Live from Nashville

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Country Is Back!

Matt Davenport Productions return to their roots in a dazzling new country music extravaganza, “Live From Nashville.”

The staff at Matt Davenport Productions is bursting with proud alumni from Opryland and TNN – the glory days of trend-setting country music entertainment. This ain’t our first rodeo!

Matt Davenport Productions has delivered their own unique blend of country music and music theatre to venues across the country – with a tornado of praise in their wake!

Rockin’ The Country – Fiesta Texas
“Best Show” (IAAPA)

Echo Hollow Jubilee – Branson, Missouri
“People’s Choice” Award

The American Pride Show – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
“Best of the Beach”

Country Tonite – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
“Best Show in the Smokies”

Personnel:
Twelve musicians, singers and dancers – phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork and top-flight vocalists!

Musical Scenes include:
The Roots of Country Music
Stars like: Jimmy Rodgers, The Carter Family, Roy Acuff

Country Music’s Golden Age
Stars like: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton

The Bluegrass Connection
Stars Like: Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs

Grand Ole Gospel
Songs like: “I’ll Fly Away” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

Country Rocks
Stars like: The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, The Charlie Daniels Band

Country Music is King
Stars like: Garth Brooks, The Judds, Brooks and Dunn

Today’s Country
 – The biggest arenas in the world host today’s country music royalty.
Star like: Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum.

The Country We Love
Songs like: “God Bless the U.S.A.” “America, the Beautiful”

Live From Nashville is a song and dance spectacular that delivers it all. Fully costumed and choreographed theatrical production; It’s a century of celebrities and songs…the tradition that gave “Music City” its name.”

“Simply Sinatra” featuring Steve Lipia

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Steve Lippia’s “considerable vocal skills” (Wall Street Journal) have made Lippia one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists in the country, establishing Lippia among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music. His youthful, energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classic” and “contemporary.” His show introduces this timeless music to a new generation while appealing to long-time listeners.

Lippia, a second generation native of Southington, Connecticut, began his singing career at the tender age of three when he discovered that it was a great way to earn cupcakes from the neighbors. He attributes his gift of song to his mother, Sharon, who was a professional singer, performing with the Woody Herman Orchestra, before leaving the business to raise a family. In high school and college, Steve was drawn to the stage and performed in local music and drama productions.

After moving to Florida to establish his construction-related business, Lippia moonlighted as a band singer. Following his desire to grow as an artist, he gradually developed his own act; a hot, hip, swinging, high-energy, crowd-pleasing show that would allow him to showcase his own unique vocal styling. The Woody Herman Orchestra heard about Steve’s ability to mesmerize audiences with his own distinct interpretation of everything from jazz standards to tunes off the contemporary charts and began featuring him in front of sold out audiences across the country.

Lippia has headlined in highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, where “standing room only” audiences lined up more than two hours before show time to vie for seating. He has performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor, among others. He has performed to sold-out Symphony audiences across North America, including multiple engagements with the world famous Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.

Performances at other prestigious special events include: the JazzAspen Festival, a gala fundraiser honoring Mrs. Betty Ford, and other prestigious appearances, including events for the Walton Family, the Crown Family, Donald Trump, Michael Dell, Irwin Winkler and the late Aaron Spelling.

Lippia has headlined to standing room only crowds at the legendary “Birdland Jazz Club” in New York City backed by the Nelson Riddle and Woody Herman Orchestras. He performed in a highly successful European Jazz Festival Tour which resulted in a nationally televised special on Finnish TV2. Other television appearances include “Extra” (WBTVG), “Good Day New York” (Fox), “Showbiz Today” (CNN).

Lippia’s acclaimed self-titled CD was recorded at Warner Brothers’ Studios in Los Angeles with a 41-piece symphony. In addition, he has recorded two live CDs; “Steve Lippia Live” and Grammy-nominated “Steve Lippia in Concert,”

In testimonials, presenters write:
“…the best POPS concert they had ever seen anywhere in the country.”
“…Steve was a knockout. His show was everything advertised and much more.”

