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PIZZA & RESTAURANT In four convenient locations! U Visit

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220 Spring Street Newton, NJ (Restaurant) 973-579-1480 Fax: 973-579-3106

3 Mill Street Branchville, NJ (Restaurant/Tavern) 973-948-2875 Fax: 973-948-4370

55 Route 15 Lafayette, NJ (Intersection of Rts. 15 & 94)

973-383-4414 Fax: 973-383-4429

Open every day.

124 Route 560 Layton, NJ

(Restaurant/Tavern) 973-948-5020 Fax: 973-948-5023

Ask us about our great Sunday and Monday night pizza specials!


Welcome to The Newton Theatre where our motto is “Have a Good Time, All the Time!” Make yourself comfortable, read about the artists we have scheduled, and check out what’s going on locally. Then enjoy the show and most of all - have a good time… all the time!

HISTORY Newton Theatre was built during the silent film era of the Roaring’20s, a time that saw the unprecedented construction of movie theaters in the country, said Richard Sklenar, executive director of the Theatre Historical Society of America, which is based at the historic York Theatre in Elmhurst, Ill. “That was the biggest period of theater-building in the United States with movie theaters cropping up all over the place,” he said. “Most theaters in the United States were built during that time.” The Newton Theatre, with 180 electric lights illuminating its marquee, was designed by renowned architect Paul C. Reilly, whose other works included the Cathederal Basilica of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, Wellmont Theatre in Montclair and 10 other theaters in New Jersey and New York. For the most part, the structure of the Newton Theatre has not changed since it was built more than 80 years ago when Newton was the center of commerce in Sussex County, said county historian Wayne McCabe.

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The Newton Theatre Restaurant Guide Come visit us before and after the show at our location adjacent to The Newton Theatre! Come see us in our other locations, 3 Mill Street in Branchville, 53 Route 15 in Lafayette and 124 Route 560 in Layton. We are open daily, Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ask us about our great Sunday and Monday night pizza specials. We offer a range of pizza options including deep dish, appetizers, lunch specials, salads, cold subs, hot sandwiches, dinner entrees and desserts.

220 Spring Street , Newton, NJ 07860 (973) 579-1480

Appetizers, burgers, salads, sandwiches, steaks and other pub fare, are some of the many offerings at O’Reilly’s Pub and Grill. Enjoy weekday Happy Hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., nightly, Late Night Happy Hours from 10 p.m. until midnight, great events, daily specials, NFL Season Ticket with food and drink specials Sundays during regular season games, live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, and kids eat free on Monday nights with every adult meal purchased! We are open from noon until 2 a.m. daily, with our kitchen open until 1 a.m. every day!

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Rick Thomas performs the most intriguing and innovative grand illusions in the world with a style unlike any other magical entertainer. His stage presence is unmatched as he weaves magic, music, dance and comedy into a seamless spectacle. Rick Thomas takes his mastery of special effects and the art of magic to an extraordinary new level, in an incredibly spectacular and mind-blowing show! Without doubt, Rick Thomas is one of the greatest and most successful illusionists in the world today. He has completed five world tours covering over 50 countries. From sold out performances at Caesars Colosseum, headlining the Sydney Opera House in Australia and performing both in Las Vegas and on Broadway, Rick Thomas continues to entertain millions of people across the world with the most breathtaking and spectacular magic seen on stage and television today. High honors include the coveted “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts and Magic’s highest recognition “Illusionist of the World” by the World Magic Awards. Thomas has also been featured on numerous national television specials including the NBC series “The World’s Greatest Magic”, Masters of Illusion on the CW, MTV, FOX, TLC, Animal Planet, the History Channel and his own special on ABC. Rick Thomas is a renowned Las Vegas performer. Few entertainers have succeeded in Vegas like Rick Thomas. His show has run consecutively for 15 years in the most magnificent theaters on the Las Vegas Strip, performing a staggering 600 shows a year. He is honored to have received the Key to the City of Las Vegas and also titled the most successful show for families in its history. The greatest illusionist on tour today, Rick Thomas is a triumph of personality and presentation. His slick showmanship is a riveting visual delight. in New York City, then returned to her hometown where she established first a business office and then a performance venue called Babeville as the twenty-first century revved up. For much of the last decade she’s been based in New Orleans, but at her core she’s always seen herself as “a traveler,” covering pretty much the four corners of the earth, both solo and with her band. There’s less traveling these days, now that she’s consciously slowing down a bit and raising a daughter with partner and co-producer Mike Napolitano, but she still gets around just fine, playing venues like Madison Square Garden for Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday bash and another star-studded lineup at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan for Wavy Gravy’s 75th.

