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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Offers Outstanding January Lineup of Shows

Jan 04, 2019
Things will be hopping this month as the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Road) in Santa Rosa, CA. offers a nice slate of talent.

John Edward, one of the world’s most sought-after psychic mediums, makes a stage appearance on Sunday, January 13 at noon. Edward has established himself as a preeminent author of several critically acclaimed best sellers. His works include “Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories” and “After Life: Answers from the Other Side,” and his most recent book, “Infinite Quest.” He has captivated audiences worldwide on his internationally acclaimed talk shows, “Crossing Over” & “Cross Country.” Edwards returns to LBC for an intimate setting that is sure to leave audiences in awe.

On Sunday, January 20 the abrasive, astute, yet prolific stand-up comedian, actor, and author Lewis Black returns to LBC. He is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. He has appeared frequently on “The Daily Show” with a weekly “Back in Black” rant, on Comedy Central, and has also filmed two HBO specials. He won the Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001 and his CDs have won Grammy Awards. A much sought-after guest for late night television shows, he’s been seen on “Larry King Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brian,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” CNN, MSNBC, and more. In the midst of a rigorous 200-night touring schedule around the world, regular TV appearances, and movie roles, Black has written three bestselling books. As a playwright he has also penned more than 40 plays, many of which have been produced around the country. He has co-starred with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s “Man of the Year,” Steve Pink’s “Accepted,” and Paul Feig’s “Unaccompanied Minors.” He also lent his voice to the role of “Jimmy” in Bob Sagat’s parody, “Farce of the Penguins.”

Then, on Tuesday, January 22 the group ZZ Top will be rockin’ the house with its red-hot Texas boogie and blues. No one does it better—or has done it longer—than this “little ol’ band from Texas.” The trio’s enduring appeal can be attributed to its mastery of and feel for “rootsy” forms. Guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard were influenced by such blues masters as Freddie King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. From the beginning they took a hard-rocking power-trio approach to the blues, cultivating a new audience for it in the ‘70s and ‘80s with superior musicianship as well as attitude, style and some devilishly funny songs. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, have been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and are true rock icons. ZZ Top will perform their legendary hits at LBC, including “La Grange,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and “Legs.”

Rounding out the month of January will be a performance by Black Violin, appearing on stage on Thursday, January 31. Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Classically trained on violin and viola, Kev Marcus and Wil B. create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” The duo has garnered rave reviews from NPR to Essence and recent appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Tavis Smiley Show,” shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, P. Diddy and Alicia Keys. They return to LBC by popular demand after acclaimed performances in 2016 and 2017.

Tickets for all shows are available online at lutherburbankcenter.org, by calling 707-546-3600 or at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts ticket office in Santa Rosa.

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Photo caption: Comedian Lewis Black: The Joke’s On US Tour


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