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A VERY LAMP CHOP HOLIDAY

'Tis the season to have fun with Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop!  Those who grew up watching the talented Shari Lewis and her adorable puppet Lamb Chop on television will want to share this special holiday treat with their children and grandchildren. 

Join Shari’s daughter, Mallory, and Lamb Chop for an old fashioned afternoon of music and laughs as they take your family on a holiday romp.  Meet “big Lamb Chop” (a 6’ version) as she dances across the stage, leading the audience in sing-alongs and merriment.  Feel the true holiday spirit as Mallory and Lamb Chop sing a Christmas medley and a Hanukah song, and tell the story of Kwanza in rhyme!  The “feel good” ending features a retrospective video starring Shari Lewis as you remember her over the decades.  It’s a fun and unique way to celebrate the holidays with “kids” of all ages!



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CHURCHILL

'Churchill' is a one-man play about Sir Winston Churchill. The play is written by Andrew Edlin and performed by Edmund Shaff.

The play is in two acts; the first an hour, the second half-an-hour. It is April 1955. Churchill agonizes in his wartime bunker below London whether to resign as Prime Minister. As he tries to decide he reviews his uniquely eventful career, filled with history-changing events and people, glorious speeches, pithy comments, funny stories, and all the wit and wisdom that has made Churchill beyond greatness into an imperishable legend.



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DAVE NACHMANOFF

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff saw Al Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1985 and in 2006 came back and performed with him. At the age of ten he played with Libba Cotton (“Freight Train”). He’s led songwriting workshops for many groups, from German school children to the Silcocks, a family with 44 adopted boys. In addition, he’s a heckofa songwriter in styles ranging from folk to pop who’s sold over 15,000 recordings. Dave’s the father of two and writes custom songs for weddings and other special occasions. As a side player (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) he’s worked with Stewart on a regular basis as well as many others at hundreds of venues as far ranging as The Bottom Line, Glastonbury Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Oh, and he’s got a doctorate in Philosophy. That he earned in his spare time.

Dave grew up in the 60’s and 70’s surrounded by the active folk scene of northern Virginia and Washington DC and inspired by Pete Seeger, country rock, early revival folk like the Kingston Trio and later on, 80’s new wave. Toss in a bit of Celtic folk-rock a la Fairport Convention and it’s clear how he got his rich melodic sound.



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COLLIN RAYE

With 16 #1's, and 24 Top 10 Hits, from a record setting 5 Platinum Albums in a row, Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 90's. Today, his signature vocals still resound with the honesty and richness that made him one of the greatest vocalists of our time.
His captivating style and fiery delivery created country standards of searing ballads like: “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “Little Rock.” Always an electrifying showman, Collin has equally established himself as a vivid Country rocker with songs like as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”

Ten times nominated as country music’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Collin Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. At the 2001 Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin’s issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work. Meaningful songs like “Little Rock” was an anthem for the recovery community, and “Not That Different” pleaded for tolerance, and he won awards for the child advocacy video “I Think About You.” Among the organizations Collin has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS, Catholic Relief Services, Parade of Pennies, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, The Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Emily Harrison Foundation, Childhelp USA, Silent Witness National Initiative, Easter Seals and Make a Difference Day.



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JOHNNY RIVERS

* 17 Gold records * 29 chart hits * Two Grammy Awards,* Sold more than 30 million records * The singer/songwriter/producer continues to perform before sold-out crowds worldwide. *The “Secret Agent Man” has many other accomplishments and has made significant contributions to the history of rock ‘n' roll.

• Recorded his first single in 1957 for Suede Records of Natchez, MS, at Cosmos Studios in New Orleans. “Hey Little Girl” became a regional chart hit.

• In late 1957 at age 15, Johnny Ramistella went back to New York City where he met the legendary D.J. Alan Freed, who got him a record deal with Gone Records. Johnny changed his last name to Rivers.

.• In 1959, Rivers met southern comedian Brother Dave Gardner, who introduced him to Hank Williams’ widow Audrey. Audrey invited Rivers to Nashville where he met Phil Everly and a young Roger Miller. Audrey got Rivers a record deal with MGM, and he recorded two singles, “Darling Talk to Me” and “The Customary Thing.” Audrey also introduced young Rivers to the legendary Carl Perkins and Sam Phillips.

• In January of 1964, Rivers opened the now world-famous Whisky à Go Go, where he recorded “Johnny Rivers Live at the Whisky à Go Go” and released his first #1 single “Memphis.” This ushered in the decade known as The Go Go Generation.

