Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Temptations lead a cluster of new shows announced last week by the Musikfest Café in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
Shows with renowned jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, comedian Tig Notaro and “The Music of Grover Washington Jr.” with musical director Jason Miles were also announced.
Tickets for all of these shows go on sale Tuesday to ArtsQuest members and Friday for the general public. They’ll be available at artsquest.org and 610-332-3378.
Carbon Leaf - April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Caron Leaf is known for its unique blend of Celtic, Appalachian, folk and country. The five-man band from Richmond, Va., won an American Music Award for its Irish-tinged single "The Boxer" in 2002. Its first album, Meander, was release in 1992, but the group really came into the national spotlight with its major hit album, Indian Summer, in 2004.
The Music of Grover Washington Jr. - Musical Director Jason Miles - May 24, 8:30 p.m.
Part of RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller
Grammy Award-winning producer and keyboardist Jason Miles performs the music of the late saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. at RiverJazz. Miles has recorded two albums honoring Washington, To Grover With Love and 2 Grover With Love, as well as performed hundreds of Grover Washington Jr. tribute shows at festivals and stages around the world.
Tig Notaro - June 14, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $21 and $25 in advance; $25 and $29 day of show
A native of Mississippi, Tig Notaro’s comedy career has taken off after its launch only a few, short years ago. Notaro has appeared in a number of television shows including The Sarah Silveman Program, The Office , Community and The Life & Times of Tim. She hosts the podcast Professor Blastoff, and in 2011 she released her debut stand-up comedy album, Good One.
John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension - June 17, 7:30 p.m.
Musician and composer John McLaughlin has been labeled one of the most incredible and versatile guitarists to grace jazz. He has collaborated with a Who’s Who of musicians ranging from Santana to Miles Davis. In 2003 McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
The Temptations - July 25, 8 p.m.
One of the most iconic bands in the history of American music, The Temptations had their first No. 1 hit, “My Girl,” in 1965. Since then the group has earned four Grammy Awards, 18 No. 1 Billboard singles and 10 Top Ten albums. In 1989 it was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.