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Tracy Morgan, John Legend and Drive-By Truckers coming to Charleston

By Staff | May 19, 2009

A wealth of quality performances are coming to Charleston later this year, including Drive-By Truckers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Legend and "30 Rock" and former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan.

How do we know this? We know all. OK, actually the Clay Center announced its upcoming season today.

Here are the details:

•    Peter Pan, co-presented with the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. (additional performance dates available) – Bring the whole family to this enchanting fairy tale adventure about the boy who never grew up.

•    Drive-By Truckers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. – Rolling Stone calls them “the boldest, baddest Southern band in the land.” This alternative country rock group is known for its muscled three-guitar attack.

•    Dr. John, Sunday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. – With his unique blend of blues, funk and psychedelic rock, Dr. John continues to dazzle audiences everywhere. His latest album, City That Care Forgot, won the 2009 Grammy for “Best Contemporary Blues.”

•    Habib Koité & Bamada, Sunday, March 7, 7 p.m. – Audiences will be mesmerized by this Malian guitar master’s beautiful blend of traditional African music and western rock and folk sounds.

•    Streb: Raw, Friday, March 12, 8 p.m. – Combining extreme sports with poetry in dance, Streb delivers a rousing experience with show-stopping pieces that keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

•    Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Friday, March 26, 8 p.m. – This blues-rock guitarist has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, a series of industry awards and chart-topping albums like Ledbetter Heights and 10 Days Out.

•    Cherryholmes and Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Sunday, April 25, 7 p.m. – Cherryholmes bluegrass sound is made up of hard-driving instrumental virtuosity and explosive vocal harmonies. Ralph Stanley is a legendary bluegrass artist known for his singing and banjo playing. He won a 2002 Grammy for his work featured in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou.

Special add-on events include:

•    Foreigner, Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. – With songs like “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Feels Like the First Time,” Foreigner’s classic rock continues to captivate generation after generation.

•    Tracy Morgan, Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. – This comedian showcases his talents regularly on NBC’s Emmy-winning 30 Rock playing his alter ego, the wild and unpredictable Tracy Jordan.

•    Wayne Newton, Sunday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. – In his fifth decade as a performer, Wayne Newton is as popular as ever, charming audiences with favorites like “Danke Schoen” and “Red Roses for a Blue Lady.”

•    John Legend with very special guest India.Arie, Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. – Critics call him one of the most compelling and important singer-songwriters of this generation, an elegant ambassador of soul. John Legend has sold more than 5 million albums, garnered multiple hit songs and won six Grammy Awards. Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 1.