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CARBON LEAF APRIL 13, 2017 8PM Carbon Leaf ’s sound uses Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Rock, and Pop traditions to create what they call Ether-Electrified Porch Music. The Virginia quintet’s lyrical depth is elevated by rich harmony, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, cello, banjo, electric and upright bass, penny whistle, pedal steel and accordion. Their songs of life, love, hope, heartbreak and landscape are independently written, recorded and produced from the band’s own studio in Virginia. After 23 years, 16 albums and 2600 live shows, the band’s spiritual and vibrant music continues to be their own story made by their own hands. In 2014 Carbon Leaf faithfully re-recorded their biggest album, Indian Summer, in order to regain control of the songs they owned, but that were contained on a master recording that their former record label, Vanguard Records, held rights to. In 2015 the band repeated this successful formula by re-recording their 2006 sophomore effort, Love Loss Hope Repeat. Only this time, Carbon Leaf did not remain faithful to the original. “After coming off of a successful 2 year tour behind Indian Summer, the label was eager to keep momentum going so we dove head first into the studio, without really having the new songs developed,” says Carbon Leaf ’s front man Barry Privett. “This, coupled with an extremely small window for recording resulted in an album of songs we believed in that just didn’t reach their recorded potential. For the re-recording, we get the chance to address all of the things we didn’t like, or that didn’t work. Now, it’s a completely different album. It was a blurry time and we were left scratching our heads, and vowing not to adhere to a schedule just for the sake of keeping on schedule if the work is not done.” “With Love Loss Hope Repeat Reneaux, the band achieves a more textured album that envelops the listener. “The original album was just so aggressive, heavy on vocals and drums, and the acoustic instruments were pushed to the side. It just always felt like we were selling something or like every song had to sound like a radio single. There was just no nuance to help the stories breathe.” In addition to wanting to get the music right, it’s paramount for the band to have complete control over the songs they write, now that they have embraced being independent artists once again. With owning a new master recording, they no longer have to watch a chunk of their recorded history get funneled to a label they are no longer in business with. “We have been together 23 years now, and our fans love this idea, of re-recording existing music in between the new releases, and hearing the band evolve as we re-acquaint them with music from our catalogue. In doing so, we are also introducing a lot of newer fans to music that they haven’t even considered. Our bassist and drummer haven’t even played on some of the earlier stuff, and yet have been with us for 7 years now,” Privett says.

Zebra originated in New Orleans in early 1975. The trio consists of lead vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter Randy Jackson, drummer Guy Gelso and bassist Felix Hanemann. In 1982 Zebra’s self-titled debut album went gold and was the fastest selling debut album in Atlantic Records’ history thanks to radio and MTV airplay of Tell Me What You Want and Who’s Behind the Door?. Veteran producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick) also helmed the follow-up, No Tellin’ Lies. Songs on this sophomore album range from the hard-rocking Wait Until the Summer’s Gone to the Beatle-esque ballad, Lullaby. With the release of their third Atlantic album 3.V, Zebra took their career one step farther by producing and taking complete control of its creative output. A collection of the finest songs they have ever written, 3.V clearly shows Zebra’s lasting power and originality. Zebra emerged from the studio again in 2003 with ZEBRA IV, on Mayhem Records. This could possibly be the best effort by Zebra to date with powerful cuts which include Arabian Nights, Why and Waiting To Die. Zebra’s live performances often last over two hours and showcase their new material along with all the classic Zebra tunes and other alltime favorites including an occasional Led Zeppelin cover. ZEBRA THE DVD, released in 2008 captures the band’s energy and power on stage. The DVD features live concert footage from both Long Island and the House of Blues in New Orleans in addition to several interviews and bonus features. In 2010 Zebra was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and is acknowledged as Louisiana’s #1 Rock and Roll band by the Louisiana Music Commission. In 2012 Zebra was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

