Marcia Ball to kick off sixth season at The Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley
CROWLEY - The Grand Opera House of the South has announced a line-up of five great performers for its sixth season, kicking off with Marcia Ball on Sept. 27.
Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage.
But Marcia is also a master at transfixing her audience with emotionally rich, passionately sung ballads. The Boston Herald says, “Ball plays masterful, red hot tracks from the Texas-Louisiana border. Her voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker.”
The Halie Loren Trio
Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
The first thing you notice about Halie Loren, the performer for this year’s Christmas show, is that voice: Deep and rich, graceful and somehow earthy and ethereal at once.
And so it goes. In describing the vocal talents of Eugene, Oregon-based singer/songwriter Halie Loren, the adjectives just start piling up.
Loren is emotionally authentic, which, really, is the key to great jazz and great art in general. Think Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell. Or, more recently, Diana Krall and Norah Jones.
Loren, as the saying goes, knows her way around a song, whether it be a composition of her own or one of her surprising and always dead-on covers.
Loren’s choice and performance of standards – from “Summertime” and “God Bless the Child” to “Blue Skies” and “La Vie en Rose” – is exquisite, respectful and inventive.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m.
Jordan Bennett can thrill an audience whether he is performing in a small cabaret setting or in a 2,000-seat concert hall.
The Los Angeles Times has said of him: “Bennett has a big voice and a large store of exquisite tenderness and enviable ability to sustain it in the high notes.”
On Broadway, Bennett has played larger-than-life character Cyrano De Bergerac in “Cyrano: The Musical,” and also appeared on Broadway in “Shenandoah.”
The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
There have been many imitators, but there is only one duo in North America sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues.
Discovered in Las Vegas, performers Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since Belushi and Aykroyd walked the stage.
Backed by a powerhouse band, they’ll give you a show to remember, packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including Soul Man, Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago and more.
The Alley Cats
April 28, 7 p.m.
Tight harmonies, universal humor and unbelievable a cappella energy are what The Alley Cats have to offer.
The Alley Cats, billed as America’s premier doo-wop ensemble began at Fullerton College in California, landing their first professional gig at Disneyland’s “Blast to the Past.”
They have since appeared on countless television and radio shows, at performing arts centers, fairs and festivals, and even aboard the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier for a USO show welcoming home the troops from Iraq.
The Alley Cats have been the opening act for Jay Leno in Las Vegas since 2007.
Call now to reserve season tickets, which are currently available for $130.50 for all five "grand" shows of this year's season. Tickets for individual performances are available as well.
The Grand Opera House of the South is located at 505 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 785-0440 or visit http://www.thegrandoperahouse.org/.