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Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses anniversary tour!

Published February 20th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses anniversary tour!

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Patti Smith is coming to the State Theatre on March 12! Here’s a little more information about her anticipated performance. 

Horses, the landmark recording that continues to have resonance and relevance for today’s generations of musicians and artists, will be performed in its entirety by Rock Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith. Forty-plus years later, performance poet/visual artist Patti, will be joined by her original band members, Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty, plus bassist / keyboardist Tony Shanahan, who has been a part of her band for twenty years. Together they will celebrate the longevity and lasting influence of Horses, with their series of special shows centered around the album.

Known as the “Godmother of Punk”, Patti has paved the way for so many other female musicians joining rock and poetry into her songs. The album, Horses, has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of the American punk rock movement, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. This is a musical event that you won’t want to miss!

For more information about Patti Smith, click here to listen to the the Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross on NPR about her career and her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Go see legendary singer-songwriter, Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses at the State Theatre on Sunday, March 12, 2017 8 p.m. Click here to buy your tickets now!

Let it Be true! The sound of the Beatles comes to Cleveland.

Published January 17th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Let it Be true! The sound of the Beatles comes to Cleveland.

Jump in your Yellow Submarine and come to the State Theatre on Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. to witness the international sensation Let It Be. This show is jam-packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits. Click here to buy your tickets now!

Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

Not only will audiences experience an abbreviated version of the critically acclaimed show in the first half, but in the second half this brand new production will take audiences to the concert the iconic group would have given had they reformed on October 9, 1980, John Lennon’s 40th birthday.

You’ll hear Beatles’ classic hits such as Hard Day’s Night, Twist and Shout, Hey Jude and I Wanna Hold Your Hand as well as songs not covered in the original show, including Got to Get you Into My Life and Lady Madonna. The cast will also perform individual works from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr including My Sweet Lord, Live and Let Die, Imagine and many more.

Imagine a night that never happened, but which feels so surreal! Don’t miss this show!

How Much Do You Know About the Beatles?

Are you feeling brave? Try these Beatles Trivia questions and see how you measure up. There is an easy, medium and hard quiz.

Part 1 (Easy)

Part 2 (Medium)

Part 3 (Hard)

The Elvis Birthday Tribute Returns!

Published January 3rd, 2017 by | Comments Off on The Elvis Birthday Tribute Returns!

Light the candles and cut the cake! Join us Sunday, January 8 for the return of the Elvis Birthday Tribute.

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Ryan Pelton as Elvis

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Shawn Klush as Elvis

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Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis

 

 

This year’s Elvis Birthday Tribute stop will be its 17th consecutive year, performed on what would have been The King’s actual 81st birthday.

You will be treated to Elvis’ hits, with the tribute artists decked out in replicas of The King’s flashy wardrobe. This year’s line up features over two hours of live music starring two of the nation’s most critically-acclaimed Elvis re-creators, Shawn Klush, Ryan Pelton and Cody Ray Slaughter, each performing their entire tribute act. Joined by longtime Elvis back-up singers The Sweet Inspirations, Dove Award-winners and Elvis’ gospel family, The Blackwood Quartet and hosted by Elvis’ original drummer D.J. Fontana, who peppers the evening with intimate Elvis anecdotes. All three Elvis re-creators, Shawn, Ryan and Cody, come with impressive credentials, including rave reviews from those who personally worked with The King.

Shawn Klush has been acclaimed as the #1 Elvis performer in the country and was featured in the 1999 CBS-TV movie Shake Rattle & Roll. He was the winner of the Worldwide Elvis Competition and currently stars as “Elvis” in “Legends in Concert,” alternating in the show’s Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, Seattle and Myrtle Beach venues.

Ryan Pelton’s uncanny resemblance to Elvis was noticed as far back as his pre-teen years. Even in the Marine Corps, with his head shaved, the drill instructors nicknamed him “Elvis.” Ryan went on to become the “Worldwide Elvis Impersonator Champ, Year 2000” held in Memphis.

Andy Cody Ray Slaughter, who began at only age 13 impersonating Elvis, went on to win The People’s Choice Award at the Elvis Week 2008 as part of the Images of the King Competition.

