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Announcing the 2015 summer concert series

Summer is on its way and we are delighted to announce the line-up for our 2015 summer concert series. World-renowned musicians and performers will join us on the historic Chautauqua Auditorium stage for a summer that’s sure to provide something for everyone, from Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to The Weepies, and Michael McDonald to Ziggy Marley. Here’s to another wonderful Colorado Chautauqua summer season!

• June 2 – Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
• June 4 – To be announced
• June 12 – Keller Williams & The Keels
• June 13 – The Weepies
• June 19 – Ry CooderSharon WhiteRicky Skaggs
• June 23 – Gordon Lightfoot
• June 26 – Margaret Choon sale now
• July 8 – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis
• July 13 – Boz Scaggs
• July 14 – Patty Griffin, Mavis Staples, & Amy Helm
• July 15 – Indigo Girls
• July 18 – Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai
• August 3 – Ziggy Marley
• August 5 – Melissa Etheridge – This Is M.E. Solo
• August 13 – To be announced
• August 14 – Michael McDonald
• August 15 – Robert Cray Band
• August 21 – Steve Earle & The Dukes
• September 1 – Punch Brothers
• September 19 – John Hiatt & The Combo / The Taj Mahal Trio
• September 24 – To be announced

Read more about these artists below

Ticket Information:

Concert Member Presale: April 13 – April 16 at 10:00 AM, online at tickets.chautauqua.com
General Public: April 17 at 10:00 AM, online at tickets.chautauqua.com

Become a Colorado Chautauqua Concert Member today, or renew your membership, and be the first to secure the best seats at a discounted rate. Click here to join or renew.

Summer Concert Descriptions:

XAVIER RUDD & THE UNITED NATIONS
Tuesday, June 2. 8:00 PM.
Tickets: $35.00 – $47.50 ($32.00 – $44.50 Concert Member)

Since the very beginning, Xavier Rudd’s ability to connect with people has been his most powerful gift. The more he has toured the world, the more hearts he has touched and the more of the world he has put back into his music. Now, fronting a band aptly named The United Nations, Xavier Rudd has assembled a line-up of musicians from around the world as a one-people musical force. Making their debut in 2015, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations finds the iconic Australian solo artist in full band mode for the first time in a long and successful career, and introduces new album “Nanna” to Xavier’s diverse and acclaimed discography.

 

KELLER WILLIAMS & THE KEELS
Friday, June 12. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30.00 – $55.00 ($27.00 – $52.00 Concert Member)
Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business, nor has he taken the prescribed meds laid out by his team of conventional doctors. Instead, he has taken the A.D.D. path (Artistic, Determined, Dedication). It’s a path that has served him quite well.

Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term “independent artist.” And his recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are alike. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, and creating samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping. With nothing pre-recorded, the end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica. A genre Keller jokingly calls “acoustic dance music” or “ADM.” The evening will feature a solo set by Keller Williams and one set with Larry and Jenny Keel.

 

THE WEEPIES
Saturday, June 13. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25.00 – $45.00 ($22.00 – $42.00 Concert Member)
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steven Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years. Just before Christmas 2013, when their youngest son was 17 months old, Deb Talan was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

In 2014, Deb beat cancer and The Weepies recorded the best album of their career. Coming back from the edge sharpened their skills and focus. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, “Sirens” shows a band at the height of its powers.

 

RY COODER – SHARON WHITE – RICKY SKAGGS
Friday, June 19. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $45.00 – $75.00 ($42.00 – $72.00 Concert Member)
In a most exceptional pairing, master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs come alive on stage to deliver a revelatory program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the purest voices in Country music, Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass with occasional guest performances by Buck White.

 

GORDON LIGHTFOOT
50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour
Tuesday, June 23. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $42.50 – $57.50 ($39.50 – $54.50 Concert Member)
After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold On The Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song For A Winter’s Night,” “Shadows,” “Rainy Day People,” “Did She Mention My Name” and “Summertime Dream” to name just a few.

This year is special for the legendary artist. His 50 Years On The Carefree Highway tour will feature his well-known hits, as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fans.

 

MARGARET CHO
Friday, June 26. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40.00 – $55.00 ($37.00 – $52.00 Concert Members). On sale now.
Beginning with her early days on the scene in Southern California, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even taboo topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader and teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.

An accomplished performer in all formats, Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media,” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books and theatre. She has three Grammy Award nominations for Best Comedy Album under her belt. Her tours sell out, and she’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (“I’m The One That I Want” and “The Sensuous Woman”).

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) featuring WYNTON MARSALIS
Wednesday, July 8. 9:00 PM
Tickets: $55.00 – $85.00 ($52.00 – $82.00 Concert Member)
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe, in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks, and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. The JLCO has been described as “not just a band on tour, but a religious congregation, spreading the word of jazz.” (Downbeat)

Under Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour. The big band performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works.

 

BOZ SCAGGS
Monday, July 13. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $37.50 – $60.00 ($34.50 – $57.00 Concert Member)
“I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says about his spellbinding new album, “A Fool to Care.” “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.”

Fans who have followed Scaggs’ remarkable career dating back to the late sixties with the Steve Miller Band; his solo triumphs with such classic albums as “Silk Degrees” (1976) and “Middle Man” (1980); and the splendid assurance of late-period high points like “Some Change” (1994) and “Dig” (2001), will instantly recognize Scaggs’ characteristically deft touch as a singer. He brings a sly drawl to a funky workout like Li’l Millet and the Creoles’ “Rich Woman,” a conversational intimacy to Bobby Charles’ “Small Town Talk,” and an elegant delicacy to the Impressions’ “I’m So Proud.” He easily negotiates the Latin flavoring of “Last Tango on 16th Street” and “I Want to See You,” both written by San Francisco bluesman (and longtime Scaggs compatriot) Jack Walroth. His soul is effortless and deeply felt, never making a show of itself, but unmistakably evident in every lyric he delivers.

