The Avalon Theatre presents its Fall Calendar 2018 that’s packed with national acts, a guitar prodigy, the songwriter of Don McLean fame, and country music stars, among many others. With nearly 200 performances a year, the shows inside The Avalon and Stoltz Listening Room offer something for every musical taste, with excellent acoustics and ambience.
The Slocan Ramblers
Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, Canada’s The Slocan Ramblers have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass with their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals.
Hubby Jenkins, who has been an integral part of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African-American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz.
Debbie Wojciechowski, a certified Evidential Medium and Clairvoyant, has an amazing ability to communicate with those who have passed over from this life into what is beyond. In this positive and uplifting evening, she will provide messages from loved ones to random attendees in the audience based on the messages she receives during the program.
Playing piano and guitar, Callaghan delivers a stunning vocal that earns frequent comparisons to artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmylou Harris. Her songwriting chronicles the stories, experiences and emotions that are part of everyone’s lives.
Newpoli has been called “a brilliant outfit…who grab southern Italian traditional music by the neck and recast it in a dramatic style,” according to Songlines. The group is fronted by singers Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi, a pair that PopMatters called “visual and musical cynosures with their contrasting looks and twining vocal lines.” In concert listen for the tamburello, played by virtuoso Fabio Pirozzolo, pounding out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music, the two female singers will start up a wild, frenetic dance and you’ll have a very hard time sitting still.
Krish Mohan’s Empathy
Step out of your bubble and into the Stoltz to find out if Krish can figure out through his positive humor how we can find common ground. Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country tackling hot button topics while adding an optimistic philosophical and sociological twist.
Hot Club of Baltimore
The Hot Club of Baltimore performs inspired arrangements of the Django Reinhardt repertoire, French songs, and vintage Jazz. The ensemble boasts a variety of configurations including an instrumental trio of two guitars and upright bass, a classic quintet with violin, a late 40s “Django in Rome” instrumentation adding piano, drums, and horns, and a Django Big Band, which emulates the sound of the early 50s when Reinhardt performed with Duke Ellington. The group features captivating vocalist Alexis Tantau.
Quinn Sullivan has shared the stage with many of his guitar heroes, including Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa, as well as BB King, Billy Gibbons, and Los Lobos. He’s also performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States, at storied venues like The Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden. And of course, there are his appearances on Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Yes, Sullivan has packed some extraordinary experience into his decade-long career, and that’s even more remarkable when you consider that he’s only 18.
Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two Grammy wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits). One of country music’s most successful artists of the past several decades, Kathy has always approached her material, even the most mainstream country, with an eclecticism and sense of deeper meaning.
For tickets and more information, call the Box Office at 410-822-7299 or visit avalonfoundation.org.