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Mardi Gras Celebration with The Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 7 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383


Admission: $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Their love of good times and family, the French language, Cajun food, and up-tempo, get-on-your-feet fiddle and accordion music is what brought The Mudbugs together from the plains of south-central Kansas. They are led by Carter Green on fiddle/vocals, Greg Ewing on accordion/vocals, and Erin Craddock on vocals and triangle. Adam Ewing plays the 5-string electric upright bass, Brian Cochran on electric guitar, Juliah Ewing on washboard and Jaime Green on her bright pink drum kit. In 2010 the group performed live on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" for a radio audience of 4.3 million listeners. The momentum from that performance is still growing, and they have since played numerous national music festivals. Their self-titled debut album has since been sold all over the world, and received 5-star reviews from two French roots & folk music magazines. Come ready to dance with The Mudbugs, bringing a mix of French and English, original songs and Cajun classics, as well as a few popular songs that they “Cajunify” into their instantly contagious Louisiana dancehall style. Everyone is invited and dancing is optional inside the beautiful ballroom at Charleston Heights Arts Center for this special evening of fun and lively music. There will be a cash bar. For more information on The Mudbugs, visit http://www.mudbugsband.com/.

For more information call 702-229-6383.

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The Secret Life of Henry VIII
A Chautauqua presentation by Frank X Mullen
Friday, February 19, 12:00 p.m.
Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse, 333 S Las Vegas Blvd


Admission: Free and open to the public

King Henry VIII describes his upbringing and his motives for breaking from the Church of Rome as well as his dreams for his people and his realm in this one man presentation.

This Humanities on the Road presentation is produced through a partnership between the city of Las Vegas and Nevada Humanities, and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 


Dana Leong Trio
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., 702-229-ARTS.


Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 event day.

Dana Leong blends jazz, classical, and pop to create a signature sound. Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Christian McBride, Dafnis Prieto, and Henry Threadgill; and has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono and Lila Downs. For more information, go to http://danaleong.com/

These activities are supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the Nevada Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Brass Roots Quintet
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383


Admission: Free and open to the public

Led by accomplished musician Walt Boenig, this group of brilliant musicians perform lively fun-filled music spanning decades, a concert experience with a wide-ranging repertoire that embraces both the classical and contemporary styles of music. Their casual performance style presents music that the entire family can come out and enjoy. The five musicians are longtime Las Vegas professionals and include trumpeters Gary Cordell and Tom Wright, trombonist Walter Boenig, Doug Beasley on French horn, and Dan Ulrich on tuba. Walter Boenig toured with the Glenn Miller and Harry James orchestras before performing in local showrooms and forming his own band more than 20 years ago. Gary Cordell has performed with the Nevada Symphony, Nevada Chamber Orchestra and Nevada Opera Theatre in addition to his work in local hotel orchestras. He is also active in several Latin Bands. Tom Wright has played with numerous brass quintets, symphonies, and opera companies. Doug Beasley is a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Symphonic Band. Dan Uhrich is a veteran Las Vegas musician who has performed with local symphonies, showroom orchestras and with the Broadway musical “Chicago.”

For more information call 702-229-6383

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Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383


Admission: $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Individually, Alex DePue, on fiddle, and Miguel DeHoyos, on guitar, have wowed the world—from Depue performing at Carnegie Hall at the age of 14 and touring with rock guitarist Steve Vai in 2007 to DeHoyos entertaining government officials and diplomats in Mexico and performing in Romania by invitation from the Romanian government. Together, they produce an unparalleled sound—music that can speak to anyone’s soul. Taking traditional flamenco style and blending it with everything from rock favorites to original works, DePue and DeHoyos have performed throughout North America, opening for the Philadelphia Orchestra at Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, performing a solo spot with the Ocean City Pops (Ocean City, NJ), and appearing on international television for the Mrs. World Pageant (Tijuana, B.C.S., MX). They were featured at the International Film Festival and Art Walk (Imperial City, CA), and headlined the Clark State University Artist Series. In 2007, the pair presented a standout concert at the Stranahan Theater (Toledo, OH). In 2009, the duo was at the National Oldtime Fiddling Championship in Weiser (ID) as instructors, and later that year, appeared as the featured act at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Grand Master Fiddler Championship in Nashville. DePue and DeHoyos have appeared at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo (Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., MX) and have performed throughout Mexico for Mexican diplomats and government officials. For more information on Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos, visit http://www.thefiddlerllc.com/depue_de_hoyos.

