Monday, June 24, 2024

Preview: Cirque du Soleil’s New Country-Themed Show, Songblazers

We love all things Cirque du Soleil and I have personally seen almost all of their touring productions and permanent shows in Vegas. We were so happy to attend the event last week where Cirque du Soleil recently hosted an exclusive media preview for their highly anticipated country-themed show, Songblazers. The event featured a captivating selection of performances that seamlessly blended country music with Cirque du Soleil’s renowned acrobatic artistry.

Cirque du Soleil's New Country-Themed Show Songblazers
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Held on June 5 at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Belmont University, the cast and crew presented an electrifying Honky Tonk scene to a select group of journalists and photographers. Attendees were treated to a sneak peek of this innovative production, which many noted captured the true essence of a Honky Tonk, enhanced by Cirque du Soleil’s signature flair.

Cirque du Soleil's New Country-Themed Show Songblazers
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

The preview event showcased iconic country songs, including “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” by Shania Twain, “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith, and an original song crafted specifically for Songblazers. The original piece, titled “Carnival Heart,” was written by Sam Williams, grandson of country legend Hank Williams, alongside songwriters PJ Harding and Ned Houston. “Carnival Heart” is an evocative melody inspired by themes of self-discovery, friendship, and hope. Attendees were also mesmerized by breathtaking acrobatic performances and more.

Cirque du Soleil's New Country-Themed Show Songblazers
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Songblazers also made its public debut on June 7 at Skydeck on Broadway during CMA Fest. This debut was part of the UMG Nashville Takeover at Skydeck for the 2024 CMA Fest, where Sam Williams performed “Carnival Heart,” the ballad he wrote for the show. Williams then introduced a special performance featuring an energetic bartender juggling red solo cups to Toby Keith’s hit single, “Red Solo Cup,” giving the audience a first glimpse into the fusion of Cirque du Soleil and Country Music.

Cirque du Soleil's New Country-Themed Show Songblazers
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Presented in collaboration with Universal Music Group Nashville, Songblazers is written and directed by Amy Tinkham. This groundbreaking theatrical production pays homage to both legendary and contemporary trailblazers of country music. It follows the journey of two main characters striving for recognition in the country music scene, offering an unforgettable experience filled with heart and determination.

Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Drawing inspiration from the rich legacy of country music, Songblazers celebrates the genre’s historical icons while embracing the vibrant talents of today’s artists. Audiences can expect to be enthralled by stunning acrobatics, awe-inspiring aerial acts, and feats of extraordinary strength, all set against the backdrop of beloved country tunes.

Cirque du Soleil's New Country-Themed Show Songblazers
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Cirque du Soleil's New Country-Themed Show Songblazers
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Songblazers is set to premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center® (TPAC) in Nashville in July 2024. Tickets are now available for purchase. Cirque Club members can enjoy exclusive benefits, including early ticket access and behind-the-scenes insights. For more information and to secure your seats, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/songblazers.

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Amy Harris
Amy Harris is a writer and photographer who has been traveling for 20 years and flown over 2 million miles to visit over 80 countries on 6 continents. She is a freelance photographer for Invision by Associated Press, AP Images and Rex/Shutterstock. Her work can be seen in various publications and websites including: Rolling Stone, AP Images, National Geographic Books, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Forbes.com, Lonely Planet Travel Guides, JetStar magazine, and Delta Sky Magazine.

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