2017 Spring Season
We are proud to present the lineup to our 2017 Spring Season at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres. Be sure to browse all of our shows, including entertainment options for the whole the family with the Paramount Academy for the Arts’ Discovery Series.
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Season Show Descriptions
Joe Ely’s Birthday Bash
Friday, February 10th TICKETS
Few artists mean as much to the Paramount as Joe Ely does, so we’re thrilled and honored to kick off our Spring Season with his birthday bash. Whether flying solo, or with his longtime pals The Flatlanders, Ely has carved out a career as one of Texas’ finest musical voices. Expect timeless hits, highlights from his 2015 release Panhandle Rambler, and collaborations with very special guests.
Friday, February 17th TICKETS
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven’t heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group. We can’t get enough of him here at the Paramount, which is why we’re bringing him back to celebrate the release of his 19th studio album Prick of the Litter. As Lyle Lovett said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.” Amen to that.
Thursday, February 23rd TICKETS
Snap Judgment, the smoking hot new public radio show and podcast, comes to the Paramount this spring for live storytelling that features performances by the nation’s top storytellers. Garnering national attention for the selection of nonfiction narrative that straps audiences into an audio rollercoaster, these tickets will go quickly, so be sure to tune into KUT 90.5 on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. to catch the radio show, and then get your tickets before they’re gone.
Friday, February 24th TICKETS
Come enjoy an evening with Sam Baker, one full of stories and songs from his current take on the world. The show will feature songs from his new upcoming CD The Land of Doubt. He writes, “the sunken city rises in this land of drought, the border is restless in this land of doubt.” Sam tells his stories with wit and straight forward lyrics, with narratives ranging from marginalized people to his humorous stance of where we are in this world. From touching songs to hysterical rhetoric the evening will cover a large vista from his perspective. “Life is a gift,” Baker says. “Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost. Ultimately, I came to understand that these days are wicked short and terribly beautiful. All I’ve got is this one breath, and if I’m lucky, I get another.” Baker captivated me. His songs are closely observed narratives of eccentric and marginalized people finding meaning in seemingly defeated lives–almost like Leonard Cohen’s, if Cohen had been a Baptist raised in West Texas Marc Eisen ~ The Daily Page
Terri Hendrix Band with Lloyd Maines
Saturday, February 25th TICKETS
Trailblazing singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix is still going strong – and feeling more inspired at 48 than ever before. In early 2016 she released her 15th album, the emotionally fearless and disarmingly intimate Love You Strong. Recently picked by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential singer-guitarists, she holds her own onstage and in the studio with some of the best musicians in Texas, most notably, Austin City Limits Hall of Fame guitarist/pedal steel player Lloyd Maines. Widely renowned for his work with Joe Ely, Terry Allen, and the Dixie Chicks, the fact that Maines has toured with Hendrix almost exclusively for two decades speaks volumes to his high regard for her songwriting and musicianship.
The Second City
Friday, March 3rd & Saturday, March 4th TICKETS
Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater troupe returns to Stateside at the Paramount with their hilarious show, “We’re All In This Room Together.” Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can’t provide, this must-attend show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City. Never the same show twice, join us in the “Room” where it happens as The Second City celebrates 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generations of comedy’s best and brightest.
The Keno Brothers
Sunday, March 5th TICKETS
Celebrity television hosts, Leigh and Leslie Keno are bringing their art and antique expertise to the historic Paramount stage for an enlightening and engaging evening filled with amusing discovery anecdotes and tips on finding treasures. The Keno brothers were immersed in the world of antiques and classic cars from a young age, extending their interest in beautiful and rare Americana to more than 30 years, and supplying them with a wealth of knowledge and fascinating stories to entertain and inspire you to begin the hunt for your next piece!
Penn & Teller
Friday, March 24th TICKETS
Penn & Teller, cultural icons in their own right, are returning for a magical night to help us celebrate the legendary Harry Houdini’s birthday at the Paramount. For nearly 40 years, Penn & Teller have defied labels by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own distinct niche in comedy. With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, and Emmy-winning TV specials, the comedy duo shows no signs of slowing down as they return to the historic Paramount stage for a night of magic and laughter.
Ruthie Foster Album Release
Saturday, April 1st TICKETS
Ruthie Foster was born in the small, rural town of Gause, TX. Raised in a family of gospel singers, she learned to sing during worship services at her community church. With a chapel-bred bravado trained on the works of powerful women such as Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Ruthie’s sound grew into an inspired blend of blues, folk and gospel. Her last three studio albums have been nominated for Grammys, so it’s a special treat to have her celebrate her new record release at the Paramount. Very special guests to be announced.
Wednesday, April 5th TICKETS
Georgia Middleman is an award-winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, and Keith Urban. She is the “better half” to a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Gary Burr, whose songs have been cut by LeAnn Rimes, Garth Brooks, Ringo Starr, Carole King, and more. Together, they perform incredible songs you’ve heard many times before. Nothing works better in the Stateside than a good old-fashioned songwriter showcase, and Middleman Burr are two of the country’s best.
Darden Smith Album Release
Saturday, April 8th TICKETS
Darden Smith has long transcended traditional singer-songwriter boundaries, and his varied, fascinating musical legacy continues to evolve. He weaves together folk and Americana influence with rock, pop, and the musical roots of his home state of Texas, to create a sound that is uniquely his own. At this intimate Stateside performance, he’ll debut new material from his forthcoming album, which was recently recorded at Austin’s Arlyn Studios.
Thursday, April 27th TICKETS
From 1968 to 1985, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera was the singer, songwriter, and bass player for the legendary rock group Chicago. In his time with the group, they recorded 18 memorable albums, which included hits like “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” and “You’re the Inspiration.” For the first time in 15 years, Cetera is touring with his classic seven-piece electric band.
Alejandro Escovedo with Peter Buck
Saturday, April 29th TICKETS
Renowned songwriter, singer, and true believer, Alejandro Escovedo delivered his new record Burn Something Beautiful on October 28th via Fantasy Records. The new album – Escovedo’s first solo endeavor since 2012’s Big Station – is a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album’s songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project’s producers.
David Sedaris at The Long Center
Monday, May 1st TICKETS
David Sedaris – a Paramount favorite – brings his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques to The Long Center this Spring for a live reading of his selected, humorous works. Slicing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, Sedaris proves he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. With ten million copies of his books in print in over 25 languages, Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers with a special flair for live storytelling that you won’t want to miss.
Leo Kottke with Eliza Gilkyson Duo
Thursday, May 4th TICKETS
Paramount diehards have been clamoring for his return for years, and it’s finally here! The acoustic guitar virtuoso has played numerous memorable shows here over the last three decades and remains a fan favorite. For this performance, his opening act is Austin Music Hall of Famer, Eliza Gilkyson, playing highlights from her Grammy-nominated album The Nocturne Diaries.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Saturday, May 6th TICKETS
Gregory Popovich, an advocate for homeless pets, brings an entourage of rescued, four-legged performers to the Theatre, blending physical comedy and award-winning juggling for a night of fun! Voted “Best Family Show” in Las Vegas, audiences will witness the Dog Classroom, Amazing House-Cats, Animal Train Station, and other unique acts including trained birds, goats, a miniature horse named Diamond, acrobats, mimes, contortionists, and jaw-dropping juggling.
Entertainment for the whole family! The Paramount is committed to continue bringing world-class theatre and puppetry for young audiences to Austin. The Discovery Series has something for everyone in the family to love! Every ticket comes with a study guide crafted to the show’s content.
Single tickets are available to each family show in the Discovery Series. Purchase a complete or partial season for discounts and other subscriber benefits.
Call Of The Wild
Saturday, January 14th – Sunday, January 15th
Written and Directed by Jason Tremblay
Performed by Noel Gaulin
Best for 4th grade and up
Jack London’s Classic Tale Live on Stage!
This multi-media adventure mixes classic story telling with projected illustrations and original music to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of the northland. This Austin-based company, Theatre Heroes, is making their Stateside at the Paramount debut with this compelling one-man production.
The Ugly Duckling
Sunday, February 12th
Best for Pre-K and up
Lightwire Theater (Dino Light) returns to the Paramount stage with The Ugly Duckling. In an age when technology seems to provide many distractions, Lightwire Theater brings the classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling is a wonderful story celebrating differences and transformation while Aesop’s fable. This amazing ‘glow in the dark’ adventure was last seen in 2012 when it had its world premiere on the Stateside stage.
Don’t miss this incredible show celebrating the art of storytelling alongside the magic of “glow in the dark” technology!
Love That Dog
Sunday, April 9th
Best for 2nd grade and up
Come celebrate National Poetry Month with Love That Dog at the Paramount!
Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments – and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say.
With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog by Dutch Theatre company Theatergroep Kwatta, shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.