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August 2017
Lucinda Williams
Saturday, August 5 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Three-time Grammy® winner Lucinda Williams will perform at Purdue University’s Loeb Playhouse on Saturday, August 5 at 8PM. Presented by Purdue Convocations, True Endeavors, and Frank Productions.

Railroad Earth and moe.
Sunday, August 20 / 6:00 pm
Tippecanoe County Amphitheater

Railroad Earth and moe. hit the road this summer between Red Rocks and Lockn’ Festival with a stop at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater in West Lafayette, IN.

September 2017
Rhiannon Giddens
Friday, September 15 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Acclaimed vocalist, banjoist, and fiddler—Rhiannon Giddens—has a background in American roots and R&B music and was co-founder of the Grammy®-winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Giddens' latest album, Freedom Highway, is a sonically diverse, 200-year journey through the power of African-American and Appalachian songcraft.

22nd Annual Global Fest
Saturday, September 16 / 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Columbia Street & Chauncey Avenue

Join us for a full day of events to celebrate our diverse community and world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays, and international food.

An Evening with Pat McAfee
Saturday, September 23 / 8:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The most successful punter in Indianapolis Colts history—Pat McAfee—has turned his mind toward comedy to “make the world a happier place.”

Dawn or Doom
Tuesday, September 26 - Wednesday, September 27
Stewart Center

Dawn or Doom '17 is a free technology conference and event that asks: is technology movving faster than our ability to understand?

Diavolo
Thursday, September 28 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

For 25 years, Diavolo has defied traditional definitions of dance and gravity. In their new work, LOST, company members leap, roll, slide, and fly through space, navigating two-ton, stage-spanning pieces of commissioned architecture.

October 2017
ensemble 4.1
Wednesday, October 4 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

ensemble 4.1 is a one-of-a kind chamber group featuring oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano with musicians from Germany's top orchestras. ensemble 4.1 pays tribute to the timeless masterpieces of Mozart and Beethoven and rediscovers rarely performed 19th- and 20th-century works.

The Joey Alexander Trio
Saturday, October 14 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

At just 13 years old, jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander has performed on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, and for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Alexander is also the youngest-ever Grammy® nominee in a jazz category.Through a sound and soul older than him, Alexander holds court with the greats and continues to refine his own musical perspective.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, October 15 / 4:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

For several decades, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist André Watts have been standard-bearers for artistic excellence. Now, these icons of classical music will unite onstage for a special engagement at Purdue that features Mozart's piano concerto No. 9 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 1.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
Sunday, October 22 / 4:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

Alton Brown serves up a family-friendly evening of comedy, cooking and chemistry in Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science.

November 2017
The Illusionists present Adam Trent
Friday, November 3 / 8:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent—the breakout star of the world’s best-selling magic show, The Illusionists—brings his signature brand of magic, comedy, and music to this 90-minute spectacle.

Christina & Michelle Naughton, piano duo
Friday, November 10 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Christina and Michelle Naughton are an award-winning piano duo who have been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "paired to perfection." Pianists since age 4 and performers of individual renown before they paired up at age 18, the identical twin Naughtons, now graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, are blazing their paths together.

Daymé Arocena
Saturday, November 11 / 8:00 pm
Carnahan Hall

Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena is leading a charge of musicians who reimagine rumba, bolero, and bachata by incorporating contemporary jazz, soul, salsa, hip-hop, and funk. She blends the rhythmic nuances of Celia Cruz, the emotional heft of Aretha Franklin, and the social conscience of Nina Simone.

My Father’s Dragon
Sunday, November 12 / 3:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Embark on an adventure that features flying dragons, talking animals, and more with My Father's Dragon—the Enchantment Theatre Company's adaptation of the classic children's series.

December 2017
The Steel Wheels
Thursday, December 7 / 7:30 pm
Carnahan Hall

The Steel Wheels have spun a singular brand of string-folk Americana for more than a decade. The band's music interweaves bluegrass, folk, and old-time music with singer-songwriter poetry. Their latest album, Wild As We Came Here, adds new sonic textures and experimental flourishes to steadfast folk traditions.

January 2018
Cabaret
Thursday, January 11, 2018 / 7:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

Cabaret—based on the Roundabout Theatre Company’s TONY Award-winning Broadway revival and creatively shepherded by screen legends Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall.

John Beasley’s MONK’estra
Friday, January 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

For the 2018 Purdue Jazz Fest, it is an honor to celebrate jazz legend Thelonius Monk's centennial birthday and his undying influence on the form by welcoming John Beasley's MONK'estra. This group brings jazz full circle, translating Monk's work into the large ensemble format with fresh, buoyant arrangements.

Jiji, guitar
Friday, January 26, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

From tango to trance and everything in between, Jiji is an award-winning guitarist of adventurous tone and texture. Hailing from South Korea, Jiji's repertoire includes sonata staples of the classical canon and electronically tinged soundscapes from her own works as a performer and DJ.

Freedom Riders
Sunday, January 28, 2018 / 3:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Freedom Riders—a new play with original songs and music—celebrates the valiant, courageous personalities behind one of the American Civil Rights Movement's most critical chapters.

February 2018
Troker
Friday, February 2, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms

If Salvador Dali had ever made a heist movie, Troker would have provided the soundtrack with a style that careens between the sublime and dangerous. Troker burst onto Guadalajara's jazz scene in 2004 and hasn't looked back. Befitting their name—derived from a word for pickup trucks and trailers—Troker does not perform jazz for elevators.

wild Up: Future Folk
Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

New. Old. wild Up plays it...as long as they love it. In Future Folk, this Los Angeles musical collective, blends traditional chamber music and the sounds of: the Velvet Underground, the Shaggs, post-war New York, ancient India,
and contemporary California.

At the Illusionist’s Table
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Sunday, February 18, 2018
Marriott Hall

Straight from several years of sold-out runs, At the Illusionist's Table is the latest marvel curated by Convocations from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe—an unforgettably exquisite sensory experience with Illusionist Scott Silven—combining a gourmet dinner, wine, conversation, and wonder that Glasgow's The Evening Times said "transcends art and performance."

PostSecret: The Show
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Loeb Playhouse

PostSecret: The Show offers an immersive, journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves and, on rare occasions, share with others.

Orlando Consort: Voices Appeared
Friday, February 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas

Condemned in France and banned in England upon its release in 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc has since earned universal coronation as one of the greatest films ever made. Now, in Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music, this movie is accompanied for the first time by one of Europe's most expert vocal quartets, Britain's Orlando Consort.

Jersey Boys
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 / 7:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The Tony-, Grammy®-, and Olivier Award-winning Jersey Boys tells the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

March 2018
TEDxPurdueU
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Loeb Playhouse

At TEDxPurdueU, several live speakers from diverse fields and schools of thought, such as history, science, education, the arts, engineering, business, and technology, will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners.

Curious George: The Golden Meatball
Sunday, March 4, 2018 / 3:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Curious George—that lovably inquisitive little monkey and icon of books, movies, and an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series—comes to the stage in a delightful new musical from TheatreWorks USA.

No Place to Go
Friday, March 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Carnahan Hall

In No Place to Go, the OBIE award-winning playwright, actor, and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece group, has created a comedic new cabaret theatre gem that mines the anxieties of the middle-class workplace, bagel carry-ins and all.

The Outer Space
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Carnahan Hall

In The Outer Space, the OBIE award-winning playwright, actor, and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece band, have created an all-new adventure in bittersweet, hilariously off-kilter storytelling in an out-of-this-world look at earthbound concerns.

April 2018
Songs of Freedom
Thursday, April 5, 2018 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Songs of Freedom explores three iconic voices of the 1960s—Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone—and the complex ways in which they call out to each other. Developed for Jazz at Lincoln Center by GRAMMY-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr—the performance will include powerful vocal performances by Alicia Olatuja, Joanna Majoko, and Theo Bleckmann.

Drew Petersen, piano
Friday, April 6, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

As the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Awards Classical Fellowship, Petersen becomes the APA's latest rising star to perform at Purdue, joining such contemporaries as Sean Chen, Eric Zuber, and Sullivan Fortner. Petersen was featured on the PBS special From the Top at Carnegie Hall and since gone on to graduate from Harvard and is currently pursuing a master's degree from Juilliard.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Thursday, April 12, 2018 / 7:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

Getting away with murder can be so much fun. What better proof than the knock-’em-dead hit show that earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical?

World Without Us
Friday, April 13, 2018 - Saturday, April 14, 2018
Loeb Playhouse

World Without Us—an exhilarating monologue—is the latest visionary work from Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed. In it, humans have suddenly, vanished—freeing the planet from traditional rules and orders, and prompting eons of biological change. Neither a political statement nor a parable meant to petrify us, World Without Us instead muses on a profound ode to human consciousness.

