This season you will see more! More artists, more
outdoor events, more variety and more people enjoying all the BCPA
has to offer.
Liven up your year with country rock and American roots with Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band, Sebastian Bach's soaring tenor, Los Lonely Boys
and One Night of Queen.
Enjoy vocalists The King Singers, the longest running Phantom of the
Opera Frank D'Ambrosio, America's hottest new vocal group Under the
Street Lamp and American Idol finalist Casey Abrams.
There is fun for the family with Joel Sartore, Pirate School, Seven
Brides for Seven Brothers, Kalapriya, Feet Don't Fail me Now and
much, much more.
AND don't miss our new silent films screenings of Nosferatu and The
General with live organist Dennis Scott!
Tickets are go on sale June 5. To get your tickets now, before the
general public, become an Arts Partner. As an Arts Partner you will
receive first notice and opportunity to purchase tickets throughout
the entire season.
Visit artsblooming.org or call 434-2777 for more information on
becoming an Arts Partner and to view the entire season.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Bring your lawn chair and your dancing
shoes and enjoy the sounds and tastes of Louisiana in this annual
summer concert. Rotating bands from local favorites to regional
artists will perform on the CEFCU stage, with French Creole band,
Zydeco Crawdaddys headlining the show. The Zydeco Crawdaddys play
both the old style and the more contemporary style of Zydeco,
evoking endless fun and dancing for fans of all ages!
AIRMEN OF NOTE
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States
Air Force. The talent demonstrated by the band’s airmen musicians is
a reflection of the excellence carried out 24 hours a day by airmen
stationed around the globe. Since its formation in 1941, this
world-class organization has inspired billions of listeners through
its wide repertoire of music, ranging from jazz, big band, pop and
more. Their engaging concerts and masterful recordings continue to
positively impact the global community.
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 1 1 a.m.–10 p.m. bands start at 1
We’re taking it outside again for a taste of the blues! Conceived by
Luthier Todd Seefeld, owner/operator of Guitar Remedies, Northern
Exposure is more than a blues concert. Sit in on one of the many
guitar clinics. Visit with a wide variety of vendors. Drop off your
ailing instrument to Guitar Remedies—2 doors down from the BCPA but
still within the grounds of the festival—for Todd’s expert
assessment. There’ll be a full day’s line-up of top blues cats from
Chicago. Wayne Baker Brooks, son of Chicago blues legend Lonnie
Brooks, will be headlining with his family band. Lucky 3 Blues Band,
Chicago’s newest amazing concept of blues, has made time in their
schedule to be here so don’t miss them!
Friday, August 22 through Saturday, August 23, 2014
The BCPA and the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees team up to present the
Festival. Because Bruegala 2013 was such a huge success, we’re
adding hours to Saturday’s
line-up. Same ticket price with 3 more hours of great music on the
lawn! With an opportunity
to sample some of the world’s best beers inside the beautiful BCPA,
this is a great way to help
support local charities. Come see how we put the fun in fundraiser!
Fans of bands such as Breaking Benjamin and A Perfect Circle will
not want to miss Modern Echo. Their music is popping up everywhere,
from the promo for the ION Network’s
show Cold Case and Discovery Channel’s American Choppers to WWE star
Kassius Ohno’s entrance theme. These vanguard artists toe the line
between intensity and nuance, with melodic vocals that are unique
among hard rock bands. The blend of beauty and power in these songs
lends a potent quality to Modern Echo that is quickly gaining them
critical acclaim with fans, media, and other bands
Because their national recognition came from the PBS record-setting
special, The Celtic Sessions, it might be easy to assume that a
Switchback concert is all Irish music but, for anyone who’s seen
them in concert, you already know better. An outdoor festival
favorite across the country, Switchback also delivers dynamic
original tunes and keeps things jumping with interpretations of
American classics. And yes, for fans of Celtic melodies, they’ll
sprinkle in some of the best. Whether you prefer to kick up your
heels, cuddle under the stars or just sit back and let their music
wash over you, Switchback delivers on all levels.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
From the 1950's to today, there has been only one King of the Blues
- Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. King
started recording in the late 1940's, he has released over 60
albums, many of them considered blues classics.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as
lead singer with his former band, Skid Row, and as a solo artist.
