News from the Tennessee Valley Diversions

Princess 2007-08 lineup

Oct. 18, The Grascals

This six-member group created its own blend of bluegrass and country music to take the 2006 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year honors. They also are two-time Grammy nominees for Best Bluegrass Album.

Nov. 8, “Beehive”

Eight singing women with 43 wigs bring to life the 1960s rock ’n’ roll music of the Supremes, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and others in this hit Broadway revue.

Jan. 11, The Capitol Steps

Start the election year with the latest in musical political satire by this troupe of congressional staffers who turned into comedians. They return to the Princess with a new album, “Springtime for Liberals.”

Jan. 25, The Del McCoury Band

The 2005 Grammy winner for Best Bluegrass Album will perform both bluegrass favorites and spirited originals. Del McCoury probably has taken more honors than any other artist in bluegrass.

Jan. 31, Jesse Harris

This Grammy-winning singer/songwriter blends his folk Americana with a touch of country, jazz, blues and pop. He just completed his album “Feel” and the soundtrack and score for the Ethan Hawke film “The Hottest State.” His song for Norah Jones, “Don’t Know Why,” was a No. 1 hit. Other songs have been recorded by artists such as Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson.

Feb. 7, New Shanghai Circus

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these acrobats from China, who demonstrate agility and balance while defying gravity.

Feb. 23, Dianne Reeves

This 2007 Grammy Award winner for best jazz vocal performance will show off her style in jazz, rhythm and blues.

March 11, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

Southern playwright Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play will be presented by the Montana Repertory Co.

The last two events are annual showcases for local talent:

April 3, Big Band Bash XV

This annual show features local and area jazz and big band musicians.

April 18, “Beguiled Again — Songs of Rodgers & Hart”

This Broadway music revue will bring together talented local voices from the community.

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