The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes Becca Stevens to the Fredric March Play Circle on Wednesday, February 14 at 8 pm for a Valentine’s Day performance. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $19, UW-Madison Faculty and Staff are $20, General Public is $21. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person. See locations and hours here.
With unmatched style and intricate melodies, Becca Stevens is making waves in the international music scene. Drawing comparisons to Björk and St. Vincent, Stevens combines pop, rock, funk, and R&B to create new and thought-provoking rhythms and lyrics. Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling listed her as one of his five favorite jazz vocalists, with music critic Ted Gioia, editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians, listing her albums Weightless (2011) and Perfect Animals (2015) among the top 100 of their respective years. Her latest album, Regina (2017), is inspired by queens of all kinds–historic, mythological and personal–sewing together her musical loves, jazzy chords and folksy harmonies with notes of R&B and world music.
With four albums as lead vocalist and fifteen as a guest, she has collaborated with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, José James, Dayna Stephens, and, most recently, Snarky Puppy. Stevens has been dubbed “New York’s best kept secret” by The New York Times, and called “a great musical mind” by PopMatters.com. Her complex and dreamy music has received consistent praise. Loved by critics and audiences alike, Stevens’ take on pop and jazz is a thrilling interpretation of modern musical composition.
This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee. This concert was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Media sponsors are WORT 89.9 FM and Capital City Hues.