Under the Beams Concert Series

The concert series is very popular – ticket reservations are recommended. Visit Under the Beams website at www.underthebeams.org for tickets to the following concerts:

JANUARY 24, 2015 – 8 PM – 10 PM
Marcia Ball
Singer/PianistOur series kicks off on Saturday, January 24th with the legendary Marcia Ball! Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin’s deep songwriting tradition into a sound that’s been described as “a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues.
 FEBRUARY 21, 2015 – 8 PM – 10 PM
Vadym Kholodenko
PianistOur second concert on Saturday, February 21st is a first for us – the current Gold Medal recipient of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition featuring, from Ukraine, Vadym Kholodenko. Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for powerful, exhilarating performances that “showed the guts of a true superartist” (San Francisco Classical Voice). He continues to build a reputation for interpretations that are “impeccable, tasteful and vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). This remarkable performance is as exciting for adults as to the students who benefit from the accompanying educational program that will be taken to local schools!
 MARCH 21, 2015 – 8 PM – 10 PM
Solas:
Irish-American Band
On Saturday, March 21st we will present another unique performance featuring Solas and their Shamrock City show. Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the US today, and for the past 15 years. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward. The Shamrock City live show, an interactive multi-media stage show that features stories from and projected images of Butte, MT as seen through the eyes of Michael Conway (great-great uncle of Solas’ Seamus Eagan), and tells the story of thousands of young men and women who left behind their homes and families in the early 1900s for “the Richest Hill on Earth” and the mining industry. It reveals their spirit, tenacity and humor, but also the hardships they faced within the mining companies, an unknown and unforgiving land, and a system that valued the few over the many. A must see show!
APRIL 25, 2015 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Béla Fleck with Abigail WashburnWe conclude the spring season on Saturday, April 25th with two of the biggest names in Americana music for the last several decades – Béla Fleck with Abigail Washburn. The riveting musicianship of multi-GRAMMY-winner Béla Fleck, blends with Abigail Washburn’s beguiling compositions to create an explosion of musical white heat, making these banjo players ‘a match made in musical heaven.’ Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet, the exposed setting that magnifies each musician’s personality. Both shine brightly, imbuing their performances with a diversity almost unthinkable – coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s captivating composing, playing and singing, along with Fleck’s virtuosic musicianship, combine to create distinctive music that might sound familiar in texture, yet different in detail from anything else to be heard on the North American, Asian, or any other continents.