38th Season of Esbenshade Series features musicians, dancers

Peoples Bank Theatre, located at 222 Putnam St., Marietta, announces the 2018-19 Esbenshade Series.

Musicians and dancers will highlight the 38th season of the Esbenshade Series at Marietta College, which features four performances that are free and open to the public at Peoples Bank Theatre starting on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Reserve up to four seats per performance starting six weeks before each show at peoplesbanktheatre.com or call the Peoples Bank Theatre Box Office at 740-371-5152, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Keb’ Mo’

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 — Over the past two decades, award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances.

In addition to his four Grammy awards and 11 nominations, Keb’ Mo’ has also been awarded 11 Blues Foundation Awards and six BMI Awards for his work in TV and film.

Jake Shimabukuro

3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 — Since he first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Jake Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.” Ticket reservations begin Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.

Momix: Opus Cactus

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 — If Salvador Dali and Leonardo da Vinci were inspired by National Geographic you’d get Opus Cactus, Moses Pendleton’s amazing evening-length work about the desert world. With their signature dance illusion style, MOMIX explores the mysterious creatures and cacti of the desert. Surreal, wondrous and massively creative, there’s nothing like the MOMIX performance experience. Ticket reservations begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 7, 2019.

The Havana Cuba


7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 — In their upcoming “Asere” — or “Friendship” — tour, the All-Stars will be backed by three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions. Ticket reservations begin Jan. 28.

On stage in August:

– Mountain Stage, 7 p.m., Aug. 19. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s live radio show returns, featuring Natalie Prass, Red Wanting Blue, and Todd Burge.

– Paula Poundstone, 8 p.m., Aug. 25. A night of comedy with Paula Poundstone, as heard on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me.

– Randy Bachman, 8 p.m., Aug. 31. Bachman has topped the charts with two different bands: “American Woman” with The Guess Who and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.