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“Dinner Party From Hell,” Set on Chicago’s North Shore, Runs June 17 – July 16 at Pride Arts Center

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

 

Cor completes cast, updates schedule for LGBTQ drama late company

 
 
Tony Bozzuto and Tosha Fowler are cast as North Shore parents
in Cor Theatre’s Midwest premiere of Late Company.
CHICAGO, May 15, 2017 – Get set for a scorching start to Chicago’s summer theater season when Cor Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Late Company, a shockingly funny, scathingly painful drama set on Chicago’s North Shore about LGBTQ youth and the scourge of teen suicide.
Acclaimed director Jessica Fisch will stage the first Chicago production of this vitally important new work by Canadian playwright, director and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill – “the future of Canadian theatre” (NOW Magazine) and “the hottest name in Canadian theatre” (Montreal Gazette).
The raves continue for the just-opened European premiere of Late Company at London’s Finborough Theatre. Time Out London called Late Company a “powerful new drama about the devastating aftershocks of cyber bullying. Superb.” The Times hailed this “dinner party from hell serves up the full gamut of emotions. A terrific play. Go! This one deserves a West End transfer.”
Like the controversial Netflix hit series 13 Reasons WhyLate Company takes no prisoners with its vivid portrayal of the aftershocks of teen suicide.
New dates for Cor Theater’s Chicago debut of Late Company are June 17 to July 16, 2017 at The Buena (Pride Arts Center), 4147 N. Broadway St. in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Tickets, $18-$30, are on sale now at cortheatre.org, or by calling (866) 811-4111.

Updated schedule: Previews are Saturday June 17 at 3 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, June 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.

Press opening (originally scheduled for June 19) is now Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Performances continue through July 16: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Exceptions: No shows Wednesday, June 21 or July 5. The show on Thursday,
June 22 is sold out.

Late Company is for mature audiences. 

More about Late Company

One year after a gay teen’s suicide, two North Shore families sit down to dinner. Pleasant mealtime chatter quickly turns into fierce interrogation as each person at the table confesses their real or imagined part in the tragedy. As blame shifts, layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy are revealed. Scathingly funny and heartbreakingly real, award winning Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company asks, “How well can a parent ever really know their child?”
According to Cor Artistic Director and cast member Tosha Fowler, “Late Company is about wrestling with forgiveness. Two sets of parents are fighting desperately for closure from a suicide brought on by missed opportunities and misunderstandings on both sides. Nobody in the room is blameless – everyone is sparring like hell to find peace within themselves and each other.”
“Jordan’s writing is funny and searing. It has the kind of visceral energy that makes live theater unique,” said director Jessica Fisch, adding, “In light of our current political climate, a play about people coming to the table to talk over their grievances feels both novel and inspirational. I want to believe it’s possible for people with drastically different points of view to find common ground and healing.
Late Company challenges that belief and offers hope that it is possible.”
  
Cast members include (fr left) Tony Bozzuto, Matthew Elam, Paul Fagen, Tosha Fowler and Asia Jackson.
The Late Company cast is Tony Bozzuto (so memorable in Cor’s Skin Tight and Christina, The Girl King), Matthew Elam (a Chicago newcomer and third year acting major at DePaul), Paul Fagen (recently seen in About Face’sThe Tempermentals) and Tosha Fowler (co-founder and artistic director of Cor, stage credits include What of The Night? and Love and Human Remains, director of last season’s A Map of Virtue, and one of New City’s 2016 Players: The 50 People who Really Perform for Chicago.) New to the cast is Asia Jackson, most recently seen in Among All of This You Stand Like A Fine Brownstone at ETA Creative Arts Theatre.
The production team is Cole von Glahn (assistant director), Adam Gutkin (set and props), Alarie Hammock (costumes), Jeffrey Levin (sound), Eric Vigo (lights), Topher Kielbasa (dramaturg), Stefin Steberl (production manager) and Michael Starcher (stage manager).
Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, director, filmmaker and a leading figure in Canada’s gay arts community. The Toronto Globe and Mail recently hailed him as “…the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom ‘interdisciplinary’ is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” His plays have been presented across Canada, his films have been widely exhibited at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the British Film Institute, and he received the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. In collaboration with William Ellis, Tannahill runs the alternative art-space Videofag in Toronto. Currently he is partnering with the National Theatre of London and the National Film Board Canada to create Draw Me Close, an immersive technology memoir in which audiences experience a live, illustrated world as five-year-old Jordan during his mother’s battle with cancer. The first chapter of Draw Me Close premieres April 21-29, 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival. jordantannahill.com.
Jessica Fisch is a Chicago-based freelance director and professor. Chicago projects this season include directing the world premiere of Firebirds Take the Field for Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and associate directing Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee at Steppenwolf. Other credits include Trudy, Carolyn, Martha and Regina Travel to Outer Space (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival), Fefu and Her Friends (Goodman Theatre/Rivendell Latina/o Celebration), Opulent Complex and That Thing That Time (Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Tens), Far Away (SITE Festival, Northwestern), 42 Stories (Raven Theatre, [Working Title] series) and Machinal and Spike Heels (Northwestern University). Selected New York credits are
The Realm (The Wild Project), strive/seek/find (Abingdon Theatre), the 2009 Playwrights Horizons Stories on 5 Stories Benefit, Personal History (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Redheaded Man (Barrow Street Theatre/Down Payment Productions/FringeNYC/ FringeEncores), and Dressed In Your Dreams (Public Theater/Emerging Writers Group), an adaptation of the cult 1960’s gothic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Prior to moving to Chicago, Fisch lived in New York City where she was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions (DPP). She was also a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the 2008-2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She earned her MFA at Northwestern University. 
About Cor Theatre

Cor Theatre (cortheatre.org) debuted in September 2012 with a vision to create theatrical experiences that are rarely presented in Chicago by artists who seek to defy expectation. Today, Cor is one of Chicago’s youngest and most ambitious professional theater companies with a growing board and strong experience behind it.

