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An Evening With Johnny Mathis – March 9, 2013


Enjoy the Smooth Sounds of Magical Romance!

An Evening With Johnny Mathis

Saturday, March 9 at 8pm, Tickets: $95/85

Johnny Mathis uses a fitting description when he talks about the connection he makes with his fans onstage…”It’s a love affair!”

At the start of his career, Mathis’ vocal depth and innocent image made him a favorite with female fans looking for an alternative to the brash rock of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. His voice, then and now, was immediately recognizable and unique: a rich, honeyed tenor that transcended social and racial barriers.

In the more than 50 years since his first hit records, Mathis has successfully wooed several generations of fans through early hits like “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “Chances Are” and “It’s Not for Me to Say,” and later successes, including 1978′s chart-topping “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” a duet with Deniece Williams. His 2011 album, “Let It Be Me: Mathis In Nashville,” earned a Grammy® nomination for the Lifetime Grammy Achievement winner. Enjoy a warm and “Wonderful, Wonderful” evening listening to the silky, sultry sensuous sounds of this legendary romanticist.

“…Johnny Mathis still has the magic of romance…

Mathis was terrific, singing romantic songs with three musicians he brought along, and one of the

- The Columbus Dispatch

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An Evening With Michael McDonald – March 8, 2013


An Evening With

Michael McDonald

Friday, March 8 at 8pm, Tickets: $65/59

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop – an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.

In the early ‘70s, McDonald joined Steely Dan. Over the course of four classic albums, from Katy Lied to Gaucho, McDonald became an integral part of the group’s sound, singing background vocals on FM staples like “Black Friday” and “Peg.” In the mid-‘70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R & B sound as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”

His distinct vocal style also made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, his solo career zoomed from success to success on the wings of evergreen hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” “On My Own” (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.”

Continuing to explore new vistas, in 2003 and 2004, McDonald released his Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling pair of Motown albums. Then in 2005, he partnered with Hallmark for a special Christmas album, Through The Many Winters, which sold 500,000 copies in its first two weeks.

With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes, personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music.

Kodo – March 7, 2013


Kodo

Thursday, March 7 at 7pm, Tickets: $45/39

Kodo is a professional taiko drumming troupe. Based on Sado Island, Japan, they have had a role in popularizing taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad. They regularly tour Japan, Europe, and the United States.

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. In Japanese the word “Kodo” conveys two meanings: Firstly, “heartbeat” the primal source of all rhythm. The sound of the great taiko is said to resemble a mother’s heartbeat as felt in the womb, and it is no myth that babies are often lulled asleep by its thunderous vibrations. Secondly, read in a different way, the word can mean “children of the drum,” a reflection of Kodo’s desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3500 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.

Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Beyond this, members on tours and research trips all over the globe have brought back to Sado a kaleidoscope of world music and experiences which now exerts a strong influence on the group’s performances and compositions. Collaborations with other artists and composers extend right across the musical spectrum and Kodo’s lack of preconceptions about its music continues to produce startling new fusion and forms.

Dwight Yoakam – March 6, 2013


Dwight Yoakam

Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm, Tickets: $65/$59

Don’t miss Singer, actor, songwriter and two time Grammy Award winner, Dwight Yoakam for one night only at The Sunrise Theatre.

Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint. Then there’s Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage. Add to that Yoakam the entrepreneur and you have a singular talent without peer.

He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time.” Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.”

Praised by Associated Press as “one of the most consistently interesting country music visionaries of his time” and honored at the 2012 6th Annual ACM Honors with the prestigious Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum This Time. Five of his albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 Top 20 hits. Yoakam has won two Grammy Awards and earned an impressive 21 nominations.

“Dwight Yoakam never compromises a moment on his music or his performance, and never fails to deliver. Dwight Yoakam gives a show that is absolutely not to be missed….”
About.com – Country Music

Creole Choir of Cuba – Feb 27, 2013

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Sponsored by Sunrise Theatre and the Sunrise Theatre Foundation:

Creole Choir of Cuba

Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm, Tickets: FREE

The Creole Choir of Cuba are Rogelio Torriente, Fidel Miranda, Teresita Miranda, Marcelo Luis, Dalio Vital, Emilia Diaz Chavez, Yordanka Fajardo, Irian Montejo, Marina Fernandes, Yara Diaz.

Be prepared to hear something completely different and ‘new’ from Cuba. In glorious songs like Edem Chanté (Listen To Us!), The Creole Choir celebrate the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. The Creole Choir’s ten remarkable singers come from Camagüey, Cuba’s third city, down towards the eastern end of the island.

They grew up and studied music in this old colonial town, designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial architecture. They have nurtured music passed down in their families since the early 19th century, gradually adding modern Haitian sounds following their own first visit to a Haitian festival in 1996.

Celebratory, with brisk Haitian rhythms and endlessly inventive vocal combinations.” – The New York Times (New York City USA)

For tickets, call the box office: 772-461-4775

An Evening with Paul Anka at Sunrise Theatre – February 24, 2013

An Evening With
Paul Anka
Sunday, February 24 at 7pm, Tickets: $95/85


Paul Anka, one of the greatest songwriters in history, will be returning to the Sunrise Theatre in February, 2013. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to witness the extraordinary talent who has been delighting audiences around the world for 40 years.

Raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Paul Anka started writing songs at an early age, but it was a trip to New York that was to change his life forever when he wrote a song called “Diana” for a girl he knew. This song launched his career as an international teen idol at the age of sixteen and sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

By the time Anka was 18; he had five Top-20 hits and had secured himself a distinguished musical niche of romance. Who can forget his famous hits “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “You Are My Destiny,” “Lonely Boy” and “Puppy Love”… performed by some of the greatest names in the entertainment industry including Sinatra, Presley, Barbara Streisand, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, etc.