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CLASSICS • CONCERTS • ART HOUSE • INDIE Here are just a few of the Award winning/nominated movies shown at The Newton Theatre... “Arrival” “Fences” “Florence Foster Jenkins” “Hell or High Water” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight”

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DEL & DAWG Del McCoury & David Grisman

Del & Dawg, Del McCoury and David Grisman, met at the first show Del ever played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They both celebrated the arrival of first-born sons, Monroe Grisman and Ronnie McCoury, within a month of each other. Through the years they have shared the stage at venues and festivals across the country and in 2012 released Hardcore Bluegrass, a unique collection of bluegrass classics, made at two Dawg studio jam sessions in the 1990s, but this marks the first time they have toured together as a duo—more than 50 years after they first met.

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April 21, 2017 8pm Universally regarded as one of Rock and Roll’s finest and most versatile entertainers, Peter Noone is second to none. Star of stage, screen and record, Noone’s performances are the stuff of legend, deftly delivering a broad palette of music, all gems that, through his voice, defined a generation.   With over 60 million records sold, twenty of them were top 40 hits including I’m Henry VIII, I Am, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, I’m Into Something Good, There’s A Kind Of A Hush, and many more. The nineties found Peter embarking on a four-year stint as the winsome host of VH1’s My Generation, the highest-ever-rated half hour retrospective of pop/rock music. More recently, he was featured in the recurring role of “Paddington” on the CBS daytime drama, As The World Turns. His legion of fans eagerly awaited each episode and Peter quickly became a favorite of the soap opera magazines and online message boards. He began the millennium with his successful entry into cyberspace and the New York Daily News dubbed him “The King of the Sixties on the Internet” due to the overwhelming popularity of his websites ( and and social media. Accompanied by his band, Herman’s Hermits, Noone currently performs over 200 concerts a year. He consistently plays to sold-out venues and his admirers span the generations. Today’s teen girls scream just as passionately as their mothers did back in 1965, prompting VH1 to select Noone as their viewer’s choice for the “Sexiest Artist of the Year”. There is no doubt that Peter Noone’s extraordinary talent, disarming wit, handsome features and compelling stage presence will continue to delight fans of all ages, for a long, long time to come.





APRIL 22, 2017 8PM

Born on January 8, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA, Robby Krieger was first taken by classical music, before discovering such early rock & roll artists as Elvis Presley via the radio. When surfing proved to be taking Krieger’s mind off of studying during his teenage years, his parents enrolled him in a private school. Each night, students were forced to study in their rooms for a few hours — instead, Krieger used this time to teach himself how to play guitar. First interested in flamenco guitar, Krieger’s playing style soon expanded into folk, jazz, and blues. But it was a Chuck Berry concert that finally convinced Krieger to give rock music a go, which resulted in the guitarist trading his classical guitar in for a Gibson SG, that would eventually become his signature musical instrument. Studying physics and Indian music at UCLA, Krieger played in bands with friends, and eventually bumped into a drummer he’d met a few years before, John Densmore. The two began jamming on blues together, while Krieger’s interest in Indian music and culture continued to flourish, as he began dabbling with sitars (studying at the Kinnara School, which was founded by Ravi Shankar), and attending meditation classes. It was at one of these meditation classes that Krieger met keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Manzarek eventually convinced Krieger to come down and rehearse with a poet/singer he’d been working with, Jim Morrison. Their first rehearsal supposedly resulted in the penning of Moonlight Drive, resulting in the birth of the Doors. Quickly building a name for themselves in L.A. with their unpredictable live shows, The Doors were signed to Elektra Records, and issued their debut album, The Doors, in 1967. The album would become one of rock’s all-time classics, as it spawned the monster hit Light My Fire, a tune penned entirely by Krieger. Subsequent studio releases — 1967′s Strange Days, 1968′s Waiting for the Sun, and 1969′s the Soft Parade — all included several classic songs, and by the dawn of the ’70s, the band issued a pair of strong releases, 1970′s Morrison Hotel and 1971′s L.A. Woman. In the wake of Morrison’s untimely passing The Doors attempted to continue on, resulting in a pair of so-so albums, 1971′s Other Voices and 1972′s Full Circle, before packing it in. Krieger would go on to issue solo albums (debuting in 1977 with Robby Krieger & Friends), in addition to playing live dates, and guest appearances on albums by other artists (the Butts Band, Blue Öyster Cult, etc.). In the early 21st century, Krieger and Manzarek resuscitated the Doors (with the Cult’s Ian Astbury taking Morrison’s position, and the Police’s Stewart Copeland initially taking Densmore’s spot) for live shows and recordings. Robby is currently playing Doors songs with his Robby Krieger Band and special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger.


