2015 Summer/Fall Lineup

Here's what's coming soon to The Center

May 12, 2015 by Anne Bradley

Center for the Arts (“The Center”) announces the highly anticipated lineup of performances for the summer and fall season. Running June through September 2015, the upcoming season boasts a blend of musical genres as well as a number of fascinating speakers in the mix.

The full lineup is as follows:

JUNE 24 – BILLY COLLINS
JULY 28 – RYAN BINGHAM
JULY 31 – ESPERANZA SPALDING
AUGUST 7 – BENEFIT CONCERT WITH VINCE GILL
AUGUST 17 – SHAWN COLVIN
AUGUST 22 – ROZ CHAST
SEPTEMBER 15 – JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO AND TAJ MAHAL TRIO
SEPTEMBER 21 – 1000TH HOOTENANNY
SEPTEMBER 23 – THE RISE OF SUPERMAN FEATURING STEVEN KOTLER

“We’ve noticed over the last couple of years that the quality and quantity of programming has improved greatly in Jackson,” said Martha Bancroft, The Center’s director. “The Center is becoming more strategic about the talent we bring to town and how we meet the artistic, educational and cultural desires of the community through our offerings.”

Tickets for the summer/fall lineup will go on sale Wednesday, May 20 at 12PM MST online at jhcenterforthearts.org and at The Center Box Office located at 265 S Cache Street. A limited number of season packages will be available for sale.

JUNE 24 – BILLY COLLINS

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.

JULY 28 – RYAN BINGHAM

Americana singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham was raised in rural Texas, where years of hardscrabble ranch work and rodeo competitions would later lend a sense of authenticity to his music. Drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan, Marshall Tucker, and Bob Wills — all of whom populated the jukebox of The Halfway Bar, a roadhouse owned by Bingham's uncle (whose musical tastes influenced those of his nephew) — Bingham fashioned a road-weary sound that piqued the interest of a barroom proprietor in Stephenville, TX.


JULY 31 – ESPERANZA SPALDING

Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but has also distinguished herself playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles as well.


AUGUST 7 – BENEFIT CONCERT WITH VINCE GILL

One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit.

AUGUST 17 – SHAWN COLVIN

Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called "new folk movement" that began in the late '80s. Although she grew out of the somewhat limited "woman with a guitar" school, she kept the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre's clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style.

AUGUST 22 – ROZ CHAST

Cartoonist Roz Chast is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. More than 1000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978.

SEPTEMBER 15 – JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO AND TAJ MAHAL TRIO

John Hiatt's sales have never quite matched his reputation. Hiatt's songs have been covered successfully by everyone from Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, and Dr. Feelgood to Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, and the Neville Brothers, yet it took him 13 years to reach the charts himself. Of course, it took him nearly that long to find his own style.

One of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues, singer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal played an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional acoustic blues. Not content to stay within that realm, Mahal soon broadened his approach, taking a musicologist's interest in a multitude of folk and roots music from around the world — reggae and other Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, various West African styles, Latin, even Hawaiian.

SEPTEMBER 21 – 1000th HOOTENANNY

Join Jackson’s all-time favorite folk musicians for a special performance on The Center stage as we celebrate the 1000thperformance of this local Monday night institution.

SEPTEMBER 23 – THE RISE OF SUPERMAN FEATURING STEVEN KOTLER

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and the cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is the author of seven books, including Bold, The Rise of Superman and Abundance. His work has appeared in over 80 publications, including the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Forbes and Wired.

Dirk Collins is a filmmaker, brand strategist and entrepreneur. With a background in adventure sports, he co-founded Teton Gravity Research. Dirk has over 100 episodes of television, 23 films, numerous digital campaigns and national commercials to his credit.

ABOUT THE CENTER

Center for the Arts (“The Center”) is home to the artistic stamina, creative movement, and cultural vitality of Jackson Hole. As a centralized campus housing 19 resident nonprofit organizations and the community’s 500 seat theater, The Center is a collaborative space fueled by creation, innovation, and shared ideation. The Center’s Resident Partners employ upwards of 150 full and part time employees supported by 800 volunteers. With over 725 classes, seminars, performances, and community engagements offered annually, The Center and its Residents account for 125,000 active programming participants each year.