In 1990, Wilson Phillips took the music world by storm, and after nearly 25 years, the band members have held on, and have no plans of letting go any time soon.
The Amphitheater tonight will be flooded with the sounds of the South as country superstar Jennifer Nettles kicks off the second leg of her That Girl Tour 2014 at 8:15 p.m.
Those who jumped, jived and wailed at the 2012 Amphitheater Ball can look forward to a repeat performance tonight. The Ladies First Big Band returns at 8 p.m. to a semi-benchless Amp for a concert that they expect will make Chautauquans of all ages get up and move.
“It’s got to be me,” Loretta LaRoche sings as she ogles herself in a handheld mirror on stage, a jazz quartet playing in the background. It’s a new parody song she’s been working on — bringing together the absurdity of everyday life and American jazz music in a hilarious combination. The piece comments on the selfie outbreak among millennials in a spoof of the classic “It Had To Be You,” made famous by Frank Sinatra.
The mid-1900s saw the birth of doo-wop in America, a time when people in urban cities would pour out onto the streets and make music with their voices. It was a time before computers, before pitch correction, before multitracking.
Valerie Capers describes her sound as a soft kind of jazz, something to listen to on a cool summer’s night. Nothing experimental or too avant garde. Something comfortable; perhaps a tune from the Great American Songbook. The musician’s performance at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater will mark her debut at Chautauqua Institution.
After more than 40 years of tooting their own horns on an international stage, the gold-plated ensemble Canadian Brass is coming to Chautauqua Institution, at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
Back to celebrate the opening of another jam-packed season at Chautauqua, piano riffs, synth, pulsing disco lights and eye-catching sequins that harken back to a bygone era will take over the Amphitheater stage as Arrival from Sweden performs the music of ABBA on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.
In 2004, the last time Amy Grant performed at Chautauqua, she brought her bike. She may be a six-time Grammy Award-winning singer, but, when it comes to biking, she considers herself more of a Katherine Hepburn than a Lance Armstrong.
“I certainly don’t have the kind of expendable income that would allow me to travel on a whim,” Grant said, “but because I travel with work … I’ve been to maybe a hundred different cities in a year. And sometimes some pretty remote and amazing parts of the country, and that’s why I take my bike; that’s why we try to hike or look around.”
Despite 40 years of performing in venues all over the world, everywhere from New York City to Sydney, Henry Wayne “K.C.” Casey, leader of KC and the Sunshine Band, still gets nervous before he performs.
“You always get nervous.” Casey said. “The day you’re not nervous is the day your career is over.”