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Taft Theatre

317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, OH

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1-(800)-745-3000

Website:
www.taftevents.com/

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Upcoming Events

Conor Oberst

Folk, Rock

Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup. Conor Oberst has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Planned Parenthood and their work delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people in the US and worldwide (www.plannedparenthood.org)

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• Thu 7/25/19 at - 8:00 PM

The Mowgli's

Live Music in Bar/Club

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• Wed 7/31/19 at - 7:30 PM

John Cusack & Screening of "Say Anything"

Film,Talks/Lectures

The 1989 comedy/drama "Say Anything" brought popular culture the love story of Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) and Diane Court (Ione Skye). An eternal optimist seeks the heart of a brain trapped in the body of a game show hostess. One of the great modern movie romances of the late 20th century, "Say Anything" made a star of Cusack. He went on to success in "High Fidelity," "Grosse Point Blank," and "Being John Malkovich," among others. Tonight, join him for a screening of "Say Anything" followed by a conversation regarding his career and the making of the movie.

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• Fri 8/2/19 at - 7:30 PM

Melissa Etheridge

Rock

Rocker Melissa Etheridge is known for her gritty, soulful voice and songs that blend pop, rock and a dash of blues.

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• Mon 8/19/19 at - 7:30 PM

Amos Lee

R&B/Soul,Folk,Blues

Taking inspiration from soul greats, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, and folk legends, John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in Americana tradition. The "folk" side is reflected in his nimble acoustic guitar playing and the intimacy of his live performances. The "soul" strain comes through in the engaging song-poetry of his lyrics and in what the Philadelphia Inquirer described as his "easygoing voice."

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• Fri 9/6/19 at - 8:00 PM

Brian Regan

Stand Up Comedy

Clean can often mean not funny, but in the case of Brian Regan, it means streamlined, creative and enthusiastic. Audiences have been drawn to his howl-worthy comedy, which ranges from profound insights to silly exaggerations. Since his first appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" back in 1995, Regan has emerged as a viewer and audience favorite, typically making more than 80 stops a year to sold-out audiences across the country.

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• Sun 9/8/19 at - 7:00 PM

Glen Hansard

Rock,Folk,Irish/Celtic

Glen Hansard is the Academy Award–winning principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish group The Frames and one half of folk rock duo, The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA winning film 'The Commitments.' He then wrote and starred in the film 'Once,' which was also turned into a Tony-Award-winning musical on Broadway.

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• Mon 9/9/19 at - 7:30 PM

Adam Ant

Pop,Punk

Adam Ant is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of new wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist.

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• Wed 9/11/19 at - 7:30 PM

Lord Huron

Folk,Pop

Lord Huron is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based musician Ben Schneider. The project started out as a solo effort, but has since expanded to include several percussion and guitar players.

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• Thu 9/12/19 at - 7:30 PM

Gladys Knight

Gospel, Pop, R&B/Soul

A four-time Grammy Award winner and 1996 addition to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Gladys Knight gained fame as lead singer for Gladys Knight and the Pips. Her hits include 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' and 'Midnight Train to Georgia.'

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• Fri 9/13/19 at - 8:00 PM

Indigo Girls

Folk, Rock

One of the most successful folk/pop duos in recording history, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have carved out an enduring career that is due largely to the fierce loyalty of their fans. After more than two decades, Ray and Saliers have played thousands of shows. They've operated within the music industry, without ever being a product of that industry, gaining the respect of their peers, not to mention an extremely loyal fan base.

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• Thu 9/19/19 at - 8:00 PM

The Mavericks

Alternative,Country

The Mavericks are an award-winning alt-country quartet.

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• Fri 9/20/19 at - 8:00 PM

Brian Wilson

Rock

Brian Wilson formed the Beach Boys in 1961 and has since been highly regarded as one of the greatest American composers of popular music in the rock era.

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• Mon 9/23/19 at - 7:30 PM

Tommy Emmanuel

Acoustic,Rock,Country,Folk,Pop,Blues

Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian "guitar hero" known for his unique style of strumming using all ten fingers. He has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award, the first for 'The Day the Finger Pickers Took Over the World,' recorded with Chet Atkins. His newest release, "Accomplice One," is an album of collaborations with some of the finest singers, songwriters and guitarists alive – including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, ,Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton and Suzy Bogguss.