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The music of the Eagles, with the combination of heartfelt ballads, rock anthems and the unmistakable sound of vocal harmonies has propelled the band for the past four decades, positioning them as one of the most successful and popular bands in music history. And now EagleMania performs all of their hits replicating the Eagles’ sound leaving fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. Their set list consists of the best of the Eagles catalog including such monster hits as Hotel California, Desperado, The Long Run, Witchy Woman, Take it Easy, Best of My Love, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise, Already Gone, Take It To The Limit, One of These Nights, Life in The Fast Lane, Boys of Summer, I Can’t Tell You Why, In the City, Heartache Tonight, Dirty Laundry, Victim of Love, Lying Eyes, Life’s Been Good and many more! Formed in 2010, EagleMania has emerged as a major act throughout the East Coast, performing to sold out audiences everywhere they go. In addition to Eagles hits, they also perform the great songs of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. The band consists of an ensemble of veteran musicians whose goal is to faithfully reproduce the Eagle’s repertoire, music they love to sing and play, always committed to giving their audience a perfect show every time they take the stage. People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert.

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An incredibly powerful performer, Vic DiBitetto churns energy, honesty and humanity into nonstop laughter. His pace is frenetic. He’s been called a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden. DiBitetto leaves his audiences breathless with laughter and is referred to as a “killer” by most other comics, many very famous, meaning they don’t want to follow Vic onstage. Vic is featured in Kevin James’ latest movie Mall Cop: Blart 2 which premiered in April 2015. He is an internet sensation with tens of millions of YouTube views and his now famous Bread and Milk, Justin Bieber and Kanye West viral rants, performs on radio and television and has brought his stand-up act to many prestigious venues.

Vic has appeared on television’s America’s Funniest People (ABC) where he was a $10,000 Grand Prize winner, Stand-Up Spotlight (VH1) and was in a pilot with Woody Allen and Danny Aiello. Up until 2014, Vic drove a school bus for special needs children for 20 years. The law requires that there be a matron on the bus as well, who was his wife, Lucy. Before that, he drove a garbage truck. They were finally able to “get off the bus” and focus solely on Vic’s career. Fred Rubino’s comedy is derived from the humor and hilarity of growing up Italian - and in Brooklyn. Fred was a featured comic on Opie and Anthony’s radio show, co-starred in a TV pilot with Vic Dibitetto, had his performance broadcast live on the internet via Action Audio, has made numerous appearances on local cable talk shows and, like Vic, performs at many prestigious clubs. He also has recently been signed to perform at Resorts World Casinos as well as the Tarrytown Music Hall, two very large, exclusive venues. He has successfully transitioned from featured comic to star and headlining comedian in his own right and can be seen in Vic’s Vignettes on you tube!



