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Michael McDonald

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. With a career that encompasses five GRAMMYs, numerous chart successes, personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music.

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Del McCoury with David Grisman

Del McCoury and David Grisman met at the first show Del ever played with Bill Monroe in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, N.Y., at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Through the years they have shared the stage at venues and festivals across the country and in 2012 released Hardcore Bluegrass. Join us and celebrate the nearly 50-year bluegrass friendship that these two legendary musicians share and one of the rare occasions this year to enjoy the entire Del McCoury Band, and their special guest, Dawg.

“McCoury and Grisman are pros in the best sense of the word… The music still matters to them.” – Country Standard Time

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Black Jacket Symphony

Black Jacket Symphony triumphantly returns to the Alys Stephens Center,exclusively, to perform David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and a selection of his greatest hits. Known for their incredible re-creations of some of classic rock’s biggest albums, Black Jacket Symphony will leave you in awe as they bring to life this seminal concept album that follows the character of Ziggy Stardust and gave the world such hit songs as “Starman,” “Rock and Roll Suicide” and “Suffragette City.”

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Tiempo Libre

Tiempo Libre is comprised of seven classically trained musicians internationally renowned for their critically acclaimed Latin-fused music, described by The New York Times as “dance music of sophistication and abandon.” The members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true heirs to the musical tradition of their native Cuba. This Miami-based group is celebrated for its performances of timba music, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban songs. Tiempo Libre has introduced Cuban music to new audiences through appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center and Dancing with the Stars. Bring your friends, family and your dancing shoes to join us on the Engel Plaza for a FREE outdoor dance party. Local food trucks will be on-site. Come early at 6:00 p.m. for a FREE Latin dance class led by Sergio Rodriguez!

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Holiday Soul: Eric Essix & 5 Men on a Stool

Holiday Soul: Eric Essix & 5 Men on a Stool

Holiday Soul: Eric Essix & 5 Men on a Stool

If you’re looking to get in the groove of the holidays, you shouldn’t miss “Holiday Soul” at the ASC. Back by popular demand, this harmonious holiday celebration features UAB Artist-in-Residence Eric Essix along with Atlanta supergroup 5 Men on a Stool. Following the success of their last show, Essix will once again perform his hand-picked collection of soulful “songs of the season” with bandmates Hank Stewart, Antonio Allen, Melvin Miller, and Leonard Julien III. These fine gentlemen will also treat patrons to a handful of favorites from the group’s time-tested, listener-approved set list.

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Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Christopher Scott “Chris” Thile is an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, best known for his work in the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers.

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Chick Corea and Bela Fleck

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck

Together, Chick Corea and Béla Fleck have been awarded 36 golden gramophones and nominated a whopping 93 times. This is the duo’s second, back-by-popular-demand appearance at the ASC. Performing together, these two master musicians weave duets out of staggering virtuosity creating mind-blowing magic. They cross a myriad of genres, to create a casual, intimate evening with two legends from different musical worlds.

 

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

They’ve rocked some of the biggest stages in the business. Finally, Robert Randolph & The Family Band are bringing their intense, good-time funk, and brilliant pedal steel guitar playing to the ASC. » First, let’s talk guitar. Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. Rolling Stone called the group “one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom,” making their appearance at the ASC one that should not be missed. Robert Randolph & The Family Band will be a show that will have you dancing in your seat!

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Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood

For more than four decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ‘n’ roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements. Winwood burst into prominence in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group and since that time his celebrated skills as a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist have developed an impressive catalog of popular music. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, Winwood found success, including co-founding the popular British-group Traffic and creative partnerships with Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. » 1977’s solo debut Steve Winwood signaled a bold new artistic direction, with landmark solo albums including the Grammy Award winning Back In The High Life and Roll With It. Winwood’s solo career has yielded a rich catalog of popular songs including “Back In The High Life,” “When You See A Chance,” “Valerie,” and “Higher Love”.

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