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Christopher Cross at Live! at the Ludlow Garage

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Friday, March 30, 2018 from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM (EDT)

Christopher Cross at Live! at the Ludlow Garage

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Cincinnati Tax Quantity
Front Row Mar 30, 2018 $75.00 $7.84 $1.24
Gold Mar 30, 2018 $60.00 $7.39 $1.01
Silver Mar 30, 2018 $50.00 $7.09 $0.86
Bronze Mar 30, 2018 $45.00 $6.94 $0.78
Table 19
Table 19 is a 36 inch round bar table with 4 bar stools. The price includes all 4 seats and the table.
Mar 30, 2018 $275.00 $13.84 $4.33
This seat has a partially obstructed view of the back corner of the stage. Basically you won't see the drummer, if there is one.
Mar 30, 2018 $60.00 $7.39 $1.01
This seat has a partially obstructed view of the back corner of the stage. Basically you won't see the drummer, if there is one.
Mar 30, 2018 $50.00 $7.09 $0.86
Front row
This seat has a partially obstructed view of the back corner of the stage. Basically you won't see the drummer, if there is one.
Mar 30, 2018 $75.00 $7.84 $1.24
This seat has a partially obstructed view of the back corner of the stage. Basically you won't see the drummer, if there is one.
Mar 30, 2018 $60.00 $7.39 $1.01

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Event Details

When: Friday March 30th  at 8:00 PM

Ticket Price: $45.00 – $75.00

Door Time: 7:00 PM

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Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self
titled debut album, winning five Grammy
Awards, including
for the first time ever
the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year
(for the single “Sailing”), Album of the
Year, Song of the Year (also for “Sailing”), and Best New
Now, 30+ years after his extraordinary emergence into the music business, Cross continues his
recording and performing career with a new album,
Secret Ladder, that evokes the artistry of su
great singer
songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman while addressing contemporary
concerns head
a combination which is sure to please his loyal fan base.
Indeed, the 13 tracks, mostly written with his longtime collaborator Rob Meurer, contin
ues the
exploration of adult subject matter broached in his preceding album
Doctor Faith (2011). “My
passion and commitment to music haven’t diminished a bit, and I make no apologies for exploring
mature subjects,” says the San Antonio native, now living i
n Austin after decades in Southern
“Of course, I’m still a romantic at heart,” adds Cross, whose classic hits
including “Ride Like the
Wind,” from
Christopher Cross, and the Oscar
winning “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”
rom the film starring Liza Minelli and Dudley Moore
remain staples on radio to this day.
This romantic side is readily evident on
Secret Ladder
songs like “Simple,” in which he elicits the
tuneful sense of love and serenity that marked “Sailing.” But fro
m the album’s first song, Cross
evinces a sharpened focus in addition to his
magic melodic touch.
The bluesy “Reverend Blowhard” “is an unvarnished commentary on TV evangelists,” says
He acknowledges a definite cynicism in this opening song that be
ars the influence of both
Newman and Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, “who are lifelong influences on the
songs Rob and I write.”

There are other
songs on
Secret Ladder, most notably “Got To Be a Better Way,” which
rails against a
man “seething in his world of carbohydrates and TV” while lacking any empathy for
his fellow man, and “Island of Anger.” “We look back at our lives and see the idealism when we
were kids,” Cross reflects, “and then look at the way things are now
and see ho
w so many are
disillusioned and almost immobilized with outrage.”
Yet Cross remains a spiritual, if not religious, artist, and the
Secret Ladder
album title manifests this.
The conceptual album cover art, by photographer/graphic designer Sandrine Lee, expr
essly suggests
a Magritte painting in its depiction of human figures climbing the fretboard of an upright acoustic
surrounded by a blue sky filled with clouds, at the same time invoking Joni Mitchell’s lyric in
“For the Roses”
“And pour your simple
sorrow / To the sound hole and your knee.”
“I write my songs on the guitar, and that’s how I realize my spirituality” says Cross. “Music is the
source, the wellspring. The people coming out of the guitar’s sound hole on the cover are climbing
the ladd
er to a higher plane.”
Cross also notes that Secret Ladder’s “I Don’t See it Your Way” is a Joni Mitchell
“I dedicated my last album to her,” says Cross. “She
remains my
biggest influence,
a hero to both Rob and me.
is song is
about the end of a relationship, and we
tried to write it in a very Joni
like feel and style.”
As always, Cross enlisted the finest support musicians, including bassist Will Lee (of the Fab Faux
Late Night with David
Letterman), drummer Kei
th Carlock (Steely Dan and Toto), guitarist Eric Johnson, saxophonist
David Mann, and vocalists Michael McDonald and Jeff Foskett (Brian Wilson’s musical director).
“Eric and Michael are usually on every record I make,” says Cross, and in McDonald’s c
ase, he joins
Cross vocally on the poignant and uplifting anthem, “Light the World,” which also features an
African chorus alternating the lyrics in Swahili.

“I have
to Africa
with my kids, my daughter was a youth AIDS ambassador,” explains
. “She helped with testing in a village in Tanzania and spent another week in Kenya. I was very
touched by the people I encountered there.
I wrote the song with Stephen
who is a close
and a wonderful collaborator. He worked with Madonna early
in her career and composed music
The Color Purple
on Broadway.
For the Swahili chorus, we enlisted the assistance of the
interpreter we had in Africa who was the head of African Studies at UCLA. It is really
a magical
component to the song. You feel l
ike you know what they’re saying, even though you don’t.”
“The Times I Needed You” employs a vocal chorus, arranged by Meurer, intentionally reminiscent
of the Beach Boys. “It’s very much a tribute,” says Cross. “Brian Wilson’s writing was a big
ence on me
Carl Wilson was my No. 1 vocal influence growing up. Years later, we became
very close.
sang on my second album (1983’s
Another Page), and we did a lot of touring
together and vocal sessions for other artists. He’d always say, ‘We make
a nice sound’
I just
treasure that.”
While Cross is an avowed pacifist, he is a big supporter of those who serve in the armed
Secret Ladder
includes the late
added track, “We Will Remember You,” as a means of
honoring their service.
“My fath
er was an Army doctor and my mother, a nurse,” he says. “I feel strongly that returning vets
and those who made the ultimate sacrifice deserve to be recognized and never forgotten. The song
itself is neither pro
nor anti
war. The children’s choir
really e
nhances the message. We recorded it
after the album was finished, but
that it definitely needed to be included.”
Cross’ own children influenced the instructive “Wonderland,” a dreamy, lyrical take on reality which
is enlivened by Johnson’s rock
guitar play. “It’s a general thesis on where things are, a way of
looking at life,” says Cross, “and how we’re wishful for our kids
and their future. At the same
it’s hard not to be frustrated and cynical.”
Secret Ladder
ends with the loving, l
ushly orchestrated “A Letter to My Children.” “It’s a very
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