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One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and led the first wave of alternative rock bands and created what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio. Writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material in and around their hometown of Jamestown, New York the group toured extensively and produced two independently released records, Human Conflict Number Five (’82) and Secrets of the I Ching (’83) on their own Christian Burial Music label. By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings 10,000 Maniacs were one of the original “indie” bands before signing with Elektra Records. After touring extensively with REM, and throughout Europe, John Lombardo left the band in 1986 and the band continued as a 5 piece. In 1987 the Maniacs recorded and released In My Tribe. Produced by Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt) this album broke into the charts, where it stayed 77 weeks, peaking at #37 and selling over two million copies. In My Tribe featured the hit singles Don’t Talk, Hey Jack Kerouac, Like The Weather and What’s The Matter Here? It was voted one of the 100 most important releases of the decade by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band debuted on national television with appearances on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live. Blind Man’s Zoo, the 1989 follow-up, hit #13 on the Billboard charts and went platinum. It featured the hit singles, Trouble Me and Eat For Two. Our Time in Eden was released in 1992, and featured the hit singles, Candy Everybody Wants and These Are Days selling more than three million copies. A second Saturday Night Live appearance on Halloween ‘92, preceded the Maniacs memorable performance at Bill Clinton’s MTV Inaugural Ball where host Dennis Miller famously referred to them as “Chelsea Clinton’s favorite band”. 10,000 Maniacs has the added distinction of launching the career of singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant, best known for her successful 1995 solo album Tigerlily (Elektra). 10,000 Maniacs continued without Merchant, bringing back John Lombardo and adding Mary Ramsey in 1994. The new lineup released Love Among the Ruins for Geffen Records in 1997, featuring a cover of Roxy Music’s More Than This, which went to #24 on the Billboard charts, the highest-charting single in the band’s history. In December of 2000 founding member Robert Buck died at the age of 42. After a three-year hiatus the Maniacs returned in 2003 with long time friend and former guitar tech Jeff Erickson on lead guitar. In 2013 10,000 Maniacs released their first full-length album in 13 years. Music From The Motion Picture, was hailed as a beautiful affirmation of the band’s classic poetic lyrics and dreamy Americana blend.

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Yngwie Malmsteen’s career has spanned over 40 years with over twenty albums to his name. Drawing influence from classical composers, Yngwie is responsible for introducing the neo-classical genre to the world of rock.

Yngwie Johann Malmsteen is a world-renowned guitarist from Stockholm, Sweden. As a young boy, Yngwie originally had no interest in music, but that all changed on September 18th, 1970 when he saw a TV special on the late Jimi Hendrix. Seven-year-old Yngwie watched in awe as Hendrix blasted the audience with torrents of feedback and sacrificed his guitar in flames. The day Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born.

Yngwie immersed himself in the music of such bands as Deep Purple and spent long hours practicing to learn their songs. His admiration for Ritchie Blackmore’s classical influence led him back to the source: Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart. As Yngwie absorbed the classical structures of the masters, his prodigious style began to take shape. By age 10, he began to focus all his energies into music. His mother and sister, a talented flautist, recognized his unique musical gifts and gave him support and encouragement. His mastery of the instrument progressed rapidly. As a teen Yngwie understood how to combine his love of classical music with his burgeoning guitar skills and onstage charisma. By age 15, Yngwie’s trademark style had begun to emerge.

About this time, Yngwie began playing in a number of bands built around his explosive guitar style, with long instrumental explorations. Around age 18, Yngwie began sending demo tapes to record companies and music contacts abroad. One such tape found its way into the hands of a Guitar Player contributor and Shrapnel Music. Yngwie was invited to record with a new band, Steeler. From Steeler, Yngwie moved on to Alcatrazz, a Rainbow-style band, but it became clear that to fully develop his talents, Yngwie would have to go solo.

Yngwie’s first solo album, Rising Force (now considered the bible for neoclassical rock) made it to #60 on the Billboard charts, an impressive feat for a mostly instrumental guitar album with no commercial airplay. The album also gained Yngwie a Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental performance. He was voted Best New Talent in several readers’ polls, Best Rock Guitarist the year after, and Rising Force became Album of the Year. Rising Force blazed a trail on the concert circuit that established Yngwie as one of rock guitar’s brightest new stars and added a new genre to the music lexicon: neoclassical rock.

