International Guitar Night (IGN) is North America’s premier mobile guitar festival. Since its beginning, IGN has brought together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarist composers to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. This year, occasional IG...
2016/2017 Winter Performing Arts Series
An evening of cabaret
Fri, Sep 16, 2016, 7pm
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 7pm
Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 7pm
International Guitar Night*
Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 7pm
Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 7pm
The 2016–2017 Performing Arts Series is sponsored by Wood River Inn.
The Center’s commitment to Enhancing Arts Education
Every performer in the 2016–2017 series will be performing in local schools as a part of The Center’s ongoing commitment to arts education. International Guitar Night and Las Cafeteras are supported by public funding for the arts through the National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Idaho Legislature.
The 2016–2017 Artist Residencies are supported by Gayle Marie. Additional support for The Center’s educational outreach programs is provided by Cox Communications, Robbins de Beaumont Foundation, Heart of Gold Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation, The Richard K. & Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, The Donald and Gretchen K. Fraser Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation and the U.S. Bancorp Foundation.
SOLD OUT! CONCERT: International Guitar Night
Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 pm
SOLD OUT! CONCERT: An evening with Brett Dennen
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 pm
Brett Dennen is a nationally known, celebrated singer songwriter who has released 6 albums. He’s played at Austin City Limits, Newport Folk and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. His songs are carefully crafted, beautiful and often have a wry sen...
CONCERT: Korby Lenker
Friday, December 9, 7:00 pm
Nashville-based Korby Lenker is a singer, songwriter, author, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Twin Falls as the son of a mortician.Korby has performed internationally and has shared the stage with such legends as Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne, as well as Nickel Creek, Tristan Prettyman, ...
PERFORMING ARTS: Sharron Matthews – an evening of cabaret
Friday, September 16, 7:00 pm
Sharron Matthews is an award-winning cabaret performer. Her performance of “Full Dark” was named by broadwayworld.com as Best Cabaret Performance of 2015 and she’s won “Best of the Fest” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her performances include storytelling and mash-up pop songs – think Shirley...
CONCERT: Lake Street Dive & Gregory Alan Isakov
Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 pm
Founded by 4 students at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2004, the members of Lake Street Dive have evolved, moved to Brooklyn and now tour nationally and internationally in support of their 4 studio albums and wildly popular YouTube videos. With trumpet, guitar, upright bass, drums and a k...
CONCERT: Emmylou Harris with special guest Ian Janco
Monday, August 8, 7:00 pm
A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into th...
CONCERT: Mavis Staples & The James Hunter Six
Friday, July 29, 7:00 pm
Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen ...
Friday, April 8, 7:00 pm
Born in Ethiopia and raised in Brooklyn, Meklit has called San Francisco home since graduating from Yale in 2002. Her music is an intoxicating blend of jazz, American folk and singer-songwriter traditions and Ethiopia’s unique melodies and rhythms. “Soulful, tremulous and strangely cinematic, [Meklit] ...
PostSecret: The Show
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 pm
PostSecret: The Show is a visual, auditory and emotional journey through the beauty and complication of our deepest fears, ambitions and confessions. Three actors guide the audience through a narrative with the bravery of RENT and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues. PostSecret: The Show is a brea...
Martha Redbone Roots Project
Saturday, February 20, 7:00 pm
The “charismatic indie-soul diva” (Time Out New York) Martha Redbone is an Independent Music Award-winning musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent. Redbone explores traditional and modern variations of folk, roots, blues, tribal and soul that feature her magnificent voice. P...
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm
One of The Center’s most requested repeat performances! Dala returns to the valley with their inspired songwriting, gorgeous harmonies and engaging and charming performing. You’ll fall hard for this Toronto-based duo who count The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan as their key treasured influences. Wha...
Black Violin – SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Black Violin blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW to standing room only crowds. Black Violin’s residency is supported by Gayle Marie and, in part, with funds prov...
The Bros. Landreth
Saturday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Blues, alt-country, slide guitar, three-part harmonies – and named by Rolling Stone as one of the “20 Best Things We Saw at Americana Music Fest 2014” – all wrapped up in a group of Canadians from Manitoba. Hot off a win for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year at the 2015 JUNO awards, Winnipeg’s...
Wilco with special guest Vetiver
Sunday, August 16, 7:00 pm
The Concert Series concludes on August 16 with experimental folk and art rock band Wilco. With lead singer Jeff Tweedy at the helm, Wilco draws influence from alternative country, The Beatles, Beach Boys harmonies, classic pop and more. Known for their adventurous spirit and ever-changing sound, they’ve wo...
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Monday, August 3, 7:00 pm
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue come to the valley on August 3 with their hard-edged funk that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. New Orleans native Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews leads this band, which has toured in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, J...
John Butler Trio with special guest Anderson East
Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 pm
This Australian roots and jam band sells out concerts around the world and has released several chart-topping albums in Australia and appeared on Conan. Their most recent release, Flesh & Blood (2014), was recognized with “Best Blues and Roots Album” at the 2014 ARIA (Australian Record Industry Associ...
TorQ Percussion Quartet
Saturday, April 18, 6:30 pm
TorQ Percussion Quartet was formed by four Canadian percussionists looking to add new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance. Renowned for their engaging performances and repertoire, TorQ is also committed to commissioning new works for percussion quartet from both established and up-and- coming co...
