An Evening with Gregory Porter
An Evening With GREGORY PORTER
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
A big man with a big sound, Two-time Grammy Award winner, Gregory Porter has quickly become one of jazz’s most important male vocalists, a soul-drenched singer often at his best delivering his emotionally charged original songs. Largely unknown before his sensational, Grammy-nominated 2010 debut CD Water, Porter followed up with last year’s Be Good (both on Motéma Music), an album marked by his supple phrasing, sophisticated lyrics and tough but tender delivery. Born in Los Angeles and raised in the hardscrabble city of Bakersfield, Porter grew up with seven siblings who all sang and worked in their mother’s skid row mission. He attended San Diego State on a football scholarship, but after an injury he spent more time on the bandstand collaborating with top jazz artists than on the gridiron. A chance encounter led to Porter’s recording debut on Hubert Laws Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole, a 1998 album that earned him an audition for the Broadway-bound musical “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.” Growing up around rollicking tent revivals offered ideal training for a revue tracing the history of the blues, and he got the gig. Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace.
PREVIOUS TICKET HOLDERS
If you have previously purchased tickets for the June 27, 2020 or June 25, 2021 performance at the Koger Center for the Arts we ask that you retain the tickets as they will be valid for the new date of SEPTEMBER 25, 2021.
We appreciate the patience that you have shown as we have worked with the promoter to reschedule this concert and we know that you are excited to see Gregory Porter. If, however, you are unable to attend the concert on the new date we will be glad to offer you a refund as long as you request it by June 25, 2021.
To obtain a refund please include your name and contact information and mail your tickets to the Koger Center box office at: Koger Center Box Office, 806 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201
If you have other questions please email the Koger Center box office at: KogerBoxOffice@sc.edu or call (803) 777-5112.
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