Avalon Theatre Upcoming November 2018 Shows
November 1 @ 8:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm
From country to rock and roll and blues to poetry, the Avalon has something for all types of musical tastes. Visit avalonfoundation.org or call 410-822-7299.
Thursday, November 1 • 8 p.m.
Jim Lauderdale is a “songwriter’s songwriter” who’s written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists. As a solo artist for over three decades, he has helped to pave the way for the Americana movement with an impressive body of work spanning 29 albums of imaginative roots music.
James Hill and Anne Janelle
Friday, November 2 • 8 p.m.
Since their Canadian Folk Music Award-winning collaboration, “True Love Don’t Weep,” ukulele/cello James Hill and Anne Janelle have brought their signature mix of tunes, songs, and stories to audiences around the world.
Saturday, November 3 • 8 p.m.
Esteemed singer-songwriter Don McLean, whose anthemic “American Pie” captured the epic story of a generation in song, comes to the Avalon stage. Inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame, Don McLean didn’t rest on his laurels after the initial success of his enduring classic. In addition to his own acclaimed performing and recording career, he’s penned songs covered by artists as diverse as Elvis, Helen Reddy, Glen Campbell, George Michael, and Madonna.
Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet
Friday, November 9 • 8 p.m.
Saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg’s contemporary Brazilian instrumental style shows a fascinating range of influences, including choro, the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music, and a slight New Orleans tinge culminating in classically-inspired melodic explorations consisting of virtuosity, improvisation, and subtle modulations.
Saturday, November 10 • 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
This band always crafts a musical experience unlike any other. On stage, they have a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny.
Alaska’s Fiddling Poet
Wednesday, November 14 • 7 p.m.
Ken Waldman combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his. Reviewers have compared his stage show to John Hartford and Garrison Keillor. Special Guest Clara Delfina plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, write songs, and sings.
Friday, November 16 • 8 p.m.
Sean Rowe is a throwback to 70s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison. He boasts a deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, an innate sense of groove, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock and soul anthems.
Saturday, November 17 • 8 p.m.
With a versatile style deeply rooted in the Americana tradition, MuleTrain is always evolving, bringing in new musicians and experimenting with different musical styles ranging from the Avett Brother to the Beastie Boys.
XPD’s Dance Party
Friday, November 23 • 8 p.m.
The dance floor will be open when XPD’s, the area’s favorite dance party band, returns to help all shake off Thanksgiving dinner in their groove-filled show. The XPD’s have been together for over 30 years and know how to get their audiences up and dancing with a wide range of musical styles: jazz-R&B, Motown, rock, country, swing and everything in between.
The Seldom Scene
Saturday, November 24 • 8 p.m.
Dubbed “America’s bluegrass band,” The Seldom Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement since forming in Bethesda, back in 1971. So, what does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire (that includes bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and pop), but also a sheer sense of fun.
Thursday, November 29 • 8 p.m.
Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. This Boston-based trio performs across the country alongside bands like The Ballroom Thieves, The David Grisman Sextet, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, John Craigie, Damn Tall Buildings, and others.
Friday, November 30 • 8 p.m.
Lauren Calve is known for her strong, soulful, vocal style, and skillful playing, reminiscent of Patty Griffin’s dynamic voice, Bonnie Raitt’s smoky aura, and Ben Harper’s unique slide style. Lauren’s prowess on guitar and lap steel player has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene.