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David Byrne | Kirby Center | Sun, March 4th
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

David Byrne | Kirby Center | Sun, March 4th

David Byrne of the Talking Heads performing

Sun 3.4.18 | Kirby Center

 David Byrne founder of the Talking Heads | March 4th | Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

David Byrne founder of the Talking Heads | March 4th | Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Known as the force behind Talking Heads and later as creator of the highly-
regarded record-label Luaka Bop, David Byrne also works as a
photographer, film director, author, and solo artist; he has published and
exhibited visual art for more than a decade. Recent works include Joan of
Arc: Into the Fire, a theatrical exploration of the historical heroine which
premiered at The Public Theater in New York (2017); The Institute
Presents: NEUROSOCIETY, a series of interactive environments created
in conjunction with PACE Arts + Technology that question human
perception and bias (2016); Contemporary Color, an event inspired by the
American folk tradition of color guard and performed at Brooklyn’s Barclays
Center and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (2015); Here Lies Love, a 22-song
theatrical production about the life of Imelda Marcos, authored in
collaboration with Fatboy Slim and premiered at The Public Theater in New
York (2013), then traveled to London’s National Theater for a sold-out run
(2014-2015), and was remounted at the Seattle Repertory Theater (2017);
Love This Giant, a studio album and worldwide tour created with St.
Vincent (2012); and How Music Works, a book about the history,
experience, and social aspects of music (2012).

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Conor Oberst | FM Kirby Center | July 27th
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Conor Oberst | FM Kirby Center | July 27th

 Conor Oberst | FM Kirby Center | Thurs. 7.27.17 | 8 PM

Conor Oberst | FM Kirby Center | Thurs. 7.27.17 | 8 PM

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Conor Oberst will bring a full band performance featuring members of The Felice Brothers to the F.M. Kirby Center on Thursday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two-plus decades, he has released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, as a solo artist, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup.

Oberst is currently touring in support of his 2016 stripped-down solo album, Ruminations, and his 2017 follow-up, SalutationsPitchfork called Ruminations “a record like none other in Oberst’s catalog, stunning for how utterly alone he sounds.”  Salutations, which was met with similar acclaim, features full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional tracks.

Whether he is recording or performing, and whether he’s solo or with a band, the one constant for Conor Oberst throughout the years has been music.

“I have always believed there’s salvation through music and love.  At least for me,” Oberst said.  “It’s gotten me through the worst of things.  But I want it to be that way for the people who listen to it, too.”

Oberst will bring all of that music and love to Wilkes-Barre on July 27.

Philadelphia-based, Hop Along, will support Conor Oberst as the opening act.

Conor Oberst has partnered with Plus1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Planned Parenthood and their work delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people in the US and worldwide.

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Blackberry Smoke | Like an Arrow Tour | FM Kirby Center | June 23rd
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Blackberry Smoke | Like an Arrow Tour | FM Kirby Center | June 23rd

Blackberry Smoke - Like an Arrow Tour

June 23rd | 8 PM

 Like an Arrow Tour | FM Kirby Center | June 23 rd | 8 PM

Like an Arrow Tour | FM Kirby Center | June 23 rd | 8 PM

Southern rock quintet, Blackberry Smoke has never been a band that stands still. Whether pursuing the dream by logging hundreds of thousands of miles on America’s highways and abroad or relentlessly exploring the many facets of its most unique art form, the Atlanta-based outfit is always on the move.

The songs on band’s sixth album, Like an Arrow, show just how far this authentic American rock band has come as the accomplished group of musicians tackles a diverse set of new ideas, sounds and territories, long after most bands with half the success might have settled into a well-worn groove.

Like An Arrow has been well received by fans and critics alike, landing at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Country and Americana/Folk charts.

No strangers to the road, Blackberry Smoke have headlined tours across the United States, while also supporting artists such as Gov’t Mule, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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An Evening with Toto | FM Kirby Center | June 18th | 7:30 PM
Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Toto | FM Kirby Center | June 18th | 7:30 PM

An Evening with TOTO | FM Kirby Center | June 18th

 TOTO | FM Kirby Center | June 18th | 7:30 PM

TOTO | FM Kirby Center | June 18th | 7:30 PM

Last summer, Toto embarked their first U.S. headline run in over a decade. Their shows on this tour will feature repertoire for their latest studio album XIV, classic hits, and both band and fan favorites from their vast catalog in performances that will stage two hours of music. 

The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams will be joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), Shem von Schroeck (bass), Warren Ham (saxophone, vocals).   Guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn’t get to last time.  Always a thrill to bring our full show around the country.”

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations and were inducted in to the Musicians Hall Of Fame in 2009.

With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

In 2015, Toto released their first new studio album in ten years – TOTO XIV. The album exhibited world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective talents of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates brought to life.  It debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK. 

In 2016 they released the Blu-Ray/DVD title Live At Montreux which quickly charted Top Five or better around the globe as well. With the band’s 40th Anniversary coming up in 2018, TOTO has major plans in the works to celebrate their enduring career. 

