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JCCC announces lineup for 2014-15 Performing Arts Series


JCCC announces lineup for 2014-15 Performing Arts Series

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Clint Black

Clint Black

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye
Photo by Kevin Alvey

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Buddy Guy, Los Lobos and Terry Bradshaw lead the lineup this year for the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.

The series, known for an eclectic mix of artists, also will feature New Dance Partners, country star Clint Black and Imani Winds, a chamber music ensemble.

The season will kick off Aug. 22 with a free outdoor concert by Kelley Hunt. The other shows will take place in the performance halls of the college's Carlsen Center.

Season tickets for the general public are on sale now and single tickets will go on sale June 2. To buy tickets, visit or call the college box office at


Here's the lineup in chronological order:

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22

Kelley Hunt. Hunt, known for powerful vocals and captivating piano-playing, will present a free concert as part of the college's Light Up the Lawn Series on the front lawn of JCCC's Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. The public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets.  (No alcohol, please.)

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 (Yardley Hall)

Buddy Guy with Quinn Sullivan. Guy, "titan of the blues," has used his raw, blistering vocals and high voltage guitar-playing to place himself in the company of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf on one hand and Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Rolling Stones on the other. He brings with him 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan, whose guitar-slinging skills have already landed him on international stages with Guy and gigs on Jimmie Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Oprah and The Today Show.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27 (Yardley Hall)

New Dance Partners. In this collaboration, the Performing Arts Series commissions nationally-known choreographers Robert Moses, Penny Saunders and Amy Seiwert to create original works for three local dance companies: Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Kansas City Ballet. The three world premieres will be presented in Yardley Hall.

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 (Yardley Hall)

Clint Black. This country music maestro with a tightly tuned band will deliver hit after hit during an epic evening of down-home songs, welcome banter and funny anecdotes. Opening will be Mallary Hope, a new face in country music. She's played at the Grand Ole Opry more than a dozen times.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 (Yardley Hall)

Los Lobos. To celebrate their 40th anniversary as a group and the 25th anniversary of their Grammy-winning release "La Pistola y El Corazon," the group will perform the album in its entirety, followed by a set of fan favorites performed acoustically.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 (Polsky Theatre)

Julie Fowlis. Best known for performing the theme song "Touch the Sky" from Pixar's animated film "Brave," Fowlis presents "Music of the Scottish Isles." Fowlis' pure voice is one of the true contemporary treasures of the Western Isles. Her personal stories and dedication to her roots will make you laugh, move you to tears and give you a sense of belonging.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 (Yardley Hall)

Riders in the Sky. America's favorite classic cowboy quartet is ready to saddle up and ride into Johnson County. Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, revising and revitalizing the genre.

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 (Polsky Theatre)

Ben Sollee. This rock 'n' roll cellist fuses folk, bluegrass, jazz and rhythm and blues. Influenced by artists Randy Newman, Peter Gabriel, Sam Cooke and others, his smooth vocals and a knack for intricate arrangements make his performances intimate and inviting.

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 (Yardley Hall)

Imani Winds and Harlem Quartet. The first half of the program will feature each ensemble separately. The second half will feature a premiere work called "Passion for Bach and Coltrane," created by Imani Winds composer Jeffrey Scott. This newly commissioned work also features Alex Brown, piano; Zach Brown, bass; Ulysses Owens, drums, and A.B. Spellman, poet.

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 (Yardley Hall)

Thodos Dance Chicago. The troupe will present "A Light in the Dark." With breathtaking athleticism, mesmerizing music and vibrant choreography, 12 dancers bring the powerfully beautiful story of Helen Keller to life. The second half of the performance will feature Thodos' mixed repertoire of dance works.

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 (Yardley Hall)

Terry Bradshaw. "America's Favorite Dumb Blonde: My Life in Four Quarters." Share an evening with the Steelers legendary #12, who will talk about his four Super Bowl rings, his three marriages and his broadcasting and acting careers. Accompanied by his singer/dancers, the I-Qties, Bradshaw will sing a few tunes Vegas-style.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 (Yardley Hall)

Chris Botti. This smooth jazz trumpeter and Kansas City favorite puts a new spin on classic standards. He has recorded and performed with artists who include Sting, Josh Groban and Yo-Yo Ma. He won a Grammy Award in 2013 for best pop instrumental album.

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 (Polsky Theatre)

Julian Sands. The show, "A Celebration of Harold Pinter," is directed by John Malkovich. Sands offers a classic tribute to playwright Harold Pinter's life, told through his poetry. Sands was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award and stars regularly in film and television.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 (Yardley Hall)

Marilyn Maye. Celebrate the holidays with this Kansas City legend who sets the standard for any jazz, pop or big band singer. She's recently been wowing New York critics with her new show and comes home to perform with a six-piece band of local jazz favorites.

7:30 Thursday, Jan. 29 (Yardley Hall)

Tango Buenos Aires. "Song of Eva Perón." This troupe has become one of Argentina's great cultural exports. It is known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango. This show traces the epic life of Eva Perón, Argentina's famous first lady, from her ascent to fame in the 1930s to her death in 1952.

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 (Polsky Theatre)

Voice. "If Music Be the Food of Love." The show delivers a bouquet of early music exploring the beauty, heartache and humor of love just in time for Valentine's Day. The British vocal ensemble's repertoire ranges from their own arrangements to the devotional songs of the medieval German abbess Hildegard of Bingen, to the comedy and melancholy in ballads from Shakespeare's time.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 (Yardley Hall)

Cherish the Ladies. The most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music has jigged its way into music halls all over the word. The group has performed with the likes of James Taylor, Joan Baez and the Boston Pops Symphony. For this celebration of their 30th anniversary, the ladies will be joined by dancers and a band.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29 (Polsky Theatre)

"The Merchant of Venice." This will be the first play produced indoors by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and will focus on one of Shakespeare's most challenging works, where Shylock, Antonio and Portia must agree, even when "the quality of mercy" has its limits. It will be directed by Sidonie Garrett and co-presented by the Jewish Community Center's White Theatre and the JCCC Performing Arts Series.

7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 (Yardley Hall)

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Like Monty Python – with ukuleles! Back by popular demand, the "ukes" will storm the stage with pomp, circumstance and hilarity.

Seven Fingers of the Hand Cirque Company, which was to have performed a show titled “Sequence 8,” has cancelled the Midwest leg of its tour. The shows were to have taken place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, in Yardley Hall.