Music

The 2015-16 Season is here! From classical to klezmer, and everything in between, BlackRock presents nationally- and internationally-recognized musical artists whose extraordinary performances receive rave reviews. Last year over 60% of our shows were sold out, so book early to be sure you get tickets to your favorites!

So Much to See, So Much to Do, So Close to Home

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    Ruthie Foster

    Blues, Gospel | Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 | 5:00 PM | $32-40

    Ruthie Foster can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Following a tour with the US Navy Band, Ruthie ended up in Austin, Texas where she won Best Female Vocalist at the Austin Music Awards three times, garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and won Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year. Most recently she earned the 2015 Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) at the 36th annual Blues Music Awards. Read more…
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    RESCHEDULED: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Octet

    Jazz, Latin | Friday, Feb 19, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $26-32

    Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill has made extraordinary contributions to the Afro Latin Jazz genre. In 2002 he created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Lincoln Center and later founded the Afro Latin Jazz alliance. He’s recorded 13 albums, toured the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and works regularly as a composer in addition to being a performer. Read more…
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    Thomas Pandolfi

    Chamber, Classical | Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 | 4:00 PM | $26-30

    With each passing season, the utterly engaging young American pianist Thomas Pandolfi becomes more and more sought after by audiences worldwide. Lauded by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique, Pandolfi has released several CDs to great acclaim and has performed alongside American and European symphony orchestras all over the world. As a recitalist, Pandolfi has appeared in concert halls in Canada, the UK, Germany, China and the United States. Read more…
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    Cherish the Ladies

    Celtic, World Music | Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 | 3:00 PM | $36-50

    Cherish the Ladies returns to BlackRock following two sell-out performances in the 2014-15 Season! With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Read more…
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    Cherish the Ladies

    Celtic, World Music | Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $36-50

    Cherish the Ladies returns to BlackRock following two sell-out performances in the 2014-15 Season! With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Read more…
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    Sybarite5

    Chamber, Classic Rock, Classical | Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $18-30

    From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. Read more…
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    Six13

    A cappella, Jewish | Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 | 5:00 PM | $26-36

    Driven by a mission to connect Jews around the globe with their heritage through music, anchored by a strong Jewish identity, and fueled by thumping beatbox, intricate arrangements, and soulful harmonies, Six13 is a six-man vocal band that brings an unprecedented style of Jewish music to the stage, with songs ranging from hip-hop dance tracks to rock anthems. Read more…
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    Runa

    Celtic, Roots | Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 | 7:30 PM | $30-44

    Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” Runa has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, Runa offers a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. Read more…
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    Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

    Bluegrass/Country | Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 5:00 PM | $30-44

    Since Frank Solivan left the Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, DC, he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist – and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. The group simmers a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot they’ve been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years. Part of the Family, Friends, & Heroes tour. Read more…
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    10,000 Maniacs

    Alternative, Rock | Friday, May 20, 2016 | 8:00 PM | $36-50

    Perhaps best known for their single “Because the Night,” 10,000 Maniacs is one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and were among the first wave of alternative rock bands that pioneered what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio. After decades in the biz 10,000 Maniacs continues to release new albums and tour. Read more…
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