AMERICANA MUSIC AWARD EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE!
ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONESSaturday, January 31, 7:30 pm
One of the hottest new bands out of Birmingham, Alabama doesn't sound new at all. On the new album, Half the City, St. Paul and The Broken Bones hits all the marks of a classic Southern soul band, complete with a fiery lead singer. Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region's classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.
- Paul Janeway: lead vox
- Jesse Phillips: bass
- Browan Lollar: guitars, vox
- Allen Branstetter: trumpet
- Andrew Lee: drums, percussion
- Ben Griner: trombone, tuba
THE SWAMP POPPAS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Swamp Poppas Zydeco Dance Band headlines a Mardi Gras Party at the Princess Theatre performing Cajun, Blues, Swamp Pop. Band Members Tuck Kornegay, Wade Sexton, Jason Courson, Clay Alligood, and Michael Johnson are from Birmingham, AL with diverse instrumentation including authentic 3-row accordion, Cajun accordion, fiddle, mandolin, bass, guitar, drums, lapsteel, harmonica. The band is known for its enthusiastic dance music appropriate for any event, including weddings, divorces, unromantic dinners, bar mitzvahs, crawfish boils, festivals, dances, parties & general throw-downs. / Cash Bar. Food by The Big Easy. / Tickets: $5 at the door
DIRECT FROM CHINA!
THE NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUSMonday, March 16, 7:30 pm
The New Shanghai Circus, an innovative and internationally renowned troupe of Chinese acrobats, aerialists and athletes, perform astounding acts, dating back to the harvest festivals of 2,000 years ago. Together they are some of the best acrobats, contortionists, bicyclists, and jugglers in the world!
HOT JAZZ FROM PROHIBITION-ERA BOURBON STREET TO THE CABARETS OF PARIS!
THE HOT SARDINESTuesday, April 28, 7:30 pm
It's a great American success story worthy of the cinema: a born-and-bred NYC actor meets a Parisian-born writer at an open jazz jam over a noodle shop in Manhattan, and before you could say "Bourbon Street Parade," the Hot Sardines were bringing their contagious brand of joy to audiences all over the world. Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians – and their very own tap dancer – to play "hot jazz" as it was in the era when live music was king...with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion.
Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920's, 30's, and 40's, the Hot Sardines' vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences. Vanity Fair applauds their "unique repertoire, and a sound and style that are distinctly their own," and Forbes Magazine calls them "one of the best jazz bands in NYC today."
RIVER CITY FILM FESTIVAL
FRIDAY–SATURDAY, APRIL 10-11
The Princess Theatre, in partnership with the Decatur City Schools and Calhoun Community College, sponsor the 5th Annual Film Festival for students and independent filmmakers and features film screenings, workshops and a Red Carpet Awards. $10.00 admission at door includes all programs. The filmmaking workshops held across the street from the Princess Theatre at the Alabama Center for the Arts and all other events scheduled at the Princess Theatre.
(includes all programs)