THE SMITH CENTER ANNOUNCES SIZZLING SUMMER LINEUP FEATURING AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICALS, LEGENDARY MUSICIANS AND STELLAR SPEAKERS
Tickets on sale tomorrow, May 18, for performances by School of Rock, Dave Koz, Kenny G, Neil deGrasse Tyson and many more!
Known for bringing top notch entertainment to Las Vegas spectators, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is ushering in a dazzling summer lineup this June through September, featuring one-night-only signature performances, thrilling theatrical productions, spectacular speaking engagements and more. Tickets for individual performances are available tomorrow, May 18. For more information, please visit TheSmithCenter.com.
Boasting an extraordinary roster of unparalleled shows, The Smith Center is thrilled to announce its upcoming season, encouraging patrons to experience signature performances. In addition to Broadway smash hits, SCHOOL OF ROCK and ON YOUR FEET!, guests will enjoy special performances by legendary musician Jackson Browne, the sensational Dave Koz, Grammy and American Music Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G, world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and National Geographic Live!
Tickets may be purchased by visiting the box office at The Smith Center, by phone at 702.749.2000 or online at TheSmithCenter.com. For more information on this season’s performances, please see below.
Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.
One of popular music’s greatest legends.
Through his five-decade career, Jackson Browne has written and performed many of popular music’s most cherished hits, just a few including “The Pretender,” “Running On Empty,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Doctor My Eyes.” An inductee of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Browne is credited with defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.
With several Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums to his name, Browne will take the stage with his bandmates of many years, including acclaimed musicians on bass, drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals. Audiences won’t forget this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience Browne’s infectious hits live.
Dave Koz Summer Horns Featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Introducing Aubrey Logan
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
“A musician of unflappable rhythmic aplomb.” – The New York Times
Returning to The Smith Center by popular demand, nine-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz performs his electrifying jazz-saxophone stylings with a powerhouse lineup of brass masters, including Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan. Following Koz’s first two highly successful Summer Horns Tours, this year’s tour showcases the same high-energy delivery of swinging hits, including songs from the hotly anticipated new album, “Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns.” The first “Summer Horns” release debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
Saxophonist Albright is acclaimed for his solo recordings and performances with legends such as Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and The Temptations. Braun, a chart-topping trumpeter, has collaborated with leading artists including Rod Stewart, Sade and REO Speedwagon. Elliot, also on saxophone, has forged a successful solo career since first starting out with the renowned horn-driven R&B band Tower of Power.
Logan, a wildly talented pop and jazz singer and trombone soloist, captivates audiences with her wild talent and fresh originality. She has quickly made a name for herself as a featured artist with musical sensation Postmodern Jukebox, as her music videos with the group have accrued millions of views online.
The show also features guitarist Adam Hawley, named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year. Hawley has performed and recorded with the likes of Natalie Cole, Jennifer Lopez and The Backstreet Boys.
Showcasing new songs from the forthcoming “Summer Horns” album, plus hits from these versatile artists’ own catalogues, this will be among the summer’s hottest shows.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Sunday, Aug. 12
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”
Zeppelin USA – An American Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Friday, August 17
Zeppelin USA, fronted by Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk returns to Reynolds Hall with their sonically accurate, visually exciting tribute to the greatest rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin. The 2-hour show will include hits like Black Dog, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven, with fully synchronized lighting, video and lasers. A must see for any Led Zeppelin fan….
ON YOUR FEET!
Tuesday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Sept. 9
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and
broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music
world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.
ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography
by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy
Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most
iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music
Saturday, Sept. 29
One of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time.
With a prolific career spanning three decades and 23 albums, Grammy and American Music Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has sold over 75 million records worldwide with his signature fusion of R&B, pop and Latin with a jazz foundation. As the premier artist in contemporary jazz, the multi-platinum artist has enchanted audiences across the globe with his chart-topping melodies like “Songbird,” “Silhouette” and “The Moment.” Kenny G has collaborated with pop music greats like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra, and his concerts remain wildly popular today.
Performing smooth melodies on the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, Kenny G is hailed for creating a singular sound all his own and is hailed as an international superstar.
Reaffirming his enduring place in popular music, Kenny G takes the stage to deliver his greatest hits that will leave audiences energized and renewed.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Thursday, Sept. 27
Renowned host of FOX docuseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”
Inquisitive minds of all ages won’t want to miss this rare chance to hear world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of 10 bestselling books, host of FOX’s hit docuseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and consummate expert on the cosmos. Tyson will give a riveting, multi-media presentation for the whole family that brings the expanses of modern science direct to audience members.
Tyson will even engage audiences in a lively Q&A that will rival the presentation itself. Often taking questions from children to foster their interest in science, he is happy to answer questions about everything from television appearances and space elevators to parenting advice.
Also director of the Hayden Planetarium, Tyson previously hosted PBS-NOVA series “NOVA ScienceNOW” for five seasons, which provided an accessible look at the scientific frontier that shapes our understanding of the universe.
He has also given interviews with myriad national television shows, including “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Today Show” and “The Daily Show,” and has even guest starred on hit CBS show “The Big Bang Theory.”
The recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Tyson was appointed by NASA to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council to help guide the agency’s ongoing ambitious vision. He has also been appointed to federal commissions to study the U.S. aerospace industry and the implementation of new U.S. space exploration policy.
Experience Tyson’s daunting genius and curiosity for yourself at this fascinating live show.
National Geographic Live! The Show Series
Nizar Ibrahim – Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous (9/28) – single ticket on sale July 13
Kara Cooney – When Women Ruled the World (2/1/19)
Steve Winter – On the Trail of Big Cats (6/14/19)
Enjoy a three show series for just $99 (must purchase prior to July 13)
National Geographic LIVE! will present several independent and unique lectures in its three-part series hitting The Smith Center starting in Sept. 2018. Witness Nizar Ibrahim, a vertebrate paleontologist and comparative anatomist, as he explains the almost forgotten Spinosaurus of the lost world’s cretaceous-era in Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. From prehistoric time to ancient Egypt, Kara Cooney, Egypotologist and archaeologist, reviews women’s roles thousands of years ago when women ruled in When Women Ruled the World. Finally, go in search of big cats with Steve Winter, wildlife photojournalist, as he explores the Asian jungles to the Himalaya home of the rare snow leopard in On the Trail of Big Cats. The three-part series can be purchased independently or as a package where guests can receive the educational experience of a lifetime.
ABOUT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally-acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 244-seat Myron’s Cabaret Jazz club, the 220-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.