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Left-to-right: Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’


Jay Blakesberg

The McCoy Center Announces 2017-18 Season

THE MCCOY CENTER ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SEASON

Subscriptions go on sale today

The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany today announced its 2017-18 season which includes:

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band

Friday, September 8, 8 p.m.

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band sees blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ share the stage with their band for an exciting night of music, performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album TajMo released May 2017. Each multi-Grammy Award winners in their own right, this is the first formal collaboration between the two artists.’

TAJMO: THE TAJ MAHAL & KEB’ MO’ BAND BRING THE BLUES TO THE MCCOY SEPTEMBER 8

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band sees blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ share the stage with their bands for an exciting night of music, performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album TajMo released in May 2017. Each multi-Grammy Award winners in their own right, this is the first formal collaboration between the two artists.

CAPA presents TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany) on Friday, September 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $36-$66 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

While Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ have known and influenced each other for decades, and Taj played a key role in Keb’s first record deal, TajMo marks the first proper collaboration between the two. They self-produced the album, which was mixed by Grammy Award-winner Ross Hogarth and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Richard Dodd. Its 11 songs includes covers of John Mayer and The Who, as well as six original songs.

TajMo brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities, and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright, and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer’s anthemic “Waiting on the World to Change.”

Taj Mahal first made his mark in the late 1960s with a series of visionary country/blues albums, and in the decades since, has continued to pursue his free-spirited muse with a long series of eclectic recording projects touching upon a wide array of genres and cultures.

Since arriving on the scene in 1990s, Keb’ Mo’ has built a powerful body of work that’s showcased his mastery of multiple blues as well as his sense of musical adventure, which has led him into all manner of projects.

The two artists have known each other for decades, and Taj has been a longstanding touchstone for Keb’ ever since he saw him perform at a high-school student assembly. Taj even played a role in Keb’ getting his first record deal. But TajMo marks the first time that they’ve joined forces in the studio.

According to Keb,’ “The making of this record spanned two and a half years, whenever we could get together between tours. And over that two and a half years, I got to know Taj really well. We’d talk about music and life and what we were doing on the record. He’s a stellar human being, just a brilliant man. Making this record was a really big deal for me. I learned a lot working with him.”

“Keb’s really good at keeping the ball up in the air,” Taj notes. “I got to see quite a few sides of him, and I was really impressed. He’s a hell of a guitar player, and I’m just amazed at some of the stuff that he put out there. Some people think that the blues is about being down all the time, but that’s not what it is. It’s therapeutic, so you can get up off that down.”

www.TajMo.com

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CAPA presents TAJMO: THE TAJ MAHAL & KEB’ MO’ BAND

Friday, September 8, 8 p.m.

McCoy Center (100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany)

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band sees blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ share the stage with their bands for an exciting night of music, performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album TajMo released in May 2017. Each multi-Grammy Award winners in their own right, this is the first formal collaboration between the two artists. Tickets are $36-$66 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000. www.capa.com

RICK SPRINGFIELD: STRIPPED DOWN

Friday, January 12, 8 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician Rick Springfield has sold more than 25 million albums and scored 17 Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” His “Stripped Down” solo performances include music, storytelling, and a special Q&A session with the audience.

JONNY LANG

Friday, March 2, 8 p.m.

Known for his stellar guitar playing and soulful voice, Grammy Award-winning Jonny Lang has created his own distinctive sound, blending blues, Gospel, and rock through deep guitar tones, strong melodies, and bluesy rhythms. At the young age of 36, Lang has been performing for more than two decades, and is now touring in support of his new album, Signs (September, 2017), a guitar-driven collection that includes several songs inspired by minimalist recordings of blues greats Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf.

Michael Feinstein & the New Albany Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m.

In a special concert commemorating the 10th season of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform with multi-platinum, five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Michael Feinstein. The Columbus native and internationally celebrated singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, and author has dedicated his more than 30-year career to the preservation and revival of the Great American Songbook.

Subscriptions go on sale Monday, July 31, and range from $156-$238 per person. They can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) or by phone at (614) 469-0939.

www.McCoyCenter.org

The 2017-18 Marquee Series at the McCoy Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the New Albany Community Foundation and Lbrands Foundation, and presenting sponsors EMH&T, Savko & Sons, and Scioto Ready Mix. Additional support provided by Axium Plastics, Methodist Elder Care, New Albany Co., Ruscilli Construction Co., and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

About the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2007 by a unique joint operating agreement between the New Albany Community Foundation, the City of New Albany, Plain Township, and the New Albany Plain Local School District. Since opening in 2008, the McCoy Center has drawn more than 100,000 people, fulfilling its mission of fostering an appreciation of arts and culture by providing life-long learning opportunities through education, exposure, and participation. For more information, visit www.mccoycenter.org.

Left-to-right: Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’
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