Cary, NC — After 15 months of closed gates, Koka Booth Amphitheatre announced last week that it will reopen this Saturday, April 1, 2021.
The outdoor event space on the southern end of Cary is starting off its new season of shows with its Movies by Moonlight series and its seventh year of the Josh Cellars Jazz Series.
For all Movies by Moonlight, the gates open at 6:30 PM and shows begin at 7:45 PM. All jazz performances will take place on Wednesdays, featuring local talent from 5:45-8:30 PM with gates opening at 5 PM.
Weather permitting, here’s the lineup of movies and live music on the calendar for April 2021.
Thursday, April 1 — Green Book
2018 | PG-13 | Academy Award, Best Picture 2019
Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx.
Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.
Friday, April 2 — Yesterday
2019 | PG-13
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie.
After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes an overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.
Wednesday, April 7 — La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet
La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet comprises players from North Carolina, one of whom is originally from the Dominican Republic. They perform throughout North Carolina at schools, clubs and festivals.
The group is led and directed by Gregg Gelb, who for over 30 years has taught and played jazz throughout the Triangle. Gelb is the recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2018, an NC Arts Council Jazz Fellowship, and is the Director of the National award-winning Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Friday, April 9 —The High Note
2020 | PG-13
Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis, a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer.
When Grace’s manager presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.
Wednesday, April 14 —Will McBride Group
Primarily a trio, the WMG creates music with rich complex chording, funk and Latin rhythmic overtones found primarily in jazz, but with infectious lyrical hooks. Essentially, they’re all about creating jazz-influenced rock & pop.
Imagine a funkier Steely Dan, a jazzier John Mayer, a more-vocal Santana, or an edgier Stevie Wonder…you get the picture. Adding vocal harmonies, and some tongue-in-cheek satire, The Will McBride Group has become the premiere jazz-influenced rock/pop trio in Central NC.
The WMG also features fresh interpretations of cover material from jazz, rock, Latin, pop, and funk superstars.
Friday, April 16 — Captain Marvel
2019 | PG-13
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers.
With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Wednesday, April 21 —Peter Lamb & the Wolves
For over a decade, Peter Lamb and the Wolves have been playing music together throughout various cities in North Carolina, and surrounding states.
They are a jazz quintet, consisting of band leader Peter Lamb on saxophone, Mark Wells on keyboard and vocals, Paul Rogers, Peter’s younger brother on trumpet, Peter Kimosh on upright bass, and Stephen Coffman on drums.
The music they play is an eclectic variety of both originals and arrangements ranging from 1920s New Orleans Jazz to 1980s pop to Eastern European Brass Band.
Friday, April 23 — Alladin
2019 | PG
Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie.
As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer, Jafar, from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom.
Wednesday, April 28 —Tea Cup Gin
The members of Tea Cup Gin share a passion for crafting original indie-jazz cocktails under the influence of an eclectic blend of early 20th century musical genres.
The band stirs together unique melodies and lyrics, served up on two blazing acoustic guitars, with impassioned vocals, dynamic upright bass & percussion, and occasional guests on trombone, trumpet, violin, sax, & more.
Friday, April 30 — Impractical Jokers the Movie
Impractical Jokers: The Movie is a 2020 American reality comedy film directed by Chris Henchy, based on the truTV television series Impractical Jokers. The film stars Brian Quinn, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, and Joe Gatto, also known as The Tenderloins.
Story from staff reports. Photos courtesy of Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
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