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For more information call 702-229-6383

 


From Vegas To The Northern Lights
Appalachian-style string-band music, poetry, and Alaska-set stories by Ken Waldman & Bill Burke
Friday, March 18, 12:00 p.m.
Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse, 333 S Las Vegas Blvd


Admission: Free and open to the public

Ken Waldman has drawn on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. Nine CDs mix Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Eight books include six poetry collections, a memoir, and a children's book. Since 1995 he's performed at some of the nation's leading concert series, festivals, universities, and clubs. Of note are two CDs. Some Favorites, contains tracks from Waldman's first seven CDs. The double- CD, All Originals, All Traditionals consists of one CD with a five-piece band playing Waldman's originals, and a second CD of Waldman and friends playing traditional tunes to Alaska-set poetry, and includes a ten-minute treatment of Waldman's 1996 plane crash near Nome.
http://www.kenwaldman.com/.

Bill Burke plays a number of instruments extremely well. Among the instrument types he has mastered are guitar, banjo, mandolin, and mandola. He won’t play his fiddle on stage any more but he plays a great old-time style of fiddle. He feels that hearing folk music certainly leads to the listener wanting to participate in some way, either by clapping their hands, tapping their toes or singing along. Some want to join in and play the music. No matter which participating form they choose, Bill feels that joining in is the most important aspect of Old-Time music. Bill has been crafting exquisite custom stringed instruments and world-class furniture for more than 40 years. He likes working with clients who are seeking something a little different and a step up from the usual instrument fare so prevalent in today’s marketplace.
http://oldtimeymusic.com/index.html

This program is supported by public funding for the arts through the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 


Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Durango Hills Park, 350 N. Durango Drive



Admission: Free and open to the public.
Lawn seating, bring lawn chairs and blankets for your comfort.

Come and join us at our Bluegrass Festival for a lot of toe tappin', hand clappin' traditional bluegrass music, featuring fantastic bands, Arts & Crafts Vendors, delicious food, and lots of activities. Stay tuned for more information about this springtime event!

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Celtic Harp & Story
with Patrick Ball
Friday, April 15, 12:00 p.m.
Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse, 333 S Las Vegas Blvd


Admission: Free and open to the public

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”
http://www.patrickball.com/

 


Smooth JazzFest 2016
Saturday, May 21, 6 – 9 p.m.
Police Memorial Park, 3250 Metro Academy Way


Admission: Free and open to the public.

Enjoy this All Star Jazz Showcase featuring three outstanding jazz artists -- vocalist Allison Adams-Tucker, saxophonist Darren Motamedy and guitarist Dirk K. They will set the mood for a soulful, passionate and simply sensational evening of smooth jazz! Refreshments and wine will be available for purchase. For more details, call 702-229-3514.

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Dynamic Trombone Quartet
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383


Admission: Free and open to the public

The musicians of the Dynamic Trombone Quartet, directed by Walt Boenig, a veteran of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, are all longtime Las Vegas music professionals. Along with Walt, the band features musicians Bobby Scann, Kevin Stout and Sonny Hernandez. The Quartet presents a lively concert with repertoire spanning many styles and genres including classical, popular and contemporary songs. Bring your family out to this annual favorite amongst music lovers of all ages.

For more information call 702-229-6383

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DjangoVegas! – Gypsy Jazz Festival
Saturday, June 18, 6 pm
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., 702-229-ARTS


Admission $15 Advance/$20 door

A Celebration of the music of Django Reinhardt and other Gypsy Jazz Music past and present DjangoVegas! returns to downtown Las Vegas and will feature the Frank Vignola Trio, The Rhythm Future Quartet, and The Hot Club of Las Vegas.

 

City of Las Vegas
Office of Cultural Affairs
495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Monday - Saturday (702) 229-2787