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Kirby Center’s Chandelier Lobby series returns with Alexis P. Suter

Kirby Center’s Chandelier Lobby series returns with Alexis P. Suter
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From a press release:

Back by popular demand, the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts announced the return of its “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series yesterday, which will feature one performance per month beginning in November and running through April 2015.

The intimate music series, held in the spacious and comfortable confines of the venue’s main lobby, was introduced last year and was met with high praise from artists and patrons alike.

This time around promises to be even more exciting, as Michael Cloeren, founder of the Pocono/Pennsylvania Blues Festival and director of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, will serve as emcee for each performance, introducing the performers and conducting brief Q&A sessions between the artists and their fans.

It’s affordable, too. Tickets for each performance within the series now cost $20 in advance ($25 at the door), plus applicable fees.

The lobby series kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. with a special performance from blues baritone powerhouse Alexis P. Suter and her band. Special guest Norman Taylor will be opening that night.

Fans will remember Suter and company from their roof-raising performance last year when they rocked the Kirby Center in support of Trombone Shorty. Since then, the band has released a new album, “Love the Way You Roll,” which has sat atop the blues music radio album charts for the past seven weeks – and counting.

Suter and her band began wowing audiences in the Northeast as regular performers at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, New York. “She is one of those wonderful spirits; she’s got her arms around you; you can feel that,” Helm once said.

The Alexis P. Suter Band has opened the Midnight Ramble over 90 times. As special guest openers for The Levon Helm Band, they played to sold-out audiences at the Beacon Theater; Bethel Woods Center for the Arts; the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey; and Central Park’s Summerstage.

Since then, the band has been in high demand at North American roots and blues festivals, venues, and events, including the 50th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bluestock, Musikfest, Beale Street Music Festival, Mont Tremblant Music Festival, Cincinnati Blues Festival, FloydFest, Pennsylvania Blues Fest, Daytona Blues Fest, Kitchener Blues Festival, Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Pocono Blues Festival, Vermont Blues Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Columbia Blues Festival, Tampa Bay Blues Fest, and many more.

Suter was nominated for Best Soul Blues Female Artist at the 33rd annual Blues Music Awards held in Memphis, Tennessee. The Alexis P. Suter Band has contributed a song called “In the City” to the Songs After Sandy project and Restore Red Hook, a 3-CD compilation of some of the biggest artists in music today, including Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

“All Over Again,” from their release “Two Sides,” was named NPR’s “Song of the Day.”

“Love the Way You Roll,” released in August on American Showplace Music, was co-produced by Ben Elliott and the Alexis P. Suter Band. It debuted on the Living Blues Charts at No. 22 and RMR on the Blues, Blues Rock, Roots, and International charts. The band is currently touring extensively in support of their new release.

Tickets to see the Alexis P. Suter Band go on sale this Friday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A special Kirby Member pre-sale began today at 10 a.m.

“Live from the Chandelier Lobby” once again features general admission seating, with an estimated capacity of 300 patrons.

Additional performances will be announced in the near future, including a special two-night concert event coming in December.

For more event information on the “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series, or to learn how to become a member of the F.M. Kirby Center, visit or call 570-826-1100.