With the annual 2022-23 season kicking off next month, Germantown Performing Arts Center has announced a handful of new individual shows for the fall.
The venue has confirmed that bestselling author and humorist David Sedaris will appear at GPAC’s Duncan-Williams Performance Hall on October 19, in support of his latest books, “Happy-Go-Lucky” and “A Carnival of Snackery.”
GPAC’s roots music offerings get a boost with a few shows: Country and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will perform on September 23. On October 7, Old Crow Medicine Show will be playing songs from his latest album, ‘Paint This Town’.
As part of its ongoing relationship with the Mempho Music Festival, GPAC will also host a special event featuring keyboardist, Rolling Stones sideman and former Allman Brothers Band member Chuck Leavell.
“An Evening with Chuck Leavell” is scheduled for September 29. The event will feature a screening of footage from the documentary “Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man.” After that, Leavell will perform solo and share stories from his life and career. The evening will be moderated by Grammy-winning Memphis producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang.
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Tickets for “An Evening with Chuck Leavell” and David Sedaris go on sale this Friday at 10am
Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show and Ricky Skaggs, along with passes for the GPAC 2022-2023 season, are available now.
To purchase, visit GPACweb.com.
GPAC’s 2022-23 Season: Which Acts Are Performing?
In addition to these individual shows, GPAC’s 28th annual season, featuring multiple concert programs, including the Center Stage Series, Jazz Series, and Acoustic Music Project Series, kicks off in September.
The GPAC season features performances by Mavis Staples, Bluff City-born jazz legend Charles Lloyd, hit trumpeter Herb Alpert and acclaimed folk duo The Milk Carton Kids.
Alpert — leader of the iconic Tijuana Brass — will kick off the GPAC season on September 16 in a performance with his wife, singer Lani Hall.
The show is part of GPAC’s Jazz Series, featuring performances by Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander (October 15), Memphis Music Hall of Famer Charles Lloyd and his Ocean Trio, featuring Gerald Clayton and Anthony Wilson (November 4), and Delfeayo Marsalis & Uptown Jazz Orchestra (November 19). The Jazz Series will resume in 2023 with shows from Grammy-nominated singer Stacey Kent (January 14) and three-time Grammy winner Cécile McLorin Salvant (February 9).
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GPAC’s Center Stage series kicks off October 1 with a concert by “Wicked” star and Broadway performer Jessica Vosk. Concerts continue with R&B and gospel veteran Mavis Staples (October 8), and Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience with Marcella Simien (October 22). The 2023 portion continues with Pilobolus dance company (February 11), Step Africa! (March 5) and ends with a Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn show (April 15, 2023).
The third series in GPAC programming will focus on the Acoustic Music Project, “a program designed to inspire and uplift young musicians from across the United States.” GPAC notes that the program will bring “some twenty young string players ranging from 18-25 years old to come to GPAC for 10 days of creativity and learning intended to fuel years of musical growth.”
The musicians will participate in an intensive week of music education alongside acoustic music masters, including Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer. In addition to the teaching sessions, there will be shows with The Milk Carton Kids (January 21) and Fleck, Meyer, Zakir Hussein and Rakesh Chaurasia (April 21), and a concert with the participants of the Acoustic Music Project (April 22). ).