Joy to the World w/ Bob Thompson ft Paula Cole

West Virginia Public Broadcasting presents

Joy to the World w/ Bob Thompson ft Paula Cole

Thu · December 13, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Joy to the World with Bob Thompson feat. Paula Cole

Thursday December 13, 2018

Culture Center Theater – State Capitol Grounds

Greenbrier & Washington Streets Charleston, WV

Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm

Advance Tickets: $25

Day of Show: $30

Available at, 877.987.6487 or locally at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Charleston, WV.

Paula Cole
Paula Cole
“It is truly my time now, at 50.” – Paula Cole.

More beautiful than ever, in a twenty-plus-year-career, Paula Cole releases Ballads, a twenty-song collection of American jazz and folk classics from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. It is dedicated to her father, Jim Cole.

Cole started as a jazz singer and now returns, at nearly 50 years of age, to pay homage to her first love of jazz and folk. A self-described “mother and human being first” Cole is a timeless voice not only in song, but for those who have felt pain, and who still stand shining light, against all odds. With a voice that is big, rich and gorgeous, a mind that is intelligent, and a heart that transforms suffering into beauty, Paula Cole sings for our enlightenment, for our souls.

Ballads is a journey to Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, to John Coltrane and Nina Simone, to Bobbie Gentry and Nancy Wilson, sung by a stunning Paula Cole we’ve not yet heard.

Start pouring the fine wine. Some things get better with age.

Paula Cole is the voice behind Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live, hits “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”, “I Don’t Want To Wait”, and the brave, brazen double platinum album, This Fire. Cole has infused wit and poetry in seven albums of original work over a twenty-plus-year-career. In performance, Cole gives of herself to such a degree that she elicits tears and gasps and goose bumps from audiences. In her lyrics, she writes of inner life, of redemption, a woman’s perspective; of social justice.

As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, This Fire, Cole broke boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. Recently Paula is celebrating the 20th anniversary of This Fire, and will be performing This Fire in its entirety at select concerts. She has released a new video of “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”, and a 20th anniversary-memento-live album entitled This Bright Red Feeling.
Bob Thompson Band
Bob Thompson Band
Since 1991 Bob Thompson has been pianist, and regularly featured artist on West Virginia’s NPR syndicated radio show, Mountain Stage. For the past twenty-five years he has also been co-producer and host of Joy to the World, a Holiday jazz show, broadcast on public radio stations nationwide.

In October 2015, Bob Thompson was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Bob makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia, and has enjoyed a long and active career as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator. For decades he has played at festivals and venues around the country, and has also taken his music to Europe, Africa, and South America.

Bob Thompson’s resume includes guest appearances on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, on NPR, and BET on Jazz with Ramsey Lewis. His recordings on Intima Records, and Ichiban International, received high recognition on the jazz charts, with several reaching the top-ten.

His 2016 recording with the Bob Thompson Band is called “Look Beyond The Rain."

His recent recordings, Bob Thompson “Live” on Mountain Stage, and Smile, with the Bob Thompson Unit, are on his own label,
Venue Information:
Culture Center Theater
West Virginia State Capitol Grounds
Charleston, WV, 25305