The Clarion announces all-star lineup of shows for new season

The Clarion announces all-star lineup of shows for new season

Thu Aug 23, 2018

The Clarion at Brazosport College is set for its 13th year of presenting some of the world’s finest performance artists with another big lineup of concerts and shows.

The 2017-18 Clarion performance season will feature a diverse list of musicians, including popular country artists Little Texas and Craig Morgan; rock and blues stars, Los Lonely Boys; and world-renowned guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli; just to name a few.

Another highlight of the 2018-19 season will be the collaboration of three well-known female country artists — Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss — in their all-star Chicks with Hits tour.  Also included in this season’s all-star lineup are American funk band War and vocal ensemble Cantus.

The Clarion will feature two special events, including guitarist Jason Vieaux and the fun and magical show, Super Scientific Circus.

Full season and individual tickets are available, as well as an option to pick four shows. Call the Clarion box office at (979) 230-3156 or log on to clarion.brazosport.edu to learn more.

The following is a closer look at the 2017-18 artists scheduled to perform: 

 little texas

Sponsored by MEGlobal, Kirksey Architecture and DE Harvey Builders 
Oct. 19, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $10 students and children

As part of the Young Country movement of the early 1990s, Little Texas was responsible for shaking up the country music world with a new, energetic sound that fused the look and attitude of modern rock music with traditional country themes and styles, bringing a much-appreciated bolt of life into the genre.

For their efforts, country fans the world over richly rewarded the band, buying up more than seven million of their albums, while critics showered them with three Grammy nominations, plus honors from both the Academy of Country Music (Vocal Group of the Year) and the Country Music Association (Album of the Year).

Currently, the lineup on the concert circuit is celebrating its official 24th year on the radio since their first single, "Some Guys Have All The Love," hit the airwaves in 1991. Little Texas’ music is timeless and has been featured on hundreds of television programs and sporting events, including “Good Morning America,” “American Idol,” “Don't Forget The Words,” “America's Got Talent” and HBO's "True Blood," while the song "God Blessed Texas" has been the theme music for the Texas Ford Dealers commercials since 1998.


Sponsored by Freeport LNG and Olin
Nov. 16, 2018
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $45 adults, $40 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $20 students and children

A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music’s best-loved artists, Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard and thrilled massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” Wake Up Loving You” and the four-week No. 1, “That's What I Love About Sunday.”

Morgan received one of country music's highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, he spent 17 years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. Morgan is an avid supporter of America's military personnel and has made 14 overseas trips to perform for our troops. He is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award.


Sponsored by BASF Corporation
Dec. 6 & 7, 2018
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $45 adults, $40 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $20 students and children

The Garza brothers — Henry, Jojo and Ringo, better known as Los Lonely Boys — are making a return to the Clarion for two shows in December. The trio previously played in Lake Jackson in 2010.

The story of how the Garza brothers rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. But the story of how they’ve persevered in the face of subsequent challenges is just as compelling.

In 2013, they canceled 43 shows and paused work on their last album, “Revelation,” after Henry was seriously hurt when he fell from a stage in Los Angeles. A couple of years previously, vocal cord nodules had forced Jojo to stop singing for months. On top of that, their mother passed away in 2015.

Their strong brotherly bond helped them through those rough spots — just as it did when they made the hard decision to step out from under their father’s musical leadership and form their own band after performing with him since childhood. The desire to follow their musical muse still drives them today.


With the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra
Sponsored by Nalco Champion an Ecolab Company and STP Nuclear Operating Company
Jan. 12, 2019
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $10 students and children

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, John Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Beatles.

Having concentrated on the music of McCartney, Johnny Mercer and Frank Sinatra over the last two years, Pizzarelli has returned to Jobim’s bossa nova with his 2017 Concord Jazz release, “Sinatra & Jobim @ 50.” With co-vocalist Daniel Jobim, grandson of the legendary Brazilian composer, the two explore songs Sinatra and Jobim recorded in 1967 and 1969, as well as add new songs to the mix flavored with the spirit of the classic Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim album.

At his Clarion show, Pizzarelli will appear as the special guest soloist with the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra.


Sponsored by Robyn & Danny Cochran and Gordon & Nancy Wollam
Feb. 1, 2019
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $65 adults, $60 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $20 students and children

The year was 1969, and these 'kids' had the nerve to carry the name WAR at a time when peace was the slogan in an anti-Vietnam America.

With original band members Lonnie Jordan (singer/keyboardist), Howard Scott (guitars/ vocal), Lee Oskar (harmonica), B.B. Dickerson (bass, vocals), Harold Brown (drums/vocals), the late Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen (congas/timbales), and Charles Miller (saxophonist/flutist), WAR’s mission was to spread a message of brotherhood and harmony.

The band's popularity has grown steadily ever since, a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. Perhaps, nothing epitomizes this truth greater than the fact that WAR has twice been honored by its hometown of Los Angeles, over twenty years apart, for its music making positive contributions to the betterment of the community.

Fusing elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae, WAR is known for several hit songs, including “Spill the Wine,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider” and “Summer,” just to name a few.


March 2, 2019
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $10 students and children

As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.

The ensemble performs more than 60 concerts each year, both in national and international touring, and in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Cantus is the recipient of three prestigious Chorus America awards, including the 2016 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award (Presented in partnership with the American Composers Forum), the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the Education Outreach Award. Cantus was also the 2010-2011 Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today. Cantus works with more than 5,000 students each year in master class and workshop settings across the country. 


Sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport
April 12, 2019
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $55 adults, $50 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $20 students and children

Audiences will enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing three of the biggest female artists in country music — Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss — on stage together performing an intimate night of acoustic music. And with 36 Top 10 singles between them, there’s a lot of material to pull from.

The triple-threat combination of talent is unparalleled, with more than 10 million records sold and numerous Grammy, ACM, CMA and CCMA awards.

Clark, Tillis and Bogguss met during their rise on the country charts during the 90s — a time when female artists were celebrated and given the flexibility to test the boundaries of the genre. However, even during that golden period, there was still politics with radio, and female artists were often pitted against each other. Amongst the animosity, Clark, Tillis and Bogguss chose to forge friendships, and never lost focus on what mattered, the music.

The show promises to be packed with A-list musicianship, stories, girl power, harmonies, laughs and, of course – hits.


Sponsored by Olin
Nov. 12, 2018
9 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Super Scientific Circus combines zany characters and outrageous stunts with hilarious audience participation and the wonder of science. Super Scientific Circus stars Trent Arterberry and Mr. Fish use circus skills, magic tricks, comedy and mime to illustrate fundamental scientific concepts, such as gravity, the center of gravity, air pressure, the speed of sound and light, ultraviolet light, centripetal force, airfoils and more.

Super Scientific Circus proves that science can be fun and funny. Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedic antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beachballs, bull whips and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure and ultraviolet light.


April 5, 2019
9 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, BC employees, BCFSA members, $10 students and children

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux is a guitarist that goes beyond the classical. National Public Radio describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, “Play,” won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and earned a place on NPR’s “50 Favorite Songs of 2014.

Vieaux’s solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America, as well as many important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. Recent highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and New York’s 92nd Street Y, as well as appearances from Changsha to Cartagena, Buenos Aires and Seoul. Vieaux’s appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer.