GULFPORT -- Arts Under the Dome's 23rd season will begin when bluegrass group The Barefoot Movement performs at 7 p.m. Saturday under the stained-glass dome in the sanctuary building of First United Methodist Church Gulfport at 15th Street and 24th Avenue.
The season runs through April and will feature five performances at the venue.
"Our mission is to bring to the Coast an eclectic selection of first-class artists who tour nationally and internationally," said Catherine Barnes of Arts Under the Dome in a statement to the press. "Many have won or been nominated for Grammy awards. For many of our artists, this is the first time they have been invited to perform in Mississippi, and they are so impressed with what a great venue and great audience we have -- as well as the friendly, hospitable folks we have here on the Coast. It totally changes the way they have always thought of Mississippi, and they can't wait to come back."
Season tickets price for five concerts are $45 for individuals or $90 for families (in same household only); tickets for individual concerts are $15 adults and $10 students.
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Concerts are open seating. Season tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets are sold at the door for all concerts. Advance tickets may be purchased by mail or online at www.arts.fumc-gulfport.org. Tickets also are available from the church office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
All concerts are at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary building of FUMC (across from Gulfport City Hall). The building is fully handicapped/wheelchair accessible via elevator on the 15th Street side of the building at the alley. There is no need to inquire about ticket availability, capacity is 450 people and tickets will always be available.
Below is this season's schedule:
The Barefoot Movement, 7, p.m. Saturday
The Barefoot Movement is a bluegrass band from east Tennessee. These young musicians build on a foundation of traditional Appalachian music and other roots-based genres to shape their sound. Along with bluegrass, their music mixes elements of folk, acoustic rock, blues, country and pop to create their own sound. Noted for their narrative lyrics, three-part harmonies and instrumental riffs, the band received the 2014 Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association and placed second in the Telluride Music Festival's New Band Competition.
Festival of Four, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23
Since 1992, Festival of Four consists of Grammy-nominated Chilean-born flutist Viviana Guzman, who studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway and has played the world's major venues; Flamenco guitarist Guillermo Rios, who has returned to the U.S. after 17 years performing with Spain's leading flamenco artists; Stevan Pasero, who has sold over 3 million CDs worldwide and is known for his command of musical styles and transcriptions of major orchestral works for guitar; and the composing/arranging
talents of classical guitarist Richard Patterson, who has made over 30 recordings.
Mithril, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
Mithril is a Celtic/world music group with a progressive style rooted in traditional Celtic music but moves beyond that, weaving influences of American folk and rock, classical and Middle Eastern melodies into their sound. The band plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, Irish flute, Celtic harp, whistle, fife, bouzouki, bodhran (Irish frame drum) and harmonium, to name a few, with energetic jigs and reels and slow airs and tunes all mixed with exotic melodies and rhythms from around the world. Band members have studied and performed with some of the most well-respected musicians in the Celtic music world.
Duo del Sol, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 12
Violinist Javier Orman and guitarist Tom Farrell of Duo del Sol have been called "avant-sonic acrobats" by the LA Weekly, and they promise a high-energy stage show of rock with a mix of other musical styles for a fusion of Latin, classical, rock, jazz and traditional world folk that garnered them "Best Instrumental Album" at the 2014 Independent Music Awards.
Bria Skonberg, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24
Trailblazing 31-year-old Canadian-born trumpeter, vocalist and bandleader Bria Skonberg is one of the hot new jazz artists on the scene today.
According to press materials, Skonberg strives to innovate while honoring traditional jazz, breaking the stereotype while having fun and creating an adventurous style rooted in swampy New Orleans jazz and blues with swing, pop and world music influences.
Skonberg played her first professional gig at age 16 as a big band singer doubling on trumpet.
She has since performed at over 75 jazz festivals and headlines at major jazz clubs and venues throughout North America, Europe, Japan and China.
Skonberg and her quintet are coming to Arts Under the Dome straight from their gig at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.