Cor’s inaugural production, Skin Tight by Gary Henderson, was met with enthusiastic audiences, critical acclaim and made just enough money to establish a not-for-profit corporation. The company named itself Cor Theatre, deriving its name from the Latin root of courage – meaning heart.

Cor returned in 2015 with Erin Courtney’s A Map of Virtue, named a top show to see in the Chicago Tribune and Most Promising Debut by Time Out Chicago. Cor triumphed again in 2015 with the first Chicago staging in 20 years of Brad Frasier’s Love and Human Remains, which played to numerous sold-out houses and was named one of the top plays to see by Windy City Times and New City.
In March 2016, Cor presented the U.S. premiere of Christina, The Girl King by Michel Marc Bouchard, translated by Linda Gaboriau, telling the true story of the enigmatic, gender bending 17th century Queen of Sweden. Cor concluded its 2016 season in October with an epic production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, translated by Tony Kushner, directed by ensemble member Ernie Nolan.
Most recently, in January 2017, Cor gobsmacked Chicago audiences and critics alike with Carlos Murillo’s daring staging of What of the Night? by María Irene Fornés.
Company members are Tony Bozzuto, Chris Brickhouse, Elyse Cowles, Tosha Fowler, Adam Gutkin, Alarie Hammock, Topher Kielbasa, Jeffrey Levin, Claire Meyers, Ernie Nolan, Stefin Steberl and Eric Vigo.
For more information, visit cortheatre.org, like Cor Theatre on Facebook, follow the company on Twitter, @CorTheatre, or call (866) 811-4111.

Beatles Festival to Celebrate 50-Year Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Jeffersonville, IN  – The timing could not be better for the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River to pay homage to the iconic and acclaimed album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was released by The Beatles exactly 50 years ago in 1967, and is set for the much anticipated re-release on May 26, which coincides with the five-day festival, coming up May 25-29, 2017.

 

Sgt. Pepper, regarded as one of the first ever concept albums, is known for being one of the most influential and innovative albums of all time. It won four Grammy’s, and included hits like “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and “A Day in the Life.” The new, remixed special anniversary edition of the Sgt. Pepper album includes previously unreleased takes from their recording sessions.

 

More than 15 events will celebrate the groundbreaking album throughout the weekend, including 9 concerts, a presentation by internationally recognized Beatles expert Scott Freiman, and a “Pepper at 50” panel discussion with author Bruce Spizer, Beatle best friend and long-time aide Tony Bramwell, and “Beatle Brunch” Radio Host Joe Johnson. On Saturday, May 27th at 11:45pm, a listening party will be held for the release of the new Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition.

 

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will be held in Jeffersonville, IN at the Big Four Station Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29. The 2017 lineup includes Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Grammy-winner Peter Asher, Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers The Family Stone, The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Ambrosia, and former Wings band members Laurence Juber (guitarist) and Steve Holley (drummer). More than 50 bands from around the world will perform on eight indoor and outdoor stages over the course of the five-day event.

 

The festival has partnered with 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville to host a free kick off concert starring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s sax man Jake Clemons on Thursday, May 25th. Live music begins at 2:00pm, and Jake Clemons will take the stage at 8:45pm. Admission is free all day.

 

Tickets are available at arotr.com, and discounted general admission tickets are available for $20 each at all 45 area Thorntons stores. Tickets purchased at Thorntons also include free admission for one guest 21 and under.

 

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is sponsored by WAVE 3 News, StarVista Live, Southern Indiana Tourism, City of Jeffersonville, Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Bud Light, Four Roses Bourbon, AML Inc., 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Gretsch Guitars, Crosley Radio and Thorntons.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.arotr.com.

 

 

Ensemble Espanol Heats Up the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie With “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow” Performances June 16-18

Posted by Admin On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Three World Premieres by Madrid’s Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez
Featured in Exciting Program Celebrating the Company’s Past, Present and Future


CHICAGO, IL
 – Ensemble Español’s popular live dance and music performances return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, with “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow,” June 16-18. These performances are part of the company’s 2017 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, June 7-24. The Festival, now in its 41st year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture. For more information, visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

The “Raices” performances, a successor to the popular annual “Flamenco Passion” performances, will feature more than 40 dancers, musicians including guest artists in a fusion of classical, folklore, traditional, contemporary and Flamenco styles. A highlight of the this year’s program will be the work of  Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, artistic directors of Nuevo Ballet Madrid, whose premiere of “Iroko” last year was an audience favorite that also garnered critical acclaim. Between Rojas and Rodriguez, they bring three world premieres to this year’s program: Rojas’ “Defalla, Fuera de la Caja,” performed by the Company; and Rodriquez’s “Redobles” and “Euforia,” performed by the Company and Rodriguez respectively.

The exciting program will also include popular works from Ensemble Español’s repertoire including Paco Alonso’s “Madrileno” (1989); “Reina Gitana” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Claudia Pizarro; “La Liebre” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Jose Torres; “Rendicion,” choreographed by Ensemble Español Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz; and  “Zapateado” (1976) and “Danza del Fuego” (1979), choreographed by Company Founder Dame Libby Komaiko.

