Hoyt Sherman Place announced today that Steven Van Zandt and his Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul band will be making a stop at the legendary venue in Des Moines on Monday Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
Van Zandt, who rose to fame as Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist before he branched into acting and landed a prime role in the HBO series, “The Sopranos,” will bring the band to town in support of the group’s first new album of original material in 20 years, “Summer of Sorcery,” released May 4 on Wicked Cool/UMe. The highly anticipated new album, a collection of 12 songs that captures the energy, excitement and electricity of summer, is receiving rave reviews for its exuberant mix of rock n’ soul delivered with unmatched passion and authenticity by one of rock and roll’s most loyal practitioners.
Tickets for the Des Moines stop will go on sale Friday, May 10 at 12 p.m. and can be purchased in person at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office or online atwww.ticketmaster.com.
Each U.S. headline date on the tour will benefit Van Zandt’s TeachRock education initiative and offer an introduction to the Teachrock.orgcurriculum. Before the show, the TeachRock staff will host free professional development workshops designed to engage educators with techniques and content through which they can comfortably use music to inspire students, even if they’ve never touched an instrument. The free, multimedia K-12 interdisciplinary curriculum meets prevailing standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies/History, the Fine and Performing Arts, and also includes STEAM and advisory material suitable for K-12 teachers of all disciplines, interdisciplinary best practices, and group activities.
Little Steven will be joined on the tour by by the Disciples of Soul, a 14-piece all-star ensemble made up of some of the best studio and live musicians in the business. Leading the charge alongside Van Zandt is musical director and guitarist Marc Ribler (Darlene Love, Roger McGuinn, Carole King) who conducts the band; Lowell “Banana” Levinger (of The Youngbloods) on piano and Wurlitzer; bassist Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Boz Scaggs, Darryl Hall),; drummer Rich Mercurio (Ben E King, Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel); percussionist Anthony Almonte (King Creole and The Coconuts); Andy Burton on B3 organ, piano, synthesizers (Cyndi Lauper, John Mayer, Ian Hunter); the dynamic horn section of horn director Eddie Manion on baritone saxophone (Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny), Stan Harrison on tenor saxophone and flute (David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Duran Duran), Ron Tooley on trumpet (James Brown, John Lennon, Maceo Parker), Ravi Best on trumpet (Aretha Franklin, Stevie, Wonder, Kool and The Gang) and Clark Gayton on trombone (Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Joss Stone, Rhianna). The band is rounded out with dancing backup singers Jessie Wagner (Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Chic), Sara Devine (Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige) and Tania Jones (Disciples of Soul).