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Singer-songwriter Gary Johnson headlines Jewel Box Series on Jan. 14!
January 9, 2024
Singer-songwriter Gary Johnson headlines Jewel Box Series on Jan. 14!

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Gary Johnson opens the second half of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre season with the concert Gary Johnson Live! at 2:30 pm Sunday, January 14.

For this intimate performance, Johnson will be backed by El Paso’s Golden Groove quartet in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre complex.

General admission tickets are $15 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office, and $15 plus service charges at Ticketmaster.

Johnson is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player who has lived and performed all over the Americas and Europe. He now resides in El Paso. His career started at Minnesota’s legendary Scholar Coffeehouse, launch pad of Bob Dylan and Leo Kottke. Since then, he has perfected his finger-picking style and vast repertoire of originals and interpretations of folk, blues, rock, country and show tunes.

For the Jewel Box show, Johnson will perform songs from his album, Opium Dreams, plus a smattering of covers, old and new. He will be backed by the Golden Groove, a jazz and rock quartet that consists of Jewel Box veteran Daniel Rivera on saxophone, Manny Lozano on guitar, Mark Fowler on bass, and Liz Pursel on percussion.

In its eighth season, the Jewel Box Series was created in partnership with El Paso Live in 2014 to host local performing artists and groups in that jewel box of a venue, the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Here’s a rundown of the remaining 2023-2024 season shows:

Dare (me) to be … stuspid!, Border Theatre (2:30 pm Sunday, February 11, 2024) — Border Theatre returns with an improvisational piece built around three one-act plays connected by a 16-year-old trying to create her own narrative in a world of peer, social media, and other pressures.

Al’s Club, Teatro Neplanta (2:30 pm Sunday, March 10, 2024) — El Paso’s newest theater group debuts an original work by playwright Matt Bianchi that takes place in a bar and deals with ego, faith, addiction, drunk driving, and life’s universal questions.

The Scarecrow, KESSTO Kreatures (2:30 pm Sunday, April 14, 2024) — This original variation of The Wizard of Oz by puppeteer, playwright, teacher, and Jim Henson Foundation grant recipient Anthony Michael Stokes follows His Majesty the Scarecrow as he tries to save his country from a growing horde of crows.

Arabica, Light Rain and Sisters of the Moon (2:30 pm Sunday, May 12, 2024) — Two names long associated with music (Doug Adamz and Light Rain) and belly dance (Leilania Marcus and Sisters of the Moon) transport you with a timeless romance between ethereal music and mysterious dance.