Freedom Hall Main Series

Freedom Hall 2015-2016 Main Series Concerts

Freedom Hall Main Series kicks off the season with the R&B legend Booker T. Jones in our Nathan Manilow Theatre. Also performing in our 2015-2016 season will be Ava Logan with the Southland Jazz Ensemble, Masters of Soul, Shemekia Copeland, and Shining Star – Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute.


Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones

October 2, 2015

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $35  (Season Subscriber $31)

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. The recently released album Sound the Alarm, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves!

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This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and 90.9fm WDCB Jazz & Blues

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Ava Logan

Ava Logan with the Southland Jazz Ensemble

November 8, 2015

4:00 p.m. – Tickets $25  (Season Subscriber $21)

Join us for an evening of jazz standards, the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and more! This concert features jazz vocalist Ava Logan backed by the big band sound of the Southland Jazz Ensemble! Ava Logan is an award winning singer-actress. A graduate of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Logan is a veterinarian by day and a jazz singer at night. The classically trained vocalist has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues in the U.S. and abroad including portraying two of her idols, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, at the Black Ensemble Theater. Veteran jazz critic and radio voice Neil Tesser wrote that “Ava Logan offers a fresh breath of old-school glamour, bringing sass and swing to the classic jazz singer’s repertoire while retaining the swanky class that this material deserves. Throw in her superb intonation, and her willingness to always serve the song, and you get a most impressive performance.”

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This performance is sponsored by Friends of Freedom Hall and Baxter & Woodman, Inc.

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Masters of Soul

Masters of Soul

December 4 and December 5, 2015

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30  (Season Subscriber $26)

An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! In the early 60’s some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, MI, better known simply as MOTOWN. MASTERS OF SOUL is a celebration of these artists, their music and style. The show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed tributes to both male and female groups backed by a live band. MOM performs: Temptations – Gladys Knight & the Pips – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Four Tops – Diana Ross & Supremes Jackson Five – Martha Reeves & Vandellas – Stevie Wonder – Commodores And many more.

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This performance is sponsored by Kluger Furs and 90.9fm WDCB Jazz & Blues

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Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

January 22, 2016

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30  (Season Subscriber $26)

Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music power and a heart-pounding urgency. This young singer, dubbed as the new “Queen of the Blues,” has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, scored critics choice awards, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, and has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. “Copeland embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops.” — National Public Radio

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This performance is sponsored by Hammond Investment Management, LLC and J. Murray & Associates

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Shining Star - Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute

Shining Star – Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute – SOLD OUT

March 11, 2016

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $25  (Season Subscriber $21)

The amazing re-creation of the band-the legends-the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and winners of numerous Grammy Awards- Earth Wind and Fire! Shining Star brings that special, magical era of the 70’s and 80’s to the stage capturing the vocals, horns and the energy of Earth Wind and Fire! If you close your eyes you will believe the original Earth Wind & Fire is onstage.

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This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Bimba Manufacturing

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