PERFORMANCES + EVENTS
It is with great enthusiasm that we present this year’s upcoming programming below. If you are visiting for the first time, or returning as a longtime supporter, we thank and welcome you to Suffolk Center!
Enjoy a hilarious evening of American political satire and song parodies with the nationally-acclaimed Capitol Steps. Since they began in 1981, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 31 albums, been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Take a Holiday” radio specials.
The world’s # 1 musical – Disney’s THE LION KING EXPERIENCE! The African savanna comes to life with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey to the jungle…and back again in this awe-inspiring celebration of life!
Disney’s “THE LION KING Experience” is the only version of “THE LION KING” authorized by Disney for productions utilizing non-professional cast members. Hakuna matata – there are no significant differences in production content or caliber!
DISNEY’S THE LION KING EXPERIENCE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone! Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix is a slapstick comedy act like no other. Johnny leads over a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks as Johnny plays the straight man role in this wonderful show. Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix have appeared in Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, on the David Letterman show, and are the Animal Planet Pet Star Winners. They have appeared at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House!
“..the thing I found most endearing was the fact that Johnny uses “mutts” rather than the usual “show dogs”, they are all cute and well trained, the audience get more of a connection because they look like “the dog next door.” Johnny puts on a “family-friendly” show that all ages find entertaining” …Sally Bilancia, Bangor, ME
Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music. This group has traveled the country and the world and have performed for every event imaginable from the highest dignitaries to the hottest back yard frat parties. The Embers were also honored to travel throughout South Korea to perform their Christmas special ‘Christmas with the Embers’ on American Military bases for America’s troops in December of 2007 and 2008. The Embers were awarded Military Coins of Excellence for their distinguished service.
The Embers are widely considered a musical marvel and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. A true musical tradition with which many Americans have grown to love. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music.
The Malpass Brothers are as authentic as home-churned butter, stone-ground grits, country ham and red-eye gravy, and pork barbecue … and they are every bit as good. Their musical sound is a little bit retro, with a retro look. The concert will feature old-style country music, rockabilly, bluegrass and a little bit of gospel and blues. With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.
Most critics call them the real deal. Their music is steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. and others. The audience can count on great music, good-natured fun, big high hair and maybe an Elvis twitch.
SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with 80’s & 90’s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.
Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers. ChamberSoul™ best describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana’s music. “I’m intrinsically drawn to “real” instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size the venue.”
Four comedians. One stage. Celebrating our differences one joke at a time. That’s how The Blackpack, Vince Morris, BT, Billy D. Washington and Louis Johnson bill themselves. They’ll be performing at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. They have been featured on major networks, such HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, A&E, Fox, and BET, numerous times. According to their bio, “We are here to celebrate our individualism. Our motto is ‘be yourself – because everybody else is already taken’.” They use the acronym S.E.L.L.O.U.T. to describe themselves: Serious. Educated. Laughing. Learning. Outrageous. Unique. Talented. The Blackpack has gotten rave reviews from venues where they’ve performed. “Their material is SO spot-on, just to the perfect “edge” in every way – with never going over or too far,” one review noted. “They’re very, very smart in reading their audience and they do so with humor and warmth.”
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us! If Fleetwood Mac, Little Big Town, and Kansas made a band baby…..it would be Little Country. This five piece rock, pop and country cover band is homegrown and based out of Virginia Beach. The members of this band are seasoned musicians, and some come with major tour experience under their belts! With an ever-changing song list, their show is geared towards an all-around good time, packed with modern energetic rock, pop and country, as well as classic sing-a-longs.
Don’t miss your chance to step back in time and feel the magic when Masters of Soul (formerly Masters of Motown) returns to Suffolk Center. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. The 90-minute show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band.
The Chowan University Choirs will present an exciting and varied program of classical and contemporary choral music. Benjamin Thorburn is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Chowan University. A versatile conductor and singer with experience in opera, oratorio, and early music, he has appeared as a soloist throughout Virginia, the mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast. As a music scholar, he is a specialist in Baroque music and performance practice and has presented his research at national and international conferences. He was previously Director of Vocal Studies at Bluefield College in Virginia. He received a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Rochester.