SOLD OUT! Colin Hay in concert
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm
You may know the name, you likely know the voice, but you have not seen a show like the troubadour-style solo performance by Scottish-born, Australian-raised, California-dwelling, Men at Work frontman, Colin Hay. He’ll bring a guitar and his distinctive voice to Sun Valley and will intersperse his classic a...
Dance: Brian Sanders’ JUNK
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 pm
Brian Sanders’ JUNK is known for their ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. Sanders’ choreography blends traditional dance theater with an inventiveness and physicality that gives reason for critics to hail JUNK as “Philly’s most ...
FREE Footlight Dance Company presents Rockin’ Dance
Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 pm
A free public performance of Rockin’ Dance, an exploration of the impact of rock & roll on dance through ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. From January 26 through February 6, Footlight dancers will be performing Rockin’ Dance in all Blaine County schools as Footlight’s annual free outreach serv...
SOLD OUT! An evening with Bill Payne
Friday, January 30, 6:30 pm
Bill Payne co-founded, with Lowell George, the band Little Feat. He is considered by many other piano rock musicians, including Elton John, to be one of the finest American piano rock and blues music artists. In addition to his trademark barrelhouse blues piano, he is noted for his work on other keyboard inst...
Friday, December 12, 6:30 pm
SOLD OUT! Guy Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer, but most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis' creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as...
Portland Cello Project
Saturday, October 25, 6:30 pm
Since the group's inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, everywhere from Prairie Home Companion, to that punk rock club in the part of town your grandma warns you not to go to...
The Head and The Heart
Friday, August 29, 7:00 pm
The Head and The Heart is an indie folk-rock band from Seattle. They came together in 2009 through a series of open mic nights at the Conor Byrne pub in Old Ballard. They scored two a #1 single with their song “Lost in My Mind” and they’ve opened for Vampire Weekend, The Decemberists and more, and are o...
Wednesday, August 6, 8:00 pm
As a child spinning his parents' 45s in their Stockton, California home, this deeply committed artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis' Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there—including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis—all of...
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band
Sunday, July 27, 7:00 pm
Named one of the "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" by Paste Magazine, Josh Ritter is certainly that. Sold out tours, amazing reviews, stellar albums and multiple radio hits have become the standard for this immensely talented artist and captivating performer. Ritter’s last album, The Beast In Its Tracks,...
Soulshine Tour Concert featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall
Wednesday, July 2, 6:00 pm
This summer, Michael Franti & Spearhead will launch the first-ever music & yoga tour, "Soulshine," that will bridge daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and DJs, guaranteeing a full-blown dance party! The day begins at 11am with a yoga workshop and live acoust...
Soulshine Yoga & Music Daytime Event
Wednesday, July 2, 11:00 am
Soulshine is a first of its kind tour bringing together live music, fans, DJs and yoga into one ridiculously awesome jam. The tour will begin with a very special mass acoustic music and yoga practice, featuring Michael Franti and friends playing live and a class led by Allie Purdy. This energetic and soulf...
Jake Shimabukuro – SOLD OUT!
Thursday, May 1, 6:30 pm
In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earne...
Dala – CANCELLED
Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 pm
Regretfully, the Dala concert was cancelled. However, Dala is thrilled to announce that Amanda and her husband are expecting their first child. Looks like Amanda and Sheila will have a lot more to sing about in the future. Thanks for your continued support! Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Fo...
Le Vent du Nord
Saturday, March 22, 6:30 pm
One of Quebec’s finest traditional AND progressive folk groups, Le Vent du Nord goes from foot stomping dance tunes featuring fiddles, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, bouzouki, accordion and more, to haunting a cappella melodies without skipping a beat. Since its inception in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric...
Saturday, February 22, 6:30 pm
SOLD OUT! Winner of nine Blues Music Awards — including five for Best Piano Player of the Year, Marcia Ball raises the roofs and tears down walls with her emotional brand of New Orleans boogie, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. This will be an intimate ‘cabaret’ style evening. A limited number o...
California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio
Sunday, November 10, 6:30 pm
Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US), California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble’. In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel string...
Okaidja & Shókoto
Friday, October 11, 6:30 pm
Born in Ghana to a family of singers and songwriters, Okaidja and his group, Shókoto perform traditional Ghanaian songs and dances fused with music of the West and the African diaspora. The performance is an energetic, family-friendly mixture of traditional and contemporary African and world music that is su...
An Evening with Clint Black
Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm
Clint Black is country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black made his debut with his Killin' Time album, which produced four straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. In addition...
Series Packages On Sale
Friday, August 23, 10:00 am
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Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band
Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 pm
Sun Valley Center for the Arts regrets that due to hazardous air quality caused by the Beaver Creek Fire, the concert tonight with Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band has been canceled. We believe that this is the best decision to be made for our patrons, our artists, our staff, and our community. This de...
Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 pm
As Brandi Carlile fans well know, her concerts are near legendary in their perfect communion between performer and audience. Whether she is rocking out with her full band or standing quietly at the edge of the stage singing a cappela, Carlile brings a riveting intensity to her shows. Known for her clear and p...