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Puppet Show & Workshop June 15

June 15 – 7:30 PM

New Squid on the Block
Attend either or both!

5:30 – 6:30 PM – Workshop
6:30 PM – Pizza Party for Workshop Participants
7:30 PM Performance

Barefoot Puppet Theater based in Richmond, VA tours award-winning programs to theatres, schools, libraries, children’s museums and more.

Workshop – 5:30 PM
Dive into the world of shadow puppetry with Barefoot Puppet Theatre’s interactive workshop.

Get ready to create underwater creature and bring them to life as you manipulate their shadows. You can choose from a variety of creatures to bring to life — Sharks, Jellyfish, Crabs, and more!

Pizza Party for workshop participants at 6:30pm

Show at 7:30pm
It can be hard to make friends. Especially if you have tentacles. Journey to Antarctica as a curious squid seeks connection in the most unlikely of places. Penguins, orcas, and jellyfish abound in an icy landscape for this heartwarming tale of friendship.

Beautifully handcrafted puppets, an original score by Ned Haskins, and a good dose of silliness, combine to create a comedic, wordless performance that celebrates our ability to create connections, despite our differences.

Dwight Martin Party on the plaza July 4: 6-9 PM

July 4: 6 – 9 PM

Enjoy some great music and celebrate the 4th of July with us at this Free Event!

Dwight Maratin is an entertainer from Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is interested in music, guitars, and performing live music.

He plays “Hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 2000s” including classic rock, pop, blues and some country.

Dwight has also performed locally at the Speakeasy at the Mimslyn Inn.

Sample Song List:

  • 60s Eight Days A Week, Mustang Sally, Proud Mary.
  • 70s Take Me Home Country Roads, Ain’t No Sunshine, Call Me The Breeze, Old Time Rock & Roll.
  • 80s Every Breath You Take, Don’t Dream It’s Over, With or Without You.
  • 90s I’ll Be (Edwin McCain), If You Could Only See (Tonic), Wonderwall.
  • 2000s I Won’t Back Down, Collide (Howie Day), Feels Like Tonight, Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show), Perfect (Ed Sheeran).
Nat Adderley Jr. Quartet

August 3 – 7:30 PM

I never heard of a Jazz musician who retired. You love what you do, so what are you going to do . . . play for the walls?”

In recent years, the Nat Adderley Jr Quartet (or Trio) performed in Beijing (the Blue Note), Singapore (the Kool Kats Club), in New York City (Minton’s , Grant’s Tomb, the Sugar Bar), New Jersey (Shanghai Jazz in Madison), and many other venues. In September ’19 the band headlined Sheila Anderson’s (WBGO) “Somerville (NJ) Jazz Festival”. And as a “sideman” in 2019 Nat played with Regina Carter (The Jazz Standard NYC on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day) and with Vincent Herring (Smoke Jazz Club NYC later in the year).

In 2020 and 2021 the Nat Adderley Jr Quartet performed for sold-out houses at Parker’s Jazz Club in Austin Tx, Breezy’s Jazz Club Jacksonville Fl, Takoma Station in Washington DC, and a few nights back at Minton’s in Harlem. Also in NYC there were a few “packed” performances for “Jazzmobile” at Marcus Garvey Park and at Grant’s Tomb. Nat also streamed various widely-viewed concerts from his living room for the Queens Public Library, the New Jersey Jazz Society. And from “Birdland” streamed the “Tribute to Phyllis Hyman” duo with Alyson Williams. Finally, in July ’21, Nat was featured (with Paulette McWilliams) in Austria at “ Porgy and Bess” in Vienna, and at the Inntone Jazz Festival in Diersbach.

Nat Adderley Jr received his BA from Yale University.


Strong Water

August 10 – 7:30 PM

Strong Water is a folk band from VA known for its original high energy singer/songwriter folk music.

Like a good shot of its namesake, Strong Water is smooth with a bite. The Americana/folk band first formed in 2013 as a duo on a Virginia university campus before settling into its current four-piece, “complete with howling banjos, two-part vocal harmonies and driving drums” (The Burg).

In 2014, Strong Water released their first EP Aftermath. Buoyed by their community’s response and their newfound synergy as a four-piece, Strong Water independently funded, recorded and released a 14-track, self-titled album in 2016. The debut album brought about touring opportunities across the Mid-Atlantic region, where Strong Water opened for bands, like The SteelDrivers, Judah & the Lion and The Black Lillies. In 2018, their sophomore album Bearfoot was released with single “If I Was” receiving regional radio play and exceeding 960k streams on Spotify.

Their music has been featured on independent radio stations, tastemakers and periodicals like Americana Rhythm, Americana Highways, Americana Music Magazine and AmericanaUK, who described Bearfoot as “a perfectly executed and wonderfully diverse record from a group whose way is only up.”

Their third album The Hills was released April 29, 2022. Written during the pandemic and recorded by Three Arrows Sound, the album explores the changes the band has experienced over the past eight years. Lyrics are inspired by life’s opposites — anticipation and nostalgia, love and loss, courage and fear — and by the beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Ticket Outlets

Tickets are usually available at the door; however, PAL recommends you purchase tickets in advance.

Tickets for most performances are available online up to 2 1/2 hours prior to performance and at local outlets up to one day prior to performance.

Luray/Page County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Center
Located In The Historic Luray Train Depot

Luray Copy Service
27 East Main Street in the heart of Luray

Please contact Ticketmaster@PerformingArtsLuray.org

Colorful Thank You

Thank you to all of our PAL Sponsors

Jenny and Brian Plum
Bob and Debra Miller
Mama’s Treasures
Bank Street Books

The Barbara & George Lawton Jazz Series

Nat Adderly Quartet
Lew Tabackin Trio

1 East Main Street
Luray, VA 22835

Mailing Address
PO Box 463
Luray, VA 22835

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