• In 1965, at the session for “Mountain of Love” produced by Lou Adler, Rivers brought together for the first time the rhythm section which would define the West Coast Sound of the 60’s: Hal Blaine, Joe Osborn and Larry Knechtel.

• By 1966, with numerous hit albums and singles on Imperial Records, Rivers founded Soul City Records and Rivers Music Publishing.

• Rivers then signed The Fifth Dimension to Soul City and an unknown tunesmith, Jimmy Webb to Rivers Music.

• In 1966 , after writing and recording his #1 hit, “Poor Side of Town,” Rivers produced “Up, Up and Away,” which won 2 Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (1967).

• Rivers gave Glen Campbell the Webb song, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” which became Campbell’s first #1 country hit.

• In 1967 Rivers, along with Lou Adler, John Phillips, and Paul Simon, founded The Monterey Pop Festival, where Rivers also performed.

• In 1968, Rivers produced one of his finest albums, “Realization,” which featured the hit “Summer Rain.”

• Rivers also scored with two Motown classics: “Baby, I Need Your Lovin’” and “Tracks of My Tears.”

• In the 1970’s, he returned with “Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Help Me, Rhonda” (which featured Brian Wilson on vocals), and his classic “Slow Dancin’ (Swayin’ to the Music).”

• “Secret Agent Man” was featured in the popular hit films Austin Powers and Bowfinger (starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy).



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THE MCCARTNEY YEARS

There are many Beatles tributes. But there’s only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid 1970s. And this is it!

Praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein – the guy who brought the original Beatles to North America – as “the best on the scene today”, The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid 1970s Paul McCartney concert.

Led by perfectionist Yuri Pool as Sir Paul, the band has a commitment to 100% live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience. The show is period-true, technically stunning and sonically explosive. Every note is live and played true to its original arrangement. It has set the standard for all who might follow in this significant body of work. And….it’s a blast to watch and listen to!



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RYAN SHUPE AND THE RUBBERBAND

RubberBand is a perfect name for Ryan Shupe and his band of amazing musicians. Each member possesses years of experience on his respective instrument and when the band comes together their collective talent is explosive and undeniable.

The five man band, hailing from the Salt Lake City, Utah, is a breath of fresh air in an age where much of the music is over-produced, “practically to death.” Their organic approach to performing has built them quite a following, not only through the West but around the rest of the country as well. Lead singer Ryan Shupe originally formed the band as an outlet for his songwriting but it soon took on a life of its own, becoming bigger than anything he could have originally imagined.

A descendent from a long line of fiddle players, (he’s the fifth generation to play,) Shupe has been playing violin nearly as long as he could walk. His father assembled a group of young children to play and tour professionally, and called them the PeeWee Pickers. This was when Ryan was still under the age of 10. He continued to play in bands all through school. In college, weary of starting bands only to have someone drop out, he ingeniously decided to form a loose outfit of musicians known as the RubberBand, where members could drop in and out at will and he would have a rotating group from which to pull when he needed them. However, one by one, the musicians began to stick and their cohesiveness fueled their musical fires until they became regional favorites. Most of the members had known each other from the area circuit before they joined Shupe in the RubberBand.

 



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JOHN SEBASTIAN

Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric.  His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-60’s rock revolution, but what leader, singer, and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counterrevolution. “We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us of our rock and roll roots” he explained, “but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an American band.”

This the Lovin’ Spoonful did like nobody before or since, putting their first seven singles into the Top Ten. This was unprecedented, and utterly unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they’d taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources – what we now term roots music – and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by Mr. Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music. Which it did.

You know the songs by heart: “Do You Believe in Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.” “Daydream.” “Younger Girl.” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” “Summer In The City.” “Rain On The Roof.” “Nashville Cats.” “Six O’Clock.” “Darling Be Home Soon.” “Younger Generation.” These songs did more than simply answer the British invasion, they carried the musical tradition into the future.



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ROGER MCGUINN

Mr. Tambourine Man not only lived history, he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential 60s group, The Byrds, he was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock.” Roger’s solo career began in 1973 and has yielded 10 albums, a Grammy nomination, and extensive touring and performing for enthralled audiences ever since.



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BILL BOYCOTT BAND

William Frederick Boycott  as "Buffalo Bill",  is Lander, Wyomings  own  songster,  raconteur, fiddler, historian, winner of the Western Music Association Yodeler of 2011, multi-faceted entertainer and instrumentalist. "Buffalo Bill" is the only person licensed in the State of Wyoming to carry a concealed banjo.

