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esperanza spalding in Concert

July 9, 2022 | 8:00 pm

photo by Samuel Prather

A Schaefer Popular Series Event

Series Sponsorship provided by Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer.
Performance Sponsorship provided by Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers,
SkyBest Communications, Inc., Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vincent Properties, and Appalachian Home Care LLC.

An Appalachian Summer Festival presents five-time Grammy® winner esperanza spalding — American jazz bassist, singer, songwriter, and composer — in a stunning one-night-only performance. Join us for an unforgettable night of musical exploration.

spalding took home her fifth career Grammy at this year’s 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3, 2022, winning Best Jazz Vocal Album for her eighth studio album, Songwrights Apothecary Lab.

LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28608

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at theschaefercenter@appstate.edu or 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.


$40 Adults
$25 Students


Includes 3 Schaefer Popular Series events: esperanza spalding in Concert, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: The Grand Reopening Tour.
*Offer applies to adult tickets only and does not include Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives or Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour 2022. Offer expires July 9.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 | 8pm
Doors open at 7pm

ABOUT esperanza spalding

esperanza spalding (also known as irma nejando, or i.e.) is a being who has grown to recognize love in the abstract and aspirational, and is now fully dedicated to learning how she can serve and embody actualized love through honor for and receptivity to fellow humans, teachers, and practitioners of various regenerative arts.

Bass, piano, composition, performance, voice, and lyrics are tools and disciplines she is engaged in deeply to cultivate her own channel for transmitting care and beauty through vibration/sound/presence.

She has written an opera with Wayne Shorter; she is currently developing a mockumentary in collaboration with brontë velez and San Francisco Symphony; she is researching and developing liberation rituals in jazz and black dance; and she is continuing a lifelong collaboration with practitioners in various fields relating to music, healing, and cognition to develop music with enhanced therapeutic potential.

She is presently paid by Harvard University to co-create and learn with students enrolled there, working on developing creative practices that serve the restoration of people and land.

photo by Samuel Prather

photo by Jati Lindsay


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July 9, 2022
8:00 pm
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