Sebastian Bach’s most recent solo album, Kicking & Screaming, was
met with universal acclaim. Far from just being a multi-platinum
recording artist, he has expanded his career to include episodic
television with a recurring role on the CW’s hit series Gilmore
Girls, starring roles on Broadway (Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror
Picture Show) and national touring companies (Jesus Christ
Superstar) and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
UNDER THE STREETLAMP
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.
America’s hottest new vocal group delivers an electrifying evening
of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Bringing a unique
blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite
doo-wop, Motown and old time rock ‘n’ roll hits, Under the
Streetlamp is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony
Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys, proving that retro never
sounded so now.
4 STAND UP DADS
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Comedy for parents by parents! Comedians Kelly McDonald (Tonight
Show veteran), Tim Bedore (NPR’s Marketplace), and Milt Abel (San
Francisco Comedy Competition finalist) join Dan St. Paul (A&E, VH-1,
Comedy Central) in examining the grist of fatherhood and suburban
life: it’s all meat to be skewered. All are fathers who pride
themselves on performing clever material about family life that has
audiences laughing across America. If ever there was a reason to
call a sitter, this is it!
Sponsored by Karen Schmidt and John Elterich
LOS LOBOS PRESENTS LA PISTOLA Y EL CORAZON
Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Los Lobos will be treating audiences to the sounds of their classic
hits, some material from their newest album The Town and the City
and traditional folkloric songs from Latin America, including
Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico. Focusing on the rich
diversity of Mexico’s music, where the vocal treatment,
instrumentation and rhythm differ from region to region, the music
is sure to invigorate the soul as only Los Lobos can.
Sponsored by Rick and Sherry Galbreath.
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
21-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American
Idol finalist Casey Abrams captivated America with his talents in
the 2011 American Idol season. Now, he brings his music to stages
across the country with a distinctively original voice and musical
ability all generations can enjoy.
Silent Film with Theatre Organ Accompaniment by Dennis Scott
Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Spend a scary night with one of the original silent horror films,
Nosferatu, sweetened with live organ accompaniment by
nationally-revered theatre pipe organist Dennis Scott. This 1922
feature film is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula
so audiences will be familiar with the basic plot and characters.
IDES OF MARCH
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
On October 16th, 1964, a basement in Berwyn, Illinois played host to
four schoolboys, guitars, drums and their dreams. From that meeting
sprang hits such as “Vehicle,” “You Wouldn’t Listen” and “Finally
Next Year,” Grammy awards and a common bond that has lasted ever
since. The Ides of March mark a rare milestone in any partnership,
let alone rock ‘n’ roll; they have remained together, with all the
original members intact for nearly fifty years. This isn’t a sedate
“oldies” act-much the opposite actually… It is sure to be an amazing
show you won’t want to miss!
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Neil Jacobs is truly a masterful performer on the 12-string guitar.
His captivating style has been described by the St. Louis Riverfront
Times as “mesmerizing” and the Austin Chronicle as “the rockin’est
since early Leo Kottke.” Neil Jacobs covers the world vibe with
music genres spanning gypsy, world, Balkan folk, jazz, classical and
modern fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string guitar into his
own personal orchestra.
with opening act Ray Parker, Jr.
Thursday, November 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
It should come as no surprise that the Spinners have always made
timeless music. Their classic group sound and approach never loses
its universal appeal. Throughout the years, they have acquired 12
gold records with their hits climbing to the top of both pop and R&B
charts and they are one of the few groups who can boast of four lead
singers. Opener Ray Parker Jr. is an American guitarist, songwriter,
producer and recording artist, best known for writing and performing
the theme song to the motion picture Ghostbusters.
DANU ‘FÉILE NA NOLLAIG’
A Celtic Christmas
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
The acclaimed Irish ensemble, Danú, celebrates Christmas with ‘Féile
na Nollag’ (A Christmas Gathering). Celtic music lovers around the
globe have been thrilled by their virtuoso players on fiddle,
flutes, button accordion, percussion and the gorgeous voice of
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh along with top notch guest dancers. Winners
of major awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danu returns
to a new celebration of Christmas and Wrens Day from their homeland.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
In this musical interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic,
Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by a succession of spirits that make him
consider the consequences of his past and present actions and
reconsider his outlook on life. A Christmas Carol captures both the
humorous and touching moments of the classic story with witty
dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens’ original message
that the holiday season should be a “kind, forgiving, charitable
time,” a sentiment which still rings true today.