On Sunday, June 18 only, Carmela Greco, a traditional audience favorite and daughter of Flamenco legend Jose Greco, will perform her work “Cordoba” (2012). Other guest artists participating in the “Raices” performances include musicians David Chiriboga (guitar), Paco Fonta (guitar/vocals), Luis Galvez (tenor) Sasha Gerritson (soprano), Javier Rosario Montoya (piano), Patricia Ortega (vocalist) Javier Saume-Mazzei (percussion).

“In our 41st year Ensemble Español’ is in the advantageous position of having a wealth of established works in our repertoire to draw from, and a bounty of sources from within our company and the global dance community to draw on for new works.  We owe our thanks to our loyal patrons, dancers, staff, board, parents and advisory committees and our home, Northeastern Illinois University, for helping us get to this grand position. But most of all, we are thankful to our Founder, Dame Libby for creating the Company. We see the “Raices” performances as a reflection of her vision then, now and for the years to come,” says Artistic Director Suárez Ruiz.


For more information about Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Center visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

Rep. Stratton Honors Chance the Rapper’s Donation to the Chicago Public Schools

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, honored Chance the Rapper by passing a House Resolution recognizing his donation of $1 million to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and an additional $10,000 to nine CPS schools.

 

“Chance is a young man who at age 23 donated over $1 million to the public school system that shaped him into the man he is today,” Stratton said. “As our governor refuses to do his job, it’s inspiring to see a young man, like Chance, who is willing to step up and lead. I knew that the Illinois House of Representatives should honor him after his donation influenced other groups, like the Chicago Bulls, to also donate to CPS.”

 

Stratton passed House Resolution 294 honoring Chance’s dedication to the young people of Chicago. Chance the Rapper, born Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, is a Chicago native, and a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools. Chance has become known as a Grammy-winning artist that has simultaneously become active in combating Chicago’s issues concerning gun violence, homelessness and racial prejudice.

 

After meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in March 2017 on the issue of school funding, Chance announced he would donate $1 million to CPS. Chance also donated $10,000 to nine other schools, one of which, Hirsch High School, is located in Stratton’s district. Last year, Hirsch lost over 10 percent of its budget due to budget cuts.

 

“Chance has clearly inspired a generation of young people to become active in the community,” Stratton continued. “I look forward to the progress he will continue to push for our community.”

 

 

 

 

Big Changes in TV One’s Programming

Posted by Admin On April - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
TV One represents with expanded morning news, current affairs and lifestyle line-up, plus increased commitment to family reality and true crime & justice shows during 2017 upfront presentation
NewsOne Now Becomes Black America Today and Expands to Two-Hour Format Joined by Daily Lifestyle Talker in Late 3Q17; Academy Award Winner Viola Davis EP’s New Investigative Series and Benjamin Crump Hosts Original Series on Wrongful Convictions to Build Out Network’s True Crime & Justice Programming Slate

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – Showcasing its 4Q17-2018 programming line-up to the advertising community, TV One unveiled a very focused slate of originals during its annual Upfront presentation at Current located in Chelsea Piers yesterday. Fulfilling the promise to “REPRESENT the many facets of Black Culture past, present and future,” President Brad Siegel announced the network will present a more focused and targeted programming schedule that reinforces TV One’s commitment to the news and stories that matter in the Black community; authentic, relatable unscripted programming; true crime & justice; as well as original movies that tell bigger and more important stories.

“Our goal is to provide our discerning audience of information-conscious influencers with more of what they are looking for in original films, family reality, true crime and justice content,” said Brad Siegel, TV One’s President. “This will offer advertisers more opportunities to be seen in the positive environment of our popular, quality appointment television offerings.”

Beginning in 3Q17, TV One will enhance its live morning news, current affairs and lifestyle programming by expanding to three hours of live television, beginning with an expanded version of News One Now, hosted by Roland S. Martin, from 7-9 am ET. Later this year, the show will undergo a name and format change to complement the increased time slot to become Black America Today, the only daily news show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community.

“After six consecutive quarters of growth for News One Now, we are excited to announce that Roland Martin will continue to be a voice to the African American community with more time to share the news and stories that matter most to the Black community,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP, Original Programming and Production. “Viewers can look forward to more coverage of the latest headlines in addition to lifestyle stories in the areas of entertainment, business, personal finance, health and inspiration.”

The third hour will become home to a brand new live, multi-platform one-hour daily talk show that is fun, informative, engaging and live. Hosted by a panel of four women who are dynamic, smart, funny and opinionated, they want to empower and inspire African American women to tackle the challenges of their everyday lives. (A show­specific announcement will follow shortly).

TV One will also focus on expanding its popular True Crime & Justice programming, which has become a staple for the network on Monday nights. Beginning in August 2017, a second night of true crime shows will premiere, anchored by the proven series For My Man (Season 3).

Additionally, the network will premiere two limited series shows that are both receiving Hollywood support behind and in front of the camera. From the production companies of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions and Lemuel Plummer of L. Plummer Media comes the landmark limited series, Two Sides of the Truth, which will focus on four high profile cases that have been watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community. Each episode will dissect and present both points of views of these highly charged cases so the audience can draw their own conclusions after hearing different sides of the story. Davis and Plummer will serve as executive producers. Davis also narrates the limited series.

“Every other week we hear about these horrific incidences and many of them go unsolved and unresolved. We hope that this show can take those headlines and humanize them,” said Davis. “We want to give an unbiased approach to digging into what really happened on those fateful days and in doing so, hopefully shed some light and bring some awareness to such an important issue,” said Tennon.