Click here for your tickets to the birthday show!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns!

Published December 13th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns!

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns to Playhouse Square on Saturday, December 17 with music by Chip Davis. The show has been a favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 31st Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music.

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1. Mannheim has sold over 40 million albums, outselling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, making them one of the top 50 best selling artists during the past two decades.

2. Chip has developed a patent-pending music therapy system. Ambient Therapy combines music with natural sounds and is being used by Mayo Clinic, Wake Forest, Walter Reed and other medical facilities.

3. Mannheim Steamroller has transformed Halloween music just as it did with the sounds of Christmas. The band is the top selling Halloween artist today.

4. The Recording Industry Association of America has awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum and 4 multi-platinum to Mannheim Steamroller.

5. The top-selling non-music product on the Mannheim Steamroller website is Cinnamon Hot Chocolate and the hottest selling ring tone for mobile phones is “Carol of the Bells”.

6. Mannheim Steamroller is the #1 Christmas music artist of all time, selling over 27 million albums which is the second highest Christmas artist to Elvis Presley.

7. The band’s name came from Mannheim, Germany where Mozart lived and is the name for an 18th century musical technique known as the crescendo.

8. Mannheim has sold over 40 million albums, outselling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, making them one of the top 50 best selling artists during the past two decades.

9. If you lined up all the CDs sold, they would stretch from New York to Los Angeles and then into the Pacific Ocean — more than 3000 miles!

10. Chip has created two traveling troupes for the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour to meet continuing popular demand even after 25 years. For more fun facts about Mannheim Steamroller click here.

Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and get your tickets now.

Yule love the holiday shows at Playhouse Square

Published December 7th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Yule love the holiday shows at Playhouse Square

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On Friday, Dec. 9 or Saturday, Dec. 10 go see the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: A CJO Christmasperforming their upcoming recording, “Have yourself a Swinging Jazzy Christmas”. They will be joined by exploding jazz star Nia Drummond at the Hanna Theatre. Get tickets here.

Sunday, Dec. 11, the  Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Jingle Bell Matinee will be led by Paul Ferguson with guest Nia Drummond at the Hanna Theatre. Enjoy a family-friendly version of their celebrated holiday concert, featuring a shortened program, $10 tickets for all and the popular interactive instrument “petting zoo.” Get tickets here.

You can also catch the Straight No Chaser: 20th Anniversary Tour on Sunday, Dec. 11 in the State Theatre! This group captives the sound of ten unadulterated human voices that have come together to make extraordinary music which has moved people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. Get tickets here.

To help get you through the holiday hustle, enjoy Straight No Chaser’s “I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album” playlist.

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Train with Andy Grammer and Blue October

Published November 29th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Train with Andy Grammer and Blue October

Come and experience the Q104 Holiday Show, Train with Andy Grammer and Blue October, on Monday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. Kick off your December and see these three chart-topping acts on the State Theater stage performing both current and holiday hits! Click here to purchase your tickets now.

Columbia Recording Artist and Grammy Award winning band, Train, hails from San Francisco and is led by front man Pat Monahan. Train is best known for their hits “Hey Soul Sister”, “If It’s Love”, “Drops of Jupiter” and “Drive By. They’ve had three albums break into the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and have sold over four million albums in the US. With their newest single “Play That Song”, featured on their upcoming tenth studio album.

In five years, S-Curve Records’ artist, Andy Grammer has gone from street performer to selling millions of records with hits like “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”. In 2014, “Honey, I’m Good” became a triple platinum smash and one of the ten best-selling songs of the year. His euphoric follow up, “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)”, was certified gold. Grammer’s current single “Fresh Eyes,” is quickly climbing the charts.

Blue October is the Texas-based band known for its shimmering melodies and heart-string pulling lyrics, boasting one of the most emotionally charged and magnetic front men in music today in Justin Furstenfeld. Blue October has charted nine Top 40 Hot AC and alternative singles over eight albums, including the hit singles “Into The Ocean,”, “Hate Me,” and “Home”, and 2016’s new album ‘Home’, which has charted as the #1 Alternative Album, #1 Rock Album, and #1 Independent Album this year, reaching audiences around the world.

Tickets can be purchased here.

