2017 Fall Season at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres
We are proud to present the lineup to the 2017 Fall Season at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres.
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Fall 2017 Season Schedule
The Flatlanders with Dan Penn
Friday, September 22nd
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock have been friends for almost 40 years, and members of that not-really-a-band, life-of-its-own musical entity known as The Flatlanders for nearly as long. They last joined forces onstage at the Paramount at Ely’s birthday party in February, and we’re thrilled to have them kick off our fall season. Joining them for this show is songwriting icon Dan Penn, who stunned a Stateside crowd with an incredible performance last fall. The master songwriter behind “The Dark End of the Street,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” and “I’m Your Puppet” rarely tours, making this show an extra special one.
Saturday, September 23rd
Former Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn is credited by many as the creator of folk-rock. Once he strapped on his twelve-string Rickenbacker and sang “Turn, Turn, Turn,” the sound of the 1960s was never the same. He sold out the State Theatre so swiftly in 2015, we had to upgrade him to the Paramount. His voice and guitar playing are as transcendent as ever.
Sycamore Creek Album & Book Release
Thursday, September 28th
The position that Radney Foster enjoys in the country music landscape is remarkable. Mainstream country music and independent Americana tend to occupy separate orbits. Yet for 30 years Foster has thrived in both as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer and producer. His songs—solo, with Foster and Lloyd and recorded by other artists—have topped the country, Americana, and AAA charts alike. At the same time, he’s earned the respect of his peers and a devoted audience as intent on listening as they are eager to dance. He premieres a new CD and book at this very special show.
Just Like Medicine Album Release
Saturday, September 30th
From his debut as a jazz influenced blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with his first tour at age 18 opening up for B.B. King. In the span of a 20+-year career, A.J. has headlined festivals and major venues worldwide.
Wednesday, October 4th
One of the world’s most singular voices, Lila Downs’ poignant storytelling transcends all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold. Lila has graced the stages of many of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and even the White House.
Del McCoury Band
Friday, October 20th
For more than fifty years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honky tonks, schoolhouse shows, and the Grand Ole Opry. He got his first taste of the limelight when he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in early 1963; the Father of Bluegrass moved McCoury from the banjo to guitar, made him his lead singer, and gave him a lifetime’s worth of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source. Del might be 76, but he’s singing better than ever and shows no signs of slowing down.
Saturday, October 21st
Get lost in the moment as some of the most talented actors from the stage, screen, and television bring short stories to life. This award-winning NPR series presents a compelling work of short fiction each week, recorded live at New York’s Symphony Space (or in this case, at the Paramount Theatre). Classic authors and bold new writers are showcased equally, and fun is sure to be had!
Saturday, October 21st
Six years ago, Hal Ketchum packed up his guitars and left Nashville, turning his back on a successful, 20+ year career in country music. He first hit the country market alongside fellow troubadours like Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, and went on to sell more than 5 million albums and rack up a half-dozen Top 10 hits. His latest release brings to mind the thrill of his earliest albums, and we can’t wait for him to grace the stage of the intimate State Theatre once again.
An Evening of Storytelling with
Wednesday, November 8th
Garrison Keillor captivates with his signature blend of humor, charisma and wisdom as he shares his journey to becoming one of America’s greatest storytellers. He regaled audiences for more than 40 years as the host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” and continues to bring stories to life on public radio’s “The Writers Almanac.” A best-selling author, Keillor has published more than two dozen books of fiction and poetry and his unique works have earned him honors including Grammy, ACE and Peabody awards. Sharing his passion for everything from creativity and literacy to the great journey of life, Garrison entertains with a sage yet wry perspective, inspiring with kernels of wisdom audiences carry long after he has left the stage.
Let’s Get Awkward
Thursday, November 9th
Demetri has released two standup comedy albums and three hour-long standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix in 2015 titled Demetri Martin Live (at the time). He created and starred in his own television series for Comedy Central called Important Things with Demetri Martin. The Paramount family is thrilled to have him back on our stage, this time as part of our 2017 Fall Season.