With his place in guitar history firmly established, Yngwie’s neo-classical compositions fueled the ears of fans and the ambitions of aspiring guitarists worldwide for over a decade with such powerhouse classic albums as Marching Out, Trilogy and Odyssey.

In 1997, Yngwie proved that he was much more than a rock phenomenon. After months of intensive work, Yngwie produced his first completely classical work, Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Eb minor, Op. 1. This groundbreaking album was recorded in Prague with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and famed symphony conductor Yoel Levi.

2008 marked Yngwie’s 25th year in the U.S. and in an amazing testament to Yngwie’s resurgence on the rock music scene – he scored the cover of Guitar World’s “Kings of Shred” issue. About his newfound visibility, Yngwie said, “There are a lot of new, younger fans who are just discovering the joys of playing with speed, power, and articulation and they’re coming to my shows and places like NAMM [music industry convention] and guitar shows.” Yngwie scored other magazine covers, including All Access, Crusher Magazine, Fuzz, Guitar Player, Roadie Crew, and Vegas Rocks. But perhaps the biggest recognition of 2008 came in October, when Yngwie was inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.

Time Magazine includes Yngwie as one of the “10 Greatest Electric Guitar Players.”

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Our Goal is to… • EXPAND & RENOVATE THE RESTROOMS!• ADD DISABLED-ACCESS! • GET RID OF THE LONG LINES! We have good news! The team at the Newton Theatre is planning a huge restroom renovation as well as adding a wheelchair accessible restroom. But...We need YOUR HELP! Just think- If just half of the 20,000 people who have visited the theatre throw in $10, we’ll have new restrooms in no time! With your help we can make this a reality, and in return you’ll earn some awesome rewards, as well as some beautiful new restrooms! Thank you and Keep Rockin’!

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It’s been seven years since TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT released his last album. The standard opening question is: “Why did it take so long?” The standard SCHMIT answer to most questions is funny in a self-deprecating way and rooted in simple truths. So of course he answers, “I wasn’t ready until now!” Patience is a virtue. And with a career that unfolds back to the halcyon 1960s, patience has served this storied artist well. He was in his teens when he charted for the first time. At the turn of the decade he joined POCO and helped steer the band into its pioneering fusions of country, rock and folk. In 1977 he became a member of the legendary EAGLES, an association that would continue on and off for decades. At the same time, SCHMIT also collaborated with other artists. His talents enhanced Toto’s Africa, Richard Marx’s Don’t Mean Nothin’, Bob Seger’s Fire Lake, Crosby Stills and Nash’s Wasted On The Way and multiple tracks by Steely Dan. He’s played internationally as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. All the while SCHMIT absorbed what he played and heard, weaving it strand by strand into his musical fabric. Now and then he stepped out with a solo album. His last release, Expando, dropped in 2009 and triggered praise from the media. Then, with patience, he settled back into his busy routine, appearing on recordings with artists as diverse as Wynonna Judd,

MAY 13, 2017 8PM Diana Krall and The Blind Boys of Alabama. But he also kept listening, writing, filing ideas and edging closer to his next individual project. Illuminated by an array of fine musicians and singers, LEAP OF FAITH, released in 2016, with a strong mix of rock, country, Americana, R&B and even a bit of reggae, plays like a multicolored corona around SCHMIT’s distinctive artistry. From the jaunty opening track My Hat to the soaring harmonies and heartfelt reflections of This Waltz, this is more than another album in a great artist’s catalog. It is a milestone effort, looking back at all that brought him to where he stands today and ahead to a future full of both mystery and promise. LEAP OF FAITH marks the culmination of SCHMIT’s unhurried, yet inspired reflections of life. For all their diversity, these songs are bound by a candor and craftsmanship that are rare in today’s music. SCHMIT says, “I don’t feel confined by any outside perceptions about what I do. I just try to pull songs out of the ethers and shape them as they come, whatever the genre.” “Over the last ten years or so, I’ve felt like I’m finally getting the hang what it is I do best,” SCHMIT sums up with his knack for wry understatement. “Although this project took some time to complete, this is what I came up with … This is who I am. This is a LEAP OF FAITH.”

