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ArtsMarket 2023 Showcase C Schedule and Artist Information

​artist image: Masters of Soul, showcase c1

Masters of Soul (Showcase C1): In the early 1960s, some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan. Masters of Soul-A Motown Revue is a celebration of these artists, their music, and their style. This show features stylishly costumed and fully choreographed tributes to both male and female Motown groups, backed by a live band.

Masters of Soul performs The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Commodores, and many more.

Your guests will take the ultimate stroll down memory lane as they relive the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all time.

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​artist image: Randall Bramblett, showcase c2

Randall Bramblett (Showcase C2): Veteran songwriter/bandleader Bramblett achieved a lifetime honor having soul legend Bettye LaVette release a tribute album to him this summer, covering 11 of his songs from throughout his career. Super-producer Steve Jordan brought in Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Jon Batiste, Larry Campbell, and more to play on it. In Bettye’s words, “I think he’s the best songwriter I’ve heard in the past 30 years. Randall’s songs are vignettes. They’re little movies and pictures” He’s been highly sought-after for his creativity as a writer and skilled touring sideman for decades. Highlights - he toured in the ‘74 Gregg Allman Band, was a member of Sea Level, recorded/toured in Cowboy, and collaborated with Robbie Robertson on a movie and soundtrack. He spent 16 years in Steve Winwood’s band, including the Traffic Reunion Tour. His songs were covered by Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Delbert McClinton, and more. He’s been the horn leader of the Megablasters for Widespread Panic, and also tours in Marc Cohn’s band. But it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is truly on full display as an original, well-respected talent. He's recorded 12 of his own albums, with the last seven done for New West Records. Deep into his self-described second act of his solo career, and living in Athens, Georgia, Bramblett's talents are repeatedly praised by musicians, critics, DJs, and fans. His showcase will be on keyboards and acoustic guitar and will highlight his songs, musicianship, and wit. Prepare to feel the power of his musical spell.

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​artist image: Catapult-a shadow illusion performance company, virtual showcase 1c

Catapult is a Shadow Illusion performance company (Virtual Showcase 1C):  They launched into the limelight and into the homes of millions of people around the world as finalists on America’s Got Talent. Since then, they have been busy touring the world with their smash-hit show, Magic Shadows. Heidi Klum and Howard Stern were two of their very first fans, and now they’ve added many thousands more around the globe.


Catapult’s shows are an amalgamation of dance, theater, acrobatics, illusion, and storytelling. Their stunning visuals imbued with whimsy, heart, and athleticism create a spellbinding show perfect for all ages. Catapult’s impact on the audience doesn’t end with their stage show. The company also provides imaginative workshops, residencies, and abbreviated school shows combining art and science for maximum immersion and impact in every community.

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​artist image: LP and the Vinyl, showcase c3

LP And the Vinyl (Showcase C3): After years of intensive recording projects and concerts for jazz aficionados throughout the U.S., four San Diego-based musicians came together with a purpose: to explore the art of song in their own unique way! Renowned jazz, blues, and gospel singer Leonard Patton teamed up with the critically acclaimed Danny Green Trio to form LP And The Vinyl. The band’s wide array of influences includes everything from jazz, R&B, and rock to 80s and 90s hits, Brazilian music, and classical music. Blending these sounds together, LP And The Vinyl has created a highly unique and personal approach to music-making that leaves its audiences energized and craving more. The group’s repertoire draws from three separate areas: beautifully reimagined renditions of favorite hits by artists including Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and David Bowie; fresh and funky explorations of jazz standards; and their own original songs. What lends consistency to their approach is the group’s ability to bring something new to the music every time. Through Patton’s infectious charisma and the virtuosic interplay between the band members, the audience is taken along for the ride every step of the way! LP And The Vinyl have performed at notable festivals and venues throughout the United States. They won the prestigious South Arts Jazz Road Tours grant in 2023 in support of their touring activities in Florida and Georgia, and they have participated in multiple residencies for organizations including Quad City Arts and Alpine Artisans. The residencies included a mix of educational outreach programs, community engagement, and performances.

