Rhode Island-based singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is something of an underground legend in American folk music history. Having written material performed by folk legends like Peter, Paul, and Mary, as well as people like Garth Brooks and Kenny Loggins, Wheeler's songwriting skills have no doubt been validated many times over. Aside from Wheeler's songwriting prowess, her live performances are considered to be one of her major draws. Often including storytelling and humor, Wheeler weaves a uniquely dynamic performance experience into an already deep catalog.
Capitol Center for the ArtsNovember 23, 2014 7:30 PM
44 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Over the course of her long and storied career, singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco has become both a feminist icon and a godmother to the alternative folk movement. Born in Buffalo, New York in 1970, DiFranco lends her staccato guitar playing style and rhythmically complex lyrical phrasing to large and varied songbook just as full of tunes delving into her rich personal life with breathtaking honesty as it is packed with vehement, left-wing political tracts. Her signature style—shaved head, piercings and tattoos—has largely been adopted as the de rigur uniform for many of her alt-folk brethren.
Emerson Umbrella Center for the ArtsNovember 23, 2014 3:00 PM
40 Stow Street
Boston, MA 1742
With a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the famed lyrics of Tim Rice, the compelling true story of Eva Perón, the controversial first lady of Argentina, comes to vivid life on stage. Filled with stunning showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "Evita" follows a small-town peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts to rise from the slums of Argentina. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she became a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and died at thirty-three. Eva Peron, 'saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military,' left a political legacy that shines on to this day. With its compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, "Evita" creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.
Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Performs Jesus Christ Superstar
The Regent TheatreNovember 23, 2014 2:00 PM
7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA 02474
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" changed the face of musical theater when it debuted on Broadway in 1971. The rock 'n' roll retelling of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, "Superstar" dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his message and his popularity, his betrayal by Judas, his trial before Pontius Pilate and his ultimate crucifixion. Chart-topping songs such as "Superstar," "Everything's Alright" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him" dramatically highlight the struggles of those final days. Now the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra brings their version of this epic hit to the stage. See this 10-vocalist rock band perform, in its entirety, the rock opera that changed the world. It's a full-on contemporary rock 'n' roll spectacle, complete with epic lighting, thunderous sound -- and not a robe or sandal in sight.