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MAY 18, 2017 8PM Carl Palmer is a drummer’s drummer. He has thrilled listeners and audiences alike for nearly four decades with some of music’s most memorable bands including Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia. Along the way his dexterity, speed and mastery of the drums, combined with his infectious stage personality, have secured for him a respected place in history as one of Rock and Roll’s greatest drummers. His new band captures all the power of ELP’s hits in a hard driving instrumental performance in one dynamic show! Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer was born in Birmingham, England in 1950. From the beginning it was clear that music was in the stars for the young Carl Palmer. From a musical family, Carl’s fascination with music began early, he studied classical violin, and by the age of 7 had learned to play the banjolele. The film “Drum Crazy” (aka “The Gene Krupa Story”), captured young Carl’s imagination. His biggest influences became Krupa and drum legend Buddy Rich. He received a new drum set for his eleventh birthday and he set to work becoming a respected working drummer by age 15. Carl joined Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds whose Out Of Time, written by Jagger and Richards of The Rolling Stones, propelled them to the top of the UK charts. At 18 Carl joined The Crazy World of Arthur Brown at the absolute

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number one, selling over seven million copies worldwide. Singles such as Heat Of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams and Sole Survivor dominated the charts for months. After Asia disbanded in 1985, Carl played in different combinations of bands with Keith Emerson and some of the Asia members. ELP regrouped in 1992, remaining together until 1998, having one final appearance in London at the High Voltage Festival in 2010. In 2001, Carl created his own new band with two accomplished musicians: bassist Simon Fitzpatrick and guitarist Paul Bielatowicz. Together, they have toured the world as the progressive trio “Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy”. Carl Palmer assembling a progressive trio might seem like he was relying on formula, especially since the band’s material consisted mainly of ELP classics, but this was indeed a new direction. Purely guitars-driven, this band put a new face on the ELP classics, performing them with musical complexity and a raw energy not heard, since the earliest days of ELP. To date, Carl has sold nearly 50 million records.

Since 1958 The Lettermen have been entertaining audiences with their exquisite harmonies and soulful ballads. They will bring you back in time with hits like Shangri-La, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and so many more.

The Lettermen name first appeared in February 1958 with Tony Butala, Mike Barnett and Talmadge Russell. Their sound was somewhere between the big band vocal groups such as the Mills Brothers, Four Freshmen and the early R&B rock groups such as the Ink Spots, Flamingos and the Platters.

Founding member Tony Butala began singing professionally at age seven in Sharon, PA. He moved to Hollywood to become a member of the famous Mitchell Boys Choir, with whom he appeared in such classic films as White Christmas, War of the Worlds, On Moonlight Bay, and was the voice of one of the Lost Boys in the classi Walt Disney animated film Peter Pan.

In the mid-fifties, while attending Hollywood Professional High School, Butala formed The Fourmost, a vocal group of three ex-Mitchell Boy Choir friends and a female classmate, Concetta Ingolia, when after her departur for a new TV series, using stage name Connie Stevens, The Lettermen were born. In 1960 The Lettermen released their debut singles: Their Hearts Were Full of Spring and The Magic Sound. In 1961 they were signed to Capitol Records and remained with them for over twenty-five years. For their first





MAY 19, 2017 8PM single they put a ballad on the B-side of That’s My Desire, a doo-wop song. Soft, melodic and romantic, The Way You Look Tonight was a departure from the rock ‘n’ roll music of the day and became a must for disc jockey play lists nationwide. The song shot to #13 on the Billboard chart. The group’s second single did even better, When I Fall In Love hit #7, establishing The Lettermen as the most romantic singing group of the sixties. The Lettermen’s debut album, A Song for Young Love, hit the Top 10, their first of 32 straight Top 40 Albums. In almost every poll, The Lettermen were named Best New Group or Best Vocal Group. The ’60’s and early ’70’s saw The Lettermen score over 25 chart hit singles, including Theme From A Summer Place, Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, and also Hurt So Bad. Their signature sound made romantic standards of songs such as Smile, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Shangri-La, Love, Traces/Memories and many more. Over its 50 years, the trio has gone through a few personnel changes, with original and founding member Butala, whose breathy vocals were the lead on most of The Lettermen’s many hit records, remaining since the beginning. Donovan Tea has been a continuous member of The Lettermen since he joined the group in September of 1984, making him the next longest tenured Letterman. Bobby Poynton has been a member since 1988. Tony Butala is proud of the fact that his group has been part of Americana for over fifty-five years and that as long as there is a Lettermen group, they will be singing good, quality, and positive harmony music that the whole family can enjoy.



