Maureen McGovern at The Ned next season.


The Ned bringing different acts to Jackson next season
Brandon Shields
April 17, 2019

The coordination staff with The Ned R. McWherter West TN Cultural Arts Center announced the schedule for their 2019-20 season earlier this week.

The performance venue in Downtown Jackson will host a number of different musical acts between September and April of next year highlighting different genres of music and a one-man show honoring a literary icon of American history.

Maureen McGovern is a singer who’s been nominated for multiple Grammy awards and has performed on Broadway. The performance on Sept. 6 is called “Long and Winding Road,” which is the name o a cover album she recorded in 2008.

The Cleverlys will come to Jackson on Oct. 24 and will bring their combination of pop, rock and R&B hits from recent years performed with Bluegrass instruments and arrangements generates laughs throughout the show.On Dec. 6, The Diamonds, a Canadian group who had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s that have developed into a rotating group of vocalists as the group has continued despite original members passing away, will bring a holiday-themed show called “Silver Bells & Diamonds” to Downtown Jackson.

Country singer Royal Wade Kimes will begin the second half of the season schedule on Feb. 21, 2020, by bringing his style of American music to the Hub City….

Mads Tolling and The Mads Men at San Jose Jazz this summer!

San Jose Jazz announces more acts for 2019 Summer Fest
April 16, 2019

San Jose Jazz has announced more performers for its annual Summer Fest event, including The Family Stone, Carl Allen’s Tribute to Art Blakey, Kim Nalley Trio with James Carter, Mads Tolling and the Mads Men and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.

Other additions include Sylvia Cuenca Quartet With Gary Bartz, Elio Villafranca, Septeto Chappotín, Kassa Overall, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Ellis Marsalis Piano Competition Winners, China Moses, Arsenio Rodriguez Project, Iris Sandra Orquesta, Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, Gunhild Carling, Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues, Emmet Cohen and Tootie Heath, Akira Tana and Otonowa, Aaron Lington Sextet Reimagines the Music of Led Zeppelin and Nicole Zuraitis and the Generations of Her…

Andes Manta Performs at WVPB Studios


Andes Manta Performs at WVPB Studios

South American quartet Andes Manta graced us with their presence at the studios of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. With large drums, guitars, and a myriad of flutes, the four Lopez brothers performed a few of their favorite selections in the Andean tradition. The four Brothers, Fernando, Luis, Bolivar, and Jorge, also spoke of their Ecuadorian upbringing, their instruments, and the uniqueness of their Andean music. 

Andes Manta made the trip to West Virginia to put on shows for area schools and for a concert presented by Footmad on Saturday, April 6th at 7:30 PM at the Culture Center in Charleston. You can order tickets here

Folk music with a South American flair Saturday


Folk music with a South American flair Saturday
Apr 4, 2019

Saturday night at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, the Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance will hold its last concert of the regular season with South American traditional music group Andes Manta. The concert will incorporate more than 35 traditional instruments, including a variety of pipes and flutes, some seldom seen in the United States. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $25. Seniors are $20 and students are $10…

Ryan & Ryan Piano Duo to Perform at WIU March 24

Ryan & Ryan Piano Duo to Perform at WIU March 24
March 19, 2019

MACOMB, IL – BCA will present Ryan & Ryan at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall. 
Ryan & Ryan is a dynamic father-son piano duo that draws upon classic and contemporary music to create enthralling concert experiences. From Rachmaninoff to Gershwin to Billy Joel, Donald and Barron Ryan combine their talents to create a dazzling blend of old and new schools.

This performance will showcase the COFAC Recital Hall's two Steinway & Sons Model D pianos. The newest of the two pianos was purchased with a donation from Herb and Nancy Strong and family in November 2017, and unveiled at a performance in April 2018. The 2017 Steinway will ultimately be housed in the Center for Performing Arts, but the School of Music faculty and staff are fortunate to be able to use it in the interim.

The WIU School of Music is on its way to becoming an All-Steinway School, a designation given to an institution by Steinway & Sons. An All-Steinway School recognizes that high quality pianos are necessary equipment for the study of music, and that becoming an All-Steinway School reflects a commitment to provide the best instruments possible….

Slapstick comedian joins juggling ace for SMIRK at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek


Slapstick comedian joins juggling ace for SMIRK at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek
March 13, 2019

Unbelievable juggling sequences combined with comedic banter, lively music and audience interaction is the perfect recipe for a show that will engage the whole family. SMIRK has captured the attention of all-ages of folks across the state and country, and is sure to engage audiences at the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) during their upcoming show on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children, or buy a family four-pack of tickets for just $100. Tickets are available now by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting This show is part of the VPAC Pick 5 Ticket Package where you can select from a specific list of shows and get one ticket to five different shows for just $150. Visit for a list of shows.

SMIRK reveals the lives of two performers whose comedy derives from the collision of two very different minds trying to perform in the same show. One is a former scientist, and the other a slapstick madman. Juggling, whip cracking, unicycles and a large rocket launcher all make an appearance in this “Odd Couple” meets the circus spectacular. Smirk presents new vaudeville through the lens of comedy and a dynamic Abbott and Costello-style relationship. Reid Belstock and innovative juggling ace Warren Hammond are performers that could not be more different, and their story is a buddy comedy based on two of the oldest archetypes in comedy, the straight man and the goof ball. 

During SMIRK, watch as the duo’s dynamic relationship emerges. Their friendship — and the show itself — is tested as they become at odds with each other. Don’t worry, though, the finale draws the characters back together.