Texas Tunes 2014

The Texas Tunes series features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors age 60 and older or children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased at MCLGrand.tix.com. Season tickets are available for $75 ($50 for seniors and children). Lewisville residents will be able to purchase single-show tickets for $5 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Discount tickets are not available online. Current driver’s license or utility bill will be required to verify residency.

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 Carrie Rodriguez

Carrie Rodriguez with Mikaela Kahn

Saturday, April 19

8 p.m.

Rodriguez, who came to attention a decade ago performing with singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, has established an impressive roster of touring, recording, and co-writing affiliations–with Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Alejandro Escovedo, and others. She has issued three albums under her own name and has enjoyed major label support for 2008′s She Ain’t Me.  Her newest album, Give Me All You Got marks a major step forward for her as an artist. Carrie has a degree as a classical violinist from Oberlin Conservatory, but her musical pedigree includes being the daughter of songwriter David Rodriguez and resultant early exposure to the leading artists in the Americana genre.

Kahn is a soulful singer-songwriter and pianist originally from the Pacific Northwest, who recently graduated from the acclaimed Jazz Studies program at the UNT School of Music where she sang in the school’s premier vocal jazz ensemble. Her clear, resounding voice reflects the influence of such gutsy R&B singers as Eva Cassidy, Paula Cole and Aaliyah.

 Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison

Saturday, May 24

8 p.m.

A married couple of some two decades standing, they each have highly successful solo careers, but have always been a part of each other’s records. To hear them sing together is to understand opposite attraction, spontaneous combustion and a whole lotta’ life lived together.  For all their differences musically–Willis explains, ” I’m more rockabilly/60′s and he’s got that 70′s Texas songwriter thing”–they’re both artists deeply rooted in the hard country, yet deeply progressive music scene that ‘s Texas post-Bob Wills.

 Anson Funderburgh

Anson Funderburgh

Saturday, July 5

8 p.m.

Plano native Anson Funderburgh is an intenationally known and admired American blues guitar player.  His style incorporates both Texas blues and Chicago blues.  His debut album with his band The Rockets, came out in 1981 on New Orleans-based Black Top Records. In 1985, Anson formed a partnership with the great Sam Myers, with whom he enjoyed many years of successful recording and  touring throughout the world, until Myer’s passing.  In recent years, Funderburgh has alternated between performing and producing records for other artists. He was recently featured on (and produced) the Andy T. – Nick Nixon band’s Drink Drank Drunk, released on Delta Groove.

 

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.

To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center. For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972.219.8446.

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