Currently in production, Evidence of Innocence is slated to premiere in 2018. The four­part event is hosted by acclaimed civil rights attorney and President of the National Bar Association Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Alesia Thomas. The series was created and executive produced by Emmy and NAACP Image award-winner Rushion McDonald of 3815 Media in partnership with Jupiter Entertainment. The limited series will profile the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, the journey each endured to have their cases overturned, and the challenge to rebuild their lives.

Another TV One True Crime & Justice entry is the unscripted crime docu-drama, Hotlanta. Following the real life stories of homicide detectives Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, these two cops have worked side-by-side for 15 years, and know the gritty streets of Atlanta, and the people on them as well as they know each other.

In keeping with the network brand promise to represent real family, culture and authenticity, TV One will continue to deliver critically-acclaimed scripted series and heartfelt family reality shows, including The Manns, which premiered in early April, and Rickey Smiley For Real, which returns for a fourth season in July 2017.

“TV One will continue to make programming that celebrates and builds up family, recognizing that no two families are alike,” said Siegel. “The Manns and Rickey Smiley For Real are great complements to one another as well as reinforce our goal to produce programming that incorporates family, faith and fun.”

For a complete listing of their shows, see below:
Representing The Community New Series

Black America Today
Beginning in late 3Q17 NewsOne Now will expand to two hours and transition into Black America Today, the only daily news and lifestyle show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community. Hosted by Managing Editor Roland S. Martin, Black America Today will air weekdays on TV One from 7-9 a.m. ET. Each morning, Martin, guest panelists and contributors will cover breaking news, current affairs, entertainment, personal finance, business, health & wellness, and newsmaker profiles. Additionally, Black America Today will feature quarterly primetime specials to inform, inspire and uplift the Black community.
Representing Family Reality New Series

The Manns
The hour-long reality series reveals the often hilarious and sometimes controversial interactions between David and Tamela, their four grown children, eight grandchildren and a slew of friends, extended family and other characters that enrich the lives of the entertainment power couple. With recording careers, touring, filming and managing an outrageous family, The Manns often find themselves negotiating from the conference table to the kitchen table while showing viewers the day-to-day challenges, successes and joy that happen behind the scenes with this beloved couple who has been married for 29 years.

Returning Series

Rickey Smiley For Real (Season 4)
Rickey Smiley For Real takes a humorous look at Rickey Smiley’s hectic life as he juggles his career as a nationally syndicated radio host, stand-up comedian, actor, TV personality and businessman along with his daily duties as a single father of five. Being a mega media mogul is not always as glamorous as it’s cracked up be, Smiley is constantly pulled in different directions between the demands of fatherhood and the needs of his work family. Nonetheless, he keeps them all laughing while they navigate new experiences together!
Representing Celeb-Reality

 

Returning Series

Unsung (Season 11) and Unsung Hollywood
The five-time NAACP Image Award-winning series Unsung dives into the poignant and untold stories of trailblazing legends from R&B, gospel and hip hop. The series celebrates the lives and careers of artists or groups who despite unparalleled talent have been under-recognized. Upcoming icons set to be featured in the eleventh season of Unsung include Wyclef, Marvin Sapp, Jagged Edge, Switch, The Dramatics and lce-T, the music artist.

Unsung Hollywood tells the full behind-the-scenes stories of the actors, actresses, shows and movies that you never get anywhere else. Previous icons featured include Sammy Davis, Jr., Pam Grier, Bernie Mac, Dick Gregory, Vivica A. Fox, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, Eartha Kitt, Meagan Good, Charlie Murphy, Hill Harper, Rudy Ray Moore, Joe Morton and Tim Reid. This season, the series will profile The Jeffersons and lce-T, the actor.
Representing True Crime & Justice

 

New Series

Two Sides of the Truth Two Sides of the Truth will generate controversy – but not for controversy’s sake. Executive produced by Viola Davis and Lemuel Plummer, with narration by Davis, the purpose of the show is to get people to look twice; to question what they’re sure they know; to entertain the idea that while they might be right, that doesn’t mean the other perspective isn’t also right. Two Sides of the Truth will take viewers on a can’t­look-away, thought-provoking, and emotional journey that will resonate with them the next time they see an unjust shooting. Because of Two Sides of the Truth, viewers across the country may think twice before drawing conclusions.

Evidence of Innocence
Hosted by famed civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, Evidence of Innocence profiles the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. But, these real-life heroes successfully fought to have their guilty verdicts thrown out and win back their freedom. Post-incarceration, these men now must re­enter society to lead lives as husbands, fathers, business leaders and ultimately, champions of those who remain falsely imprisoned.

Hotlanta
Hot/onto follows the real life stories of homicide detectives, Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, two cops who have worked side-by-side for 15 years and know the city of Atlanta and the people on the streets as well as they know each other. “Vinny” and “Quinn” are the ultimate crime solving odd couple; Quinn’s voice starts rising as soon as he gets excited, while Vinny stays cool, calm and collected in any situation. Despite their obvious differences, they have one thing in common: their commitment to solve every murder and bring justice to their victims. Together they’re a force to be reckoned with.

#Murder
Crime goes viral in this cutting-edge investigative series that examines crime with a deadly connection to technology and social media. Whether the killer met the victim online, posted incriminating details on his Facebook page, or the cops used social media to hunt down the perpetrator, each episode of #Murder examines how homicide – like everything else in this day and age – has gone digital.

Thou Shalt Not
Thou Shall Not is a one-hour true crime series that pulls back the curtain on individuals who commit the gravest of sins: breaking The Holy Bible’s Ten Commandments. Murders, scandals, cover-ups, and affairs are just a few of the unholy crimes featured in each episode’s portrayal of Godless behavior. Full of shocking reveals and heart-stopping twists, these sinners don’t just break the laws of man … they break the laws of God.

