Events at UNA

Kyle Eastwood to perform in Norton Auditorium on March 19th, 2014 from 7pm - 10pm

Kyle Eastwood Album Cover

Kyle Eastwood, the renowned jazz bassist & son of film icon Clint Eastwood, will be making a rare concert appearance with his band, in Florence/Muscle Shoals, Alabama to benefit the SHOALS PROMISE/ALLIANCE FOR KIDS©

In between a show in Boca Raton, Florida, two dates in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and 5 nights at the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC, Kyle Eastwood is making one stop in the southeastern United States, for this benefit concert, a cause he is proud to be a part of.

Florence/Muscle Shoals, Alabama Norton Auditorium
University of North Alabama campus Wednesday March 19th, 2014
7pm - 10pm

Debbie D and SKB Productions is proud to introduce Kyle Eastwood and his Band to the Shoals area of Alabama during a special event with proceeds to benefit SHOALS PROMISE/ALLIANCE FOR KIDS© (the Christmas for Kids Project). The evening promises to be a special night of Kyle Eastwood’s brilliant jazz and his memorable stories from 20 plus years in the film and music industries.

SHOALS PROMISE/ALLIANCE FOR KIDS© is a charity organization designed to provide living necessities for children of incarcerated parents, year-round but especially so that they know the joy of the Christmas season. 

The program ensures that the mothers and/or fathers are involved in their children's lives by asking them to make a gift wish list for each of their children, which is then filled and presented to each child. Then, throughout the year, SHOALS PROMISE/ALLIANCE FOR KIDS©brings continuity to the children’s lives by providing school supplies and general necessities, year-round.

The organization started very small, in the Shoals area, 24 years ago and has now grown to 17 states and supports thousands of children each year. This proceeds from this benefit concert are needed for annual funding, but especially this year, for a van for transportation for the children and their accoutrements.

Tickets for the concert are $75.00 with a special VIP package for $125.00 that includes a pre-show meet and greet and an After-Show Party at the Shoals Marriott Resort. The Shoals Marriott, the #1 Marriott Resort in the country, has a limited number of rooms available for Tuesday, Wednesday (the night of the event) and Thursday, at $139; ask for the Kyle Eastwood rate.

Tickets are available at Counts Brothers Music in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Pegasus Records and Shoals Chamber of Commerce in Florence, Alabama the UNA Music Department and online.

The Shoals Marriott Resort has made a special limited number of rooms available for $139 for March 18, 19 and 20, 2014; the Kyle Eastwood Rate, and the Hampton Inn Downtown Florence will be available for $89 if you have friends or family that might want to come in to town for this lovely charity event.

Also appearing:

  • The Thompson Trio
  • Max Russell & Co
  • Southern Charm

It has been 15 years since bassist Kyle Eastwood burst onto the jazz scene with his 1998 debut, "From There To Here." At that moment in his budding career, the press seemed more preoccupied with his paternal lineage (he’s the son of famed actor­director Clint Eastwood) than his music. Over the course of the four subsequent releases – 2004′s "Paris Blue," 2005′s Now, 2009′s "Metropolitan" and 2011′s "Songs from the Chateau" – Eastwood built up an impressive body of work while earning respect in musician circles. With his sixth release as a leader, "The View From Here" on the JazzVillage label, he demonstrates a strong command of both electric and upright basses while expanding into more adventurous territory that is informed as much by jazz as it is by world music. “I’ve always loved music from other countries,” says the Carmel, California native who has resided in Paris for the past eight years. “Living in France, you hear a lot of North African and Middle Eastern music, and you can hear some of those influences on this new recording.”

Accompanied by a London­based crew of stellar young musicians worthy of wide recognition — pianist Andrew McCormack, tenor saxophonist Graeme Blevins, trumpeter Quentin Collins and drummer Martyn Kaine — Eastwood and company blend infectious grooves and outstanding improvisations throughout eleven diverse tracks on "The View From Here." “They’re all really talented players,” says Eastwood, “and we’ve been playing together for a while now, developing a real band chemistry. We ended up writing a lot of these new tunes together either at rehearsals or out on the road during last year’s tour around Europe. Sometimes I would come up with a couple of ideas or Andrew might bring something in, then everybody would just add on to it after that.”

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