with Letters From The Fire, Big Story
When the Chris Robinson Brotherhood headed into the studio to begin recording their new album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, no one knew just what to expect. These would be the band’s first recordings with new drummer Tony Leone (Ollabelle, Levon Helm), their first since the departure of founding bassist Mark “Muddy” Dutton, and their first time producing themselves. But as anybody who’s been following the CRB can attest, this is a band that thrives on the unexpected.
California surf meets Motor City soul when two of America’s all-time favorite bands perform together, as THE BEACH BOYS and THE TEMPTATIONS bring their “Surf & Soul Tour” to Juanita K. Hammons Hall.
For Down to My Last Bad Habit, his 18th studio album, it would have been easy for Vince Gill to kick back a bit. After all, when you’ve sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys, and earned 18 CMA Awards (including two Entertainer of the Year trophies), you’ve done it all, right?
Not a chance, says this musician extraordinaire, who produced his new album with engineer Justin Niebank. Down to My Last Bad Habit, available February 12, is his first solo album as part of a new deal with MCA, the label he joined in 1989.
We will close our Songbook Series this season with Kelly Osborne (SCT's Jerry's Girls, Evita). Having been seen on many Springfield and Branson stages as well as on several voyages with Carnival Cruise Lines, we are thrilled to have Kelly back on our stage in April! She will be joined by Alex Huff, Casey Smith and Riley Robison to bring another wonderful evening of song to our concert series.
At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.
Every once in a while, and not that often, a popular musician comes along whose work is both profoundly personal and evocative of the larger moment, merging the specifics of lived experience in a particular time and place to the realities of our shared journey as a community, a people.
Who doesn’t love a good laugh? SSO's Extremely Silly Pops Concert features themes from cartoon favorites like The Flintstones and Looney Tunes, goofy pieces like Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter, where the soloist plays (you guessed it!) a typewriter, and you'll even hear a concert version of Chopsticks. They welcome Springfield radio legends Ned Reynolds and Randy Stewart to the stage for Beethoven 5 Sportscast by the hilarious P.D.Q. Bach (a k a Peter Schikele).