This fall the Citi Performing Arts Center, formerly known as the Wang Theater, is playing host to quite an eccentric group- ranging from comedians, folk stars, classical musicians and the cast of a Nick Jr. program. Jerry Seinfeld kicks off the fall on September 11th with a mix of mainstream- with rants about relationships, marriage, having kids, American consumerism- and the original- ruthless neuroticism that we’ve come to know and love on Seinfeld. Though coming to Boston, Seinfeld’s 2010 tour is a short one- only hitting seven cities from now to December. With the end of his billion-dollar situational sitcom Seinfeld and the beginning of many film projects including his children’s film Bee Movie, Seinfeld may not be keeping up with his stand-up routines for very long.
While over the years Sheryl Crow’s album sales have not lived up to her Grammy-winning, 7-time platinum debut Tuesday Night Music Club, Crow has continued to master the summer anthems, with 2002’s “Soak Up the Sun”, 2008’s “Love is Free” and now 2010’s “Summer Day”. Her latest, 100 Miles from Memphis, is Crow’s upcoming seventh studio album and her return to classic soul, the sounds that worked so well for her on her debut release. Sheryl Crow has been touring in promotion of her new album from June to September, playing the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston on September 23rd just before wrapping up the tour in her hometown of Nashville, TN.
Contemporary jazz trumpeter and composer Chris Botti of Oregon, has gone from touring opposite Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich as a student to headlining his own performances in a matter of years. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four no. one jazz albums, multiple gold, platinum, Grammy Awards and performances at the world’s most prestigious venues, including the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
After the success of Chris Botti in Boston was released in 2009 from his September 2008 performance with Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Orchestra and an array of artists including John Mayer, Yo Yo Ma and Steven Tyler at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall, Botti will be returning to Boston as part of his small 2010 tour. The tour will only visit eleven cities over the course of two months, with a New England performance in Newport, RI and the Citi Performing Arts Center on September 24th.
For three performances at the former Wang Theater, the cast of Nickelodeon Junior’s Yo Gabba Gabba is bringing their musical show on the road for a live version of their hit television series. Yo Gabba Gabba has been running since 2007 when its creators, Christian Jacobs of the band the Aquabats pitched a series with colorful, wacky characters that’s centered around musical guests of the indie music world (including the iconic Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips). While the show is mostly geared towards children, Yo Gabba Gabba also has a consistent following of music-loving parents and teens encouraging the success of the show. The cast of Yo Gabba Gabba is touring with Biz Markie, appearing at the Citi Performing Arts Center for three shows the weekend of September 27th.