 

PATTY GRIFFIN, MAVIS STAPLES & AMY HELM
Tuesday, July 14. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $37.50 – $60.00 ($34.50 – $57.00 Concert Member)
This evening of “Sweet Harmony Soul” features three incredible women in three incredible sets of music.

“American Kid,” Patty Griffin’s seventh album, is her first album of mainly new material since “Children Running Through” in 2007. In between, she made the Grammy Award-winning “Downtown Church” (2010), her version of classic gospel (though it featured three original songs). She also became a member of Band of Joy, the group in which leader Robert Plant and his cohorts meld British and American folk, rock and spiritual music.

From the delta-gospel sound she helped create in the 1950’s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, to a series of soul radio anthems in the 1970’s, to her Prince-produced albums in the 1980’s, to her Grammy-winning album in 2011, Mavis Staples has carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, and was listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Amy Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne, as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.

 

INDIGO GIRLS
Wednesday, July 15. 9:00 PM
Tickets: $35.00 – $60.00 ($32.00 – $57.00 Concert Member)
Decades into their career, the Indigo Girls still amaze conventional pundits with their ability to grow and thrive no matter what the state of the music industry is at any given point. The duo’s constant touring, as well as staunch dedication to a number of social and environmental causes, has earned them a fervidly devoted following over the years.

The Indigo Girls recently completed a new studio album, “One Lost Day,” which will be released June 2nd. Ticket buyers will receive a free download of their new album.

 

PETER KATER & R. CARLOS NAKAI
Saturday, July 18. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $27.50 – $52.50 ($24.50 – $49.50 Concert Member)
After recording many successful solo projects, R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater began collaborating together in 1989. Several million CD sales and 21 combined Grammy Award nominations later, the release of their recent “Ritual” recording has put them back on the road again performing their unique hybrid style of innovative contemporary instrumental music.

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Ten-time Grammy Award nominee, Peter Kater, is a multi-platinum selling pianist composer who has released over 60 recordings, scored music for On and Off-Broadway dramatic plays, TV and film productions, the Olympics and other major sporting events and world summits, and is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations.

 

ZIGGY MARLEY
The Fly Rasta Tour
Monday, August 3. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35.00 – $55.00 ($32.00 – $52.00 Concert Member)
A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released 12 albums to much critical acclaim. His early immersion into music came at age 10 when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley.

As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as “Look Who’s Dancing,” “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down.” Ziggy’s first solo album, “Dragonfly” (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, “Love is My Religion” (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for “Best Reggae Album.” His third solo album, “Family Time” (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored him a fifth Grammy Award for “Best Children’s Album.”

Ziggy’s newest album “Fly Rasta,” (April 2014) marries his distinctive reggae sound with elements of psychedelica, rock, funk, soul and pop, and explores further musical zones with the addition of sitar, tabla and taiko drums. The lyrical themes are a call to empowerment, enlightenment, freedom and, as with many of Ziggy’s songs, the higher power of love.

 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE
This Is M.E. Solo Tour
Wednesday, August 5. 9:00 PM
Tickets: $52.50 – $ 72.50 ($49.50 – $69.50 Concert Member)
Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist, Melissa Etheridge will take the stage for a solo performance of songs from her new album, “This is M.E.,” as well as some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over.” Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.

 

MICHAEL MCDONALD
Friday, August 14. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40.00 – $75.00 ($37.00 – $72.00 Concert Member)
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this, add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time Grammy Award-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving.

 

ROBERT CRAY BAND
Saturday, August 15. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35.00 – $50.00 ($32.00 – $47.00 Concert Member)
With five Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Rolling Stone Magazine credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing” that “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues” with the release of his “Strong Persuader” album in 1986.

Since then, Cray has gone on to record sixteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor.

The Robert Cray Band includes Cray (vocals/guitar), original bandmate and longtime childhood friend Richard Cousins (bass), Les Falconer (drums) and Dover Weinberg (piano/keyboards).

Robert Cray’s new studio album “This Time” arrives at a vital juncture in the musician’s career, marked by creative renewal and a key reunion with an old performing partner.

 

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES
Friday, August 21. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35.00 – $55.00 ($32.00 – $52.00 Concert Member)
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

1986 saw the release of his debut record, “Guitar Town,” which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” Steve Earle and The Dukes are touring in support of their newly released album “Terraplane.”

 

PUNCH BROTHERS
Tuesday, September 1. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35.00 – $52.50 ($32.00 – $49.50 Concert Member)
Described by the New York Times as “American country-classical chamber music,” the Punch Brothers (Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass)) will make their first appearance on the historic Chautauqua stage to showcase their new T Bone Burnett-produced album, “The Phosphorescent Blues.”

 

JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO / THE TAJ MAHAL TRIO
Saturday, September 19. 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40.00 – $75.00 ($37.00 – $72.00 Concert Member)
Known for captivating crowds with his exceptional guitar performances and enthusiasm, Hiatt is called “…one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years” by the Los Angeles Times, and continues to write brilliant character studies, with entertaining storylines, cunning lyrics and wry humor. Hiatt’s new album, “Terms of My Surrender” will be released July 15, 2015.

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and nine time Grammy nominee Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. His career began more than four decades ago with American blues – his early albums showing signs of the musical exploration that would become his hallmark – before his artistic scope began broadening to include music representing virtually every corner of the world, from west Africa and the Caribbean to Latin America and the Hawaiian Islands.

 

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