Lippia makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and 2 miniature German Schnauzers.

Transit Authority

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TUESDAY, JAN 28, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Performing an exciting and powerful tribute to the musical group Chicago, Transit Authority is a high- energy band delivering deliciously satisfying tunes from one of the most successful rock groups in history.

Transit Authority’s 8-piece powerhouse band consists of some of the Midwest’s most talented and seasoned musicians. With lush harmonies, scorching guitar work, one of the best horn and searing rhythm sections, every show is a spot-on tribute to some of Chicago’s greatest music of all time. Performances will showcase hit songs like “Saturday In the Park,” “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is,” “Old Days,” “Wishing You Were Here,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Colour My World” and many more from the band’s five #1 albums and 21 top-ten singles.

Enjoy a non-stop journey of Chicago’s greatest hits as Transit Authority keeps you dancing and singing all night long!

Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013, 7:00 PM.
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

After a wildly successful Live on Stage event in Midland during the 2012 season, demand has been very high for the return of Jim Curry to the Permian Basin. Live on Stage Permian Basin is proud to announce the return of “Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver.”

Jim Curry began his music career writing and performing the opening song, “The Time of Your Life” for his senior play. The song was then voted to be the 1975 class song and Jim was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in his life Jim’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing John’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.

The untimely death of John Denver’s in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the musical world left John’s ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie: “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story” in which Jim landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Jim to produce full–length John Denver tribute concerts.

He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso” fill the room.

Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis. John Denver grew rapidly into a mega celebrity when the world was looking for some hope in the late 60’s and his lyrics in songs like, “Take me Home Country Roads” gave America a new lift abroad as well as at home. People all over the world found pride in the natural wonders of the earth and love for John’s message of caring for our planet and each other. Jim delivers these songs in the same spirit, with the same heartfelt care and desire to make a difference. As the concerns of global warming and other environmental issues reach today’s youth, Curry sees a growing number of younger listeners. Curry says, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.”

Jim has created the ultimate tribute experience and has emerged as the top performer of John Denver’s music today. He often performs with John Denver’s former band members. Curry’s tribute is the first and only full-length John Denver tribute in a Las Vegas Casino and is a sell-out favorite at the Silverton time after time. Curry has taken his show on the road to Performing Arts Centers and Casinos in the US and Canada and out to sea as one of the most popular shows on the Holland America Cruise Line.

On October 2007, the 10th anniversary of John’s passing, Jim brought a landmark concert to the stage in Aspen Colorado. It included many of John Denver’s former band members, some of them for the first time in a tribute show. Bass player Dick Kniss (who also tours with Peter Paul and Mary) Songwriter, guitar and dobro player Steve Weisberg (who penned many John Denver’s recordings) Banjo player Jim Connor (a former member of the New Kingston Trio and author of the hit song “ Grandma’s Feather Bed”) Legendary guitarist James Burton (Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and John Denver) and in what would be one of his last major performances before his passing, singer/songwriter John Stewart of the famed Kingston Trio. The bold and dynamic thinking of Curry continues to produce historical concert engagements and bring icons of the music industry together into powerful shows.

Jim’s latest efforts are to take his tribute show to a new level by adding symphony orchestrations back into live performances of John Denver music. When John Denver wanted to add a full orchestra to his live shows and recordings, he teamed up with Grammy Award winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge. Lee’s symphony arrangements, along with John’s songs became the trademark sound of many of John’s hits. Jim Curry and Lee Holdridge have now brought the rebirth of the timeless songs of America’s troubadour back in a full-length live concert of John Denver’s greatest works.

Whether Jim is performing with a symphony orchestra, with his talented band, or all by himself, his compelling voice, combined with dramatic images of nature is an unforgettable show that will truly fill up your senses.