Merry Christmas: Here are the Center Arts Riders from the Last Two Seasons


  • Illustration by Sharon Ruchte
In this week's cover story, we read through nearly 100 contracts between Center Arts, which brings big-name music, dance and theater acts every year, and the performers who grace HSU stages. 

Those contracts contain the riders — documents that detail an artist's technical and "hospitality" needs, in other words the food, drinks and comforts they request while on tour. There are some gems in there, ranging from cringe-worthy to charming, and we urge you to go look at our favorites. 

But if you share with Journal staff an undying curiosity, we've posted all 96 riders that Center Arts released per our public records request. Click on the names below to view them in PDF format. Have at it, and let us know what we missed in the comments section. 

2014/2015 Season: 

Alex & Sierra
Amos Lee
National Acrobats of China
National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
Tango Buenos Aires
The Avett Brothers
The Bad Plus
Branford Marsalis
Brett Dennen
Cassandra Wilson
Celtic Fiddle Fest
Cirque Mechanics
Colbie Caillat
Dana Carvey
Dave Rawlings Machine
David Sedaris
Ethan Tucker
Bobby McFerrin
Yonder Mountain String Band
Zoppé Family Circus
Rhiannon Giddens
The Devil Makes Three
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
G. Love & Special Sauce
Shakespeare's Globe
Gov't Mule
Gregory Porter
Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela
The Wailin' Jennys
Jeremy Loops
Joe Pug
Mark Morris Dance Group
Matt Costa
Cecile McLorin Salvant
Michael Franti
Mike Birbiglia
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nick Offerman
Garrick Ohlsson
Patty Griffin
Second City
The Tallis Scholars
The Robert Cray Band
Cirque Alfonse
Tommy Emmanuel
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Zap Mama
Ziggy Marley

2015/2016 Season: 

Parsons Dance Foundation
Acoustic Africa
Angelique Kidjo
American Babies
The Blue Man Group
National Acrobats of China
Big Gigantic
Billy Collins
Bin Huang
Cameron Carpenter
Cassandra Wilson
Cooder White Skaggs
Danish String Quartet
Eddie Izzard
Esperanza Spalding
Dark Star Orchestra
Aimee Mann
Flying Karamazov Brothers
Garrison Keillor
Greensky Bluegrass
Joan Armatrading
Jake Shimabukuro
John Prine
Julian Lage
Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton
Lake Street Dive
Last Southern Gentlemen Tour
Melissa Etheridge
Pink Martini
Ramblin' Jack
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
The Chieftains
The Wood Brothers
Cirque Alfonse
The Milk Carton Kids
The Waifs
Watkins Family Hour
"Weird Al" Yankovic

And a happy New Year!

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