Travis Tritt, the Kingston Trio and others coming to town in 2011
Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 4:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:07 a.m.
Country singer Travis Tritt at the Phillips Center and longtime folk troubadours the Kingston Trio at the University Auditorium are among six new spring performances announced Wednesday by University of Florida Performing Arts.
Tritt will appear Feb. 23 for a solo acoustic show, and the Kingston Trio is scheduled for Feb. 12. They join the dynamic Irish music group Celtic Crossroads, which will perform Jan. 16 in University Auditorium, and the Disney Records children's/family group The Imagination Movers, which will perform two shows on May 25 at the Phillips Center, in the newly announced performances.
Concerts by the UF a cappella groups The Sedoctaves and No Southern Accent also were announced for the Phillips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre. The all-female Sedoctaves will appear on March 24 and 27, and the coed Southern Accent group is scheduled for April 13 and 17.
The performances by Tritt, a longtime country star known for such hits as "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," at the Phillips Center and by both Celtic Crossroads and the Kingston Trio at the University Auditorium are viewed as diversifying the audiences typically drawn to each venue, said Michael Blachly, director of UF Performing Arts.
Tritt's solo performance, with "a singer/songwriter approach, up close and personal with his history, his background, his music, is made for our audience, even those that aren't necessarily died-in-the-wool country fans," Blachly said.
And the seasoned folk and Irish sounds of the Kingston Trio and Celtic Crossroads, respectively, in University Auditorium will take advantage of that building's warm aesthetics and traditional surroundings, he said.
"The building lends itself well to the folk idiom and the folk tradition with all the wood and the warmth around it, and having that size hall is just going to make a nice folk, acoustic performance," Blachly said about the Kingston Trio's performance.
"If it generates the kind of enthusiasm and interest that I'm hoping it will, we can then start doing this more and more: finding these artists who have a real aesthetic fit in University Auditorium, (with) the grand old facade, the brick building, the wood that's been there," he said.