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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
PLATINUM-SELLING AMERICANA BAND
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
Thursday, September 15, 8PM

“The twentysomethings in Old Crow Medicine Show marry old-time string music and punk swagger.” Rolling Stone

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents Grammy Award winning Americana band, Old Crow Medicine Show on Thursday, September 15, at 8 p.m. This platinum-selling roots band rose to fame through endless dedication to a unique country sound that appeals to both old-school country music fans and rock audiences alike. Called “impressive with raw energy and classy musicianship” (The Guardian), these six multi-instrumentalists were inducted into The Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and have played the world’s most renowned festivals and venues. Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show are $31-49 and are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998, winning audiences with their boundless energy and spirit. They caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson, who launched their career by inviting them to play at his festival, MerleFest, an annual tribute to the music of Doc and Merle Watson. Shortly thereafter, the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

Since then, the band has won two Grammy Awards including “Best Folk Album” for Remedy (2014) and “Best Long Form Music Video” for Big Easy Express (2013). Additionally, their classic single, “Wagon Wheel,” received Platinum certification in 2013 for selling over one-million copies.

Old Crow Medicine Show has toured the world playing festivals and venues such as  Bonnaroo, Cambridge Folk Festival, Coachella, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Summerstage in Central Park NYC, and the Newport Folk Festival.  Regular guests on the NPR show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” they were touted by host Garrison Keillor as “one of the greatest bands that A Prairie Home Companion has ever had the pleasure to host.” They’ve shared the stage with artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Avett Brothers and others.

Old Crow Medicine Show now have five studio albums to their name, three of which were released by Nettwerk Records – O.C.M.S (2004) and Big Iron World (2006), and Tennessee Pusher (2008). In 2012, ATO Records released, Carry Me Back, on which they continued to craft classic American roots music. The band’s latest album, Remedy (2014), released by ATO Records includes new Old Crow classics like “Sweet Amarillo,” “8 Dogs 8 Banjos,” and “Brushy Mountain Cojugal Trailer.”

Tickets to see Old Crow Medicine show live in concert on September 15 are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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http://www.crowmedicine.com/


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
COUNTRY MUSIC STAR KELLIE PICKLER
Thursday, August 25, 8PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents country music star Kellie Pickler on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m. Pickler has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans as a country music artist, beginning as a American Idol finalist. She has since released four studio albums, including the single “Best Days of Your Life,” co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10 song. The multi-talented songbird also partnered with Derek Hough to win Dancing with the Stars in 2013. Tickets from $35 to $75 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. A post-show meet and greet with Pickler is included with the purchase of a $75 ticket.

“My life is a country song,” she has said on occasion, and no one who knows her or has watched her career evolve from her days as a breakout presence on American Idol would argue in the least.

Attributing her sound to the queens of country Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, Pickler is a down-to-earth fan of her genre who also happens to be one of its best interpreters. There is also an echo of her idols in her love of taking her music to fans, one show at a time. Her third album, 100 Proof, drew huge critical acclaim, earning No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone in 2012, saying it “may be the best traditionalist album of the year.”

With the release of her latest album, The Woman I Am, her first for new label home Black River Entertainment, Pickler takes yet another long step forward. The project reflects her continuing growth as an artist and as a person. It features the instrumental talents of many of Nashville’s best musicians and songs from some of the city’s most talented writers, as well as some she wrote herself. One of her co-writers is husband Kyle Jacobs, who stars alongside Pickler in the CMT hit reality show, I Love Kellie Pickler, now shooting its second season. “When I write a song,” she says, “I just write about who I am and where I’ve been, where I am and what I’m going through, or about people who have had an impact on me.” The results here include the title track, “The Woman I Am,” an honest look inside Pickler’s worldview, “Bonnie and Clyde,” a look at relationships with a sly nod to the well-known outlaw couple, and the truly remarkable “Selma Drye,” which Pickler wrote about her pistol-packing, snuff-chewing great-grandmother.

Her charm and candour have made for memorable appearances from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to GMA, from The Tonight Show to baseball’s All-Star Game. Her reputation as someone who has overcome adversity has made her a natural everywhere from USO tours to the Middle East (she is about to undertake her seventh) to charitable endeavours including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, American Cancer Society, Wounded Warrior Project and many others. Her heart-on-her-sleeve compassion was in evidence when she shaved her head in support of her friend Summer Miller, who was battling breast cancer, and to spread the message of early detection. Tickets to see Kellie Pickler Live in Concert on August 25 are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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http://www.kelliepickler.com/


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents the return of the
NEW BEDFORD WHALING BLUES FESTIVAL
Fort Taber, New Bedford
Saturday, August 13, 11:45am-7:45pm

(New Bedford) –The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center proudly joins with the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival to bring back this beloved, outdoor music festival to scenic Fort Taber Park overlooking Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands on Saturday, August 13 from 11:45am-7:45pm. The 2016 New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival  features platinum selling axe-man Kenny Wayne Shephard, the “new Queen of the Blues” Shemekia Copeland, Grammy-winning New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, New Bedford’s blues-guitar wunderkind Quinn Sullivan and Martha’s Vineyard’s Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.  Tickets are $25 (senior/student), $55 (general) and $125 (VIP) and are available at both www.zeiterion.org and www.nbwhalingbluesfest.com, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The Whaling Blues Festival began in 1998 when a few friends decided they wanted present a day of high-quality music on the New Bedford waterfront.  Festival founder, Sean Moriarty muses on the festival’s origin, “We created the blues festival in the late 90s because we wanted to do something positive for New Bedford. Our humble beginning on Pier 3 was almost washed away by nine inches of rain, but we knew we were on to something when over 1,200 people braved the elements and showed up with smiles and rain gear ready to hear great music and have a good time.”

The Festival continued for the next eight years and grew to host over 3,000 thousand music fans at beautiful Fort Taber Park , and hosted great blues artists like Susan Tedeschi, Grace Potter, Shemekia Copeland, GE Smith, Dicky Betts, Roomful of Blues and many others.

Now, after a decade hiatus, the New Bedford Whaling Blues festival has partnered with The Zeiterion to bring the event back bigger and better than ever at Fort Taber Park with a stellar line up of blues greats, including:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band: Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a Louisiana born guitarist and songsmith known for his genre-defining blues-infused rock n’ roll style, who has built an enviable resume as an accomplished recording artist and a riveting live performer.  He has sold millions of albums worldwide, received five GRAMMY® nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, the Blues Foundation’s ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award and two Blues Music awards. Shepherd had seven #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles.

