2016-2017 Davis Theatre Season
Click below to see a list of of shows from this season.
Kathy Mattea: The Acoustic Living Room
Sunday, September 25, 2016 | 4 PM and 7:30 PM
Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea and longtime collaborator guitarist Bill Cooley share a musically rich partnership. The duo welcomes you into "The Acoustic Living Room" to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts, including Kathy's beloved classics such as "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses" and "Where've You Been?" You’ll see why her 17 albums have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A rare opportunity to see this artist in a venue the size of the Davis!
Jeff Little Trio
Sunday, October 6, 2016 | 8 PM
Jeff Little makes piano his lead instrument, rare in Appalachian or Americana music. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. He is joined by Steve Lewis, a two-time National Banjo Champion and MerleFest Guitar Champion, and Josh Scott, a highly sought after bassist. Back at the Davis by popular demand!
Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, five friends came together to form Balsam Range in 2007. They already had long solo careers with Grammy and IBMA awards and collaborations with performers such as Doc Watson and Rusty Skaggs under their belts. Their unique backgrounds and skills quickly led to hits, such as “Trains I Missed.” The 2014 and 2015 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year blends bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a new American acoustic music experience.
Jeff Whittington Holiday Show
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Get into the holiday spirit with this evening of bluegrass and Christmas music hosted by Jeff Whittington, a North Carolina Banjo Champion who was a staff musician on the syndicated Arthur Smith Show. He will be joined by John Culbreath, a South Carolina Banjo Champion, on fiddle; Pete Corum, who was in the movie "Cottonpatch Gospel", on bass; Mike Wood, whose first major show was Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival, on guitar; and Jason Wood, who has played with bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, on mandolin.
USO Troupe Holiday Show
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The USO Show Troupe has been entertaining service members and civilians around the globe for 75 years, making it part of an American tradition to have touched several generations. Made up of professional performers with Broadway, Off-Broadway, film and television credits, and musical arrangements produced in collaboration with Grammy, Emmy and Tony writers and arrangers, the USO Troupe Holiday Show thrills audiences with a repertoire of holiday and Broadway songs. A portion of the sales from this show will go toward the support of USO programs.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Jim Avett grew up in a home surrounded by music. He never quit playing, but for 35 years he put providing for his family first. Since retiring, he has made up for lost time with a coast to coast tour and a handful of CDs. He plays folk, country and gospel songs, as well as his original story-telling ballads. See where Scott and Seth of The Avett Brothers got their first inspiration!
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Ben Sollee is a genre-bending cellist, composer and storyteller. After a Lincoln Center show, The New York Times wrote: “meticulous, fluent arrangements continually morphed from one thing to another. Appalachian mountain music gave way to the blues, and one song was appended with a fragment from a Bach cello suite, beautifully played.” Sollee is known for inventive arrangements and combining his classical training with bluegrass and pop.
Featuring Lonnie Holley
Ben will be touring with artist Lonnie Holley. Holley's music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. The layers of sound in his music are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
“Up on the Roof.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “This Magic Moment.” “There Goes My Baby.” “Dance with Me.” “Spanish Harlem.” “Stand by Me.” “On Broadway.” The Drifters’ 50-song hit list is packed with doo-wop and R&B/soul songs you know and love. Inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, this iconic group is one of the best-selling bands of all time with 214 million singles and 114 million albums. The band’s phenomenal current line-up continues the legacy! This performance is sponsored by Hilbish Ford.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Originally from Switzerland, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by Flat and Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. After getting a recording contract and radio show, they teamed up with American bass player Joel Landsberg to form a trio that has played together for more than 30 years. A MerleFest favorite, their incomparable sound fuses folk and classical music.
Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Show
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Enjoy an evening of traditional bluegrass music hosted by Jeff Whittington, a North Carolina Banjo Champion who was a staff musician on the syndicated Arthur Smith Show. He will be joined by John Culbreath, a South Carolina Banjo Champion, on fiddle; Pete Corum, who was in the movie "Cottonpatch Gospel", on bass; Mike Wood, whose first major show was Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival, on guitar; and Jason Wood, who has played with bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, on mandolin.