A Behind the Scenes Q & A with Alan Cumming!

Published November 18th, 2016 by | Comments Off on A Behind the Scenes Q & A with Alan Cumming!

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Alan Cumming: Sings Sappy Songs tour makes a stop in Cleveland on Sunday, December 4 at the Connor Palace. In anticipation of his upcoming performance, we had the pleasure of asking the talented and one-of-a-kind Mr. Cumming some questions about his life. Enjoy!

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Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs comes to Cleveland on December 4. The show is a cabaret with an eclectic blend of music and stories from your life. Do you find yourself telling different stories each performance, depending on your mood? Or do you have a standard story that pairs with each song?

My ambition for the show is that it will feel as though I’m just making things up as I go along, but I’m usually not. There is quite a strict structure to it and the stories all correspond to the songs, and it really seems to work quite well so I don’t meddle with it very much. Of course I sometimes have a ramble about what I did that day or what is happening in the world or sometimes I engage with the audience for some reason or another but for the most part it is rehearsed spontaneity.

While most people are familiar with your talents as an actor, singer, author and philanthropist, many may not know about your passion for photography. What do you like most to photograph? Also, inquiring minds want to know… Cannon, Nikon or other?

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I have no set rules about taking photos, and sometimes I go for ages without taking a single snap. My favorite kind of picture is one that just captures a mood, a moment, an essence of an experience. I don’t take loads and loads of pics of the same thing, I’m a real one or two snaps and I’m done man. That’s why my Instagram handle is @alancummingsnaps. I think it’s because my book has just come out (You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams – My Life In Stories and Pictures) and I have been talking loads about my pictures that has made me kind of self-conscious about taking them right now. So I am looking forward to the muse descending again! Oh, and I mostly use my iPhone now, but also have a trusty old Olympus that I enjoy playing with!

 

Do you play any musical instruments? If so, which ones?

I play the piano fairly well. I actually played it for a song in my last show, but in Sappy Songs I don’t. I can also strum a few chords on the guitar and could probably still muster a scale on the cello.

What is your favorite Scottish cuisine?

Oh that’s easy. I am obsessed with mushy peas. They are sort of vinegary mashed up peas that you get in the chip shop with your chips. I love them! There is a chip shop at the bottom of the street where I live in Edinburgh and I rarely pass without indulging myself. I am also a big fan of the sort of peasant food that we do so well: soups and stews and that sort of thing. Some ingredients of Traditional Scottish Stovies

I love eating a plate of one thing. I don’t like having too many options when I eat! My absolute favorite is stovies, which is a potato and onion and mincey sort of dish that is meant to be left on the stove and you eat it throughout the night at a party so you don’t get too drunk! And I love to make vegan versions of those kinds of foods that I grew up with.

What was the most interesting thing you learned when you officially became a U.S. citizen in 2008?

That America makes absolutely everything a game show! You are given 100 questions and their answers in advance to study, and I sat up for many nights memorizing the number of seats in the congress and all sorts. In the actual naturalization test you’re asked ten questions and have to get six correct. I got my first consecutive six all right and the man asking me said ‘You’ve got the six, would you like to go for the ten?’ I said ‘What is this? Let’s Make A Deal?

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You’ve worked with some amazing artists over the years. Can you tell us about one of your favorite collaborations?

I recently sang a couple of songs with Chita Rivera at Carnegie Hall. It was, incredibly, her debut as a headliner at that amazing venue, and she asked me to come and join her and I couldn’t have been more honored. I met her years ago when we both took part in a Kander and Ebb tribute as part of the Kennedy Center Honors, and I fell in love with her at once. She has such spirit, such spunk and is just a real old mucker, so kind and hard-working and always smiling.  At Carnegie we sang the amazing song “Nowadays” from Chicago The Musical and she taught me the Bob Fosse choreography to it that she had learned from him. I felt overwhelmed and out of my depth but at the same time this amazing sense of carrying on a tradition. And I felt so proud.

What is a Broadway role that you would like to add to your résumé?

Right now I am obsessed with the play Good by CP Taylor. It’s a sort of impressionist look at the way normal, everyday people suddenly become inured to and then actively engage in extremism, and in this case the Nazi party. I can’t imagine why I find it so relevant to what is happening today! I wouldn’t mind giving the central character a go. And I think the time is right!

