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This nostalgic concert performance pays homage to the music, lyrics and melodies that comprise the timeless songbook of Carole King and James Taylor. Two long-time friends and collaborators, hit songwriter, Kirsti Mann, and national recording artist, Jonathan Birchfield, share their incredible onstage chemistry and unique artistry, capturing the essence of friendship through music.
25 years ago, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, and pancake breakfasts. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn't see his shadow, it means we will have an early spring.
Step into the fantastical imagination of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. In this special exhibit, you’ll explore 50 original artworks by the creative genius, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he influenced their careers and touched their lives.
International superstar Vince Neil exemplifies all things rock and roll: the sound, the success, the look and the outrageous lifestyle. Vince’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of this generation including“Shout At The Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol Situation,” and the recent “Saints of Los Angeles”. Vince and Tommy Lee created rock and roll history with the formation of Mötley Crüe. Vince Neil also began his career as a solo artist in 1993. You are sure to rock out at this show!
The Vienna Boys Choir comes to Morrison Theater, Quincy Jr. High School, Quincy, IL on February 15th at 7:30pm. The world's most beloved choir has been thrilling audiences for over 500 years, through 1,000 tours in 97 different countries. The singers delight music-lovers with a repertory of favorite classical pieces, popular and contemporary songs, and lively folk music. The Vienna Boys Choir Combines the pure, angelic voices of youth with the power and polish of seasoned professionals. No group of child musicians has won more renown. For more information visit: quincycivicmusic.org or call 217-224-5499.
Actress, comedian, singer, game show host — Vicki Lawrence has done it all. In 1973, she began her musical career with her hit single, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”. She then went on to star in her own TV series “Mama’s Family”, which aired until January of 1990. She also became one of few successful female game show hosts when she took on “Win, Lose or Draw”. She has since appeared in a wide variety of productions, and now travels all over the country speaking to women’s organizations about her life and career, women’s health, and being a woman in a man’s world. All the while she approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all that “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!”
The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America is proud to present the Freedom Winds. Composed of six virtuoso Airman Musicians, the group adds percussion to traditional woodwind quintet instrumentation. Their diverse repertoire also includes jazz and ragtime classics along with popular themes from Broadway’s hit shows to Hollywood’s greatest films. The Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Freedom Winds deliver a versatile, unique musical product in any performing environment.
Coming to Starved Rock Lodge from her recent role as Patsy Cline in the highly successful Engle Lane Theater production of “Always Patsy Cline”, the talented Mary Pfeifer will perform Cline’s beautiful ballads and hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s, like Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight. Don’t miss this tribute to country music’s most beloved singer! Show dates: June 12, August 14, August 15, September 25 and October 16
Everybody loves somebody sometime… and you’ll love this Tribute to the Stars performance at Starved Rock Lodge. Capturing the spirit of Dean Martin, Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life, with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style and sense of humor. Sway to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with over 300 vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando.Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year, became Orlando's theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal. For outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
102.3 The Coyote welcomes Thomas Rhett with special guest Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson & Ryan Hurd to the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, Friday March 3rd 2017. Tickets on sale Friday October 7th at 10am at the box office and LiveNation.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. Thomas Rhett plays from his platinum certified sophomore release Tangled Up with chart-toppers including “Die A Happy Man,” “Crash And Burn” and “T-Shirt.”
Back by popular request, it's The Three Celli, performing a mix of music for one, two or three celli by some of the area's finest musicians. Stephen Balderston, former Assistant Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony, is the Professor of Cello at DePaul University. Prior to joining the CSO in 1993, he performed for ten years with the Saint Louis Symphony. Linc Smelser, a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, is on the faculty of Northern Illinois University as well as the Music Director of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Brant Taylor, a former member of the Saint Louis Symphony, has been a member of the Chicago Symphony since the 1997-1998 season. He also teaches at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts and performs with the band Pink Martini. All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
The synergy of Richard Gersten, Oscar Menoyo and Luis Galvez will amaze you as this trio of professionally-trained tenors presents diverse music encompassing Opera, Broadway and the standard Italian favorites infused with a touch of comedy. Shows take place on March 20, 21 & 22 at 11:30am
Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, Chicago’s legendary comedy theater visits the Sandwich Opera House with “The Second City: Improv All-Stars” an irresistible hour of improvised comedy. The masters of the form will astound you with their talent, skill and wit – all without the aid of scripts or sets. Performance May 20, 8 pm.
Little Matchstick Factory's The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. Created by Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (and based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters. With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smell of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance creates a multi-sensual experience and transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight -- but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.
Mike Williamson and Patte Armato Lund perform songs written after 1950. There will be a One Hit Wonder medley that includes “The Purple People Eater,” “Itsy Bitsy Bikini,” “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and more. The group’s “Duets Medley” will salute Sonny and Cher, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter and Elton John and Kiki Dee. In honor of Tony Bennett’s birthday, they will be including a medley of his many hits.
Bill Blagg is one of the nation's top touring illusionists, thrilling thousands and leaving people in complete disbelief as he creates the impossible. Prepare to be amazed as he passes through the blades of an industrial fan, shrinks his body to just 6" tall and instantly teleports across the theatre.
The Drifters…one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups is once again touring the U.S. They were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, "There Goes My Baby". The Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame and the first African American group to be inducted. Their classic tune "Under The Boardwalk" is the most played R & B record of all time. The list of hits goes on and on. Join the historic reunion as they return to their roots with their latest American tour. Performing at the historic Sandwich Opera House 3-5 pm, Sun., Feb. 12, 2017.
Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to the Egyptian Theatre with “The Best of The Second City.” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more– as well as their trademark improvisation. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. May contain Adult or Mature Content.
The Annual Event showcasing U.S. and World coins and currency, gold and silver Bullion-Exonumia.
Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for over twenty years. Switchback plays an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass and their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Humorous, personable, talented, spiritual, and spirited; these all describe the band Switchback.
Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved hits of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash along with stories of their colorful lives and amazing careers. Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks stars two Wisconsin music veterans: Tom Waselchuk has performed for over three decades, always keeping one foot planted firmly in country music. Mr. Waselchuk is a singer and songwriter, and plays guitar, bass and pedal steel guitar. Lindsey (Geise) Juarez is a dynamic singer and a consummate performer. The back up band for Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is The Dang-Its. Together they will bring back memories of Country’s most iconic performers.
Based on a Victorian Penny dreadful, this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece has been nominated for Tony Awards in 3 different decades. The original 1979 production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, bringing home 8 including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The 1990 revival saw 4 more Tony nominations, while in 2006, the New York production received 6 Tony nods. Some critics call Sweeney Todd Sondheim’s most perfect score, filled with ravishing beauty. Others have described it as a pitch-black comedy filled with thrills and terrors, while others have heralded it as one of the single greatest achievements of American musical theater in the last 50 years. Decide for yourself and experience Paramount Theatre’s Sweeney Todd.