Interlude - March 11

March 11, 2021

Over an exterior photo of the Center for the Performing Arts' campus, the text reads "Interlude: Virtual Arts and Entertainment from the Center"

A funky livestream, Irish tunes for kids, CSO's Palladium return and more


Welcome back to Interlude, a weekly email with online and limited in-person arts experiences that didn't exist one year ago.


Get ready to groove

Five members of Huckleberry Funk stand on railroad tracks

Up next in the Live at the Center local livestream series is Huckleberry Funk, a band that percolated on the IU-Bloomington scene for several years before solidifying its lineup, moving to Indianapolis, touring as far as New York and New Orleans, and making the finals of MOKB Presents’ 2019-2020 Battle of the Bands. Fronted by vocalist Dexter McClardy, the quintet combines R&B grit, jazzy sophistication and elements of rock and hip-hop to create a fun and infectious vibe.


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And when they take the roof off the Palladium next Tuesday, you can experience the set in HD video and luxurious stereo sound at no cost. Find out how to watch.


Don’t forget: Previous Live at the Center sets from other great local artists are available for viewing on our YouTube channel.



A St. Paddy’s party for the wee ones

Singer-songwriter Katherine Nagy holds an acoustic guitar

’Tis the season to get your shamrock shaking, and families with young kids can keep the celebration going March 20 when the Katherine Nagy Trio plays this month’s Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam. Raised in Ireland, Nagy performs traditional folk tunes and stories as well as original songs inspired by the Emerald Isle. Read her interview with our local Current newspaper.


The performance will take place at the Tarkington with the usual safety measures, but families who prefer to stay home can enjoy the show on Facebook and YouTube. Tickets and further info are here.



’Membering the music of March

The Center for the Performing Arts - Shepherd Insurance Rewind Playlist

You know how March comes in like a lion but can take almost any form before finally going out like a lamb? The same is true here at the Center, where March can come in like a Howard Jones but go out like a Patty Griffin. Any day in between could be partly Boyz II Men with a chance of Anoushka Shankar. You just never know.


In other words, there’s plenty of variety in our latest Shepherd Insurance Rewind Playlist, a Spotify celebration of Center Presents performers from Marches past. Give it a spin!



Academy alum appears on Broadway talk show

Songbook Academy alum Nick Ziobro talks with panelists on the web show "Stars in the House"

A Songbook Academy® alumnus recently joined in an episode of Stars in the House, the livestream show launched by Broadway performer and SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky.


Nick Ziobro, the Academy’s 2012 Songbook Youth Ambassador, sat in with the all-star panel to sing a tune and explain how the Songbook Foundation’s weeklong summer music intensive “changed my whole life.” Ziobro's performance of the standard “All of Me” in 2012 captured the essence of the Academy's mission to teach young artists about the music of the Great American Songbook.


Songbook Academy alumni often speak of life-changing experiences, whether they gained confidence in performing, made professional connections, or met lifelong friends. High school singers still have an opportunity to experience this year’s Songbook Academy, set for July 17-24, but the deadline is approaching. Applications are open through March 15 – that’s Monday – on Acceptd.



CSO and audience return to the Palladium

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra performs at the Palladium

It’s been a minute since the Carmel Symphony Orchestra could play to a live audience at the Palladium, and those folks have a blockbuster in store for their March Masterworks homecoming show Saturday night. Among other highlights, former ISO concertmaster and Time for Three co-founder Zachary DePue will join the orchestra as featured soloist on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which also will include dancers from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.


The limited seating sold out quickly, of course, but your entire household can enjoy a livestream of the performance for one low price. We recommend that you read this preview in Current and get your ticket here.



This week in performing arts history

The cast of Civic Theatre's Les Miserables

The cast of Civic Theatre's Les Miserables


March 7: On this date in 1980, the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner's Daughter opened. Sissy Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the lead role. The real Loretta Lynn performed at the Palladium in April 2015.


March 10: On this date in 1965, Neil Simon's The Odd Couple opened on Broadway with Art Carney and Walter Matthau as mismatched roommates Felix and Oscar. It ran for 966 performances and later was turned into a successful film and a TV series. Actors Theatre of Indiana produced the show in November 2013.


March 11: On this date in 1950, jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin was born in New York City. His 1988 single “Don't Worry Be Happy” was the first a cappella song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it went on to win three Grammy Awards. McFerrin performed at the Palladium in April 2012.


March 12: On this date in 1987, the musical Les Miserables opened on Broadway and went on to run for 6,680 performances, for a time becoming the second longest-running show in Broadway history. In April-May 2015, Civic Theatre presented its production to full houses at the Tarkington (pictured above).


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