Returning Series

Justice By Any Means (Season 3)
Hosted by Malik Yoba, Justice By Any Means plunges viewers into amazing true stories of brave African-American men and women who suffered unimaginable loss and then went toe-to-toe with the bad guys – and girls. The show delves not only into real crimes, but real people who fought to bring these crimes to light by any means necessary.

Fatal Attraction (Season 6)
Fatal Attraction dives into real-life stories of criminal acts committed under the guise of love that lead to consequences of deadly proportions. Recounting stories of love­gone-wrong, each episode consists of first-person interviews from loved ones, accounts from investigating officials, interrogation footage, and recreations with haunting cinematography.

For My Man (Season 3)
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 200,000 women in the United States are living behind bars, making women the fastest growing population in the penal system. For My Man is a true crime series featuring the shocking stories of women who have been arrested for crimes they committed in the name of love. From committing a killing spree across the Midwest to acting as an inside informant at the DEA, these women have no limits in terms of how far they will go to support their men.

For My Woman (Season 2)
Coming off the hit For My Man, For My Woman explores the dramatic and often deadly decisions made by men who are blinded by love, abused – physically or mentally – or get the unequivocal thrill that comes with pleasing their woman, often ending in long-lasting consequences they never imagined.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, lnstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #Represent and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.

 

 

Aspiring Music Producers Can Win $15K and Mentorship From Industry Expert DJ/Producer Don Cannon

Posted by Admin On April - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters program is hosting their 2nd annual competition. searching for innovators and encouraging creative entrepreneurship. 

Don Cannon
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters wants to give a mentorship opportunity and a $15,000 grant to aspiring music producers. Craft Syndicate returns, celebrating its 2nd year and is searching for innovators with an unwavering commitment to making their dream a reality. Craft Syndicate looks to share the craft by pairing an aspiring music producer with an established music producer and entrepreneur, and tasking them to collaborate in developing a marketable song. The winner of this years competition will be awarded the opportunity to work with industry expert and noted music producer, Don Cannon.Hopefuls can register to be entered into the competition:* Entry: March 31 through April 20, 2017, producers 21 and older can apply by registering through the Craft Syndicate official site, www.Craft-Syndicate.com. Once registered, an entrant may submit one or more music tracks and must upload, tagging each with @craft_syndicate and using the hashtag #CraftSyndicate in the post copy to a participating social media site (i.e., Twitter, Soundcloud or Instagram)* Selection: Contest entries will be initially judged by a panel of music professionals each of whom will select up to 10 finalists.

* Finals: Mentor, Don Cannon, will select the grand prize winner, from all the chosen finalists.

Being a mentor for the Craft Syndicate program allows me to connect to and inspire other DJs and producers to excel and know there are no limits to their futures, said mentor Don Cannon. As a music executive and DJ I look forward to working with young producers and artists because it allows me to get re-energized.. I always keep my ear to the streets and working directly with them is the best way to understand how any generation’s music works.

Im excited to hear all the submissions and meet the winner, said Sarah Krysalka, Director of Marketing for Dutch Masters. When you think of Dutch Masters, you think of craftsmanship, creativity, camaraderie and the role it plays in culture with such die-hard fans. So Craft Syndicate is all about finding those individuals who, too, are perfecting their craft. Who have not just the desire but the need to express themselves through their art. Who are gratified not only when their work gets some shine, but also when their peer, their community, their cause is being heard and reverberated. This program is to honor their hustle and support their artistic expression. And personally, when you see someone whos ready, whos doing the work, someone who just needs that opportunity and I can help give it to them… thats a big reason I love my job. I cant wait to hear the finished track. Future mentee Ill see you at the release party!

Lending their expertise to the this program as Craft Syndicate judges will be Grammy Award winning producer, and music executive, Kawan KP Prather, resident tour DJ, and author, DJ Mars, and music producer OG Parker.

In 2016, the first Craft Syndicate program was launched in the fashion vertical and partnered with renowned fashion designer Jeff Staple. Program winner, Alexander-John, and Jeff Staple went on to launch a successful street wear collection: OFLUXURY.

As part of Craft Syndicates ongoing commitment to creative entrepreneurship, the plan is to roll out additional programs in 2017. Once again, pairing up-and-coming creators in fashion, film, food and art/design with established entrepreneurs for the purpose of sharing the craft and collaborating on all-new products together.

For official rules and more information, visit www.Craft-Syndicate.com.
About Craft Syndicate
Designed to bring dimension to and serve as proof of Dutch Masters value proposition, Share in the Craft, Craft Syndicate is a communications platform that uses social media to encourage creative entrepreneurship. It works towards this goal by pairing aspiring entrepreneurs in fashion, music, design, art, food & film with established entrepreneurs in each field and tasking them with co-developing a new product. Each program is fully funded by a grant of up to $15,000 awarded by Dutch Masters.

 

Photo Caption: DJ/producer Craft Syndicate mentor Don Cannon

 

 

 

Mathew Knowles Denies Selling Beyonce Memorabilia to Pay Debt

Posted by Admin On April - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Knowles, father of Beyonce and Solange, says, “Lies are circulating”

Houston, TX (BlackNews.com) – Mathew Knowles, the father of Beyonce and Solange, says that a bold lie is circulating that he held a silent auction to sell his daughter’s memorabilia to pay off debts.An official statement to the press reads:This is a lie without any foundation in fact. No such auction occurred nor was ever planned or scheduled. Indeed, Mr. Knowles never participated in nor engaged anyone to hold any type of auction to sell or auction off such items. Whoever is spreading or worse re-publishing this lie will be required to answer in damages for the harm they are intending to cause Mr. Knowles.

