New Orleans-born Aaron Neville brings his unmistakable sound, heard in classic ballads like “Tell It Like It Is” and “Don’t Know Much” – his hit duo with Linda Ronstadt – to the intimate SOPAC stage in an evening of sublime artistry. Slipping easily from Funky to R&B and Soul, Aaron Neville is surely one of the most distinctive vocal stylists of all time.
One of the hottest young Americana Singer-Songwriters on the rise is multi-instrumentalist Folk sisters Leah Smith and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia. With their band, they have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots, bringing to the world new sounds, stories and songs collected across oceans.
Richie Furay performs his “Farewell” shows at select venues around the country. He’ll be playing songs from his catalog of classic POCO, Buffalo Springfield, Souther-Hillman-Furay and some recently recorded music . Come celebrate Richie’s retirement from headline touring at SOPAC.
Israeli superstar David Broza is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers. He brings together audiences of all cultures, bridging barriers of language and genre through his music. He is joined by Cuban “Trio Havana” with Jorge Bringas, Manuel Alejandro Carro and Yuniel Jiminez as well as special guest and flute virtuoso Itai Kriss. Together they bring a unique interpretation to the full spectrum of Broza’s rich repertoire of hits.
Damien Escobar sits at the intersection of Hip-Hop and Classical music. His classic yet edgy style comes complete with an unstoppable swagger that has helped propel his career from playing the violin in NYC subways to performing for President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, the royal family of Dubai, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
Two celebrated singer-songwriters return together to the SOPAC stage. Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs” (The New York Times). Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song can be.
World-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan has developed a new live show called “Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi.” Stanley explains it as, “This is my fantasy Jimi Hendrix concert if Jimi were still alive and playing today. By re-imagining his music and channeling his persona I try to bring that fantasy to life.”
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates their 40th anniversary in a very special performance at SOPAC. With beautiful harmonies, seasonal classics and new spins on old favorites, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus welcomes everyone into our family as we gaily ring in the holidays.
KT Tunstall broke into the public eye in 2004 with "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” She's had much success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for her self-penned hit “Suddenly I See."