THE DAILEY & VINCENT CHRISTMAS SHOW
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
With four award-winning studio albums, Dailey & Vincent is one of
the top bluegrass bands in America, rapidly embraced by bluegrass,
country and gospel music fans around the world. Young but seasoned
veterans, Dailey & Vincent have built on the experience and
knowledge gained from working with Doyle Lawson (Dailey) and John
Hartford and Ricky Skaggs (Vincent) to forge their own distinct
Dailey & Vincent, accompanied by their world-class band, are a
perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit.
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MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME
Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sparks fly as irresistible man and wife duo Michael and Angela
Ingersoll share the spotlight for a scintillating night of
classic pop favorites. He’s the affable crooner from Jersey Boys
and the PBS retro rock sensation Under the Streetlamp. She’s the
vivacious starlet from Second City Hollywood with two Jeff Award
nods. Together the playful pair woos audiences with all the
candor and chemistry of a modern day George and Gracie. Their
hilarious and heartwarming soiree features unforgettable hits
from the Beatles, the Drifters, the Shirelles, Johnny Cash, Judy
Garland, The Jackson Five, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline and many more.
It’s love in concert, live in concert.
FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW!
Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Taking tap dance to a fast-paced and powerful level, Rhythmic
Circus is a percussive dance troupe that will make you want to
jump out of your chair and join their rapid-fire tap routines,
to their memorable melodies and laugh to their clever repartee.
Their show Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! is a conscience collective
collaboration of original tunes from various genres. If you like
to dance and are into conscience uplifting music, well ... Run
away with the Rhythmic Circus!
Sponsored by Specs Around Town.
TALLAN NOBLE LATZ
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Tallan Noble Latz (aka: T-Man) is a 14-yearold award winning
rock/blues/pop guitarist/ singer. Playing music since the age of
three, Tallan began performing regularly with local bands when
he was just six years old, quickly becoming a crowd favorite. At
age seven Tallan began fronting his own band, now called the
Tallan Noble Latz Band. Tallan has been featured on NBC’s
America’s Got Talent,
CBS’ Rachael Ray, WGN’s Morning Show, Fox’s Morning Show, and
Friday January 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand, American English is the closest you will
ever get to reliving The Beatles. Whether you grew up with the
Fab Four or not, this show will be your window to the past.
Witness “The Complete Beatles Tribute” with American English!
Their demand here and abroad, coupled with their spectacular fan
base, has anchored them into a professional setting and launched
them into larger venues and theatres worldwide.
JOEL SARTORE & THE ARK PROJECT
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Joel Sartore has produced more than 30 stories from around the
world as a freelance photographer for National Geographic
magazine. He is an author, speaker and teacher who captivates
audiences with his funny and inspiring adventures. His images
show a world worth saving. Here he will speak on The Ark
Project, which is his photographic record of every animal
currently curated in captivity including those in our own Miller
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7 p.m.
During Pirate School! the bumbling pirate professor Billy Bones
teaches youngsters the finer points of light-hearted mischief.
The audience partakes in riotous, joyful competitions that
rattle the rafters and zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing
and laugh like jaunty buccaneers! Featuring an original
cartoon-like sound effect and musical score, eye-popping
puppetry, eccentric props, adept magic, slapstick swordplay
antics, misbehaving cannon, a talking skull and the world’s only
wearable pirate ship, Pirate School! is truly a treasure to
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Experience the vibrant and stirring Kalapriya Dance performance
group, hailing from Chicago. Kalapriya Dance is a professional
performance group that presents various styles of Indian dance
and specializes in Bharata Natyam, an ancient dance form that
uses stylized hand gestures, theatrical facial expressions,
intricate footwork and complicated rhythms and counterrhythms to
visualize poetry, mythology and universal themes.
