Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce
NRBQ, Kat Edmonson, Lindsay Lou, and more
Sun · May 13, 2018
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pmCulture Center Theater
$20.00 - $35.00
This event is all ages
Available to Mountain Stage Members March 2, 10am
On-sale to public: March 9, 10am
Advance Tickets: $20
Day of Show: $35
Available online, by phone (877.987.6487), or at Taylor Books - Downtown Charleston.
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NRBQ is Terry Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin. “NRBQ” stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet. The band’s music, a rollicking blend of everything from stomping rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz, has attracted fans as diverse as Elvis Costello, Penn & Teller, R.E.M., SpongeBob SquarePants, Ian McLagan, She & Him, Wilco, Widespread Panic, Nick Lowe, and indie-rock band Whitney. NRBQ songs have inspired cover versions by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Darlene Love, and Dave Edmunds, among many others. In addition, the group served as the unofficial "house band" for The Simpsons for the Season 10-12. NRBQ has released a series of critically-acclaimed albums in recent years, among them Keep This Love Goin’ (2011), Brass Tacks (2014), and last year’s 5-disc, 50-year retrospective, High Noon. Of the brand new Happy Talk EP, the Nashville Scene says, “…ties the pursuit of eternal youth to the idea of timeless rock ‘n’ roll.” As the song says, “You’ve got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?”
Edmonson’s most recent record The Big Picture debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart. While promoting the album in 2015, she performed on “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” garnering the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. Edmonson also shared the stage of CBS’s Ed Sullivan Theater later that year with nine-time Grammy award-winners Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel on the “Late Show with David Letterman” during the program’s final weeks. The Big Picture was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom in his Los Angeles studio.
The album followed Edmonson’s 2012 release, Way Down Low, which The New York Times hailed as “fresh as a spring bouquet” and The Boston Globe’s reviewer called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The idea to make Way Down Low came about when Edmonson was invited by the METAlliance (an organization of today’s leading music producers and engineers) to record for two days at Avatar Studios with legendary industry figures Al Schmitt and Phil Ramone. Following their session, Kat initiated a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $50,000 through her fan-base to complete the record at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, Way Down Low features a duet with fellow-Texan Lyle Lovett of Kat’s original song, “Long Way Home.” The album was featured on several major year-end “Best of 2012” lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.”
Edmonson was featured on NPR an impressive five times that same year and performed on an episode of the nationally syndicated television show, “Austin City Limits”. Soon after, Kat made her debut on the silver screen in the movie, Angels Sing (2013) starring Harry Connick, Jr, and in the spring of that year, Kat was a featured guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.” She returned to “A Prairie Home Companion” in November 2014, reprising the character Cat Mandu that Garrison Keillor wrote for her for the show's regular skit, "Guy Noir, Private Eye.”
Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self-releasing her first album, Take To The Sky, in 2009. A musical kinship developed from performing with Lyle Lovett led to their high-profile duet of the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which the pair recorded on his album Please Release Me and performed together in 2010 on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Along with her own headline tours, Edmonson has gone on the road in support of Lovett, as well as Chris Isaak, Gary Clark, Jr., Jaime Cullum, and Shawn Colvin, and has opened shows for such luminaries as Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Lowe, and Willie Nelson. Her song, “Lucky” has been featured in many feature films, television shows and commercials, including the Coca-Cola “Footprints” ad from the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Edmonson lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Her singing floats over the instrumental mastery and deep groove of her band with dynamics that range from a lullaby to a battle cry. In the words of David Grier, “Lindsay...sings the way you would want to if you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it's all there. Effortless seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” Lindsay's brand new full-length "Southland" (April 2018) is a collection of songs examining the range of emotions and complex themes of our changing times; delivered with soulfully fierce intensity and tender intimacy that demands your attention.
Culture Center Theater
West Virginia State Capitol Grounds
Charleston, WV, 25305