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• Fri 9/27/19 at - 8:00 PM

Anjelah Johnson

Stand Up Comedy,Sketch Comedy

Anjelah Johnson is a stand-up comedian, actress, model and former NFL cheerleader who appeared on "MadTV." Her character, Bon Qui Qui," was a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter who drew wide notice on social and streaming media.

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• Sat 9/28/19 at - 7:00 PM

Million Dollar Quartet

Musical

On Dec. 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock 'n’ Roll,” who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time. The show features a treasure trove of the greatest rock’n’roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these music legends, including such iconic songs as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On."

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• Wed 10/2/19 at - 7:30 PM

Nate Bargatze

Stand Up Comedy

Originally from Tennessee, Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian following in the entertainment business footsteps of his dad, Stephen, a former clown turned world-class magician. Bargatze has appeared on several of the late major night talk shows and had his own one-hour special on"Comedy Central Presents" in 2015. He has performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Oddball Comedy Festival, and toured with Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour. His debut album, "Yelled at by a Clown," reached No.1 on the iTunes comedy charts and stayed on Billboard's Top Ten Comedy Chart for weeks. He was also featured as one of Esquire's Best New Comedians by Jim Gaffigan, as one of Marc Maron's comedians to watch in Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine (and appeared on Maron's "WTF" podcast three times), and as No. 1 of Vulture's 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015. He was one of the six comedians featured in Netflix's half-hour special, "The Standups," in July 2017.

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• Sat 10/5/19 at - 7:00 PM

Billy Gardell

Stand Up Comedy

Gardell was co-star with Melissa McCarthy of "Mike & Molly." the CBS sitcom that ran for six seasons. He has also been doing stand-up for years.

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• Sun 10/20/19 at - 7:30 PM

Trisha Yearwood

Country

Trisha Yearwood has crafted a musical career that is not only timely but timeless. What she possesses goes far beyond pitch and technique. Hers is an instrument of uncommon emotional resonance, a voice that makes lyrics glow and gives them a beating heart. Her string of chart successes include 'The Woman Before Me,' 'Thinking About You' and 'She's In Love With The Boy.'

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• Sat 10/26/19 at - 7:30 PM

Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Rock'n'roll Dream Tour

Pop,Rock,Multimedia

Accompanied by a live band and back-up singers, this cutting-edge, holographic performance with remastered audio will transport audiences back in time for an unforgettable evening of Roy & Buddys greatest hits onstage. Performing (virtually) together for the first time, this once in a lifetime show will feature chartbuster favorites including Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, Only the Lonely and Buddy Hollys Oh Boy!, Not Fade Away and That'll Be the Day, among many others.

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• Mon 10/28/19 at - 7:30 PM

The Japanese House

Indie,Pop

The Japanese House is the stage name of English singer/songwriter Amber Bain, who rose in the minimal electronic pop genre that music critics in the U.K. say British listeners find irresistable. In 2017 Bain made the BBC's "Sound Of" list, which identifies the 15 most exciting new music acts of the past 12 months. A few years before, her online demos caught the attention of Matt Healy, the front man of the band The 1975, and Bain was soon signed to their label, Dirty Hit.

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• Mon 11/4/19 at - 8:00 PM

Bert Kreischer

Stand Up Comedy

Florida native Bert Kreischer is a standup comic who performs to sellout crowds across the country. He also hosted the Travel Channel's "Trip Flip," an upcoming new season of the hit "Bert the Conqueror," and previously hosted "Hurt Bert." He's been a regular guest on "The Joe Rogan Experience" and "The Rachael Ray Show" and has appeared on "The Late Night with David Letterman" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." His one-hour special "Comfortably Dumb" appeared on Comedy Central and his book "Life of the Party, Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child" shares the hilarious and outrageous stories that define his comedy and exemplify what has made him one of the best storytellers of his generation.

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• Thu 11/7/19 at - 7:00 PM
• Thu 11/7/19 at - 9:30 PM

Wilco

Rock,Alternative,Country

Bridging the gaps between Americana, orchestral pop and alternative rock, Wilco has built a loyal following and earned a boatload of critical acclaim. The group has six albums, including "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," "Summerteeth," "A Ghost Is Born," and "Sky Blue Sky."