To date, Mr. Knowles has attempted to remain quiet when faced with such ridiculous and false accusations. He says, “No More! Tabloids and magazines have to be made accountable for their false publications.”

He insists that anyone who has published this lie must immediately retract it, and cease circulation of this harmful untruth.

Knowles has retained a lawyer to go after publications that are circulating the lie.

 

 

Merit School of Music Honors Top Supporters Joe & Madeleine Glossberg, Jazz Legend Ramsey Lewis

Posted by Admin On April - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Merit Gala will be held May 4 at Radisson Blu Aqua
   
Joe and Madeleine Glossberg, Ramsey Lewis and Merit students performing at past galas.

CHICAGO, IL– Merit School of Music will salute two leading supporters of the arts and education, Joe and Madeleine Glossberg, along with Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, the internationally renowned composer and pianist, at the Merit Gala, Thursday

May 4 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, 221 N. Columbus Drive.

Merit will honor the Glossbergs with the Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in recognition of their unwavering support for the arts and arts education. Joe Glossberg, a high-profile Chicago financial advisor with a passion for jazz, has been an active and generous Merit Trustee for more than 20 years. He is now a Merit Life Trustee. Mrs. Glossberg joined her husband in supporting Merit through committee membership for galas, sponsoring Merit’s programs and advocating for Merit through her community involvement.

Lewis will receive Merit School of Music’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Known internationally for his many contributions to music and education, Lewis has long been involved with Merit as an active member of its National Advisory Board, offering master classes to students and championing Merit’s mission to transform the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education. Lewis has recorded more than 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards.

“Our honorees for Gala 2017 share a lifelong passion for music, and for jazz in particular,” said Charles Grode, President and Executive Director, Merit School of Music. “They also share a deep belief in the power of music to have a positive, sustained impact on the lives of young people of all backgrounds. Gala 2017 celebrates their lifetime of distinguished service to music, education, young people, and the Merit School of Music.”

The Merit Gala kicks off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed at 7 p.m. by a sit-down dinner. Throughout the evening, guests will be treated to live performances by Merit’s talented student ensembles and soloists, playing a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, classical, and chamber music. The program will also include an inspiring video presentation about Merit student Isaias Nava, tuba, of Chicago’s Gage Park, who is leveraging his conservatory education at Merit into a promising future.

Tickets to the Merit Gala are $500. To reserve tickets, call Merit School of Music at 312.553.2000. Cocktail attire is recommended. As Merit’s single largest fundraising event, the gala’s success offers critical support to sustain the school’s mission. All proceeds benefit Merit School of Music and its mission to transform the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.

Co-chairs of the Merit Gala are Charlie and Caroline Huebner and Tom and Kathy Lanctot.

For gala updates, follow Merit on Twitter at @MeritMusic or like the school on Facebook at Facebook/MeritSchoolofMusic. For more information, call 312.553.2000 or visit meritmusic.org/gala.

 

More about Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. The Ramsey Lewis Trio, with bassist Eldee Young and percussionist Redd Holt, became a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene, releasing their debut album, Ramsey Lewis & His Gentlemen of Jazz, back in 1956. Lewis earned his first gold record, as well as a Grammy award for Best Jazz Performance, for their swinging version of Dobie Gray’s hit “The In Crowd.” He returned to the pop charts in 1966 with versions of “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade In The Water.”

 

Throughout his illustrious career, Lewis, an NEA Jazz Master, has also joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music. In 1984, he collaborated with Nancy Wilson on The Two of Us; in 1988, he recorded with London’s Philharmonic Orchestra for the album A Classic Encounter; and in 1989, Lewis and Dr. Billy Taylor cut a set of piano duets in We Meet Again. In 1995, Lewis launched the side project Urban Knights, in which he collaborated with successful crossover jazz stars including Grover Washington, Jr., Earl Klugh and Dave Koz. In 1997, Lewis added disc jockey to his resume, hosting a popular show on Chicago’s WNUA-FM that ran until 2009. A new show was syndicated in 2006 under the name Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis and was broadcast on jazz radio stations across the country. In 2006, a well-received 13-episode Legends of Jazz television series hosted by Lewis was broadcast by PBS nationwide and featured live performances by jazz artists including Larry Gray, Lonnie Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Pat Metheny and Tony Bennett. He has been touring recently with Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), John Pizzarelli and Dee Bridgewater as well as doing dates in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The ‘In’ Crowd.”

 

The three time Grammy® winner’s 80th album and most recent release is his 2015 CD Taking Another Look – Deluxe Edition. For more information, visit ramseylewis.com.

 

More about Joe and Madeleine Glossberg

Joe Glossberg is a Chicago-based financial advisor. His expertise and passion have been invaluable to Merit, where he has helped the school prudently manage its endowment and established a planned giving program. He also created an endowed fund to specifically support Merit’s jazz program. Glossberg is also a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and former chair of its Theodore Thomas Society. He is a past president of the board of directors of the Jazz Institute of Chicago and was awarded the Outstanding Jazz Advocate Award in 2015. He is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Glossberg has served as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and has served on Penn’s Investment Board (Endowment). He is a member of the board of overseers of the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is chair emeritus of the Library Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a trustee of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, chairing its Investment (Endowment) Committee. Glossberg is a member of the Corporate Board of Changing Worlds, a director on the board of the Benjamin J. Rosenthal Foundation, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

 

Madeleine Condit Glossberg is a trustee of the Newberry Library, member and chairman emeritus of the External Advisory Board of Perelman School of Medicine Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, secretary of the Joseph B. Glossberg Foundation, governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and member and former director of The Chicago Network. She has been recognized as a Woman in the Forefront (92nd Street Y), Woman of Distinction by United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, recipient of the Chicago High Achiever’s 2008 Paradigm Shifter Award and the WEL 2015 Trailblazer Award.