The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, April 28, 2018 / 7:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The wonderful Wizard of Oz—twists its way onto the Elliott Hall stage with breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs!

Past 2016-17 Events

June 2017
Aaron Lewis
Thursday, June 15 / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tippecanoe County Amphitheater

Aaron Lewis: The Sinner Tour kicks off the summer music series at Tippecanoe County Amphitheater in support of his number one Billboard Country Album.

June 2017
2017-18 Season Launch Party
Wednesday, June 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carnahan Hall

Join us at the all-new Carnahan Hall at Market Square as we unveil our 2017-18 season. Admission includes light hors d'ouevres and complimentary beverage.

April 2017
Purdue Day of Giving
Wednesday, April 26

Your gift to Purdue Convocations can be designated to the Friends fund, education outreach, or any of our designated funds that support specific programs.

April 2017
Verona String Quartet + Daniel Hsu, piano
Sunday, April 23 / 3:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

These 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition winners will perform Franck’s Quintet in F Minor-an urgent work with one emotional height after another.

April 2017
Pippin
Saturday, April 15 / 7:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The Broadway revival of this enchanting musical incorporates Bob Fosse-style choreography, a big top set, and high-flying circus acrobatics.

April 2017
Todrick Hall presents “Straight Outta Oz”
Tuesday, April 11 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Broadway actor, MTV star, American Idol Finalist, and viral YouTube star Todrick Hall is putting a twister on the classic story with "Straight Outta Oz."

April 2017
Bjørn Lomborg
Tuesday, April 11 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fowler Hall

Danish environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

April 2017
Donny McCaslin Quartet
Thursday, April 6 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The saxophonist and his group surged into the mainstream with David Bowie’s Blackstar. But the jazz world had long known and celebrated the work of McCaslin.

April 2017
Bastille
Sunday, April 2 / 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

British indie pop band Bastille brings the Wild, Wild World Tour to Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music, April 2, 2017.

March 2017
Bryce Vine
Friday, March 31 / 7:30 pm
The Anvil

Bryce Vine blends pop and laid back, in-the-cut hip-hop in the first concert at The Anvil at Purdue on March 31.

March 2017
tenThing
Thursday, March 30 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The all-female Norwegian brass ensemble has rewritten the rules in brass repertoire with stylistic explorations of tone, technique, and versatility.

March 2017
Rent
Wednesday, March 29 / 7:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The 20th anniversary of this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

March 2017
TEDxPurdueU: unscripTED
Saturday, March 25 / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

This day-long event uses storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation through sharing ideas developed by Purdue students, faculty, alumni, and community.

March 2017
Taj Express
Wednesday, March 22 / 7:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The dazzling sights and sounds will take you on a live cinematic journey of India—evoking Bollywood’s rollicking energy and centuries of Indian culture.

March 2017
Cage the Elephant
Saturday, March 4 / 7:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

Cage the Elephant + Twin Peaks + Diarrhea Planet will perform live at Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music on March 4, 2017

March 2017
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Thursday, March 2 / 7:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The orchestra returns to Purdue with guest soloist Nikolai Lugansky, who has been among Russia’s most preeminent pianists for nearly 30 years.

March 2017
Doug Brinkley
Wednesday, March 1 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fowler Hall

Historian and author Doug Brinkley will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

February 2017
Pete the Cat
Sunday, February 26 / 3:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Pete the Cat is on a mission to help his friend find artistic inspiration. Join us for a musical adventure that was inspired by the popular book series!

February 2017
Casting Crowns
Saturday, February 25 / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

Christian rock group Casting Crowns brings "The Very Next Thing" Tour with Danny Gokey and Unspoken to Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music, Feb. 25, 2017

February 2017
Mamma Mia!
Friday, February 24 / 8:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The 10th anniversary farewell tour is back one last time. Relive ABBA's hits in this feel-good show featuring "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," and more.

February 2017
The Seldoms
Thursday, February 23 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The Chicago-based dance company explores the concept of “power” itself, using former president Lyndon B. Johnson’s policies as an unlikely backdrop.

February 2017
Shimon Robot and Friends
Saturday, February 18 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Building off ideas and collaborating equally, the robot marimba player listens to bandmates live to present original compositions influenced by jazz & hip-hop.