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Donovan "Sunshine Superman" 50th Anniversary Tour | FM Kirby Center
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Donovan "Sunshine Superman" 50th Anniversary Tour | FM Kirby Center

Donovan "Sunshine Superman" 50th Anniversary TourJune 4th | 7 PM

 Sunshine Superman 50th Anniversary Tour | Donovan | June 4th

Sunshine Superman 50th Anniversary Tour | Donovan | June 4th

DONOVAN celebrates the 50th anniversary of his single “SUNSHINE SUPERMAN” when it reached #1 on The Billboard Charts. The album of the same name is considered a classic masterpiece, described during DONOVAN’s induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012: “Donovan single-handedly initiated the Psychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman.”
Audiences during the tour will be treated to DONOVAN’s history of hits, including “Sunshine Superman,” “Mellow Yellow,” “The Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Jenifer Juniper” as well as his legendary storytelling and other cult classic songs.
SONY/LEGACY RECORDINGS will present “The Essential Donovan”–a collection of DONOVAN’s hits and other innovative album selections.
Gibson Guitars has created a special “Donovan Model J45 Guitar,” the guitar on which DONOVAN composed, recorded and performed all his 60s works.
It’s all a long way from that heady 60s decade that birthed him, but 2016 will confirm DONOVAN as much more than a mere heritage act. He embodies the history of British rock and pop. DONOVAN is an institution, and his legacy and influence will ensure that he is part of its future, too.

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Martina McBride at The F.M. Kirby Center
Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Martina McBride at The F.M. Kirby Center

Martina McBride CMT Next Women of Country Tour Ft. Lauren Alaina 3/11/17 at 8PM

 Martina McBride CMT Next Women of Country Tour Ft. Lauren Alaina 3/11/17 at 8PM

Martina McBride CMT Next Women of Country Tour Ft. Lauren Alaina 3/11/17 at 8PM

Hot on the heels of her latest studio album, RECKLESS, award-winning country superstar Martina McBride has extended her Love Unleashed Tour into 2017, partnering with CMT for the third annual “Next Women of Country” tour.  Martina will be joined by special guest, Lauren Alaina for these new dates, including a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m., as part of the PNC Celebrity Series.

"I am so happy to announce that we are adding a second run of dates to the Love Unleashed Tour.  We have created an environment at the shows where fans can come together to share positive energy and a common love of music, and leave the concert feeling uplifted and stronger. We all know the power of music and positivity and I truly believe that what the fans experience on this tour will have a huge ripple effect in their lives, their communities, and the world at large,” says Martina.
 
"I have always been such a fan of Martina," shares Lauren. "She has had such an empowering career for all women aspiring to be entertainers. I have had the honor to meet her and she is so humble, kind and encouraging. I am so impressed by her. I could not be more excited about touring with her and showing the world what we ladies are made of.”
 
For the first time, Martina is partnering with CMT’s “Next Women of Country” franchise, which is a multi-platform initiative that supports and showcases the rising generation of female superstars.  CMT’s “Next Women of Country” continues to grow with confident, fun and talented female singer/songwriters who are taking the country music world by storm.
 
Martina continues, “What makes the second leg of this tour even more special is that we are partnering with CMT in their movement to support women in country music.  I have championed women in many ways through my music and charitable endeavors over the years and this movement really speaks to me. Not only is it a perfect fit for the Love Unleashed mission, it's a perfect fit for me and what I truly believe which is that when one of us succeeds it's a win for all of us, and when we, as women, support each other we are so much stronger.”
 
Much like the fall leg of the tour, Martina will offer VIP Experiences in select markets, which will include a meet & greet and Q&A session, exclusive autographed gift, premium tickets and more. More details available here: www.MartinaMcBride.com.
 
RECKLESS (Nash Icon Records) marks Martina’s 13th studio album featuring songs that are both a mix of classic country and a contemporary edge. Martina’s unparalleled vocals and depth are what keep fans ready for more. 

About Martina McBride:
Multiple Grammy nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. In February 2016 she released her first single, “Reckless,” the title track from her new album which is now available. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Through her Team Music Is Love charity initiative, Martina partners with non-profit causes to help many of the towns she's performing in. Martina also invites fans to join her team in making the world a better place through the power of music. Since 2011, Team Music Is Love has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need. For more information, please visit TeamMusicIsLove.com. Recently, Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration. 
 
About Lauren Alaina:
Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of “American Idol.” Lauren recently released a self-titled five-song EP, the highly-anticipated follow-up to her No. 1 debuting first album Wildflower. Lauren co-wrote every track on the EP including the ESPN exclusive promo track, “History,” and her latest empowering single, “Road Less Traveled,” playing on country radio now. Lauren has been nominated for several Teen Choice and CMT Music Awards, and has toured with superstars including Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” and was on tour throughout 2016 with Alan Jackson for his Still Keepin’ It Country Tour.

 

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