THE NIGHT AWAY – CHUBBY CHECKER 8/18
In 2 minutes & 42 Seconds, Chubby Checker revolutionized popular culture and changed the music business forever. When he appeared on American Bandstand in 1960 and performed “The Twist,” it was the dawn of a new era in Rock and Roll.
MOVIES FOR THE MONTH
Movies were made to take you away; for a good laugh, or a good cry, and fun times with loved ones. Our calendar is full of matinee and evening movies in August. Come enjoy:
“Book Club”(PG-13), “Ocean’s 8” (PG-13), “Overboard” (PG-13) and “Benched” (PG-13). On 8/31, The Movie Gang Presents: “Labyrinth” (PG).
Gateway Chamber Orchestra Landmark Celebration
THE GATEWAY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF ITS MASTERWORKS SERIES: LANDMARK CELEBRATION
The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is proud to present its final concert of the 2017-18 season, The Masterworks Series: Landmark Celebration at the Franklin Theatre on April 30th.
This concert features Ludwig van Beethoven’s Lenore Overture No. 3, Aaron Jay Kernis’ Musica Celestis and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 in C.
Beethoven’s overture sets the stage for an evening of inspiring music. Kernis’ spacious and enchanting celestial music soothes the soul. The triumphant third symphony of Sibelius brings an adventurous season to a close.
“Beethoven’s music has been a source of so much inspiration for the GCO that it seems only right to tie up the 2017-18 season with this heroic overture,” explains Gregory Wolynec, Gateway Chamber Orchestra Music Director. “We first performed Kernis’ modern Adagio for Strings five years ago as a special tribute and we are delighted to revisit this gorgeous work.”
The largest orchestra that the GCO has ever assembled will perform Sibelius’ classically modeled symphony, which takes the audience on a musical journey ending with a rousing climax to the entire season, and the GCO’s first 10 years.
The Franklin Masterworks Series:
Monday, April 30th, 2018 7:30 p.m. – Franklin, TN
Ludwig van Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3
Aaron Jay Kernis – Musica Celestis
Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 3 in C
The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St, Franklin, TN 37264
Nashville Elvis Festival Returns to Franklin Theatre and Paragon Studios March 22-25
Elvis™ fans from around the world will gather in Middle Tennessee March 22-25, 2018 for the 2nd annual Nashville Elvis Festival, celebrating the music and legacy of the King of Rock & Roll™. The historic Franklin Theatre, located just south of downtown Nashville in the charming suburb of Franklin, Tennessee, will serve as the host venue. Tickets are on sale now at www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com.
The 4-day festival will be filled with celebrity appearances, live music performances, an Elvis movie screening with special guests and 25 of the best Elvis tribute artists from all over the world. In addition, two special VIP events will feature live recreations of a Sun Records recording session and a Jungle Room recording session – both events will take place inside Paragon Studios – one of the nation’s top recording studios (featured on the hit series “Nashville”).
Special guests confirmed to appear include legendary game show host, TV/Radio personality and lifelong friend of Elvis, WINK MARTINDALE; Fan favorite SANDY MARTINDALE, a close friend of Elvis who was a featured dancer in “Viva Las Vegas” and other Elvis films; Award-winning actress VICTORIA PAIGE MEYERINK who co-starred with Elvis in “Speedway”; BILL BAIZE of The Stamps who recorded and toured with Elvis; GRAMMY®-winning recording artist KEVIN MAX; Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV/Radio personality GARY CHAPMAN; and many more.
Nashville Elvis Festival will also feature performances by some of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world. Scheduled to appear are BILL CHERRY, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® champion; DEAN Z, the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® champion; Australia’s #1 Elvis tribute artist MARK ANTHONY; Award-winning tribute artist COTE DEONATH; and JEFF LEWIS, an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter, actor and emcee.
The festival will also be hosting an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round with the winner moving on to Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round in Memphis during Elvis Week 2018. Twenty contestants have been invited to compete in Nashville, coming from all over the USA as well as Germany, Chile, Canada, Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Backing all live performances will be the incomparable EAS Band, known for their performances all over the world backing tribute artists and giving the feeling and excitement of being at an actual Elvis concert.
Nashville Elvis Festival is produced by Tom Brown & Brian Mayes for Music City Festivals, LLC, and hosted by Tom Brown, a longtime host of select Elvis Week events, one of the hosts of the “Gates of Graceland” web series and the former Vice President of Original Production for Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
For more information including special guests and schedule, please visit the official website at www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com.