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2019-2020 Black Box Songwriter Series
First concert is Sunday, Nov. 24.
The Black Box Songwriter Concert Series is produced by the City of Lewisville and features performing singer/songwriters in a seated, intimate, listening room setting. From Grammy-nominated veteran songwriters to exciting newcomers, performers in this series give fans a chance to hear incredible songs as well as the stories behind them.
Tickets are $15 and are now available for purchase online at mclgrand.tix.com. All concerts are general admission and will take place in the Black Box Theater with the exception of the Jan. 16 concert, which will take place in the MCL Grand Performance Hall, with reserved seating. Tickets to the 8th Annual MCL Grand Songwriting Workshop led by Mary Gauthier are $60 and can be purchased on mclgrand.tix.com.
New this season, anyone who purchases all five concerts for the 2019-20 season will receive a 20 percent discount on their tickets. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout. This offer is not valid on past purchases and does not apply to the MCL Grand Songwriting Workshop. This offer expires at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.
- Nov. 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Colin Gilmore and Nicolette Good: Ladder to the Moon, are the creative forces behind Ladder to the Moon: a tight-harmony weirdo-folk-pop duo with a playful streak. Their songs star winsome loners on cosmic journeys, and heartsick dreamers caught in bizarro romances. Writing in spiral notebooks together since 2013, Gilmore and Good found common ground in influences like Duran Duran, The Kinks, They Might Be Giants, Aimee Mann, Beck, and Neko Case. Ladder to the Moon’s sound captures the bracing beauty of their native Texas landscape, told through the lens of poetic imagination.
- Jan. 16, 2020, 7:30 p.m., Red River Traveling Songwriters, (this performance takes place in the Performance Hall, $15 tickets but with reserved seating): An annual favorite, the Red River Songwriters return to MCL Grand for another intimate Black Box Songwriter Series concert featuring Susan Gibson, Josh Grider, Drew Kennedy, and Walt Wilkins. After several years of sell-out performances, this year’s song swap moves into the Performance Hall. Don’t miss these four longtime friends and musical storytellers as they prepare for the Red River Songwriter’s Festival later that month.
- Feb. 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Mary Gauthier, is a regular on Grand Ole Opry, and has had songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Bare Sr., Bettye Lavette, Amy Helm, Mike Farris and many others. Eight albums into her career, she was named, “One of Americana’s most admired artists across the US and around the world,” by The Wall Street Journal, noting her “razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection.” Gauthier will conduct a Songwriting workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- March 29, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Kelly Willis and Jamie Lin Wilson, Song Swap: Kelly Willis, an Austin-based singer/songwriter, is Back Being Blue, to take a color-coded cue from the title of her seventh album. This is an album of songs about lonesomeness that also happens to be a cracklingly good time. Jamie Lin Wilson is easy to love. With her warm, strong vocals, sly sense of humor, and lyrics that highlight the details that most of us miss, she creates stark vignettes: footsteps in the hall outside a motel room; the way a lover lays their head down at night; a humble but inviting front porch.
- May 31, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Beat Root Revival and Pat Byrne: Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Ben Jones from Kent, England and Belfast, Ireland native Andrea Magee, Beat Root Revival has been taking American audiences by storm with their utterly original sonic amalgam of folk, rock, country, and traditional Irish sounds. After landing in America five years ago, the duo has stolen the hearts of captive audiences, most recently as support for the Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds" tour; they have also toured as the opening act for Brian Setzer, The Fixx and ABC’s Nashville TV star Jonathan Jackson. Pat Byrne is an Irish singer songwriter, living between Austin, Texas, and County Carlow, Ireland. Pat's voice strikes an emotional chord with his audience; ranging from seductive whisper one moment, to full-bodied rock 'n' roll growl the next. His latest work reflects both his Irish roots and the rich influence of the musicians he’s recently worked with in Texas.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Lewisville, MCL Grand is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical City Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.
To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.
For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972.219.8446.