Since the inaugural Arts In FOCUS Series in 1967, many world renowned artists, individuals, musicians, and shows have graced the stage of the Clemens Fine Arts Center. Award-winning performances range from innovative dance from Lulu Washington Dance to gospel icon Mavis Staples, and Broadway musicals such as Porgy & Bess and ‘Swonderful. Each season brings a distinct theatre experience to West Kentucky Community & Technical College and the surrounding Paducah community.
Friday, August 23 at 7:30 PM
As they fast approach their second decade, Steep Canyon Rangers are still moving forward, as ever searching for new horizons and musical vistas. They affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music. The GRAMMY® Award-winning band bends and shapes the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, folk rock, and more to create something original and all their own.
Catapult is as much magic as it is dance. Talented dancers work behind a screen to
create dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us – mountains,
elephants, dragons and helicopters! Their show is full of humor, emotion and engaging
short narratives that will leave you spellbound and looking at
your own shadow in a different way.
The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, S.C. - based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture.
The Passing Zone has been wowing audiences for decades with hilarious, award-winning performances. Their combination of comedy, dexterity, danger, and hilarity has audiences on their feet all across the globe. The Passing Zone saves the world from boredom and the mundane by putting themselves at risk for your amusement! Save the date, because there’s nothing more important than saving the world!
For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. Her honeyed vocals were featured on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. She has collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz.