Garrison Keillor, Straight No Chaser, Shaping Sound and More Set for The Kentucky Center's 34th Season

Garrison Keillor, Straight No Chaser, Shaping Sound and More Set for The Kentucky Center's 34th Season The Kentucky Center is offering a wide variety of entertainment as it opens its 34th arts season. Fall performances will feature author and radio personality Garrison Keillor, all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser, Emmy winner Travis Wall's dance company Shaping Sound as well as many others.

View the current season lineup at www.kentuckycenter.org/kcpresents.

New shows are booked throughout the year, our calendar is constantly changing. To stay informed and receive pre-sale invitations, create your Kentucky Center eClub account at www.kentuckycenter.org/login. Be sure to follow The Kentucky Center on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest ticket availability updates.

Frequent attendees are encouraged to become Kentucky Center Members. Members save on every ticket purchased through the member hotlines, and enjoy benefits like priority seating and waived handling fees. For more information about Kentucky Center Membership and to view a complete list of member benefits, visit www.kentuckycenter.org/content/downloads/MembershipBenefits.pdf.


Here are some of the highlights of the Kentucky Center Presents fall 2017 performance lineup:

The Kentucky Center and NS2 present

An Evening with Dave Rawlings Machine

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Brown Theatre on Broadway

Tickets start at $35. Tickets on sale now.

Acony Records proudly presents Nashville Obsolete, the highly anticipated second album from Dave Rawlings Machine that features seven original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Nashville Obsolete marks the seventh studio album on which Welch and Rawlings have collaborated in their acclaimed two-decade long creative partnership. Their rousing live show has been described as "one of the hottest string bands on the planet" by critics and fans.

Kentucky to the World Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series

Elizabeth Mayhew

Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Kentucky Center - Bomhard Theater

Tickets are $25. Tickets on sale now.

Style expert and Louisville native Elizabeth Mayhew shares how being born and raised in Kentucky has propelled her to success, including as brand editor for actress Reese Witherspoon's southern-inspired brand, Draper James, and as contributing editor for NBC's Today Show. The program also includes a conversation between Mayhew and Shannon Cogan, multiple Emmy Award winner and anchor for WAVE 3 News.

89.3 WFPL presents

Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Tour with FrEd Newman, Richard Dworsky & The Roadhounds and Aoife O'Donovan

Tuesday, September 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Iroquois Amphitheater

Tickets start at $29.50. Tickets on sale now.

Good times roll as Garrison Keillor returns to Louisville with poetry, stories and music from his classic Prairie Home Companion show, which he created in 1974 and hosted through July of 2016. A Grammy and Peabody award winner, Keillor is accompanied by Aoife O'Donovan, Richard Dworsky & The Roadhounds and FrEd Newman.

Glenview Trust Enriching Life Series

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Kentucky Center - Whitney Hall

Tickets start at $25. Tickets on sale now.

The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) is a 15-piece musical group consisting of some of the best ensemble players, soloists and arrangers in jazz music, and led by famed trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. The dynamic show contains a wide variety of musical works, including original and historic compositions and masterworks from celebrated musicians such as Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams and Charles Mingus.

91.9 WFPK presents

An Evening with The Paul Thorn Band: Hammer & Nail 20th Anniversary Concert

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Brown Theatre on Broadway

Tickets start at $27.50. Tickets on sale now.

Paul Thorn is a country, blues and Southern rock singer-songwriter who began his music career in 1997 with the release of his first album, Hammer & Nail. This tour celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the album's release and features music from his most recent album, Too Blessed to Be Stressed.

The Kentucky Center presents

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 7 p.m.

The Kentucky Center - Bomhard Theater

Tickets start at $35. Tickets on sale now.

This critically acclaimed concert style theatre show is a tribute to the talented Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and tells the story of how they became Simon & Garfunkel, among the most successful musical duos ever. The moving and powerful concert features video projection, incredible lighting and a full live band performing hits like "Mrs. Robinson," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "The Sound of Silence" and many more.

The Kentucky Center and Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble present

Complexions Contemporary Ballet's "Star Dust, a David Bowie Tribute"

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Brown Theatre on Broadway

Tickets start at $20. Tickets on sale now.

In this "utterly transfixing" tribute to the glamourous life and music of David Bowie, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. Founded by former members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, the company has been featured several times on the hit show "So You Think You Can Dance."

LEO Weekly - A Little Off Center presents

Dixie's Tupperware Party

Thursday, October 26, Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8 p.m. each night

The Kentucky Center - Bomhard Theater

Tickets start at $27.50. Tickets on sale now.

Dixie's Tupperware Party, the hilarious show which turned Off-Broadway into Tupperware-mania and garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination rolls into the Bomhard Theater for a strictly limited engagement of performances. It stars Dixie Longate as the fast-talking Tupperware Lady who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America. Filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.

The Kentucky Center presents

Travis Wall's SHAPING SOUND: After the Curtain

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Brown Theatre on Broadway

Tickets start at $40. Tickets on sale now.

Created by 2015 Emmy Award winner and seven-time Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Choreography, Travis Wall, Shaping Sound is a dance company that acts as an evocative collaboration by diverse artists who describe themselves as "visual musicians" because their dance gives shape and form to sound. In After the Curtain, the visual musicians dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love.

The Kentucky Center and Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble present

Straight No Chaser - The Speakeasy Tour

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.

The Kentucky Center - Whitney Hall

Tickets start at $24.50. Tickets on sale now.

An all-male a cappella group originally founded at Indiana University in 1996, Straight No Chaser has delighted critics and amassed an immense fanbase across the country with their unforgettable live act. The captivating sound of these unadulterated a cappella human voices comes together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor.

Also Coming Soon at The Kentucky Center:

The Kentucky Center presents - Small Time Napoleon Release Party - Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

The Kentucky Center presents - Jenna and Barbara Bush: Sisters First - Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

The Kentucky Center presents - Simply Three - Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

The Kentucky Center presents - A Night with Janis Joplin - Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

LEO Weekly-A Little Off Center - The Second City's Cure for the Common Comedy - Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Louisville Public Media welcomes - Science Friday - Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $23.

The Kentucky Center presents - Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day! - Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24.

The Kentucky Center and NS2 present - Tommy Emmanuel - Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50.

Emporium & The Kentucky Center present - Shopkins Live! - Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50.

91.9 WFPK presents - Over the Rhine - Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

The Kentucky Center presents - A Charlie Brown Christmas Live - Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

The Kentucky Center presents - NEEDTOBREATHE - Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $34.50.


The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events. The Center serves Kentucky through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts. For more information, visit www.kentuckycenter.org.

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