The 2018-19 season of the Black Box Songwriter Series will feature a diverse and talented lineup of performers in an intimate, listening-room setting. Attendees will hear timeless hits and hear the stories behind those great songs from the artists who wrote them. All shows are at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.
Tom Faulkner and Beth Wood opened the series last weekend, and they will be followed by multi-talented artists of the Traveling Red River Songwriters Jan. 17, Grammy-nominated singer Gretchen Peters Feb. 17, award-winning Americana singer BettySoo March 31 and Grammy-nominated singer and activist Eliza Gilkyson June 2.
Tickets are $15 general admission and are available for purchase online at mclgrand.tix.com.
New this season – purchase any three or more 2018-19 Black Box Songwriter Series events, at any price level, and receive 15 percent off your entire order through Jan. 11. To unlock the discount, three or more events must be selected and purchased within the same transaction, and previous orders cannot be applied toward the discount. Texas Tunes 2019 events, which will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 27, are also eligible for this promotion and may be counted toward the three-event minimum. This offer cannot be combined with the Texas Tunes Lewisville resident discount.
TRAVELING RED RIVER SONGWRITERS
Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
The Red River Songwriters return to the MCL Grand for another intimate performance featuring Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Kelley Mickwee and Josh Grider. Hear these celebrated musicians share the stage in a special concert as they prepare for the Red River Songwriter’s Festival later that month. Get your tickets early – this show often sells out.
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Twice Grammy-nominated and CMA Song of The Year winner for the groundbreaking “Independence Day,” (Martina McBride), Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in both North America, the UK, and Europe, all while releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2014.
March 31, 6:30 p.m.
BettySoo’s vocal prowess is a thing of wonder. A world-class instrument of deft phrasing and purity, a voice that knows when to hold back and when to dive in. BettySoo sings with consummate loveliness and self-assurance. She has garnered multiple songwriting awards, including the New Folk at Kerrville, Songwriter of the Year at Big Top Chautauqua, The Dave Carter Songwriting Award at Sisters Folk Festival, and the Mountain Stage New Song Competition.
BettySoo also will teach a songwriting workshop the day earlier 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 in the Black Box Theater. Tickets to the workshop are $50 and include two tickets for each participant to attend Sunday’s Black Box Songwriting Series performance.
June 2, 6:30 p.m.
Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots, and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.
For more details on the 2018-19 Black Box Songwriter Series, please visit Black Box Songwriter Series on MCLGrand.com.
For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972-219-8446.