Shemekia Copeland is an eight-time Blues Music Award winner, 2016 Best Blues Album Nominee and the headliner at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival.  Her wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Sun Times declared, “Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago…devastatingly powerful.”

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen were dubbed by Bonnie Raitt as the “9th wonder of the world.” Jon Cleary is a New Orleans funk master, tunesmith, keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist. He does it all with his hard-driving, soulful brand of rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues. His latest album, GoGo Juice, won a 2016 GRAMMY® for Best Regional Roots Music Album, and bursts with the flavors of New Orleans’ rich music scene.

Quinn Sullivan is a New Bedford native and blues guitar prodigy who displayed such profound talent at an early age that he made his national debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show at the tender age of six. Two years later, he met his soon-to-be mentor Buddy Guy on-stage at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Their “introduction” was a jam so magical that it has attracted over 5.5 million views on Youtube. After recording guitar tracks on Guy’s’ 2009 record Skin Deep, Quinn was rocketed into the stratosphere before his tenth birthday. He’s had the pleasure of jamming with legendary players like Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, and BB King at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Red Rocks.

Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish  are Martha’s Vineyard legends who played the first note at the inaugural New Bedford Whaling Blues Fest in 1998! Theirs is a fiery brand of roadhouse blues, rock and roll, zydeco, and a lot of New Orleans-steeped voodoo. Called “a deep sea spawn of Slim Harpo and Howlin’ Wolf” by the Washington Post, Johnny’s soaring vocals, soulful harp and a killer band have made them a New England institution.

In addition to the main stage artists, The Festival also dedicates a stage to local talent. This year’s artists include Shipyard Wreck, Neal McCarthy and Craig DeMelo.   “The idea of bringing back the Festival has been stoked over the years by many fans who expressed how much they missed the event,” says Moriarty. Rosemary Gill, Executive Director of The Z adds “It’s a natural fit to partner with Sean to produce the Blues Festival. We have expanded our programming beyond the 57 mainstage performances, school-time performances and Creative Classroom Series. This summer, I’m thrilled to say we’re bringing  programs outside our walls to produce three festivals, including Viva Portugal, The New Bedford Folk Festival, and the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival.”

Moriarty concludes, “It’s going to be a very cool day of hot Blues overlooking Buzzards Bay and the Islands.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday in August.”   Tickets for the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival range from $25-$125 and are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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www.nbwhalingbluesfest.com


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER MELISSA ETHERIDGE
Wednesday, June 29, 8PM

(New Bedford) – Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge returns to Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, June 29, at 8 p.m. with her M.E. Solo tour.  A limited run in an intimate setting, Melissa will play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano will perform songs from her latest album, This is M.E. The M.E. Solo tour will feature both new tunes and classics like “Come to My Window” and “I Want to Come Over,” all intertwined with personal anecdotes. Etheridge’s many accolades include two Grammy Awards and 17 nominations, an Academy Award (“I Need to Wake Up” from the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth) and a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. Tickets from $55 to $75 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

“I haven’t been this excited about making music and creating in ages,” Etheridge says about her new album, This is M.E. She continued, “I enjoy doing a solo show, and diving into my catalogue of songs brings a new freshness to my older material. It is such an intimate experience with the audience, and it is truly one of my favorite ways to perform.” Of her solo tour, the New York Times raved, “Ms. Etheridge gave each big chorus the additional heft of her voice, still a raspy and incandescent howl.”

With this album, her 12th collection of new material, she is not alone as a songwriter. She teamed with Jerrod Bettis (Adele, One Republic), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, Selena Gomez), Jerry Wonda (Grammy Award-winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige) and Roccstar (Usher, Chris Brown), among others. These collaborations were a new route for the artist, and recording the new album proved an inspiring, electrifying experience for her. The powerful lyrics and incomparable voice, the indelible melodies, the blazing guitars could be from no one else. “Who Are You Waiting For” closes the album on the most intimate, emotional, personal, lump-in-the-throat note of her entire career. It’s the song she wrote for and debuted at her wedding to Linda Wallem.

This is M.E. album marks the debut of her independent label and also ushers in a very active stretch for Etheridge. In addition to her steady touring, both with her band and as a solo act, she continued her noted activism speaking to the United Nations on LGBT rights as human rights, sang her own “Uprising of Love” and John Lennon’s “Imagine” as part of this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square and performed at the opening ceremonies of the WorldPride week in Toronto.

Tickets for Melissa Etheridge’s M.E. Solo Tour on June 29 are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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http://www.melissaetheridge.com/


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
STAND-UP COMEDIAN D.L. HUGHLEY
Sunday, June 26, 8PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center welcomes comedian D.L. Hughley, known for his astute and politically savvy brand of comedy, on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. Hughley has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years as one of the most popular and highly recognized stand-up comedians on the road, thanks largely to his key role in the documentary The Original Kings of Comedy. Tickets from $29.50 to $69.50 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. A post-show meet and greet with Hughley is included with the purchase of a $69.50 ticket.

Currently, Hughley can be seen in NBC’s new medical drama, Heartbeat, as head psychiatrist Dr. Hackett, and he can be heard as the host of his own nationally-syndicated radio program, “The D.L. Hughley Show.” He is also on the road with George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy as part of “The Comedy Get Down” tour.

“From the minute I first walked onstage and picked up a microphone,” Hughley says about the start of his career. “I knew that it was what I was meant to do.” In addition to comedy clubs, he has made a major splash in television, film and radio. His rise to fame included hosting BET’s stand-up comedy show ComicView, then he went on to star in his namesake television show, The Hughleys. He has many other appearances across the television landscape, including as an actor in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Scrubs, guest host of many talk shows such as The View and Live with Kelly and Michael, and even as a contestant in Dancing with the Stars. He also created and starred in the satirical documentary special for Comedy Central D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, which was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards competition.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER CEELO GREEN
Wednesday, June 8, 8PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents singer-songwriter-producer CeeLo Green on Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m. Known for the hit single “Crazy” with Gnarls Barkley and his solo smash “Forget You,” CeeLo’s The Love Train Tour Pt. 2 includes new music from solo album “Heart Blanche,” including the buzz-worthy song “Robin Williams.” Tickets from $29 to $49 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. VIP packages, which include a meet and greet and photo opportunity with the artist, range from $104 to $124.

