Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs to Perform June 17

Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs

Saturday, June 17| 7:30 PM

 Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to welcome Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs on Saturday, June 17. Tickets including fees range from $65-$145 and are available now.

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs

Michael McDonald’s career took off when he joined the Doobie Brothers in the 1970s. Adding his famous baritone to the group, McDonald pushed the band toward a polished jazz style. In 1982, McDonald left to begin his solo career. His album That’s What It Takes was released that year, featuring the song “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near).” In the years since, Michael McDonald has released several Motown albums and won five GRAMMY Awards.

Boz Scaggs got his start as a member of the Steve Miller Band. During his time with the band, the group released two acclaimed albums: Children of the Future and Sailor. Boz Scaggs then went on to pursue a solo career, releasing more albums and singles, including the famous songs “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle.” Scaggs’ most recent album, A Fool To Care, came out in 2015.

Join this iconic duo at the Kauffman Center on Saturday, June 17.

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George Benson and Kenny G to Perform May 24

 George Benson and Kenny G

Wednesday, May 24 | 7:30 PM

 Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is proud to welcome The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour, starring George Benson and Kenny G on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm. Tickets including fees range from $65-$135 and are available now.

George Benson and Kenny G: The Breezin' and Breathless Tour

George Benson’s career began at the age of 10 when he recorded his first song under the name Little Georgie. His career took off from there, and the years to come were full of success for the guitarist. In 1976 Benson released his album Breezin’, which won him the GRAMMY Award for Record of the Year. In 2009, Benson received the highest honor for a jazz musician, Jazz Master as awarded from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Kenny G began his career at the age of 17 when he played with Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra. Kenny G rose to fame with his album Duotones. The albums Breathless- a GRAMMY Award winner- and Miracles propelled his career further. At one point he held the record for the longest sustained note on a saxophone.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of George Benson’s Breezin’ and the 25th anniversary of Kenny G’s Breathless, each artist’s set will feature classic album cuts and greatest hits, as well as songs performed together.

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Kauffman Center announces four new concerts for 2017

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the following shows as a part of the Kauffman Center Presents series:

 

George Benson and Kenny G: The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour

Wednesday, May 24 | 7:30 PM

Muriel Kauffman Theatre

 

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George Benson and Kenny G

Famed guitarist George Benson joins up with acclaimed contemporary saxophonist Kenny G for The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of George Benson’s Breezin’ and the 25th anniversary of Kenny G’s Breathless, each artist’s set will feature classic album cuts and greatest hits, as well as songs performed together. The two are each accomplished musicians in their own right, having amassed a collective 16 No.1 albums, 11 GRAMMY Awards and 125 million album sales.

 

Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs

Saturday, June 17 | 7:30 PM

Muriel Kauffman Theatre

 

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Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs

Michael McDonald’s career began as backup singer, and then a member of the famous Doobie Brothers. Today, the five-time GRAMMY Award winner is best known for his Motown albums, soulful voice and hits such as “I Keep Forgettin’.” He is joined at the Kauffman Center by Boz Scaggs. Scaggs began his career in the 1960s with the Steve Miller Band. His famous albums include Silk Degrees, Middle Man, and the recently released A Fool to Care.

 

Mary Chapin Carpenter with special guest Sarah Jarosz

Wednesday, July 26 | 7:30 PM

Muriel Kauffman Theatre

 

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter’s career has spanned 14 albums and more than 14 million records sold. She has won five GRAMMY awards and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carpenter recently released the album The Things That We Are Made Of, and is celebrating the album with a tour this summer. She is joined by special guest, two-time GRAMMY Award winner Sarah Jarosz.

 

Vienna Boys Choir

Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 PM

Helzberg Hall

 

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Vienna Boys Choir

The history of the Vienna Boys Choir began centuries ago, when boys began singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. Since the 14th century, boys were part of Viennese Court musicians that included Mozart and Salieri, among others. Today, the group has traveled the world, wowing audiences with their beautiful tone and angelic voices.


Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling

Thursday, May 11 | 7:30 PM

 Helzberg Hall

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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to welcome the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling as a part of the Kauffman Center Presents Series on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling - Photo Credit: Palma Kolanksy

The winner of three GRAMMY Awards and a certified Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, Branford Marsalis’ career has spanned a variety of instruments and styles of music. Beginning as a saxophonist, today Marsalis is an accomplished composer, educator and musician. Collaborating with multiple music giants including Miles Davis and Harry Connick, Jr., among others, Marsalis made his solo debut at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, which is preserved on his album In My Solitude.

The Branford Marsalis quartet features Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. The group, founded in 1986, has become a jazz staple, known for their cohesive sound and expressive melodies. The group was joined by guest vocalist Kurt Elling in December 2015, and their collaboration can be heard on GRAMMY-nominated the album Upward Spiral.

Join the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling for a night of jazz favorites at the Kauffman Center on Thursday, May 11.

Photo credit: Palma Kolanksy

 


Blondie and Garbage to Perform July 18

Blondie & Garbage

Tuesday, July 18 | 7:00 PM

Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is proud to kick off the 2017 – 2018 Kauffman Center Presents series with Blondie and Garbage: The Rage & Rapture Tour on July 18.

Blondie

Blondie emerged in the late 1970s as one of the most successful punk bands of the era. Known for blending different styles of music, the group combined a pop base with disco, rock and hip-hop to make a sound all their own. In a career that spans decades, Blondie is known for hits including “Call Me,” “Heart of Glass” and “Rapture.” The band celebrated its 30th anniversary and were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Garbage

The rock group Garbage found its beginnings as a duo of Butch Vig and Steve Marker, before quickly adding Duke Erikson and lead singer Shirley Manson. Recognized for their distinct electronic pop sound, the group reached platinum status with hits such as “Only Happy When it Rains” and “Stupid Girl.” In the years to come, Garbage would release five more albums with their most recent, Strange Little Birds debuting in 2016.

Check out Blondie’s latest single, “Fun,” below, and get ready to rock when Blondie & Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour comes to the Kauffman Center on Tuesday, July 18.

Blondie and Garbage band photos are courtesy of artist management.

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