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Krannert Center Events: September 2017: Opening Night Party

Opening Night Party with James Jones Trio, Samantha Fish, and Soulive

When the calendar rolls around to September, it’s time to head to Krannert Center for one of the biggest can’t-be-missed moments in the community—the Opening Night Party. And this year, we’re not just opening the season, we’re celebrating the University of Illinois’ Sesquicentennial and ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival 2017! Get ready to revel with a stage-to-stage lineup of incredible artists, plenty of all-ages amenities, seriously tasty options in the food tent, and a spark of six-stringed exhilaration to set the whole season aglow.

We’re kicking things off with the James Jones Trio, hailing from just down the road in Danville, Illinois, and serving up traditional blues with modern inflections. Samantha Fish, heralded by ELLNORA alumni like Buddy Guy and Luther Dickinson, is a Kansas City-born Blues Music Award winner known for her commanding voice and penchant for writing and covering songs that rock. And after nearly two decades of making music together, the jubilant trio of artists that comprise Soulive—guitarist Eric Krasno and brothers Neal (Hammond B-3 organ) and Alan (drums) Evans—know a thing or two about igniting a party from the stage. Whether they’re collaborating with John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Joshua Redman, or Robert Randolph, their grooves never quit, the solos are always soulful, and the surging funk rhythms give the green light on good times. See you there!

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Lobby and Terraces.

See the Krannert Center website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Discover at MPAL...

... more Soulive albums online.

... books about jazz and funk music.

... more jazz and funk recordings.

Featured Items from MPAL's Collection

James Jones Trio, "Hey Pretty Mama"