CeeLo is well-known for the hit single “Forget You” that earned him five Grammy nominations and won for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance.” The single, from the 2010 album “The Lady Killer,” is certified Gold in the U.S. and Denmark, and it achieved platinum status in Canada, New Zealand and the UK, as well as multi-platinum status in Australia. It hit such mainstream status that even Gwyneth Paltrow covered “Forget You” on Glee (2011). CeeLo’s solo career came after his time with Gnarls Barkley, formed with deejay-producer Danger Mouse. Their 2006 hit “Crazy” reached #1 in various singles charts worldwide and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. Prior to his time with Gnarls Barkley, CeeLo saw success with the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob.

In addition to his success as a recording artist, CeeLo completed four seasons as a coach on NBC’s hit show The Voice alongside Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. He has also made guest-appearances on NBC’s Parenthood (2011), FOX’s American Dad (2011), Nickelodeon’s How To Rock (2012), Anger Management (2013) and also hosted his own talk show CeeLo Green Talking to Strangers on FUSE TV. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live (2011) and Oprah (2011), presented at the Billboard Music Awards (2013), ESPYs (2011) and Kids’ Choice Awards (2012), and performed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna, The Grammy Awards with the Muppets (2011), Brit Awards (2011), Billboard Music Awards (2011/2012), Soul Train Awards (2011) and BET Awards (2011).

Tickets are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center unites the top Portuguese cultural organizations to create
VIVA PORTUGAL!
DOWNTOWN NEW BEDFORD’S FIRST FESTA
Saturday, May 7, 1:00-7:45PM

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is proud present an entire day of programming dedicated to the arts and cultural of Portugal on Saturday, May 7! It begins with “Viva Portugal,” downtown New Bedford’s first “festa” or street fair, from 1:00-7:45PM. This free, family-friendly event features four city blocks, centered at the intersection of Purchase and Spring Streets, of lively Portuguese culture and entertainment, organized by The Z and eight leading Portuguese cultural organizations. After 7:45PM, as “Viva Portugal” winds down in the streets around The Z, audiences will transition inside the theater for a mainstage concert of Portuguese fado music by the “fresh faces of fado” Nathalie Pires and Marco Rodrigues at 8:00pm. Concert tickets: $35-$49. Following the concert, the final event of the day is a fundraiser supporting the non-profit Portuguese School and The Z. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with performers and enjoy Portuguese food and drinks. Tickets $35-40. The “Viva Portugal” festa is free, and the tickets for the evening fado concert and fundraiser are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is located in New Bedford, the heart of the Southcoast’s Portuguese population. The area is also home to a host of Portuguese cultural organizations, all of whom produce events and programs that create a strong cultural identity for the area and its residents.  When the Zeiterion decided to create a Portuguese festa to complement the evening fado performance, Executive Director Rosemary Gill thought it was an opportunity to do something unique – to invite all the Portuguese clubs, feasts, festivals and government groups to collaborate on the project.

“I have admired the work of these groups for a long time, and knew this was the perfect opportunity to bring them all together to showcase the best of Portuguese culture,” said Rosemary Gill. The partner groups she brought together to create “Viva Portugal” include the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento, Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, House of the Azores of New England, New Bedford Day of Portugal, Portuguese United for Education, the Prince Henry Society of New Bedford, and Tagas Press, Center for Portuguese Studies, UMD. Additional partners include The City of New Bedford, and The New Bedford Whaling Museum.

These partners have pooled their creative resources to produce “Viva Portugal,” a festa showcasing the food, performing arts and folkloric culture of Portugal. The streets around the Zeiterion will have a live music stage, a food demonstration tent, art exhibits, roaming performers, parade floats, food vendors, café tables, whale boat demonstration, craft vendors, classic Portuguese decorations, and kids activities.

“Viva Portugal” highlights include:

  • In the Portugalia Tent, renowned Portuguese chefs and cookbook authors Ana Ortins, Maria Lawton and Joe Rego will offer cooking demonstrations.
  • On the outdoor Viva Portugal stage, The Z will presents comedians The Portuguese Kids, Pianist Renato Diz, Raizes, and the Madeiran folkloric dance group Grupo Folclorico do Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, among many others.
  • Portuguese food vendors will offer the classic selections of caçoila and linguica sandwiches, malassadas, cod fish cakes, favas, and tremoços – a signature Portuguese salty snack made from lupini beans.
  • The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society will showcase their authentic Azorean whaleboat “Pico” and present master boat builder, Joao Silveira Tavares from Pico, Azores. He will demonstrate the art of oar making.
  • Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento, also known as “The Feast,” will set the visual tone of the event with decorations and parade floats that include, The S.S Brinquinho, a replica of Columbus Santa Maria ship; Madeira Wine Press Float, dedicated to the traditional wine making on the island of Madeira; and Madeira land Float, a replica of the Island of Madeira.

“Viva Portugal,” a celebration of Portuguese art and culture, is a free event. Tickets for the “Nathalie Pires & Marco Rodrigues” 8:00PM fado concert are $35-$49; and tickets for the post-show Portuguese School and Zeiterion Performing Arts Center fundraiser are $35-40. All tickets are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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THE NEW VOICES OF FADO
NATHALIE PIRES & MARCO RODRIGUES in concert
Saturday, May 7, 8:00 p.m.

“Pires has been rising in the ranks of fado’s new young guard.”  Boston Globe

(New Bedford) – Fado, which means “fate” or “destiny,” is arguably the world’s oldest urban folk music, having emerged from the bustling cafes of Lisbon in the early nineteenth century. While fado music has endured since then, it has been reinvigorated by contemporary artists along the way. The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, a leading presenter of world-renowned fado artists, is proud to bring forward two of these new voices when the “fresh faces of fado” Nathalie Pires and Marco Rodrigues, take the stage on Saturday, May 7, at 8:00p.m. They will perform both solo and together in their New Bedford debut! Tickets from $35 to $49 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Nathalie Pires is one of today’s leading, young fado singers.  Born and raised in the Portuguese American community in New Jersey, she is a stunning new talent who is praised for her intense, expressive voice. Fado singing is often described as the soul of the Portuguese people, which makes the rise of this American born singer to international prominence all the more impressive. She has even gained acceptance in Lisbon’s fado clubs and taverns – a rare feat for an American fadista!

In 2007, when she was 21, Nathalie recorded her first album, Corre-me O Fado Nas Veias (Fado Runs in My Veins). The album was awarded the United Artists of America’s “Prémio Lusíada” for “Best Fado Album of 2007.” In 2011 she received her most personally meaningful recognition to date, when she was given the “Amália Rodrigues Medal of Merit” in recognition of her status an “ambassador of fado” and her efforts representing Amália, her idol, with dignity outside Portugal.  A performance from her second album, 2015’s Fado Alem, gained her recognition as “Fado Singer of the Year” by the International Portuguese Music Association.

Marco Rodrigues is from northern Portugal and as a teenager, placed second in the largest fado contest in Portugal the “Grande Noite do Fado.” That same year he was selected as Portugal’s representative at the International Music Festival in Italy. Later, after moving the fado capital of Lisbon, he again participated in the “Grande Noite do Fado” and won! His victory opened the opportunity to play some of Lisbon’s most important “Casas de Fado.”  Marco’s success caught the attention Mariza, the world’s most famous fado singer, and she invited him to play with her in Lisbon’s Oporto Rivoli, as well at the Royal Festival Hall in London.  He has since performed with other fado greats Ana Moura and Carlos do Carmo and received the 2007 Amália Rodrigues Foundation’s prize for the best “Newcomer Fado Singer.”

Tickets for “An Evening of Fado with Nathalie Pires and Marco Rodrigues” are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival 

Voted one of “New England’s Greatest Celebrations” Boston Globe

 (New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents the 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival Saturday July 9 through Sunday July 10 with an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. Livingston Taylor, Kate Taylor, Cheryl Wheeler and national blues treasure Rory Block are joined by over 50 performers and groups including The Stray Birds, John Gorka, Celtic super group RUNA, Grammy nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky, Ellis Paul, Irish guitar wizard John Doyle, Garnet Rogers, Prairie Home Companion regular Pat Donohue and many more. The festival runs from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm both days and is located in and around the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and the Whaling National Historical Park in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. Special VIP Weekend Passes are $100; Single-Day and Weekend Admissions are $15 and $20 through June 30. Children under 12 are free. Tickets and information are available at www.zeiterion.org and www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com, 508-994-2900, and the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The New Bedford Folk Festival present music on seven stages in and around the National Park that range from the 1,200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” area. Performers are presented in concerts and in the popular festival “workshops” which feature three or four performers or groups on stage at the same time in one-time, unique musical shows. The festival also fills the historic streets with over ninety juried, handmade-goods crafts vendors and global importers. Food will be available, including the justifiably world famous New Bedford landed fish and scallops.

The New Bedford Folk Festival has been recognized as a “Critic’s Pick” and one of “New England’s Greatest Celebrations” by the Boston Globe. Yankee Magazine selected the festival as an “Editor’s Choice” for the summer of 2014. Thousands of people from New England and across the nation attend the festival over the weekend making it a major destination for this summer weekend. This year’s festival promises an exciting and memorable celebration which shows the city of New Bedford at its best.

The lineup of performers is: Rory Block, Matt Borrello, Benoit Bourque and Antoine Bourque-Pigeon, Caroline Doctorow, Pat Donohue, John Doyle, Melissa Ferrick, John Gorka, Jefferson Hamer, Matt and Shannon Heaton, Anne Hills, Michael Johnson, Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr., Pete and Maura Kennedy, Mike Laureanno, Les Poules à Colin, Low Lily, Miss Rosie, Bruce Molsky, Moonshine Holler, Grace Morrison, the New Bedford Sea Chanty Chorus, No Fuss and Feathers, Chris Pahud, Ellis Paul, John Roberts, Garnet Rogers, RUNA, Spuyten Duyvil, The Stray Birds, Kate Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Art Tebbetts and Cheryl Wheeler. All performers are subject to change.

Tickets to 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival range from $15-$100 and are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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http://newbedfordfolkfestival.com/

Community Partners with the New Bedford Folk Festival are The City of New Bedford, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The New Bedford Folk Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of New Bedford, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Havana Nights: 2016 Spring Gala

“Havana is a mistress of pleasure, the lush and opulent goddess of delights.” Cabaret Quarterly, 1956

(New Bedford) – The interior of the historic Zeiterion Performing Arts Center will be transformed into a vibrant 1950s Cuban Cabaret for the second annual gala and fundraiser, “Havana Nights” on Saturday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. The stage will triple in size to become an exclusive Havana social club, complete with a nine-piece Latin band, three-course meal, salsa dance performances, and a silent auction that includes a vacation for two to Portugal. Tickets for The Havana Nights Spring Gala are $150 per person, and all proceeds benefit the mission of The Zeiterion. Tickets and information are available at www.zeiterion.og, 508-997-5664 x 143 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Last year, a capacity crowd flocked to the 1920s inspired inaugural event. This year, attendees will experience the Havana high-life, and travel back to the island where time stood still. “We love a good theme here at The Z!” says the Zeiterion’s Development Director Nicole Merusi. “We want to be sure our guests aren’t coming to just another fundraiser. For us it’s a full theatrical production – complete with costumes, backdrops, and entertainment. We are a performing arts center, after all.”

Guests will be entertained by salsa dancers from Dancing the Dream Productions, as they demonstrate the classic steps of cha-cha and salsa-rueda styles. Inspired, attendees will have a chance to dance to the music of an outstanding nine-piece authentic Latin band, Grupo Sazon.  This high energy band with Latin and Cuban influences is led by master percussionist Jesus Andujar, a native of the Caribbean.

The “Havana Nights” three-course meal is inspired by the cuisine of Cuba and includes croquetas jamon (crispy serrano ham croquettes), papas rellanas (fried spicy beef stuffed potatoes) and Mini Tres Leches Cupcakes. The bar will feature signature drinks like the “Hemingway Daquiri” and “Presidente– a cocktail named in honor of Mario García Menocal, president of Cuba from 1912 to 1920, made of dark rum, curacao, white vermouth and a dash of grenadine.

The sights, sounds and flavors of Cuba will inspire tour globe trotters to explore the world, and “Havana Nights” silent auction items will get them there! Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a vacation for two to Portugal with round-trip airfare provided by Sata Airlines and accommodations provided Sagres Vacations; a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, and a private sunset sail around Buzzard’s Bay.

All proceeds from this exotic evening will benefit The Z’s mission to entertain, educate, and inspire our community through the performing arts and contribute to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the South Coast.

Tickets to the annual Zeiterion Performing Arts fundraiser “Havana Nights: 2016 Spring Gala” are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-997-5664 x 143, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents Innovative and Vibrant Dance Company
BODYTRAFFIC
Breaking the Boundaries of Traditional Dance

“super fast, super sexy, super expressive” Danceviewtimes.com

(New Bedford, MA) – Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC, named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013, is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company known for commissioning repertory from the world’s most acclaimed contemporary choreographers. Praised for its “confident, hard-hitting” (LA Weekly) execution in a wide range of styles, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the dance world. Their New Bedford debut will feature works by Barak Marshall, Richard Siegal and Victor Quijada on Saturday, February 27 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $27-$47 and are available at www.zeiterion.org or by calling 508-994-2900. Tickets can also be purchased at The Zeiterion Box Office, 648 Purchase Street in New Bedford.

