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Empress Theatre announces 2015-’16 Centre Stage Series line-up

Trio Bembe will bring Latin rhythms to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod as part of the 2015-'16 Centre Stage Series.

Trio Bembe will bring Latin rhythms to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod as part of the 2015-’16 Centre Stage Series.

The 2015-'16 Centre Stage Series at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod will feature Little Miss Higgins.

The 2015-’16 Centre Stage Series at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod will feature Little Miss Higgins.

The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod has a diverse line-up for its 2015-’16 Centre Stage Concert Series.
Executive director Tim Ranson last week released the new line-up featuring Latin, jazz, roots, country blues, jazz and celtic music.
The artists include Trio Bembe, Leeroy Stagger, Little Miss Higgins, Johnny Summer’s Little Big Band, Coig and the Amos Garrett Jazz Trio.
Subscribers from last season get first crack at renewing their seats for the 2015-’16 series.
Series subscriptions go on sale to the general public on Monday, Aug. 31.
Tickets to individual events will go on sale Friday, Sept. 11.
Trio Bembe brings its infectious Latin rhythms to the Empress Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 26 to open the new concert series.
Amber Epp, Rodrigo Munoz and Scott Senior are Trio Bembe, whose album Oh My Soul was named World Recording of the Year in 2011 by the Western Canadian Music Awards.
Leeroy Stagger makes the short trip to Fort Macleod on Saturday, Oct. 24 from his studio in Lethbridge for the second concert of the series.
Stagger, who has toured with artists such as Steve Earl, The Pixies and George Thorogood is well-known for his North American roots rock’n’roll.
Stagger was nominated n 2013 for roots solo recording of the year by the Western Canadian Music Awards and in 2014 his son Living In America won the Pros and Prose Award at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
Little Miss Higgins was scheduled to perform as past of last year’s concert series but had to cancel, and Ransom was pleased to get the band resigned.
Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five, who are known for old-time country blues with a shot of swing, a twist of honky-tonk and three bags full of sass, will perform Saturday, Nov. 21.
Little Miss Higgins’ music has earned Juno and Maple Blues nominations and the album Junction City was named outstanding blues recording by the Western Canadian Music Awards.
The concert series continues Saturday, Dec. 12 with a performance by Johnny Summer’s Little Big Band, a subset of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra.
Johnny Summers, a musician, composer and arranger, has three solo albums and is director of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra.
The Cape Bretton band Coig gives the first performance of the new yer on Saturday, Jan. 30.
The East Coast musicians originally formed as a promotional band for the Celtic Colours International Festival and decided to continue to play as the Còig ensemble.
Coig won the 2015 East Coast Music Award for roots/traditional recording of the year and the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for traditional album of the year.
The concert series closes out on Saturday, March 12 with a performance by the Amos Garrett Jazz Trio.
Amos Garrett, Keith Smith and Greg Carroll form this trio whose stated mission is to bring the blues back to jazz.
The trio’s repertoire includes pieces from the era’s great blues-influenced composers such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver and Freddy Hubbard, along with original songs by Garrett and Smith.

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