Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin Come to the Warner
Long-time friends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin come together on the Warner Main Stage on Friday, March 2 at 8 pm for one incredible acoustic evening of music as these two master performers and songwriters share songs and stories.
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums and has earned him four GRAMMY Awards, among his many other accolades including the Americana Music Association's Trailblazer Award. His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett's live performances show not only the breadth of this legend's deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.
Singer, songwriter and author Shawn Colvin won her first GRAMMY Award with her debut album, Steady On. She has been a mainstay of the singer-songwriter genre ever since, releasing eleven superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America's greatest live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for "Sunny Came Home." Shawn was recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award in 2016. Her forthcoming album, The Starlighter, will be released on Amazon Music on February 23rd, 2018. The Starlighter features Shawn's tender renditions of traditional and standard children's lullabies. The result is an album that captures the magic and mystery of children's songs while also offering a moving and timeless musical experience.
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat Studio Theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region. To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit www.warnertheatre.org