Similar to the diverse selection of outdoor activities in Central Oregon, the Tower Theatre’s 2015-16 Season provides a spectrum of entertainment opportunities to satisfy an array of tastes in performing arts. Shows range from a Georgia country music legend and a Hall of Fame English Rocker to Mexican Mariachis and folk revivalists to gypsy jazz maestros and post mod power pop.
After you’ve satisfied your outdoor craving for the day, don’t settle into the same chair in your living room – grab a seat in Bend’s Living Room and satisfy your craving for live performance and entertainment.
Here is a taste of what’s on tap under the Tower Theatre’s marquee:
In November Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, will cause a musical Traffic Jam when he retraces the sights, stories, and songs behind some of the greatest days of rock.
Kicking off the holidays, and their U.S. Tour, are the Ten Tenors, vocal wonders from down under whom the Los Angeles Times describe as, “pure electricity and undeniable drama.”
Then enjoy the collective of Northwest musicians that is the Portland Cello Project, performing everything from Bach to Kanye West and Arvo Part to Britney, bending all preconceptions of what music can come from the cello.
Winter heats up with an electrifying evening of classic radio hits like I’m A Believer, Candy Girl, and Happy Together performed by Under the Streetlamp, a quartet of leading cast members from the Tony Award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys.”
Next, it’s an acoustic evening with Travis Tritt, the Grammy Award-winning country-rock musician who dominated charts in the early ‘90s with hits It’s A Great Day To Be Alive, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Here’s A Quarter, and Love of a Woman, to name a few.
Back by popular demand, Jose Hernandez and Mariachi Sol de Mexico return this spring with what Billboard Magazine labeled, “one of the most prolific Mariachis in the world…a versatile performing troupe.”
Also bringing his poignant and joyful performance back to Bend is master of American roots music, and living link to the Delta Blues, Keb’ Mo.’
Then prepare yourself for Rhythmic Circuses’ joyous parade of rapid-fire tap talent accompanied by imaginative costumes, a human beatbox, and a seven-piece band.
The Smithereens bring back the post mod power pop of the ‘80s with echoes of the Kinks and Elvis Costello. According to NPR Fresh Air, “everything in The Smithereens’ world is like a film noir shot in psychedelic colors. A great rock ‘n’ roll band.”
Canadian folk artists, Dala, take the stage next drawing upon influences of The Beatles, Joni Michell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan to create music that is catchy, insightful and eloquently beautiful.
What better way to spend Mother’s Day than with Lisa Rock and her six piece band as they perform Close to You: Music of The Carpenters, singing all of their most memorable hits including Rainy Days and Mondays and We’ve Only Just Begun.
Then embark on a virtuoso journey of gypsy jazz with the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet featuring original works influenced by Bergara’s native Argentina, followed by a modern variant of the sound, style and spirit of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France.
Next, The Portland dance troupe, BodyVox, returns with their visual virtuosity and unique ability to combine dance, theatre and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor.
Wrapping things up is The Kingston Trio with special guest William Florian. The current Trio continues the rich musical legacy of the Grammy Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award winning folk pioneers of the 1960s; while Florian steers an upbeat musical journey through the greatest folk and pop songs of that era, from Peter, Paul & Mary and Mamas & Papas to Pete Seeger and John Denver.
All Shows Reserved. All Shows 7:30pm
Sponsored by Bend Surgery Center with support fromDeschutes Brewery, Central Oregon Radiology, Mt. View Heating and Drake Restaurant. Individual performance sponsors include: Sally Russell, Tammy Baney, Shelly Hummel, CMIT Solutions and Steve and CyndeMagidson.
The Ten Tenors – Home for the Holidays
Monday, November 23, 2015
Portland Cello Project
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Under the Streetlamp
Saturday, January 16, 2015
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Mariachi sol de Mexico
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Rhythmic Circus – “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!”
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Saturday, March 26, 2016
The Kingston Trio with Special Guest William Florian
Saturday, May 21, 2016
SPECIAL EVENTS SERIES:
Shownight sponsor: 10below Restaurant
All Seats Reserved. Times vary.
Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Friday, April 15, 2016
Close to You: Music of The Carpenters
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Tickets are on sale now. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org).