BODYTRAFFIC uniquely reflects LA’s diverse landscape – warm, innovative, and sexy. Known for their ability to communicate the sheer joy of dance, they have invigorated new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts throughout the country. Their ever-growing repertory by today’s most distinctive choreographic voices is inspiring, accessible, and challenging. BODYTRAFFIC’s family of vibrant dancers drives the company’s commitment to art and entertainment.

BODYTRAFFIC will kick off its performance with Israeli-American choreographer Barak Marshall’s piece And at midnight the green bride floated through the village square… According to Marshall, the piece, inspired by a real Yemen family, “is a morality tale filled with dark humor.” Set to an eclectic score ranging from traditional Yiddish, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic sayings and songs, to the Barry Sisters’ Chiribim Chiribom, “And at midnight…” showcases Marshall’s innovative aesthetic, recognized for its intense gestural vocabulary and fusion of contemporary movement with physical theatre.

The second piece, Once again, before you go is by a choreographer Victor Quijada whose work applies a range of modern to hip-hop ideology, and examines humanity through a unique fusion of classical and street aesthetics. Quijada grew up dancing in the hip-hop culture of his native Los Angeles before moving on to some of North America’s most acclaimed ballet and contemporary dance companies. Bringing his wide-ranging influences into a singular style, Quijada’s piece deals with relationships and explores a number of different stories with an intimate cast of four male dancers and just one female. It was created to a newly commissioned score by Jasper Gahunia, a classically trained composer who regularly performs as a competitive DJ. His composition combines classical music with turntable techniques from hip hop and dance music.

The program concludes with the cheerful and exuberant o2Joy. Choreographed by Munich Dance Award Winner Richard Siegal, o2Joy pays adoring tribute to American jazz standards and features music by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller and The Oscar Peterson Trio. The work is ballet based, peppered with syncopated hip-hop, and drenched in light-hearted humor. As its title suggests, o2Joy is an expression of sheer joy through music and movement, promising to end BODYTRAFFIC’S New Bedford debut on a high note.

BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Co-Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company is already internationally recognized for its high quality and vitality. BODYTRAFFIC has performed throughout the United States and in Canada. In June 2012, the company made its Joyce Theater (NYC) debut; in September 2013, BODYTRAFFIC made its Walt Disney Concert Hall debut at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Opening Night Gala performance; and this past summer marked BODYTRAFFIC’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival debut.

Tickets to BODYTRAFFIC are $27-$47 and available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

BODYTRAFFIC’s appearance at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
Broadway’s Critically Acclaimed Musical
A Night with Janis Joplin
Featuring Tony Award-Nominated Actress Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin

“Keeps the house rocking…with a throbbing fervor.” – The New York Times

(New Bedford) – The 34-city tour of the Broadway production A Night With Janis Joplin comes to The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 26 at 8:00pm, starring Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies. The show is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired her to become one of rock and roll’s greatest legends. Tickets from $47 to $67 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the concert-style tribute stars Mary Bridget Davies as the iconic rocker, whose hits include “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” On stage, Davies will be joined by many of the production’s Broadway cast – a stellar, eight-piece rock band as well as her “Joplinaires” – incredible female singers who provide the iconic voices of the blues and soul singers who influenced Joplin’s music.

“I feel a responsibility to be as honest and authentic as possible,” says Davies, who has spent years singing Joplin songs in concert and onstage. “You can’t fake the funk. You can’t fake Janis.” Praising Davies’ uncanny evocation of Joplin’s vocals and stage persona, the Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks wrote, “It’s a portrait, more than anything else, of a romance: a singer in love with the cleansing embrace of the crowd.”

Cleveland native Davies won local acclaim for her work in various rock bands, was asked to sit in with Big Brother & The Holding Company (Joplin s original band, with whom she would later tour), as well as legendary blues guitarist Robert Lockwood. Davies received a Tony® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical when A Night With Janis Joplin debuted on Broadway in 2013.

Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of rock and roll. Her distinctive, husky voice “filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort” is described by music historian Tom Moon as “devastatingly original.” And while we may not have the chance to see Janis live, The Los Angeles Times says “This electrifying concert musical resurrects the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Tickets to A Night With Janis Joplin are $47-$67 and available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org,  by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

Davies’ appearance in  A Night With Janis Joplin at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

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The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents
Jasmine Guy in
“Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey”

(New Bedford) The Zeiterion welcomes award-winning actress Jasmine Guy (“A Different World”) and the critically-acclaimed jazz ensemble the Avery Sharpe Trio in “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” on Friday, February 5 at 8:00pm. The production is inspired by the 1923 novel “Cane” by Jean Toomer and the works of the musicians, composers, poets, and actors of the Harlem Renaissance. Hear the words of Langston Hughes, the music of Duke Ellington and see the art of one of the biggest movements of cultural and artistic expression in American history. Tickets from $27 to $45 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio visit New Bedford. This production is a rare opportunity for the community to experience the power, passion and excellence of the Harlem Renaissance through these outstandingly talented performers,” said Rosemary Gill, Zeiterion Executive Director.

The Harlem Renaissance, 1918-37, is known as the most influential movement in African American literary and creative arts history — a blossoming of African American culture that embraced literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts. In the years leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, there was a sense of building artistic expression. Up until then, outlets and avenues for its poets, musicians, novelists, artists, and actors were few. But in 1918, as the first great World War concluded and thousands of African-American soldiers returned home victorious, this mountain of artistic expression was ready to explode.

The words and thoughts of Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and many others, became the voice of a new generation of African Americans, looking forward but still struggling with the past and present. These thoughts, songs, and images are woven into a panoramic experience that spans this extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor. “Raisin’ Cane” is a window on this critical point in history.

Starring the award winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, “Raisin’ Cane” celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery.

Tickets to “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” on Friday, February 5 at 8:00pm range from $27-$45 and are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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Jasmine Guy has a regular presence on film, television, and stage. She was the star of the “The Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards. Television work includes “The Vampire Diaries,” “Melrose Place,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Dead Like Me.” A former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she has also appeared in a range of Broadway and national productions including “Chicago,” “Grease,” and “The Wiz.” On film, she starred in Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” as well as in “Harlem Nights,” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” She is not only recognized as an accomplished actress, singer, and comedienne, but also as a director, writer, and speaker.

