2021 Season

Ailey II

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m.


Back by popular demand, Ailey II, the celebrated younger company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and programs for all. Under the direction of Troy Powell, Ailey II continues to flourish as one of the most popular dance companies in the world. Sponsored by Dorothy Kirsch and the Tennessee Arts Commission.  alvinailey.org

The Sporkful Podcast Live with Dan Pashman and Surprise Guest

Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:00 p.m.


The country’s number one food podcast will be making its Memphis debut live on the Buckman stage, and the Mid-South will be the featured guest! Join James Beard Award-winning host Dan Pashman for a special taping of the podcast that he says “is not for foodies, it's for eaters.” The Sporkful uses humor and humanity to approach food from many angles, including science, history, identity, culture, economics and lengthy debates on the best way to layer a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Dan is a contributor to NPR and host of the Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong. He'll be in conversation with leading members of Memphis' thriving food, arts and culture scene.  sporkful.com


Matsuriza Taiko

Friday, February 5, 2021, 7:00 p.m.


Under the leadership of Takemasa Ishikura since 1988, Matsuriza Taiko drum troupe is an undisputed fan-favorite across the globe. With a commitment to traditional music as well as fresh, new compositions, the group has earned the coveted resident spot in Walt Disney World's EPCOT Japan pavilion, where it performs weekly. Maturiza executes intricate arrangements on giant drums in a dazzling display of pure, physical stamina, mesmerizing listeners with rolling, clashing, fluid choreography and dramatic sound.  matsuriza.us

Fairytales on Ice

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.


Join us for a remarkable evening guaranteed to thrill, chill and entertain!  Fairytales on Ice creates a magical world where adventure is epic and love is harmonious. Sit on the edge of your seat as professional, champion ice skaters, Broadway singers and cirque performers captivate audiences of all ages. Beloved, classic stories come to life with dramatic and imaginative staging, as the Buckman converts into an ice rink for two performances only!  utopiaartists.com

Kaki King: Guitar Movement

Sunday, March 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m.


Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, is a true iconoclast. She is lauded for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, stunning live shows and use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar. Kaki’s latest innovation, SEI ("six" in Italian), absorbs the entire stage, as guitarists become dancers, performing the rigors of both choreography and composition. With multiple instruments spaced out strategically, SEI amazes with the six individual strings of the six guitars mastered by Kaki and two special guest musicians. kakiking.com

An Evening with Bill Frisell

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 7:00 p.m.


With over 60 albums, Bill Frisell is recognized as one of America’s most vital and productive performing artists. He is a 15-time Best Guitarist winner in the DownBeat Critics Poll, a five-time Guitarist of the Year at the Jazz Awards and recently Guest Curator for the “Roots of Americana” series at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Resident Artistic Director for the San Francisco Jazz Center.  He performed on the latest albums by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Charles Lloyd, John Zorn, Carrie Rodriguez and Allen Toussaint's final recording.  He is also the subject of the feature film and behind-the-music profile, entitled Bill Frisell, A Portrait.  billfrisell.com