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A2 Tech Talk
Friday, June 16 at 11 AM.

Prior to A2 Spark’s Tech Trek, hear seven-minute talks by leading local innovators about what they see happening in the world of tech and what they foresee for the future. Tech Talk attendees will also have the chance to submit questions for the speakers to answer. Admission is free; advance registration is required.
Fri, Jun 16 11:00 AM
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Beth Hart
Tuesday, September 26 at 8:00 PM.

Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music, and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. Beth's latest album, Fire on the Floor (released in February 2017), is sure to build on her breakneck momentum: a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as "pretty frickin' good."
Tue, Sep 26 8:00 PM
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Colin Stetson
Henryk Górecki’s iconic third symphony, often called “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” made a huge impact on listeners in the early 1990s and was a musical touchstone for virtuoso saxophonist Colin Stetson. The original work’s three movements centered around three laments, each focused in some way about a child being taken away from a mother. Celebrated for the way he “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, expected energies,” (Pitchfork) Stetson takes on the mammoth task of reimagining Górecki’s symphony for an expansive and contemporary sonic palate. Sorrow, his imaginative new interpretation of the heartbreaking work, is “timeless and of the moment,” (PopMatters) drawing on a uniquely constructed 12-member ensemble that employs electric guitars, synthesizers, drums, strings, woodwinds, and soprano to create transformative extensions of the emotional core of the piece.
Sat, Apr 14, 2018 8:00 PM
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Joe Jackson
Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 PM.

The ever-restless songwriter Joe Jackson traveled the world to record 'Fast Forward,' his first collection of original songs in seven years, set for October 2 release via Work Song/Caroline. Originally conceived to be released as a series of EPs, the album was produced and arranged by Jackson, and features four sets of four songs recorded in four different cities -- New York, New Orleans, Berlin and Amsterdam -- each with a different set of first-call supporting musicians. The results rank among the richest and most rewarding music of his storied career.
Sat, Jun 17 8:00 PM
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John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring
On this tour, guitarist John McLaughlin revisits the legacy of his legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra with his co-headliner, virtuoso guitarist Jimmy Herring. Over five decades, McLaughlin has become one of improvised music’s most influential guitarists, composers, and bandleaders. Herring has been at the creative forefront of the thriving American rock-jam band movement for 25 years as lead guitarist of Widespread Panic. After separate sets by the two headliners with their own bands, they join forces for an expansive closing jam, revisiting the pioneering music that McLaughlin introduced in the 1970s with his deeply influential, genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra. This tour marks the 75-year-old McLaughlin’s first extensive US tour in seven years and his last American performances.
Wed, Nov 15 7:30 PM
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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Friday, August 4 at 7:30 PM.

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.
Fri, Aug 4 8:00 PM
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Piedmont Blues: A Search For Salvation
Ragtime rhythms, a unique finger-picking guitar style, and understated vocals are the hallmarks of the folk music style found in the Piedmont region, the area between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains covering central Georgia to central Virginia. Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton (who also holds down the piano chair in the Charles Lloyd Quartet) has captured the essence of this celebrated land, home to a unique culture and rapidly vanishing folkloric history, and preserved it in a multimedia project. This music-theater experience features a nine-piece band led by Clayton and combines music with projected film, new and archival photography, and the stories of those few musical elders who are still keeping the tradition alive. It makes a testimony of the struggle endured by African Americans in the Southeast during Jim Crow and chronicles the efficacy of the Piedmont Blues as a salve for suffering.
Wed, Mar 14, 2018 7:30 PM
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TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Band
Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 PM.

With special guest Black Pacific!TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band sees Blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ share the stage with their band for an exciting night of music, performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album ‘TajMo’, coming May 5, 2017 on Concord Records.

While the two have known and influenced each other for decades, and Taj played a key role in Keb’s first record deal, ‘TajMo’ marks the first proper collaboration between Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’. The album was self-produced by the duo and was mixed by Grammy Award-winner Ross Hogarth and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Richard Dodd. The 11-song set includes covers of John Mayer and The Who, as well as 6 original songs.

‘TajMo’ brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure.
Sun, Sep 10 7:30 PM
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The Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela
The two iconic South African jazz legends Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela reunite and perform as part of a tour that puts them on the same stage for the first time in 56 years. They come together for a historic concert to tell the story of The Jazz Epistles, the first all-black jazz group in South Africa and arguably the most important jazz (bebop) recording in the country’s history. This music was almost lost forever — only 500 copies were pressed in 1959, buried, and rediscovered decades later after the tyranny of apartheid. These giants of South African jazz perform music from the seminal Jazz Epistles recording alongside music from both of their illustrious careers. “[Ibrahim] glowed with a sound reminiscent of that of [his] most famous patron, Duke Ellington.” (Guardian) “Hugh Masekela creates an instant party, leading from vocals and flugelhorn like a South African Louis Armstrong.” (Guardian)
Fri, Apr 13, 2018 8:00 PM
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