Avery Sharpe is considered one of the greatest Jazz bassists of his generation. He has performed and toured with many of the world’s top jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny and others. Sharpe’s extraordinary compositional skills are on display in “Raisin’ Cane.” His exceptional works have been performed in every musical configuration from orchestras to the Grammy Award Winning Jazz recordings of Michael Brecker and McCoy Tyner.


ALAN CUMMING IN “ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS”

Taking command of the stage with the ease of a vaudevillian who has been treading the boards for decades, Cumming entertained with a capital E.” – New York Times

“Forget sexy. Tony Award winner Alan Cumming is bringing cabaret back. Yes, this irrepressible scamp has feelings. But he is first and foremost fabulous.” – Los Angeles Times

(New Bedford) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome four-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming, known for standout roles in television (The Good Wife, The L Word), film (Eyes Wide Shut, Titus), theatre (Hamlet, Cabaret, Macbeth) in the smash cabaret review “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs” on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. Alan will share the stage with his longtime collaborator and Emmy-winning musical director, Lance Horne, and cellist Eleanor Norton in a show the New York Times calls an “emotional firestorm” with songs by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Rufus Wainwright and Miley Cyrus, “delivered passionately and with tremendous theatrical authority.” Tickets from $49 to $99 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Tickets at the $99 level includes post-performance artist meet and greet with Mr. Cumming.

Direct from a sold-out residency at New York’s legendary Carlyle Hotel, Cumming will bring the house down with unique reinterpretations of pop and stage classics, born out of his post-show parties during the Broadway season of Cabaret, and honed to sharp-tongued perfection at The Carlyle. There’s no one else quite like Alan Cumming—and there’s certainly no other evening that comes close to the delicious mix of songs, salacious stories, and sly gossip as “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.” Thrill to yet another side of this incredible entertainer, lovingly described as “a bawdy countercultural sprite!” by The New York Times.

Alan is best known for his work on stage and screen as well as for writing a best-selling memoir “Not My Father’s Son.” He has been called “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and “one of the most fun people in show business.” His recent season of Sam Mendes’ Cabaret on Broadway saw him reprise his multi-award winning role as Emcee and he’s also currently on screen in the Emmy-award winning The Good Wife.

Tickets to “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.” range from $49-$99 and are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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(New Bedford, MA) – The national phenomenon of TED Talks comes to New Bedford for a day-long conference on Friday, November 6 from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Nationally, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. Locally, independently run TEDx events help harness the power of ideas to change lives within communities. This inaugural TEDx conference will feature 14 regional and national speakers who will share their inspirational stories around the theme of “unbound” to demonstrate what can happen when a person dares to explore beyond limiting beliefs. Tickets for 2015 TEDx New Bedford Conference: uNBound start at $22.50 and are available online at www.zeiterion.org, by calling The Z Box Office at (508) 994-2900.

TEDx New Bedford: uNBound brings together thinkers, innovators, artists, health professionals and entertainers representing such diverse fields as technology, education, health, community engagement, education, finances and human potential to share their stories of transformation. “TEDx New Bedford is as much about the attendees as it is the speakers. It’s our sincere hope people will take the ideas presented and use them as a catalyst for change in their communities,” says TEDx New Bedford organizer Dolores Hirschmann.

Conference speakers include Joshua Encarnacion, a Springfield native who overcame a host of obstacles to become one of UMass Dartmouth’s finest students. As a Student Trustee and Class President, he raised $25,000 to endow a UMD scholarship and was named “Governor’s 29 Who Shine.” After his 2014 graduation, he accepted a prestigious position at Google.

Other speakers include Fabienne Fredrickson who runs one of INC. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies where she mentors thousands of clients to implement a no-excuse approach to growing and playing a bigger game. She is joined by Cape Cod climate activist Jay O’Hara who has received national attention for his bold action stopping the burning of fossil fuels; Dr. Michael Rocha a cardiologist with Hawthorn Medical Associates, LLC and Director of Heart Failure Services at New Bedford’s St. Luke’s Hospital where he is working to change to the perception from Heart Failure to Heart Wellness; Eric Jackson, Chief Innovation Officer for Gap International; and Mona Patel, CEO & Founder of Motivate Design, who wrote “Reframe: Shift the Way you Work, Innovate and Think,” about eight‐step creative process that helps companies innovate and design simple, beautiful experiences.

For a full list of speakers please visit www.tedxnewbedford.com.

TED was founded in 1984; the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The annual TED conference brings together some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program called TEDx where x = independently organized.

Tickets to the 2015 TEDx New Bedford: uNBound Conference on Friday, November 6 from 1:00p.m. to 8:00pm start at $22/50 and are available by phone at 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday- Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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About TEDx New Bedford http://tedxnewbedford.com/

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self- organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self- organized. TEDxNewBedford is operated under license from TED.

ABOUT TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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“HOME: Samantha Johnson in Concert!”

(New Bedford) – Experience the voice that has the nation buzzing when The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center proudly welcomes Samantha Johnson back to New Bedford with a fully-staged production of “HOME: Samantha Johnson in Concert!” on Friday, October 30 at 8PM! She will perform her hit songs from NBC’s America’s Got Talent, personal favorites and original music along with a stellar eight-piece band. Join her as she shares her musical journey, which began in New Bedford, took her around the globe and landed her on national television. Tickets from $9 to $35 go on sale to the public Friday, October 2 at 10AM will be available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Tickets for a post-show meet and greet are sold separately.

“We are thrilled to present Samantha in concert at The Zeiterion,” says Rosemary Gill, Executive Director. She continued, “Samantha is a gifted performer who embraces her New Bedford roots. When we approached her with the idea for a show, she embraced the concept wholeheartedly. She’s a natural producer! Samantha is creating a show that will bring together an amazingly talented group of musicians and singers to create a concert that celebrates her music, her family and her hometown.”

Samantha Johnson fell in love with music at the age of four, singing along with her favorite movies and picking up her mother’s flute for the first time. She studied the flute classically and went on to place among the top flautists in the state and country. At the age of 16 she played her first leading role as Dorothy in New Bedford High School’s “Wizard of Oz.” Since then she has appeared in productions with Fall River Little Theatre, BCC Theatre Co., Reagal Music Theatre, Palace Theatre and the New Bedford Festival Theatre. Samantha was the Normandin Middle School Drama Club Director from 2007-2010.

In 2011, she was cast in the West End Production of “Thriller Live” and toured from the UK to Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Australia.