About Merit School of Music

Merit School of Music is a nationally accredited music school helping Chicago-area youth transform their lives by removing barriers to high-quality music education.

Merit’s 125 passionate and experienced teaching artists engage nearly 5,000 students annually, in the school’s downtown location and in area schools and community centers, enabling Merit to serve as a springboard for students to achieve their full musical and personal potential.

Merit’s program consists of five core areas, which students from early childhood through high school may join at any stage, including: Early Childhood, Instrumental & Vocal Music, and Private Lessons. Merit’s programming continuum begins and concludes with two signature programs – its community-based Bridges: Partners in Music, an in-school music education program; and the audition-based Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, which requires and represents the highest level of achievement.

Merit is devoted to providing students the opportunity to grow through music by removing barriers. Thanks to the support of Merit’s dedicated faculty, staff, board, donors and parents, 75 percent of its students receive financial support in the form of need-based tuition relief, low-cost instrument rental, and/or music supplies, so that motivated students may unlock their unique musical talent, regardless of economic circumstance.

Merit School of Music’s home is the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St. in Chicago’s West Loop community. To learn more, visit meritmusic.org or call (312) 786-9428.

 

Cinema Chicago Calls for Submissions for Poster Design Competition for 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Posted by Admin On March - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Winning Designer to Receive $2,500 USD Cash Prize and Honor of Creating the Signature Look of the Festival

CHICAGO, ILCinema/Chicago announced it is accepting submissions for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival poster design competition.  Producers are seeking a unique poster to serve as the key image for this year’s Festival taking place October 12-26, 2017. Designs will be reviewed by a panel of Festival officials and the winning designer will receive a $2,500 USD cash prize and the honor of having created the Festival’s signature look. Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Late entries will not be accepted.

Festival Founder Michael Kutza and Managing Director Vivian Teng have created a video providing additional details and examples of past winners, viewable here.

Poster submissions should convey the experience of the Festival and be designed with the tagline “Because Life Is a Movie.” Submissions require a $25 entry fee and should conform to Cinema/Chicago’s design and submission guidelines outlined below.

Before submitting, designers should read and consent to the Designer Agreement found here and review the complete rules and details found here.

Design Guidelines:
·         Design must be 27” x 40’ or scale to 27” x 40”.
·         Design must be vertically oriented.
·         Design must be easily translated into a variety of media (online banners, book covers, etc.)
·         Design must incorporate the Festival’s official “eyes” logo (available here).
·         Design must reflect the theme “Because Life Is a Movie” and include that text in the design.
·         Design must clearly state: 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.
·         Design must include the festival dates: October 12-26, 2017.
·         Design must include website: ChicagoFilmFestival.com.
·         Artists must use their own original artwork. Copyrighted characters, images or clip art will not be accepted (with the exception of the Chicago International Film Festival logo).

Submission Guidelines:
·         All file submissions must be in pdf, jpeg or png format.
·         Entries must be submitted at 300 dpi (CMYK).
·         File must be no larger than 12 MB.
·         Entries must include a completed Submission Form available here.
·         A separate submission form and entry fee must be submitted for each design.

The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s oldest competitive film festival. Seeking out the best in international cinema, the Festival has discovered new talents and opened windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago. This year the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 21-26, 2017.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate. Cinema/Chicago’s year-round programs include the International Screenings Program, Chicago International Television Festival, CineYouth Festival, Education Program and Membership Program. For more information visit  http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/ .

Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Lang, Dark Star Orchestra, Kesha to Play @ Aurora’s RiverEdge

Posted by Admin On March - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Aurora’s RiverEdge Park announces initial acts, events for 2017 Summer Concert Season

 

MAVIS STAPLES, SHEMEKIA COPELAND, JONNY LANG AND ELVIN BISHOP HEADLINE 21ST BLUES ON THE FOX FESTIVAL, JUNE 16 AND 17 
  
MAJOR CONCERTS INCLUDE DARK STAR ORCHESTRA,
STEVE MILLER WITH PETER FRAMPTON AND KESHA 
AURORA, IL, March 22, 2017 – The 2017 outdoor summer concert and event initial lineup at downtown Aurora’s RiverEdge Park was officially announced today by Aurora Mayor Robert J. O’Conner at the city’s annual State of the City Address.
Highlighting the lineup was O’Conner’s reveal of the artists performing at Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival, June 16 and 17: Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman Band and the Guy King Band.

Other major acts unveiled today for downtown Aurora’s popular outdoor summer concert venue were the Grateful Dead concert experience 
Dark Star Orchestra (June 24), classic rock’s Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton (July 20), hot artists of today like Kesha and the Creepies (July 21) and the Led Zeppelin tribute spectacular Get the Led Out (August 25).Online ticket sales for all shows start today at 2 p.m. at RiverEdgeAurora.com.
Take advantage of early bird discounts offered on most tickets when purchased through May 31. Starting June 1, all tickets are regular price.