He performs historical, cowboy and original songs  about the Wild West, the Oregon Trail and Wyoming, utilizing fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals. Bill also presents humorous cowboy poetry, tells stories in Traditional Native American Indian Sign Language and Yodels up a storm!!

He performs at many festivals, concerts, corporate and special events, and cowboy poetry gatherings all across the West and nationwide. "Buffalo Bill" was  also a member of the Grammy Award winning group "The New Christy Minstrels"  from  2005-2008. He has performed in concert with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Waddie Mitchell and Riders in the Sky.



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ONE GREAT NIGHT OF FOLK MUSIC

Returning for it's sixth year, this fun evening of music by three of Arizona's best Folk and Americana entertainers is sure to please young and old alike.  Linda Bilque has been part of the line up for the last 5 years.   Joining Linda this year we welcome the amazing Three Legged Dog and the popular duo of JC and Laney who just about sold out the place by themselves two years ago.   This is a very reasonably priced show presented in the intimate setting of the Higley Little Theater.



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CHRIS PROCTOR

Chris Proctor, winner of the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, and popular Sugarhouse, Rounder, Flying Fish and Windham Hill recording artist will be performing in concert. An internationally recognized 6 and 12-string guitarist, composer, recording artist, performer, and clinician for Taylor Guitars, Proctor has produced several books and videos that teach his techniques and compositions for solo guitar, and writes extensively for the guitar press. He is touring to promote his new release and tenth solo recording, Close and Personal Friends, on Sugarhouse Records, and his recent concert/interview DVD on Stefan Grossman’s Vestapol Video Guitar Artistry series, Morning Thunder.

Chris Proctor is known around the western world as one of the modern masters of fingerstyle guitar, and is at the forefront of contemporary steel-string guitar. Since winning the National Fingerstyle Guitar competition, he has toured constantly in North America and Europe, releasing a steady stream of recordings of his compositions and arrangements. His music is rooted in classic Americana- spiced with soul, folk, Celtic, jazz, pop, and classical flavors, all of which are in evidence in the 9 finely-crafted medleys which comprise Close and Personal Friends, a stunning set of arrangements of the music he grew up with.

He has appeared on two popular Windham Hill Guitar Samplers and was senior clinician for Taylor Guitars for more than twenty years. To honor him Taylor manufactured 100  "Chris Proctor Signature Model" guitars to his unique design specifications.



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ACOUSTIC EIDOLON

Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire joined forces on the music scene in 1998. This confluence of two gifted musicians has resulted in the internationally acclaimed duo, Acoustic Eidolon.

Joe Scott performs on a unique, custom designed double-neck guitjo, a banjo/guitar combination created exclusively by Joe and deemed by USA Today as “a beautiful harp-like sounding instrument…. like nothing they’ve ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings. Joe can play both necks simultaneously, a technique he developed over time which continues to awe his peers as well as Acoustic Eidolon’s audiences.

Hannah Alkire was classically trained on the cello. She studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and has won accolades worldwide for her exquisite tone and mesmerizing emotion she puts into each performance. Her inquisitive nature has prompted her to take her cello playing into uncharted territories, risky moves that have continued her reputation as a tour-de-force in cello performance.



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HOLLYWOOD: UTAH BALLROOM DANCE CO.

Hollywood is a theatrical sensation! Hollywood’s favorite characters and stories are brought to life with elegant costumes, breathtaking lifts, and beautiful ballroom dancing. Audiences are swept away watching stars like Fred Astarie, Ginger Rodgers, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and more, dancing to the music from the movies that made them famous.

Hollywood features dances such as the elegant American foxtrot to Gene Kelly’s "Singing in the Rain", the intense Spanish Paso Doble to the music from "The Legend of Zorro", the majestic Austrian Waltz to the timeless "Moon River" and so much more. This 90 minute on-stage production has both majestic and scintillating choreography performed by some of the top ballroom dancers in the world. Hollywood is a show that everyone will love.



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NELSON ILLUSIONS

NELSON ILLUSIONS is the largest touring illusion show in the United States, carrying over 30,000 pounds of equipment, and is 3 times larger than any other touring illusion show. Nelson Illusions features the largest illusion ever seen: the 21-foot-long Drill of Death which goes through a woman and lifts her 18 feet in the air. Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare & original illusions from around the world with award winning, jaw-dropping magic. The show features 4 Master Magicians, each with an exciting, engaging, original style. The show combines a thoroughly entertaining blend of mystery, drama, romance, & comedy with some of the most beautiful & astonishing stage magic in existence today... And audience members are brought on stage to share the wonder!

NELSON ILLUSIONS is 90 minutes of the BEST Magical Entertainment around.



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