This year, Samantha 26, placed as a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. She gave four performances over several episodes, and they all received standing ovations from the judges. Neil Patrick Harris called her “Hypnotic!” while Howie Mandel and Mel B lauded her as “a superstar.”

Samantha is currently writing and recording her Debut EP which will be released early 2016.

Tickets to “HOME: Samantha Johnson in Concert” range from $9-$35 and are available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

Samantha Johnson’s appearance at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

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Piaf! Le Spectacle – Celebrating the music of Edith Piaf for her 100th birthday

(New Bedford, MA) – The legendary singer Edith Piaf was France’s ultimate diva, whose music constitutes a sacred part of French musical heritage. Her life and iconic songs are celebrated when the world-tour of “Piaf! Le Spectacle,” starring the incomparable Anne Carrere, comes to The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 25 at 2PM. Along with four musicians (pianist, accordionist, percussionist and contrabassist), Carrere takes audiences on a journey through the streets of Montmatre during the time of “La Vie en Rose,” sharing the amazing story of the life and career of Edith Piaf through hit songs like “Je Ne Regrette Rien” and “Padam, Padam.” Tickets for “Piaf! Le Spectacle” are from $39 to $49 and available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Edith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” had one of the most distinctive singing voices in history – and vocalist Anne Carrere embodies that signature sound. This young French vocalist faithfully recreates the power and passion of Edith at her height of fame. Times Square Chronicles says,” Ms. Carrere singing is as close as you can get to Piaf. Once every few years an international star steps on the American Stage and becomes a sensation such as Charles Aznavour, Julio Iglesias and hope soon it will be Anne Carrere.”

In addition to both authentic voice and music, “Piaf! Le Spectacle” goes beyond stage décor to recreate the feeling of Paris in the 1940s. The experience is enriched with images of Edith Piaf, and the English translations of her melodic story telling. Previously unreleased, these candid shots are projected onto the background, invoking the feel of the French capital of the Edith Piaf era.

Edith Piaf became an icon of France during World War II. She was born in Paris in 1915, and rose to international stardom in the 1940s as a symbol of French passion and tenacity. Of her many ballads, “La Vie en Rose” is remembered as her signature song. Her music was often autobiographical, and her specialties were chansons and ballads particularly of love, loss and sorrow. Among her most well-known songs are “La Vie En Rose” (1946), “Hymne a L’Amour” (1949), “l’Accordéoniste” (1955. She died in France in 1963.

Tickets to “Piaf! Le Spectacle” are $39-49 and available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

“Piaf! Le Spectacle” at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

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COLIN QUINN LIVE: Based on the Hit Off-Broadway Show ‘The New York Story’

Written and performed by Colin Quinn; Directed by Jerry Seinfeld

(New Bedford, MA) – Wise-cracking comedian Colin Quinn brings his critically acclaimed off-Broadway show “The New York Story” to The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00pm, between two sold-out runs at New York’s The Cherry Hill Theater. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, this is one-man production stars comedian Colin Quinn waxing nostalgic about his hometown, from its modest beginnings as Dutch outpost to the hipsters of modern Williamsburg – all mixed with his signature stand-up comedy. “COLIN QUINN LIVE: Based on the Hit Off-Broadway Show ‘The New York Story’” is one night only on Saturday, October 10 at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Tickets from $29 to $45 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

A native of Brooklyn, Quinn began his stand-up career in New York as a regular on the comedy club circuit where his affable perspective and everyman appeal won him a devoted following. He made his television debut as co-host of MTV’s popular game show Remote Control. In 1995, Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late-night show Saturday Night Live, where he entertained audiences for five seasons with his writing and unforgettable characters before stepping in as anchor for SNL’s popular Weekend Update segment.

After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, in which he served as the show’s host, creator and executive producer. He’s performed in comedic films, including A Night at the Roxbury, Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups and most recently as Amy Schumer’s father in the 2015 hit comedy Trainwreck.

In addition to television and film, Colin has conquered the New York stage. He starred in the hit Broadway show “Colin Quinn Long Story Short” at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, the show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for an Emmy as a HBO special in 2011. His fifth one-man show, The New York Story, also directed by Seinfeld, played to sold-out houses this summer and will return for a second run later this fall.

Comedy Central named Quinn one of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. NY1 praised this articulate comic as “infused with plenty of witty insights…even wisdom,” while the New York Times declared Quinn has a “knack for reducing the world’s intractable macro problems to matters of micro-egoism and macho one-upmanship.”

Tickets to “Colin Quinn Live: Based on the Hit Off-Broadway Show ‘The New York Story’” are $29-45 and available for purchase at www.zeiterion.org, by calling 508-994-2900, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

Quinn’s appearance at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is part of the 2015/16 “Stories Untold” season. From September through May, this collection of 50 theater, music, comedy and dance performances will present tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio storytelling hour, “The Moth,” to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

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“Critics Pick! Full of Nostalgia from gritty old New York.” The New York Times

“Critics Pick! Four Stars!” Time Out New York

“New York Witty. ‘New York Story’ is his best work yet!” New York Post

“Totally Hilarious!” No one is spared from Quinn’s dexterous mixture of mockery and admiration.” Theatermania

“Comic Genius!” Huffington Post


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 2015/16 Season Opens with

JOAN ARMATRADING

FAREWELL SOLO WORLD TOUR with special guest Melissa Ferrick

(New Bedford, MA) – The legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Joan Armatrading arrives at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 25, 8PM on the second leg of her first solo and last major world tour. The British Grammy-winner, best known for global hits like “Love and Affection” and “Me Myself I,” performs a two hour concert that shares the highlights of her extensive career. The set also includes an intimate photo montage, narrated by Armatrading herself, which beautifully captures her career in pictures. Tickets start at $35 and are available online at www.zeiterion.org, by calling The Zeiterion Box Office at (508) 994-2900.

One of the world’s most prolific songwriters and musicians, Joan Armatrading has released over 20 acclaimed albums and received three Grammy nominations. She sees the occasion of her extended final world tour as an opportunity to connect with her passionate, fiercely loyal international fan base in an intimate and personal manner. Joan says, “I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”

Armatrading promises that the performances will feature material encompassing her entire storied career, which spans more than four decades. Her body of work has established Armatrading as one of the world’s most respected and influential singer-songwriters, possessing a distinctly expressive voice as well as a rare gift for merging resonant lyrical insight with sublime melodic craft.

This world tour is a historic event for Armatrading in more ways than one. In addition to being her farewell to the touring circuit, these concerts will mark the first time that she has toured as a solo performer, accompanying herself on guitar and piano without the aid of other musicians.