Phone and in-person sales start Monday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site on event days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.In addition to Chicagoland’s coolest summer concerts, RiverEdge is also ground zero for the city of Aurora’s free 4th of July Celebration. Bring the family for patriotic anthems played by the American Legion Band, top 40 hits and classic songs from the Fox Valley Orchestra, and a spectacular fireworks display high above the beautiful Fox River. The evening also includes a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people head banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody” to conclude Aurora’s 25th anniversary Wayne’s World celebration.Other events at RiverEdge this summer include the ColorVibe 5K Race (May 28), Two Brothers Summer Festival (June 2 and 3), the Chicagoland Tour de Cure cycling event for the American Diabetes Association (June 11), the Sacred Heart Festival (June 18), the Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival (July 29 and 30) and Fiestas Patrias (September 16).Following is more information on the RiverEdge 2017 summer concert line-up, with more acts and events soon to be announced. For the latest updates, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call  630.896.6666, or follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter.

21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival with Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples,
Guy King Band, Devon Allman Band, Elvin Bishop and Jonny Lang
Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17
Friday: Gates open at 6 p.m. Shemekia Copeland at 7 p.m., Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open at 2 p.m. Guy King Band at 3 p.m., Devon Allman Band at
5 p.m., Elvin Bishop at 7 p.m. and Jonny Lang at 9 p.m.
Tickets, each day: $10 through May 31, $20 starting June 1
For 21 years, blues musicians from across the world have gathered in Aurora to play their hearts out to blues-loving crowds in the thousands, and this year’s Blues on the Fox Festival is sure to get your head swaying and feet grooving.Friday night’s all-ladies lineup kicks off the Blues on the Fox with three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland, followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples.Come back Saturday afternoon for Chicago’s Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin, followed by Devon Allman, the son of musical royalty who delivers a thoroughly unique blend of blues and rock that is all his own. Rock on Saturday night with Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop, climaxing with the legendary Jonny Lang shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.
   
Dark Star Orchestra (Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience)
Saturday, June 24
Gates open 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 through May 31, $30 starting June 1
They’re not just a Grateful Dead tribute band; they’re the Grateful Dead tribute band. Formed here in Chicago, Dark Star Orchestra has been faithfully performing the jam band’s most loved songs and little known gems for 20 years, and from time to time, Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have even joined them on stage.As if sounding like the Grateful Dead wasn’t enough, DSO even goes so far as to recreate the Dead’s original set lists in some instances. Other times, they create their own from the Dead’s massive catalog of songs. If you were born too late to experience the Grateful Dead in their prime or want to relive that long, strange trip, Dark Star Orchestra will bring back many incredible memories and create plenty of new ones.

Aurora’s July 4th Celebration
Tuesday, July 4
Park Opens: 3 p.m.
American Legion Band: 6:15 p.m.
Fox Valley Orchestra: 7:45 p.m.
City of Aurora Fireworks: approximately 9:35 p.m.

Admission: Free

 

RiverEdge Park always boasts one of the biggest celebrations in all of Chicagoland. Bring your friends and family to celebrate with Aurora’s patriotic American Legion Band playing incredible American standards, followed by the Fox Valley Orchestra playing from Top 40 hits to classics to your favorite movie scores.

Before the fireworks, Aurora’s 25th anniversary Wayne’s World celebration ends with a Guinness world record attempt for the most people head banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Finally, the evening ends in a breathtaking, jaw-dropping fireworks extravaganza that will make you realize Aurora isn’t named the City of Lights for nothing.

NOTE: The City of Aurora will provide free park and ride shuttle services from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., providing round trip transportation to 13 convenient locations throughout the city. Shuttle service resumes after the fireworks display until
11 p.m.

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Thursday, July 20
Gates open at 6 p.m., Frampton starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45 through May 31, $55 starting June 1Steve Miller and his band will delve into their deep catalogue of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s under the summer sky at RiverEdge, playing an endless flow of smash hits like “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love” and “Abracadabra.”Joining the Steve Miller Band is special guest Peter Frampton, one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history for his seminal album Frampton Comes Alive!
Kesha and the Creepies
Friday, July 21
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $40 through May 31, $50 starting June 1
“I can’t wait to come out to Aurora with the Creepies this summer! I’ve heard River Edge Park is the best a woman and her band and fans could ask for!” – Kesha

Kesha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single, “TiK ToK,” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song.Kesha has had eight consecutive Top 10 hits, including four #1 singles: “TiK ToK,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R,” and “Timber,” a multi-platinum award winning collaboration with Pitbull. As a songwriter she penned all of her own music as well as songs for artists including Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, The Veronicas and Miley Cyrus. She is an animal rights crusader as the Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador and a passionate advocate for equality being honored with the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. Kesha has branched out into TV, film, and fashion becoming a global cultural icon and winning Billboard Magazine’s 2016 Trailblazer Award.

 

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin
Friday, August 25
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5 through May 31, $15 starting June 1
Since 2015, Get the Led Out has been rocking audiences at RiverEdge Park. The songs you know and love will be played to perfection and as you remember them.But don’t worry, these incredible rockers never repeat a show. Using six guys instead of four, Get the Led Out does something even Led Zeppelin couldn’t do: perform their songs live as they were heard on the studio albums. From the first Led Zeppelin release to In Through the Out Door, their music is powerful, explosive, authentic and flat out amazing.With more than 6,000 fans coming out to the park last year for this band, RiverEdge expects yet another sell out. So get your tickets now for a musical experience you’ll never forget.

About RiverEdge Park

RiverEdge Park, renamed Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in 2016 in honor of former Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner, debuted in 2013. It is a general admission outdoor summer concert venue with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and gorgeous views on the banks of the Fox River. The venue is anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion.

RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.

Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more, plus festival food tent vendors selling everything from hot dogs to funnel cakes.

Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must be placed under or in front of your chair and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.

Events take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre. The RiverEdge Park 2017 Season is sponsored by the Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and the City of Aurora.

For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666.

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