I know you don’t have a lot of free time, but what are some of your favorite TV shows right now?

You’re right, I don’t have much time, but I am looking forward very much to getting back to The Americans and also the cartoon Bo Jack Horseman. I am also trying to get up to speed on Game of Thrones as seemingly every other human in the world has watched it except me and I feel I need to get with the program! At the gym, when I am on the elliptical machine I just turn on Bravo and watch awful people shout at each other, and that whiles away the time!

Looking back on your career (so far), what would you say to someone who is new to the business about rejection? Any advice about a career in performing arts?

My advice to anyone starting out in the arts is to try and be yourself. So many people will try and tell you to become a generic type and you should always remember that the most interesting thing about yourself is you, your experience and your authenticity. And as for rejection, well, I always think that I don’t like everything or everyone in the world, so I can’t expect everyone to like me or what I do!

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This show is a unique opportunity to hear the legendary Alan Cumming in a raucous one-man show, at Playhouse Square. Alan Cumming: Sings Sappy Songs is an eclectic, wildly entertaining mix of intimate stories. From the sentimental to the sassy – and witty reinterpretations of pop songs and stage classics, this is a show you have to see!

Click here to get your tickets now!

Get in the holiday spirit with the Dave Koz Christmas Tour!

Published November 7th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Get in the holiday spirit with the Dave Koz Christmas Tour!

Dave Koz returns to Playhouse Square Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. with some friends for his Christmas tour! Click here to get your tickets now.

davekoz_holidayblogpost2Nine-time Grammy® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson –will capture the magic of Christmas in the 19th anniversary edition of Koz’s holiday tour.

The irrepressible Jonathan Butler, an “alumnus” of the tour, has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields and recently released a new studio album entitled Free. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore has been hailed by The New York Times as a “modern soul man.”

Acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson co-wrote such classic hits such as, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” as half of the songwriting/performing/producing entity Ashford and Simpson.

It’s never to early to start listening to your favorite holiday music. Click on the playlist below and get excited for the holidays and the upcoming Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 at the State Theatre!

Almost Like Being in Love: The Songs of Lerner & Loewe

Published November 1st, 2016 by | Comments Off on Almost Like Being in Love: The Songs of Lerner & Loewe

The Musical Theater Project (TMTP) is bringing a “docu-concert”, or live documentary, to Playhouse Square! What is a “docu-concert” you ask? Well TMTP defines it as, a combination of live performances with dozens of rare still images and video clips. Almost Like Being in Love: The Songs of Lerner & Loewe, coming Saturday, November 20, will showcase the finest theater songs while exploring the cultural and historical impact of musical theater as an American art form.

Learn about the remarkable story of two men, Alan Jay Lerner and Fredrick Loewe, who saw the world the same way, and wrote straight from their hearts. Alan Jay Lerner was a well-bred New Yorker with a Harvard education, and composer Frederick Loewe was a 17 year old who was also classically trained. The two great romantics fashioned four of the most beloved and romantic musicals of all time:

My Fair Lady, Camelot,

Brigadoon and Gigi

During the show you’ll hear your favorite songs from all four musicals, including “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “Gigi” and “Almost Like Being in Love”—and so much more.

Click here to get your tickets!

Re-live the music of the 60’s and 70’s with CJO: Jazz/Soul Fusion Fest!

Published October 18th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Re-live the music of the 60’s and 70’s with CJO: Jazz/Soul Fusion Fest!


milesdavisplayingtrumpetCleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO) explores the music of the 1960’s and 70’s in their Jazz/Soul Fusion Fest show! Come and experience the classics all over again on Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m. at the Hanna Theatre.

CJO, with vocalist John Morton and guitarist Bob Fraser will play the music of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Chase, Miles Davis, The O’Jays and more! We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the set list, so check out a few of the tunes you’ll hear during the show:

Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder.

For The Love of Money by The O’Jays.

And the classic, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.

This performance is soulful, psychedelic and unforgettable!

Click here to buy tickets and re-live some of jazz and soul’s greatest hits.

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