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Amy Helm Interview

Usually, the idiom “you were raised in a barn” is a negative, referring to one’s crude behaviour. In the case of Amy Helm, it’s apropos and positive. The singer-songwriter is the daughter of the late Levon Helm, drummer/vocalist for The Band, and singer Libby Titus. Helm grew up — and discovered her own expressive style — singing with her dad and his all-star Midnight Ramble house band in gigs at the famed studio/home in Woodstock, NY, affectionately known as The Barn, which Levon built back in the mid 1970s. Over the years, everyone from Steve Earle and Jackson Browne to Emmylou Harris and Mavis Staples have played this legendary venue.

Levon Helm Studios is situated on 18 acres in Woodstock, NY in the
heart of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. Amy has made it part of her
musical mission to carry on her father’s legacy here. 

“It’s really incredible,” says Helm. “The studio is not only alive and well,
but blossoming. We have a whole new staff and we’ve worked hard to get the
thing back up and running and be the landmark musical place that it is … we
have bands every weekend. The room still holds a lot of that magic. There is a
vibe there – you can feel it when you walk in.” 

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Whose Live Anyway? Ryan Stiles

The Centre is proud to announce the return of Whose Live Anyway, featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray and Jeff B. Davis. The show features some of the games made famous from the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway.    

Ryan Stiles has starred in all three incarnations of “Whose Line”. First in the British version from 1989 to 1998; second in the American version hosted by Drew Carey from 1998 to 2006; as well as in the current version. He executive produced both American versions.  

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Boots & Hearts Alumni: Jade Eagleson

Clay Walker with Jade Eagleson
Friday, June 14 @ 8PM

Winner
of the 2017 Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, Jade Eagleson he has a
unique ability to take you back in time to the glory days of Johnny Cash,
George Jones and Randy Travis.

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Piano Battle Photo Review

Inernationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, went head-to-head on Monday night for an inspiring & hilarious night of classical music. Andreas (team white) defeated Paul (team black) after 5 rounds of epic musical battles. From Chopin to Stompin’ Tom, Piano Battle not only filled the theatre with incredible music, but also plenty of laughs.

Here are some photos from the evening:

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New Concerts Announced

We’re continually adding new concerts and events here at The Centre! Here are just a few of the amazing shows recently announced.

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Matt Andersen Returns for His New Album

Matt Andersen’s been here before, and if you’re a fan, you know seeing him one is not enough. A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way: touring worldwide and letting his stunned audiences and new devotees spread the good word of his righteous tunes all over. And the world has indeed woken up and discovered him, helping him amass over 18 million views on YouTube.

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Bobby Bazini is OnStage in the Spring

French-Canadian singer Bobby Bazini burst onto the scene in 2010, when he released his first album, Better in Time. It debuted at #4 on the Canadian Albums Chart, and the Canadian Recording Industry Association certified it platinum after sales had reached 80,000 units.

Bazini, born Bobby Bazinet in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, grew up with music in the house. The songs of classic artists like Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash played frequently, and his paternal grandmother was a singer, and grandfather a guitarist. Not only that, but brother Kevin won the season on the Quebec show La Voix in 2015, and brother Jessy competed in 2016. (And there are still three more siblings in his family who are sure to make their musical mark in the future.)

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Piano Battle

Whether or not they are friends in real life, mercy is the last thing on their mind when fighting on stage. Winning the audience‘s heart is the only thing that counts!

The brainchild of internationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the PIANO BATTLE sees this musical duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The show is divided into several rounds, each featuring a certain musical style. The two artists, with distinctly different performance techniques, will even go so far as to improvise on the tunes you request.

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is just around the corner!

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 @ 8PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 @ 8PM

This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

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Next Month: Jeans ‘n Classics Performs ELO!

STRANGE MAGIC: THE MUSIC OF ELO
KWHYDRO ELECTRIC THURSDAYS
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 @ 8PM

The Electric Light Orchestra merged modern rock with classical overtones, making this a perfect, gorgeous showcase for rock band and orchestra, and it’s still going strong:

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