“I want it to be a special one-to-one experience,” Armatrading states. “So for the first time, these concerts will be me solo on stage playing and singing. These will be lively interactive concerts, because I will be asking the audience to put their questions to me on the night.”

Opening for Joan is Melissa Ferrick, alternative-folk singer songwriter from Ipswich who combines the emotional honesty of her lyrics, the force of her vocal delivery and the disciplined fury of her musicianship for a moving concert experience.

Tickets to see Joan Armatrading on Friday, September 25, 8pm are available by phone at 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance. For more information and a complete listing of shows, visit www.zeiterion.org.

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Reviews of Joan Armatrading’s World Wide Solo Tour

“The veteran performer didn’t just take to the stage, she owned it!” The Argus (Brighton, England)

“The adulation was beyond amazing. She is a woman of substance…” California’s Monterey Herald

“…gentle and forceful, thoughtful and soaring. She knows how to softly and deftly strike a song’s emotional core.” New York City’s Village Voice

http://www.joanarmatrading.com/index.php


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center Presents
“STORIES UNTOLD: 2015-16 SEASON”

(New Bedford, MA) – The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center announces Stories Untold: The 2015-16 Season. This collection of 50 theater, music, comedy, and dance performances presents tales told in many ways – from nationally syndicated NPR radio story-telling hour, The Moth, to classic tales told through dance with The Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” and Arlo Guthrie’s fantastically woven yarn that led to the classic song and album, “Alice’s Restaurant.” Tickets to all shows are on-sale to the general public Friday, August 21 at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at The Z Box Office, 659 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

The 2015-16 season begins September 25 with award-winning U.K. singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. This performance is part of her world tour – her first as a solo performer, as well as her last major tour. Also appearing this fall, wise cracking comedian, Saturday Night Live alum and star of Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” Colin Quinn, Grammy-award winning guitarist Peter Frampton, the first New Bedford Ted Talks Tedx Conference, the national tour of “Flashdance The Musical” and Broadway royalty Alan Cumming in “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.”

The season continues with the first area performance by the renowned Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, New Orleans virtuoso Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Jasmin Guy in the story of Harlem’s renaissance “Raisin’ Cane,” Los Angeles dance company Body Traffic, “A Night with Janis Joplin” starring the original Broadway performer Mary Bridget Davies, comedian Joy Behar and so much more.

“Many stories you’ll hear this season are told on-stage by these exceptional performing artists, but we believe that the best stories come from the audience,” explains Rosemary Gill, Executive Director. “This season celebrates stories, and throughout the year, we’ll collect and share compelling narratives like love blossoming on a first date or of rediscovering ethnic heritage and pride at a Fado performance.” Do you have a story to share about you and The Z? Everyone is invited to tell their stories at storiesuntold@zeiterion.org.

Tickets for shows in the Stories Untold: The 2015-16 Season are available by phone at 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.

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THE ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 2015-16 SEASON LINE-UP

ERIN RUBICO & MATT BAN – Stage Door Live THU 9/24/2016
JOAN ARMATRADING FRI 9/25/2015
COLIN QUINN SAT 10/10/2015
PETER FRAMPTON TUE 10/13/2015
REBECCA CORREIA – Stage Door Live! THU 10/15/2015
PIAF! LE SPECTACLE SUN 10/25/2015
CAFÉ SOCIETY: PIAF POST-PARTY!* SUN 10/25/2015
HALLOWEEN MOVIE SPOOKATHON SAT 10/31/2015
NOSFERATU – SILENT MOVIE SAT 10/31/2015
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW SAT 10/31/2015
TEDx NEW BEDFORD FRI 11/6/2015
THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! SAT 11/7/2015
KAT EDMONSON – Stage Door Live! THU 11/12/2015
ARLO GUTHRIE FRI 11/13/2015
WIZARD OF OZ SING-A-LONG Movie SUN 11/15/2015
FLASHDANCE The Musical FRI 11/27/2015
FANCY NANCY SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS SAT 11/28/2015
ALAN CUMMING SAT 12/5/2015
TANIA DASILVA – Stage Door Live! THU 12/10/2015
CHRISTMAS CAROL – Matinee SAT 12/12/2015
CHRISTMAS CAROL SAT 12/12/2015
A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN THU 12/17/2015
NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH at the Whaling Museum THU 12/31/2016
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER The Musical SUN 1/17/2016
TROMBONE SHORTY WED 2/3/2016
RAISIN’ CANE starring JASMINE GUY FRI 2/5/2016
MOBY DICK SUN 2/7/2016
THE MOTH MAINSTAGE TUE 2/9/2016
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN FRI 2/26/2016
BODY TRAFFIC SAT 2/27/2016
CANADIAN BRASS FRI 3/4/2016
BOSTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS SUN 3/6/2016
OUT OF BOUNDS WED 3/9/2016
BOHEMIAN QUARTET – Stage Door Live! THU 3/10/2016
A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELTIC SOJOURN FRI 3/18/2016
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SUN 3/20/2016
ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN TUE 4/5/2016
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA SUN 4/10/2016
DOO WOP 12 SAT 4/16/2016
PEKING ACROBATS SUN 4/17/2016
KENNY BARRON – Stage Door Live! THU 4/28/2016
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE FRI 4/29/2016
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE SAT 4/30/2016
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE SAT 4/30/2016
U.S. COAST GUARD BAND – Free SUN 5/1/2016
PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES – Stage Door Live! THU 5/5/2016
MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET – Cinderella FRI 5/6/2016
CRISTINA BRANCO SAT 5/7/2016
THE GLASS CASTLE THU 5/19/2016
JOY BEHAR FRI 5/20/2016
MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO SAT 5/21/2016

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

KELLIE PICKLER

Kellie Pickler

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW

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DL HUGHLEY

DL Hughley at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center June 26

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

Melissa Etheridge ME Solo

2016 New Bedford Folk Festival

LIV TAYLOR

Liv Taylor

CHERYL WHEELER

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RUNA

RUNA

STRAY BIRDS

Stray Birds

RORY BLOCK

Rory Block (photo by Shonna Valeska)

KATE TAYLOR

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JOHN GORKA

John Gorka
New Bedford Folk Festival

New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival

NB Whaling Blues Festival : Young Quinn Sullivan attends original festival

NB Whaling Blues Festival Young Quinn Sullivan attends

NB Whaling Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland Performs

NB Whaling Blues Festival Shemekia Copeland

NB Whaling Blues Festival Location: beautiful Fort Taber Park. NB

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