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​artist image: Chryssie Whitehead, virtual showcase 2c

Chryssie Whitehead (Virtual Showcase 2C):"In My Own Little Corner" has been described as a motivational, mental health cabaret invoking hopeful, educational messages to help normalize conversations around mental illness. Through live piano, song, story, and a bit of dancing, actress of 25 years, Chryssie Whitehead (Chicago, A Chorus Line, and West Side Story film), unravels her diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder at the age of 37. With this detective work, she explores her family's history, her mother's passing, her highs and lows in the entertainment industry and beyond, along with the huge grasp mental illness has played in both her and her mother's life. She suggests how it is possible to get proper help, medicine, and tools to find clarity in one's life with bipolar disorder or any mental illness. Every show contains a talkback with the performing artist, budding a newer form of educational theater where the first act is the show and the second act is the interactive conversation with the author and artist. The “In My Own Little Corner” family sincerely hopes that every person who sees the show leaves the theater feeling more connected to their communities, feeling safe to have these conversations about mental health. As Chryssie sings in the last lyric of the show, "Each life has its place." 

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​artist image: Duo Baldo, showcase c4

Duo Baldo (Showcase C4): Duo Baldo, discovered by Andrea Bocelli in Italy, combines virtuosic performances, theatrical humor, and pop culture. The slapstick style humor and world-class musicianship offer a one-of-a-kind concert experience. Their repertoire features compositions from classical music greats, but don't let their programming fool you; this show will keep you mesmerized, entertained, and laughing from the opening curtain to the final bow.

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​artist image: Cathy Ladman, showcase c5

Cathy Ladman (Showcase C5): Comedian Cathy Ladman is of "a certain age" and pulls from her own observations and personal neuroses to make people laugh. With 12 appearances on The Tonight Show, plus specials on Dry Bar, Comedy Central, and HBO, she is one of the country’s top comedic treasures.

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​artist image: Uptown, virtual showcase 3c

UPTOWN (Virtual Showcase 3C): Fusing Bruno-Mars-caliber stage presence with top-tier vocals and wall-to-wall choreography, the men of UPTOWN combine the smooth stylings of R&B with the fresh hits of today in a unique and modern show that gets every crowd on their feet! Born in New York City (the epicenter of contemporary pop and soul music), the group exudes unparalleled energy with their blend of contemporary radio hits and classic Motown music. Every single member of UPTOWN is a world-class soloist, with frequent comparisons to the artistry of icons like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye; when they come together as one collective, the resulting remix creates "the most electrifying show you’ll see this decade!" (Agua Caliente, Palm Springs, CA).

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​artist image: Shana Tucker, showcase c6

Shana Tucker (Showcase C6): Cellist. Singer-Songwriter. Arts Advocate. Teaching Artist. Collaborator. Cultural Conduit. Shana's unique genre of ChamberSoul weaves jazz, roots, folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B into melodies that echo in your head for days, engaging audiences of all ages through candid song-storytelling in performance. This year's showcase will feature Shana's quartet, presenting inspired, thoughtful arrangements from her new show offerings, "An Evening of Sade" and "Shana Tucker presents John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman: LIVE."

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​artist image: Damn Tall Buildings, showcase c7

Damn Tall Buildings (Showcase C7): In their early days, Damn Tall Buildings didn’t rehearse – they busked. Now, whether live or on record, the trio still radiates the energy of a crew of best friends playing bluegrass on the street. That energy is anchored by their instrumental chops, their strong songwriting, and their varied influences that stretch beyond bluegrass and even beyond American roots music altogether. Whether sharing lead vocals and instrumental solos or blending their voices into high-spirited harmony, Damn Tall Buildings is a tight unit that contains more than the sum of its parts. Since their busking days, Damn Tall Buildings have grown to new heights over the course of their decade of creating together. Based in Brooklyn, NY, they have begun to travel the globe, playing bigger and bigger stages and making lots of friends wherever they go. They carry with them a connective spirit, welcoming audiences to join in the moment with the band as they take us on a journey through a well-crafted show. The trio has a knack for making any room feel a little more like home.

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 Contact the ArtsMarket Team 

Conference Coordinator: Deb Royals, artsmarket@ncpresenters.org,  919-272-1551

Showcase Production Manager: Tracy Francis, showcase@ncpresenters.org, 919-360-1750   

Exhibit Coordinator: Bunny Nash, expoinfo@ncpresenters.org, 812-264-6735

Registration Coordinator: Tia Canada, registration@ncpresenters.org, 910-265-8365

Marketing & Development Coordinator: MaryJo Birschbach, marketing@ncpresenters.org,  828-949-4099 (ext. 2)

NCPC Executive Director: Cathy Gouge, ncpcdirector@ncpresenters.org, 828-949-4099 (ext. 1)

This project was funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

       


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