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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.