The Pullo Center Announces Four More New Shows for 2016-17
Jun 13, 2016
The Pullo Center at Penn State York welcomes Nashville’s Hit Country Songwriters on October 7, 2016, the political comedy of Unelectable You on October 13, 2016, the smooth sounds of The Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Kurt Elling on April 20, 2017 and inventive acrobatics of Cirque Mechanics – Pedal Punk on May 2, 2017. Tickets for all four of these events will go on sale June 15 at 10:00 a.m. Members can order now. Tickets can be purchased at The Pullo Center Box Office, charge by phone at 717-505-8900 or online at ThePulloCenter.com.
Join us for Nashville’s Hit Country Songwriters, an evening of incredible music, laughter, and storytelling, as four of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters perform their hit songs live on stage. Hear the entertaining stories behind the songs that were recorded by such artists as Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and more. Talented singers, musicians, and songwriters JT Harding (“Sangria” - Blake Shelton, “Somewhere With You” - Kenny Chesney), James Slater (“Unstoppable” - Rascal Flatts, “In My Daughter’s Eyes”- Martina McBride), Dylan Altman (“Take A Little Ride” – Jason Aldean, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” – Jake Owen), and 2016 Oscar Nominee Phil Barton (“A Woman Like You” – Lee Brice, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, Dustin Lynch) take the stage together to make you laugh, cry, and relive the moment you first heard that hit song on the radio as they recount what brought these songs to life.
In this new era of viral gaffes and social-media campaigning, of rebels preaching to the disenchanted on both sides of the aisle, who even knows what makes a presidential candidate electable anymore? Join Slate and the Second City as we try to figure it out, in an evening of comedy, insight and topical musings that we're calling Unelectable You. Through sketch comedy, improvisation and a whole lot of audience interaction, the satirical muscle of Second City will harness the often contrarian and cutting edge voice of Slate to take aim at the election, the candidates, the spin, and even Slate itself. The result is a thoughtful, funny and completely self-aware evening that’s purely Second City, and purely Slate.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest-vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. The tight-knit working band featuring Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Justin Faulkner on drums rarely invites other musicians into the folds of their nearly telepathically cohesive unit, and Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation will enable the band to perform a variety of material in new ways. Energized by the artistic promise of this collaboration, the band members have all contributed new arrangements to perform with this special line-up and will be looking beyond the Great American Songbook. Although following the format of a standard jazz quartet with vocals, the collaboration between jazz’s most intense band and one of jazz’s foremost singer should prove to be anything but standard.
From the inventive Cirque Mechanics comes Pedal Punk, a “Steampunk” - inspired acrobatic whirlwind where cycling is the escape from technology obsessed society. In Pedal Punk we experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a zany bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes and repairs more than broken pieces. He creates wondrous machines that come to live and inspires the cyclist in all of us to unite with our inner Pedal Punk. Creative Director Chris Lashua spent most of his career on a BMX bike and inside a German Wheel. This new production showcases his innate passion and fascination for all things bicycles and cycling. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is magnificently exposed in Pedal Punk. It is that synergy that The New York Times called “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.”