Into the Wild Live!
Sunday, November 12th
America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, LIVE!
Ray Wylie Hubbard’s
Friday, November 17th
Last November, Ray Wylie Hubbard rang in 70 years with a super-sized birthday show at the Paramount. He’s back again in 2017 with family and very special guests joining the seminal songwriter onstage. Hubbard started his journey as a folk singer in his native Oklahoma before falling in with the wild and wooly cosmic/outlaw Texas country scene of the 1970s. His most recent album, last year’s The Ruffian’s Misfortune, found the Austin icon writing the strongest material of his career, and his recently-published autobiography, A Life…Well, Lived was an instant classic.
Saturday, November 18th
John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of three books of fake facts and invented trivia, all of them New York Times Bestsellers, and his writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, This American Life, The New Yorker, and Mad Magazine. After an appearance to promote his books on “The Daily Show,” he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show’s “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire.” Currently, he is the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast, where he settles serious disputes between real people, such as “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” and “Should we tell our children the truth about Santa Claus?” He also contributes a weekly column under the same name for The New York Times Magazine.
Sunday, November 19th
Seven-time Grammy winner and film and television sensation Gladys Knight is back at the Paramount Theatre for the first time since 2011. Knight has recorded more than 38 albums and charted No. 1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary. From her Motown days with The Pips to her solo albums, she has enchanted audiences with five decades of memorable hits songs, including “Every Beat Of My Heart,” “Letter Full Of Tears,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and “Midnight Train To Georgia.” Don’t miss experiencing the ‘Empress of Soul’ live!
A John Waters Christmas
Friday, December 1st
John Waters is back for an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor (he “puts the X in X-mas”), with this show for the open-minded and slightly left-of-center audience. “It’s my obsession with Christmas. What I want for Christmas, what you should want, and how to handle every holiday disaster,” Waters says. The “Pope of Trash” will give you a Joyeux Noel like no other.
Tuesday, December 12th
Tommy Emmanuel was destined, perhaps, to become a world-class musician. Given his first guitar at age four, he started working professionally just two years later. A friend and follower of the late Chet Atkins, who christened Emmanuel a Certified Guitar Player, Emmanuel easily skates between musical styles. An accomplished fingerstyle player, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. “It’s all about the feeling of the music,” Emmanuel says. “And it has to make me feel something. I’m still playing for myself, you know, because I figure if I please me, then I’m pretty sure I’m gonna please you. And that’s not an arrogant statement, it’s just quality control.”
Thursday, December 14th
A surefire sellout every year, The Moth returns in 2017 with an all-new batch of stories and storytellers. Hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by the Wall Street Journal, The Moth has presented thousands of stories by people from all walks of life to standing room only crowds worldwide.
Bruce & Kelly’s
Annual Holiday Shindig
Saturday, December 16th
It’s a bonafide Paramount holiday tradition. Last year’s sold-out Christmas bash featured a knockout guest performance from Lee Ann Womack, and you can bet Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison will outdo themselves with this year’s show. The singer-songwriter husband-and-wife duo will perform songs from their Christmas album,Happy Holidays, holiday-themed classics, and more!
Captain Scott Kelly
The Sky is Not the Limit:
Lessons from a Year in Space
Wednesday, January 31st
Captain Scott Kelly’s epic year in space solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. Now, in his acclaimed speech appearances, he brings audiences to the edge of their seats with transcendent insights that inspire and challenge. One of a select group of Americans who embody a defining moment in the nation’s history, he captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking voyage. On his trip, Scott, together with his identical twin brother Mark on Earth, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. This year, the world awaits another exciting landing with the arrival of Scott’s widely-anticipated memoir, Endurance: My Year In Space and Our Journey to Mars, slated for release in late 2017. His book has also been optioned as a Hollywood film by Sony Pictures. With awe-inspiring stories from space and personal reflections on leadership, teamwork and testing limits, Scott inspires others to believe that they can reach any goal, no matter how ambitious or audacious.