210 E. Henderson Street • Cleburne, Texas 76031
Styles of Music
Songbird Live Theatre, located in Historic Downtown Cleburne, presents 24 concerts of talented professional artists/musicians during the 2016. Not just any musicians, mind you, but the top talent whom work day in and day out in the professional music scene throughout the Metroplex. Recording Studio musicians, bandleaders, sidemen, orchestra players, and gigging musicians. Some musicians have large public identities, while others are known primarily to the musician community. The roster includes many styles of music, from Classical to Jazz to Western Swing to Pop to Irish to Bluegrass.
The Maestro Returns: Victor Cager
The grand legend of Jazz in the North Texas area is Victor Cager. A special friend of the Songbird, Victor brings his army of veteran musicians to Songbird for an evening of American Songbook favorites.
The Amazing Hondo
Hando (pronounced Hondo) Nahkur is performing his third return concert at the Songbird on Oct. 8th. With degrees from Yale, New England Music Conservatory, TCU, SMU, and is nearing completion of his doctorate from the University of North Texas, Hando's piano technique is perfect in every way. He has performed in many countries throughout the world to rave reviews. It with Hando's friendship and encouragement that Tom started the Songbird, performing one of the very first concerts to launch the Songbird. Please welcome our friend and amazing musician!
Miss Devon & the Outlaw - Oct 22nd
Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, Devon Dawson, AKA "Miss Devon" is a top entertainer in western music, and has been recognized by the Academy of Western Artists as the Female Performer of the Year 2009. She's noted for her vintage sock-rhythm guitar style, and warm 'swingtime cowgirl' vocals, which bring to mind legendary B-western ladies of the silver screen, Dale Evans, Rosalie Allen, Patsy Montana, etc.
When this western gent joins Miss Devon on the stage, things get more fun than puttin' socks on a rooster. According to witnesses, Jesse Robertson, AKA "The Outlaw" is the rowdier half of the duo, and he got his name 'cause, as Miss Devon says, "It's plumb illegal what he does with Milk Cow Blues!"
As former winners of the Western Music Association Harmony Duo competition, Miss Devon and the Outlaw, in true western style, could be stirrin' up the most dust between here and the chuckwagon camp!
Richard Smith - Guitar Virtuoso - Nov 5th
Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. Now a seasoned performer in his forties with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit, Richard has become renowned worldwide for his mastery of instrument and for his knock-out entertaining shows. He performs regularly with a list of musicians that reads like the Who's Who of guitarists.
Sara's Retirement Party
It's hard to believe that this Zany entertainer is hanging up her guitar, but Sara Hickman has decided to retire from performing. Lets give her a warm send-off into the land of retirement. Raise your glass to give her a champagne toast. Then join us for some of Marcia's famous carrot cake, as Sara, husband Lance and daughter Lili perform at the Songbird for the final time! Sara will be available to sign CD's after the party.
Motown Revue - Nov 19th
Around 1964, the Motown Sound propelled the Motor City of Detroit into a powerhouse of the music scene that would forever change pop music. Hits by Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips come to life with this young dynamo known as Hale Baskin.
Hale Baskin is endowed with a clear, beautiful voice, a sure sense of swing, and a seemingly innate sense of the nuances of Jazz phrasing. She moves effortlessly from channeling the songbirds of the 1940's Big Bands to Ella Fitzgerald-inspired Jazz favorites, all the way to Motown, soul, and down-home blues. Performing professionally for over 10 years, Hale has a bio which could be attributed to an entertainment veteran twice her age. By the time she had her nineteenth birthday, Hale was awarded three Down Beat Magazine Awards for Student Jazz performances, she had recorded two full length CD's, performed with such notables as Arturo Sandoval, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the Mike Vax Big Band, and led her own ensemble-- booking venues in four western states.
Winter Solstice - DEC 3rd
The Tom Burkett Orchestra
music by Rob Vuono
Winter Solstice is an evening of music specially written for the Songbird Live Theatre by Rob Vuono. Mr. Vuono recently retired as the staff arranger of the US Navy Band in Washington DC. The work is best described as a cross between Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Performing the music is the Tom Burkett Orchestra, which is comprised of 14 recording studio musicians, many of which have performed at the Songbird previously.)
DOROTHY SHAW BELL CHOIR - DEC 17th
The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir is the internationally acclaimed community handbell choir from Fort Worth, Texas. Founded in 1964 to be part of the annual Christmas play-pageant The Littlest Wiseman, the choir has evolved into a world-renowned musical organization.
The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir has performed for royalty and diplomats, as well as elderly and
underprivileged citizens throughout the world. The choir has made several recordings and recorded with groups including the Gregg Smith Singers and the Texas Boys Choir. It has brought joy to crowds in varied location such as schools, retirement centers, local festivals, churches, the Bass Performance Hall with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, The Vatican for Pope John Paul II, and Carols by Candlelight in Adelaide, South Australia attended by 30,000 people.
TICKETS / BOX OFFICE
General $15-$20 ⋄ Reserved Seating $20-$25
Box Office Location:
211 E. Henderson (Action Signs)
Box Office Hours:
8:30 to 5 P.M. Monday-Friday
Dates and Times:
Select Saturday Evenings At 7:30 P.M.
Watch for Special Fridays!
Songbird LIVE! Location
210 E. Henderson Street
Cleburne, Texas 76031
Street parking is abundant up and down E. Henderson Street. There is also public parking in the parking lot immediately behind the Songbird Live! building. The entrance to the parking lot is located on Robinson Street, between Chambers Street and E. Henderson Street.
Songbird LIVE! • 210 E. Henderson Street • Cleburne, Texas 76031 • 817-489-4840