February 2017
Stan Druckenmiller
Wednesday, February 1 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fowler Hall

Investor Stan Druckenmiller will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

January 2017
Calmus
Tuesday, January 31 / 7:30 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas

Germany's award-winning vocal ensemble returns to Purdue-performing selections inspired by Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and more.

January 2017
J.D. Vance
Monday, January 30 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Political commentator J.D. Vance will join President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.

January 2017
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
Sunday, January 29 / 3:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Get ready for the ultimate playdate 65 million years in the making! Meet an eye-popping collection of amazingly lifelike dinosaurs brought to life on stage!

January 2017
Safety Last!
Friday, January 27 / 8:00 pm
Long Center for the Performing Arts

A treasure of the silent-film era, the 1923 classic will be screened in an historic movie house with accompaniment from Clark Wilson on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

January 2017
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Friday, January 20 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The Purdue Jazz Festival will open with O’Farrill and his orchestra. The Grammy winner is a soloist of Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.

December 2016
Ashley Bathgate: Bach Unwound
Saturday, December 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The rising star of the cello will perform stunning reinterpretations of Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites - featuring amplification, electronics, & multimedia.

November 2016
Inon Barnatan, piano
Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Inon Barnatan has studied alongside some of the 20th century’s most distinguished instructors and will present Handel, Brahms, and Schubert.

November 2016
A Conversation with Ron Chernow
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Ron Chernow, whose book "Hamilton" inspired the hit Broadway musical, will speak at Purdue for the Presidential Lecture Series.

November 2016
ArcAttack: Energy and Electricity
Sunday, November 13, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Through a stage show as interactive as it is inventive, ArcAttack makes music while exploring concepts of electricity, magnetism, robotics, and more!

November 2016
Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait
Friday, November 11, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The acclaimed composer, vocalist, and violinist will perform her original score of folk songs live over H. Lee Waters' Great Depression film vignettes.

November 2016
Mavis Staples
Friday, November 4, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

The Grammy-winning R&B singer brings her latest project featuring songs written for her by Neko Case, Aloe Blacc, Nick Cave, M. Ward, & Ben Harper.

November 2016
Catherine Bertini
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 / 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fowler Hall

Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the United Nations World Food Program and 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, will join Purdue President Mitch Daniels for an in-depth discussion on global food security during the opening program of Purdue’s 2016-2017 Presidential Lecture Series.

October 2016
Sullivan Fortner and Friends
Saturday, October 22, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

This New Orleans native and rising jazz-piano star, winner of the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, will be joined by three of the hottest Indy players.

October 2016
The Represent Tour featuring Waka Flocka Flame
Friday, October 21, 2016 / 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The REPRESENT TOUR with Waka Flocka Flame, TOKiMONSTA, D.R.A.M, & Grey Lamb will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music.

October 2016
Judgment at Nuremberg
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works tours a theatrical version of Judgment at Nuremberg, the great courtroom drama.

October 2016
Judgment at Nuremberg
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works tours a theatrical version of "Judgment at Nuremberg," the great courtroom drama. October 18-19 in Loeb Playhouse

October 2016
Dawn or Doom ’16
Monday, October 3, 2016 - Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Stewart Center

This two day conference features Dave Eggers, acclaimed writer; Marcus Shingles, CEO of the X-Prize Foundation; and Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics.

September 2016
The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan (Hamlet)
Friday, September 23, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Shanghai Peking Opera, among China’s most influential art troupes and cultural ambassadors, will bring to life a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

September 2016
Ken Burns
Thursday, September 22, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

One of America’s most compelling storytellers presents a lecture reminding us of history's timeless lessons incorporating elements from his landmark trilogy.

September 2016
The Triplets of Belleville
Saturday, September 17, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

From former Disney animator, Sylvain Chomet, comes this Oscar-nominated film accompanied by live music. Don't miss this "cine-concert" during West Lafayette's Global Fest!

September 2016
Red Baraat to perform at Global Fest in place of Pat Thomas
Friday, September 16, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms

UPDATE: Please note programming change below

September 2016
Red Baraat
Friday, September 16, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms

NPR called Red Baraat "the best party band in years." Join us for hard-driving North Indian Bhangra at the Global Fest opening dance party!

September 2016
Dirty Dancing
Saturday, September 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Elliott Hall of Music

The record-breaking live theatre sensation is finally here! Don't miss spectacular dancing, passionate romance, and all your favorite songs from the movie.

September 2016
Kevin Locke
Thursday, September 8, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Honors College and Residences Honors Hall

Kevin Locke is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, and educator.

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