The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is proud to present an evening of acoustic music with recording artist Josh Ritter and special guest Gregory Alan Isakov on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8 PM
$32.50 Main Floor/Lower Balcony
$27.50 Upper Balcony
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater proudly presents celebrated Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Aimee Mann on Tuesday, October 15 at 8 PM. Tickets are $32.50 Main Floor/Lower Balcony, $27.50 Upper Balcony and are available to the general public starting Friday, June 28 at 11 a.m. through the BCT Box Office, 114 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana. A special pre-sale donors and sponsors of the Theater will start Wednesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 812 323 3020 or online at www.buskirkchumley.org.
From her early days in the new wave band ‘Til Tuesday to her current project with fellow singer songwriter Ted Leo, Aimee Mann has explored haunting melodies, ironic lyrics and the complexity that is the human condition. Her collaboration with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson for the soundtrack of Magnolia in 1999 earned an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy Nomination for the song “Save Me.” Her most recent album, Charmer, takes her listeners into dark territory, but not without a certain amount of levity. Appearing in the hit IFC series Portlandia this last year both solidifies her ties to the film and TV world, but gave viewers more insight into Mann’s depth of talent, including comedy.
Mann has the presence of mind to write songs about narcissists, in opposition to the 90 percent of rock songs that are about being a narcissist. “The first song I wrote for the album was called ‘Charmer,’ so that’s kind of what started it,” she says. “And there are obviously songs that aren’t really on that topic, but it was a thing that I kept coming back to, because I do think people who are super-charming are really interesting. And I see how charm is on a continuum that goes all the way from people who can talk you out of anything to people who are manipulative to people who are almost a little sinister. They’re usually people who you really like being around in the beginning, because they’re really good at creating an impression that perhaps is tailor-made for you, and that’s very seductive.”
Another highlight of Mann’s year was performing for the President. She was part of a day the Obamas devoted to celebrating poetry (along with a more controversial musician, Common). It shook her up, in a good way.
The White House confab “had a really big impact, way bigger than I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I knew it was a big gig. But I also didn’t think it would have this big spiritual impact on me. Hearing the poets talk was really inspiring and honestly made me think totally differently about the purpose of art, which I think heretofore I thought was just a nice add-on if everything else is taken care of—like, a fun little frill for life. But I started to realize there’s something more essential about art, and it’s kind of the thing that makes the difference from being just a group, like a herd, to being a civilization.”
The characters Mann writes about tend not to think such noble thoughts, but if art is largely making something functional out of dysfunction, then Mann just might be our laureate.
Visiting the Buskirk-Chumley Theater as a trio, Aimee will not disappoint long term fans and newcomers to her music alike.
Known for his work in bands such as Citizens Arrest, Chisel, and most-notably, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, rock musician and multi-instrumentalist Ted Leo has also performed as a solo artist for over two decades. Following the release of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' sixth album The Brutalist Bricks (2010, Matador Records), Leo announced a solo tour for the fall of 2012 supporting Aimee Mann. The experience turned out to be positive in more ways than one as the two began collaborating on a musical project called #BOTH. 2013 has brought them together on tour once again, each setting aside time to play their own songs as well as performing #BOTH material together.
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