MAY 20, 2017 8PM The Glimmer Twins capture the music, the moves and the mood of the greatest Rock-n-Roll band in the world in a performance worthy of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the whole band. They wow their audiences with every song, every swagger, and every guitar lick, from the moment they take the stage. The Glimmer Twins are able to recreate the look and feel of a Stones’ concert from the period from Beggar’s Banquet to Exile On Main St. and beyond. What makes The Glimmer Twins so special is their ability to capture the raw energy of the most electrifying performances throughout The Rolling Stones career, and present it in such a way that audiences are able to experience the same sensation of what it was like to be at a Stones’ concert in their heyday. With their uncanny resemblances to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in their prime, coupled with the special attention given to the tiniest details both musically and visually, The Glimmer Twins always deliver the ultimate Rolling Stones experience.

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The fourpart harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits. Few Country Music groups have had the enduring popularity, cultural significance or crossover success of The Oak Ridge Boys, a vocal harmony quartet that started out in traditional country and gospel during World War II and evolved with the times to help popularize and modernize Country Music far beyond traditional genre and

regional lines. The group went through numerous lineup changes in its early decades before Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban took control in the 1960s and early 1970s and turned it into a dynamic Country Music force. The alignment focused on highenergy vocal harmonies that brought crowds to their feet with increasingly secular music and a look and attitude that more accurately reflected the times, characterized by Golden’s still-magnificent flowing beard and fur coats.

The Oaks’ contemporary look, and their increasing focus on modern Country suggested by Jim Halsey, who would soon become their career manager, didn’t sit well with traditionalists, and the group struggled for a few years in the early 1970s. It wasn’t until the release of the 1977 album Y’All Come Back Saloon that the Oaks hit the right formula, and when they did their popularity soared. They landed their first No. 1, I’ll Be True To You, in 1978 and, perhaps just as significantly, Paul



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Simon asked the group to sing backup on what would become his hit Slip Slidin’ Away, opening the door to the pop world for them. Simon wasn’t the only one to lean on their harmony. They accompanied Brenda Lee on her Grammy Award-nominated Broken Trust (1980); George Jones on his Country smash Same Ole Me (1982); and they also have harmonized behind Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Monroe and Leon Russell, among many others.

lineup has scored 17 No. 1 hits, released more than 40 albums, and achieved sales greater than 41 million albums. The group also helped open the doors for Country Music on network television, with a number of nationally-televised concerts, including HBO and PBS specials, and as hosts and performers on prime time. They hosted their own series, The Oak Ridge Boys Live From Las Vegas, for TNN in the late 1990s.

National audiences learned the joy of the Oaks’ harmonies when the group’s biggest hit, 1981’s Elvira, became a crossover pop smash. The song brought them one of their five Grammy Awards, went double Platinum and helped bring much-needed fun to a genre that had a reputation for weepers and hard times.

The Oak Ridge Boys have received 15 CMA Awards nominations and won two: Vocal Group of the Year in 1978 and Single of the Year in 1981 for Elvira. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Bonsall and Sterban were inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame in 1994. Golden received the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s Life Work Award for Performing Achievement in 1997. And Duane Allen was honored with induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame last year.

The inescapable “Elvira” propelled the Oaks’ 1981 album Fancy Free to double Platinum. They followed a year later with another crossover hit, Bobbie Sue, and the album of the same title went Gold, as have many others in the group’s catalog. Their 1980 and 1984 Greatest Hits albums are Platinum. All in all, the current

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