Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will showcase musicians in American roots music, often in an unplugged format and “revealing the soul of the artist” during its 2021–22 season.
Scottsdale Arts ONE members were welcome to the best seats before tickets went on sale to the public on May 14, according to a press release advising that tickets are available to the public.
Discover the music that has become known around the world, the release said of the vocal artists displayed during their one-night-only concerts while experiencing “one of American roots music’s most impactful performers, Mavis Staples, and JJ Grey & Mofro’s soulful musical storytelling.”
This season also presents a collaboration with Joan Osborne and The Weepies, and one of the genre’s captivating singer-songwriters: Marc Cohn, the release said adding it wouldn’t be an American roots series without the genre-defying Keb’ Mo.’
Although subject to change, the following musical performances are scheduled at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts:
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
Mavis Staples is a civil rights icon, who is a multiple Grammy winner, and a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer with her family group The Staple Singers. A a member of the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, her recent album, “We Get By,” was produced by multi-Grammy award winner Ben Harper. Also, her “I’ll Be Gone” song was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance.
JJ Grey & Mofro
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021
The music of JJ Grey & Mofro is a deep, soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, R&B, and personal, Southern-inspired narratives. The north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker is an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions.
Joan Osborne | The Weepies
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022,
Multi-platinum-selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne teams with singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen of The Weepies for an intimate evening of music. Ms. Osborne’s 10th studio album, “Trouble and Strife,” released in 2020, is a collection of new original songs and her response to “the crazy, chaotic times we’re living in,” she stated. The Indie folk-pop band The Weepies rarely tour but have sold more than 1.5 million records.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2022
After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. His music is grounded in the richness of American rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel, and his lyrics flow from a deft storyteller’s pen.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2022
Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances, proving he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. In 2019, his album “Oklahoma” won a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, making this his 5th Grammy win. “Oklahoma” features cameos from Taj Mahal to Rosanne Cash, to Keb’ Mo’s wife, Robbie Brooks Moore, to name a few. This album pushes his boundaries even further with brand new songs addressing topics such as immigration, depression, female empowerment and more.
See: ScottsdalePerformingArts.org for more details.