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Presented by: RBI Productions and Dennis Ruffo Productions
April 13 - April 14, 2016
For over 20 years now the legions of fans of Guitarist - Composer - Musicologist, Ry Cooder, have been eagerly awaiting his return to the concert stage. He finally has found the musical project he wants to tour with in Cooder-White-Skaggs, a collaboration with multi Grammy Award Winners Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, in what the Chicago Tribune has called "a Roots Music Super-Group".
Joined on stage by Cheryl and Buck White (the Whites) plus bassist Mark Fain and Ry Cooder's son and drummer Joachim Cooder, Cooder - White - Skaggs brings 4 part harmonies and virtuoso ensemble playing to a repertoire that encompasses the best of Bluegrass, Country, Blues and Gospel Music.
Don’t miss what is sure to be an amazing performance!
Ry Cooder’s stock-in-trade is the guitar. He sometimes plays mandolin and has been known to occasionally handle the bajo sexton and tres. Cooder likes to play blues, gospel, country and western music, a calypso tune or two and cowboy ballads. He has written film scores, produces recordings of an elderly group of Cubans and has hung out with Gabby Pahinui. Cooder hired Don Tosti to voice an alien and made a record about a cat that lived in a suitcase. He owns an ice cream truck that was displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum and he has also adopted an owl. These days, Ry and his son Joachim have taken to playing with Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Buck White and Mark Fain. He sure hopes to see you at one of their shows this year.
Sharon White is a member of beloved country-gospel family band, The Whites, and has been making music alongside her father Buck and sister Cheryl for more than four decades. They originally began as a Bluegrass group, but the family trio became well known for their string of Country hits in the 1980s, including "Hangin’ Around," "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling," and "Pins and Needles." The Whites are Grand Ole Opry members and combine a respect for – and mastery of – traditional country and bluegrass with a refreshing style in each of their performances. They were involved in the 2001 hit movie and soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and have gone on to win multiple awards, including GRAMMY®, CMA and Dove Awards, among others.
With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®- nominated albums. And the Grand Ole Opry member released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler." The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself.
One dollar has been included in the ticket fees at the request of the promoter. For every ticket sold, $1.00 will be donated to the Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation by Centrepointe Theatres on behalf of the promoter.
Tickets: $92.25 / $82.25
April 13 at 8:00 pm