Besides writing well-known pieces of music for TV and film, Anka topped the charts in the 70s with hits: “(You’re) Having My Baby,” “I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone” and “One-Man Woman.” Of course, Anka is probably best known for his song “My Way” which topped the charts by Frank Sinatra and later by Elvis Presley; and unknown to many, Anka co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous #1 worldwide hit, “This Is It,” further cementing his place in history as one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters of any generation.

It is a rare privilege and honor for us to have this extraordinary talent back again to Sunrise Theatre. Don’t miss Paul Anka on February 24th at 7:00pm.

Ziggy Marley at Sunrise Theatre – February 22, 2013

Ziggy Marley
Friday, February 22 at 8pm, Tickets: $45/39


Back by popular demand, you can count on Ziggy Marley providing an energetic and spiritually satisfying performance, with an important message of personal self-reflection and love.

A five-time Grammy-winning musician, actor, artist, activist and humanitarian, Ziggy Marley has established his presence on the public stage for over a quarter-century. His newest release, Ziggy Marley In Concert, is a collection of live recordings from his 2012 Wild and Free World Tour. The album, which will release digitally on iTunes December 18th before its worldwide physical release on January 15th of 2013, continues to convey Marley’s overall message of love, freedom, hope and challenge.

The album features live tracks from his Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed 2011 release Wild and Free, including the funky and fun-loving “Forward To Love,” the upbeat groove-driven “Reggae in My Head,” and the rock-fueled reggae anthem “Wild and Free.”

“Fans can expect an experience that is more than entertainment!”~Ziggy Marley

“Ziggy Marley’s performance was energetic and spiritually satisfying, presenting both a good show and an important message of personal self-reflection and love.” – Daily Bruin

 

Living Legends.. American Treasures – The O’Jays at Sunrise Theatre – February 2, 2013

Living Legends… American Treasures
The O’Jays
Saturday, February 2 at 8pm, Tickets: $65/55


They are, without a doubt, one of the greatest vocal groups of all time. They are the incredible O’Jays, and they need no other introduction.

The O’Jays were one of Philadelphia soul’s most popular and long-lived outfits, rivaled only by the Spinners as soul’s greatest vocal group of the ’70s. The O’Jays’ recordings epitomized the Philly soul sound: smooth, rich harmonies backed by elaborate arrangements, lush strings, and a touch of contemporary funk. With their place in modern music secure, their work spawned 24 Top Ten smashes and 59 total charted songs. In addition, they continue to produce incredibly energetic and dynamic live shows.

The O’Jays were at the forefront of Seventies soul music. Racking up a lengthy string of modern R&B classics, including “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” “For the Love of Money,” “I Love Music” and “Use Ta Be My Girl,” they helped put the “Philly Soul” sound (so named for Philadelphia-based producers, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) on the map. By any measurement, the O’Jays are considered one of the most important Soul Music groups of the past 40 years. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. So put on your good suit, lace up your wing tips, and get ready to get down to the tight soul sound of The O’Jays.

“The O’Jays still going after 5 decades of music.”
- Palm Beach Post

An Evening with Engelbert Humperdink at Sunrise Theatre – January 27, 2013

An Evening With
Engelbert Humperdinck
Sunday, January 27 at 7pm, Tickets: $69/59


A major figure in music for nearly three decades, Engelbert Humperdinck has won the hearts of listeners throughout the world with his silky voice, sense of humor and stellar live performances. Humperdinck became a music sensation in the ’60s with hit songs such as “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again),” “Am I That Easy to Forget?” and “I’m a Better Man (For Having Loved You).”

With over 150 million records sold, Engelbert Humperdinck’s remarkable voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe. Engelbert has achieved four Grammy® nominations, a Golden Globe® for “Entertainer of the Year” (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the past few years, he has joined an elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation in addition to their core audiences. The “Humper” has appeared on several MTV programs, including two appearances on “MTV Beach House,” “Chilling with the Weaze” and “Oddville.”

“Anyone who hears a few bars of Release Me or After the Lovin (my favorite) immediately recognizes the suave singer of romantic melodies.”
- northhollywood.patch.com

An Evening with Vince Gill at Sunrise Theatre – January 24, 2013

An Evening With
Vince Gill
Thursday, January 24 at 7pm, Tickets: $75/65




Vince Gill, the singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has recorded more than 17 studio albums, sold more than 26 million copies and won 20 Grammys® and 18 CMA® Awards including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994, will perform one night only, Thursday January 24th at 7 pm at the Sunrise Theatre.

Vincent Grant Gill was born April 12, 1957 in Norman, Okla. His father encouraged him to learn to play guitar and banjo, which he did along with bass, mandolin, dobro and fiddle. While in high school, he performed in the bluegrass band Mountain Smoke, which built a strong local following and opened a concert for Pure Prairie League.

Since 1983, when Gill signed with RCA Records and released his first mini-album Turn Me Loose, featuring his first charting solo single, “Victim of Life’s Circumstance,” Gill has been setting records, and setting hearts on fire with his charismatic, charming, angelic voice.

He is tied with George Strait for having won the most consecutive CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), is the only songwriter to win Song of the Year four times , and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history.

In August of 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill as the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

An avid golfer, he helped create the annual Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament (“The Vinny”) in 1993 in order to help support junior golf programs throughout Tennessee. Besides being known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of Country Music’s best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career.