k.d. lang, Laurie Anderson, Cheikh Lô, Carolina Chocolate Drops to Perform in Flynn Center's 2011–12 Season
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, has announced its 2011–12 season, and among the artists scheduled to perform in the coming season are four Nonesuch artists: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Laurie Anderson, Cheikh Lô, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
The Flynn Center performance from k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang opens the venue's new concert season on September 23 and is the latest in an extensive tour from the singer and her band this year, featuring music from their recently released Nonesuch album Sing it Loud. Singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson will be opening that night.
This past weekend, lang and the Siss Boom Bang brought their tour to California for three shows, including Saturday's at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, which proved a highlight of that venue's summer season, according to the Napa Valley Register.
"Hands down, the Napa Valley debut of singer/songwriter/guitarist k. d. lang was without a doubt the high point of this season and qualifies for one of the all-time greats in the history of the 42-year-old warm-weather al fresco concert series," exclaims the Napa Valley Register's L. Pierce Carson. "Oh yeah! Right up there with Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck with his sons, Lena Horne, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis, Dave Koz, Buena Vista Social Club, Cesaria Evora and Smokey Robinson."
Carson says it was the songs from lang's new album with the Siss Boom Bang "that made this a truly memorable night. Here we had a half-dozen pros who obviously like and respect one another, who dedicated themselves to turning out an exceptional product and are now giving audiences an opportunity to share in the moment."
Read more at napavalleyregister.com.
Laurie Anderson is the next Nonesuch artist to perform at the Flynn Center this fall when she brings her latest performance piece, Delusion, to the MainStage October 15. The performance follows the previously announced week-long run of Delusion at the Paramount Mainstage in Boston, September 27 through October 2. Delusion, which received its world premiere at, features music heard on Anderson's most recent Nonesuch release, the 2010 CD/DVD Homeland.
Anderson participates in two free events in New York City in the coming weeks: Shelebration!, a tribute to the works of Shel Silverstein, the beloved author of The Giving Tree, at SummerStage in Central Park, this Saturday; and a concert with Todd Reynolds at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshall as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, on August 10. Also performing in the latter event is Sxip Shirey, of the Luminescent Orchestrii, and Adam Matta, of Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom Shirey's group released an EP on Nonesuch earlier this year.
And speaking of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the group makes its 2011–12 Flynn Center appearance on January 25, 2012, which happens to be the year anniversary (plus two days) of the release of aforementioned EP. The Chocolate Drops were among the many Nonesuch artists to perform at the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend; you can listen to their set at npr.org. The band has a very special date ahead this week when they open for one of the more memorable performers in Newport Folk Festival history—Bob Dylan—at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio, this Friday.
Making a rare US appearance in the upcoming season is Senegalese singer Cheikh Lô, whose latest album, Jamm, was released in North America on Nonesuch this spring. Lô joins former James Brown bandleader Pee Wee Ellis and band member Maceo Parker on November 19 as a special guest in Still Black, Still Proud, a tribute to Brown that celebrates his lasting legacy while exploring the deep relationship between soul, funk, and modern African music. Lô returns to the States next spring for previously announced shows at Carnegie Hall and the Michigan Theater.
Also performing in Burlington, though prior to the start of the Flynn's coming season, is Jessica Lea Mayfield, who plays the town's Waterfront Park for the Grand Point North Festival on August 13.
Tickets for the Flynn Center's 2011–12 season are on sale now to Flynn members and will go on sale to the general public next Thursday, August 11. For more information, visit flynntix.org.
For more information on these and other live performances from Nonesuch artists, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of these artists' latest albums, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.