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• Sat 11/9/19 at - 7:30 PM

The Wood Brothers

Rock,Blues,Folk

Oliver Wood, of the blues-roots band King Johnson, and Chris Wood, of the instrumental jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood, grew up in Boulder, Colorado, but never found their paired musical chemistry until after they'd forged individual paths for 15 years. Now united, they create rootsy music that blends blues, folk and rock music.

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• Sun 11/10/19 at - 8:00 PM

The Commonheart

Rock

The Commonheart is a band configured of up and coming artists from the Pittsburgh area who came together to create a unique sound for music lovers. The group combines rock riffs, gritty vocals and lively organ sounds to create rock with blues, soul and gospel influences.

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• Fri 11/15/19 at - 8:00 PM

Elvis Costello

Pop,Rock

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning four decades. He's perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. His prolific output includes such hits as "Allison," "Radio Radio," "'Watching the Detectives," "'Everyday I Write the Book" and "Veronica." He evolved from being typecast in the late '70s as an angry young man at the forefront of whatever new wave was, to a musical renaissance man who has recorded albums with Burt Bacharach, Anne-Sophie Mutter, The Brodsky Quartet and The Roots. He's also been a presence on TV, having appeared several times on "Saturday Night LIve" (starting with his notorious 1977 performance), hosted the Channel 4 (UK)/CTV music series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With ...," and had a stint as fill-in guest host on "The Late Show With David Letterman."

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• Tue 11/19/19 at - 7:30 PM

Straight No Chaser

A cappella,Pop

Straight No Chaser has emerged as one of the world’s premier a cappella groups. Gaining national attention as a YouTube phenomenon for their hilarious and brilliantly performed version of 'The 12 Days of Christmas' (11 million hits and counting), this group of friends, who founded the group as undergraduates at Indiana University, all of a sudden found themselves reunited...with unforgettable new material.

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• Sat 11/23/19 at - 4:00 PM
• Sat 11/23/19 at - 8:00 PM

We Will Rock You: National Tour

Musical

Resistance is growing. Underneath the gleaming cities, down in the lower depths live the Bohemians. Rebels who believe that there was once a Golden Age when the kids formed their own bands and wrote their own songs. They call that time, The Rhapsody. Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see. Legend persists that somewhere on iPlanet instruments still exist. Somewhere, the mighty axe of a great and hairy guitar god lies buried deep in rock. The Bohemians need a hero to find this axe and draw it from stone. Is the one who calls himself Galileo that man? He’s just a poor boy. From a poor family. Since 2002 over 15 million theatergoers in 17 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production which is based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn). Elton fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs.

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• Wed 11/27/19 at - 7:30 PM

Brian Posehn

Stand Up Comedy

Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn always has a full plate in front of him. He's constantly touring as a stand-up comedian in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the country. 2013 marked the release of his first hour long special, "The Fartist," through Netflix. He went on to co-write "Deadpool" for Marvel Comics. He has a popular podcast, "Nerd Poker," on the Earwolf Network. Posehn co-starred in Universal's feature "The Five-Year Engagement," directed by Nick Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow, and in the popular Canadian indie comedy "Lloyd the Conqueror." He has also has had guest spots on "The Big Bang Theory," "Guys With Kids" and "Anger Management." He also starred for three seasons in Comedy Central's popular show "The Sarah Silverman Program," and toured as one of the original members of the Comedians of Comedy. Besides writing and performing on HBO's acclaimed "Mr. Show," he has appeared in sitcoms such as "Just Shoot Me," "Seinfeld," "NewsRadio," "Californication," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Friends." He also has an extensive resume in voice acting, including "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Adventure Time," "Metalocalypse," "Bob’s Burgers," "Mission Hill" and "American Dad." Posehn has also appeared in several movies, including Judd Apatow’s "Funny People," Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," "Sex Drive" and "Surf's Up."

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• Sat 12/7/19 at - 8:00 PM

Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship

Christian Contemporary,Holiday Music

With several No. 1 radio singles, many Grammy nominations and even more Dove Awards, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known artists in contemporary Christian music today. Credited with such venerable church choruses as 'How Great is Our God,' 'Forever,' 'We Fall Down' and 'The Wonderful Cross,' Chris Tomlin is considered one of this era’s top songwriters for the church with five songs in CCLI’s Top 60 and four more in the service’s Top 500. With millions singing his songs weekly, Chris is recognized as a pivotal voice of today’s modern expression of Christian worship.

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• Tue 12/17/19 at - 7:30 PM