Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
Molly Ringwald (yes, that Molly Ringwald), Buckwheat Zydeco and more announced for Live at the Temple series
Des Moines Performing Arts has announced its 2014 Live at the Temple series, and it includes some familiar acts including the star of “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink” and “The Breakfast Club.”
Here are the acts, with their bios from Des Moines Performing Arts, and a note or two from me in bold. Season tickets are $138 and go on sale Dec. 2 through Ticketmaster. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date if seats remain. Concerts are held at the Temple for Performing Arts.
JON BATISTE AND THE STAY HUMAN BAND
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Rooted in the musical traditions of his native New Orleans, Jon Batiste has developed a uniquely current and playful brand of jazz. The group’s first studio album “Social Music” was released in the fall of 2013. I mentioned my love of “Treme,” the other day, Batiste was on seasons two and three of the HBO show.
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most beloved and popular musicians. Rolling Stone magazine called Koité “Mali’s biggest pop star.”
Tuesday, March 11, 2104 at 7:30 p.m.
Buckwheat Zydeco is the pre-eminent ambassador of Louisiana Zydeco music. “One of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration.”–The New York Times
Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Accomplished actress of stage and screen, Molly Ringwald returned to her musical roots (growing up with a jazz-pianist father) and released her first jazz album in April 2013 called “Except Sometimes.” The album has a cover of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me,” made famous in “The Breakfast Club.
GABRIEL KAHANE WITH ROB MOOSE
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Gabriel Kahane’s style is eclectic, most often mixing his classical background with modern folk-pop influences. He is often compared to Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright. Duo partner, violinist Rob Moose, is from Bon Iver and yMusic Ensemble. Kahane set Craigslist ads to music for his album “Craigslistlieder.”
RIDERS IN THE SKY
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Often called “America’s favorite cowboys,” Riders In The Sky have been compared to the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers in terms of keeping with the Western music genre. These modern-day icons infuse wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all while encouraging fans to live life “The Cowboy Way!” If you’re a fan of Pixar, their music was featured in “Toy Story 2″ (they did the “Woody’s Roundup” theme”) as well as music for the short “For the Birds.”