Smokin’ Sleddog Records
THE UN-VALENTINE’S SHOW
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Had enough? Of course you have, and here’s the antidote: an
evening of laughs, healthy cynicism and fine music titled The
Un-Valentine’s Show: Songs and Tales of Unforgiveness,
Heartbreak, Dysfunction and Revenge. Presented in a relaxed,
singers-inthe- round format, the immediacy, directness and sheer
honesty of a singer, a guitar and a song—in front of a live
audience—is the direct opposite of the prefab, mass-produced
sentimentality of so much popular music regarding love and its
many disappointments. The Un-Valentine’s musical revue is a
lively evening of song and hilarity that’s welcome in any
BROADWAY SONGS OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Best known as the “Phantom” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony
Award-winning musical The Phantom Of The Opera and
affectionately known as “The Iron Man of The Mask,” Franc was
awarded the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running
Phantom,” with over 2,300 performances of the lead role. Now
Franc D’Ambrosio tours the world singing vocalist favorites with
his powerful and tone-perfect voice.
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a family friendly musical
about the story of Millie, a young bride living in the Oregon
wilderness. Mille’s plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy
brothers-in-law backfires when the brothers, in their
enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their
brides. See the fun and chaos ensue through loveable characters,
music, and rambunctious dance routines.
THE KING’S SINGERS
with the Illinois Wesleyan University choir
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
One of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, the King’s
Singers, have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media
and education work that spans the globe. Instantly recognizable
for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless
articulation of the text and incisive timing, they are
excellent entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British
Sponsored by Jerry and Carole Ringer
RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Experience a multimedia musical journey of the life and music of
teen idol Ricky Nelson, featuring hit songs such as “Hello Mary
Lou,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Garden Party” and many more performed by
Ricky’s twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. Audiences rave
about this heartfelt, energy-packed show.
ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Experience the look, the sound, the pomp and the showmanship of
arguably the greatest live band of all time. Over the last
decade One Night of Queen has toured non-stop around the world,
performing at theatres, arenas and festivals to sell-out crowds.
The show provides hit after hit of Queen’s ‘never-to-die’
anthems including: “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “A
Kind Of Magic,” “I Want To Break Free” and “We Are The
Champions.” So get ready to be upstanding and join us in a
nostalgic return to Queen’s heyday. We will, we will rock you!
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Acclaimed Chicago actor Ronald Keaton brings his one-man show,
Churchill to take the stage. Performing to sold out houses,
Churchill has been engaging history enthusiasts, Anglophiles and
those who appreciate solo performances since its premiere
production last fall. A representative from the International
Churchill Society will conduct an audience talk-back as further
insight into the mind and life of Britain’s great Prime
Minister, Winston Churchill.
LOS LONELY BOYS
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Hailing from San Angelo, TX, Los Lonely Boys are a sibling trio
whose music draws equally from rock, blues, tex-mex, conjunto
and tejano. Their debut album, 2003’s Los Lonely Boys, and its
lead single, “Heaven,” earned them a Grammy Award for Best Pop
Performance the following year. Experience them now as they rock
a decade’s worth of music to audiences across the country.
BROADWAY’S NEXT HIT MUSICAL
An improv comedy show
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Master improvisers gather made-up, hit song suggestions from the
audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and
laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches
as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical—
complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot
twists galore. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical has been seen
recently at the Triad, Tribeca Film Festival and at the New York
Musical Theater Festival, among many others.
THE PASSING ZONE SAVES THE WORLD
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Can Jon Wee and Owen Morse save the world through laughter and
dangerous stunts? It can’t
hurt to try, so that’s exactly what they are going to do! By
temporarily suspending gravity. By
turning chainsaws into dance partners rather than tools for
wiping out rain forests. Through
infectious laughter, not infectious disease. Jon Wee and Owen
Morse have been finalists on
America’s Got Talent, performed at the White House and hold four
Guinness World Records.
Now they save the world from boredom and the mundane by putting
themselves at risk for
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 p.m.
The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,
often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock
and American roots music, has accumulated strings of top ten
hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles” as well
as multiple Grammy, IBMA, and CMA Awards and nominations. Nitty
Gritty Dirt Band is touring in support of their most recent
release, the critically acclaimed album Speed of Life with
recent tour stops at Bonnaroo and Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Silent Film with Theatre Organ Accompaniment by Dennis Scott
One of the greatest movies of all time, Buster Keaton’s The
General, is considered by many to be the finest silent film
ever. Join us for a very special evening: screening The General
with live organ underscoring by nationally revered theatre pipe
organist and official organist of the Buster Keaton Society,
Dennis Scott. Don’t miss this rare treat.
[Text received; ERIN MANGIAN,
BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS]