Crosstown Arts presents Mark Edgar Stuart + Blueshift Ensemble in The Green Room.
The Green Room at Crosstown Arts
Thursday, December 14, 2023
Doors open at 7 pm | Show begins at 7:30 pm
Memphis-based, Arkansas-born singer-songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart performs a very special concert with Blueshift Ensemble, a Memphis-based contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to bringing artists and audiences together through artistic collaboration.
Mark Edgar Stuart
You’ll have a tough time finding a more widely-embraced modern singer-songwriter in Memphis — Stuart’s enthusiasm about his adopted hometown and what it has to offer is magnetic, and his songs will stick with you. Grammy-winning music writer/director Robert Gordon is a big fan, often spinning Mark’s tracks on his weekly radio show, and other critics agree: “His acerbic wit is reminiscent of John Prine and Randy Newman” (No Depression); “His wry, cutting view of the world makes something old new again” (Paste); “Always maintaining a tender demeanor, his songwriting is smart as it is sincere” (Pop Matters). Mark’s stories are sweet but never saccharine, even-keeled but deeply affecting. He’s lovable and literary, smart yet plain-spoken, heartening, funny, and always memorable. He sounds new and familiar, fresh yet timeless. His songs sound like your favorite stories, retold by a friend.
Blueshift Ensemble is a Memphis-based contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to bringing artists and audiences together through artistic collaboration. By programming both new and existing classical repertoire alongside multi-genre collaborations, Blueshift aims to connect a wider audience to today’s classical music. The ensemble draws upon Memphis’s uniquely diverse musical heritage by combining classical music with popular music genres such as rock, blues, and soul and collaborating with local musicians, visual artists, and composers.