The show is at Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. The official word: Hugh Laurie Actor/Comedian:
James Hugh Calum Laurie is an English actor, comedian, writer, musician and director. He first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1987 to 1999.
From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations. He has been listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records for being the most watched leading man on television. More info at www.hughlaurie.net
Hugh Laurie the Musician:
After the huge success of his debut album 'Let Them Talk' on which he celebrated and revived classic material from the world of NOLA blues, Hugh Laurie will release his second album 'Didn't It Rain' on May 6th in the UK on Warner Music Entertainment. The release of the album will be followed with a major major world-wide tour.
'Didn't It Rain' sees Hugh Laurie depart the sounds of New Orleans as he follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy ('St Louis. Blues') and Jelly Roll Morton ('I Hate A Man Like You') to more recent artists such as Dr. John ('Wild Honey') and Alan Price of The Animals ('Changes').
"I have resolved to forge on, deeper into the forest of American music that has enchanted me since I was a small boy," explains Laurie. "And the further I go, the more bewitched I become - both by the songs and by the people I have been lucky enough to play them with."
Again produced by Joe Henry, 'Didn't It Rain' was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year. Complemented with the heart and accomplishment of his supporting musicians the Copper Bottom Band - Jay Bellerose, Kevin Breit, Vincent Henry, Greg Leisz, Robby Marshall, David Piltch and Patrick Warren with Elizabeth Lea and Larry Goldings - the album also features several lead vocal performances from Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and soul singer Jean McClain who has previously worked with artists as varied as Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. The album also highlights a very special guest in the shape of the Grammy-winning blues artist Taj Mahal who contributes vocals to a new take on Little Brother Montgomery's 'Vicksburg Blues'. More info at www.hughlaurieblues.com
Tickets for this very rare concert within the acoustically perfect, intimate setting of The Kent Stage are $68.00 Gold Circle and $55.00 Reserved seat. There are only 642 seats available for this concert.
Tickets go on-sale Monday July 29th @ 11am only at: www.kentstage.org or 877-987-6487.
All proceeds benefit the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association, the 501 (c)3 not-for-profit which operates The Kent Stage.