Camille Metoyer Moten to Perform at OCP

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The Camille Metoyer Moten Songbook

June 8 – 10 at Omaha Community Playhouse

Omaha, Neb.— The Camille Metoyer Moten Songbook, featuring local singer Camille Metoyer Moten, will run June 8 – 10, 2018 at Omaha Community Playhouse in the Howard Drew Theatre. Tickets are now on sale through the OCP box office.

Camille Metoyer Moten brings her signature style back to the Omaha Community Playhouse stage this June! The Camille Metoyer Moten Songbook features standards, pop and jazz favorites, as well as a few classic Barbra Streisand tunes. With songs such as “God Bless the Child,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “On a Clear Day,” and backed by a four-piece band, this production is not to be missed.

Production:    The Camille Metoyer Moten Songbook

Show dates:   Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets:          At the OCP Box Office, by calling (402) 553-0800 or online at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com or http://www.TicketOmaha.com.
Single tickets are $38. For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $35.

Location:        Omaha Community Playhouse, Howard Drew Theatre (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68132)

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Elvis Costello ‘Detours’ into Omaha

ELVIS COSTELLO’S SOLO “DETOUR” CONTINUES IN OCTOBER

Legendary Performer Takes the Holland Center Stage with Larkin Poe Tuesday, October 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Tickets on-sale Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. — (Monday, June 13, 2016) — After playing a series of overseas shows, Elvis Costello will continue his solo “Detour” tour in the US with 12 shows across the Midwest and South, including an October 4 concert in Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets. Larkin Poe will take the stage with Elvis in Omaha.

Tickets, beginning at $46.25, go on sale on Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. They can be purchased at the Ticket Omaha box office in the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas St., by phone at 402.345.0606 or online at TicketOmaha.com.

Elvis Costello’s “Detour” shows have been Costello’s first performances following the publication of his best-selling 2015 memoir, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink” (Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random House). During his October 4th show, expect the same “disarmingly revealing and uproariously funny” (LA Times) performances as Costello plays his best-known songs and selected favorites with just a piano and guitar, all in front of a giant television set projecting family photos, mysteries, mottoes, and other mischief.

Critics are calling Costello’s performance “impressively energetic… and one of the most distinctive in music” (The Telegraph) and “a special night that few besides Costello could create” (Orange County Register).

To learn more about Elvis Costello go to TicketOmaha.com or ElvisCostello.com and Larkin Poe at LarkinPoe.com.

The Man in Black Kicks Off Maples Repertory Season

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ONE WEEK! Can you believe it?! Maples Rep 2016 Season begins on June 15th with the opening of Ring of Fire:  The Music of Johnny Cash which features the music made famous by The Man in Black. Songs like “I Walk the Line, “ “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune “Ring of Fire” take audiences on an inspired musical journey that is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to an American legend. From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. Call now or visit our website to reserve your tickets!

Location:  Maples Repertory Theatre (102 N Rubey St, Macon, MO  63552)

Ticket Prices:  $27 (Main Floor)  $22 (Balcony)

Box Office:  660-385-2924 or http://www.maplesrep.com

Mannheim Steamroller is Coming for Christmas

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

By Chip Davis

Orpheum Theater

Thursday and Friday, December 22 and 23, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (May 17, 2016) – Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live for two performances only at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on Thursday and Friday, December 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. exclusively through www.TicketOmaha.com, (402) 345-0606, or at the box office located at 13th and Douglas streets. Ticket prices range from $38.25 to $78.25.

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Christmas tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the holiday season music category.

Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce the tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. This year’s tour includes many of the performances in a PBS special broadcast airing this year, “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live,” featuring the group’s legendary concert.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.

With 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum-certified records, Chip Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and The Beach Boys with such certifications.

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller

From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age. This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell. In addition to a Grammy Award®, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category. He went on to revolutionize the making and marketing of holiday music. His first Christmas album was released in 1984; the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists. With more than 40 million total records sold including 28 million Christmas albums, Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis is the #1-selling Christmas music artist of all time. Davis, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offers a rich array of lifestyle products on www.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items. His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic.

About MagicSpace Entertainment

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay, and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT. www.magicspace.net

Special Guests MAX And Parade Of Lights Join R5’S Winter 2016 Sometime Last Night Tour

Monday – March 14, 2016 – 7:30 p.m. Holland Performing Arts Center

OMAHA, Neb. – December 15, 2015 – As they wrap up a stellar 2015 that included the release of their highly successful sophomore album Sometime Last Night and subsequent headline world tour of the same name, pop-rock quintet, R5, has announced emerging talents MAX and Parade of Lights as special guests throughout the band’s 20+ city winter 2016 tour leg in addition to previously announced opener Ryland.

Tickets for the March 14, 2016 Omaha performance are available exclusively at www.TicketOmaha.com, 402-345-0606 or at the box office, 13th & Douglas streets. Prices: $49.50 and $37.50.

Parade of Lights, an alt-electro band based in Los Angeles comprised of Ryan Daly, Anthony Improgo, Michelle Ashley & Randy Schulte, will be featured on the first half of the tour, beginning with its January 26 kick-off date in Stockton, Calif.’s Bob Hope Theatre. The group combines equal parts rock, new wave, and shoegaze to create a unique blend of 80’s influenced pop drawing on inspiration from artists like U2, Depeche Mode, M83, and even Madonna. On the strength of having their independent single “We’re the Kids” garner Top 10 spins on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation channel and receive favorable blog reviews, the band signed to Astralwerks Records in 2013. Upon releasing their Golden EP on the label in 2014, Parade of Lights saw the title song used by NBC for its Sochi Winter Olympics promos and subsequently featured in TV campaigns for ESPN, The Voice, Super Bowl XLIX, the Grammys, Oscars and Golden Globes. In June 2015, the band released their debut album, Feeling Electric. The full length got a huge boost when its title track was featured in EA Sports’ FIFA 16 along with the online trailer for the game. In the last two years Parade of Lights has performed and toured with Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Awolnation, Smallpools, Fitz & The Tantrums, and The Neighbourhood among others. They have also played destination festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly and Life Is Beautiful. In the summer of 2016, Parade of Lights will release new music and embark on their first European tour. More information about PoL can be found on their website, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

MAX, a New York City-born pop-soul singer, actor and dancer who was named MTV’s 2015 Artist To Watch, will take over beginning February 24 in Red Bank, N.J. at Count Basie Theatre and continue through the tour’s conclusion on March 17 in Sioux City, Iowa’s Orpheum Theatre. Following in the footsteps of pop moguls Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, MAX’s powerful acrobatic tenor commands attention. 2015 was a banner year for MAX – in February, he signed with Pete Wentz’s DCD2 Records and in March, he released the single “Gibberish” featuring HoodieAllen. The song was one of the selected tracks featured by YouTube for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards alongside songs by Ed Sheeran & Charli XCX, and its groundbreaking music video accumulated over 4.5 million views in just one week and has racked up more than 10.5 million views to date. MAX spent the summer on the road as a featured performer on the Boys of Zummer tour with Fall Out Boy, and Wiz Khalifa before releasing his DCD2 Records-debut EP Ms.Anonymous in September. In October, MAX embarked on his first headline tour across the U.S., which included multiple sold out dates. MAX’s devoted fanbase and original voice has given him an incredibly strong social media presence with over 1.2 million followers on YouTube, 390,000 followers on Twitter and over 940,000 likes on Facebook.

Currently, MAX is gearing up for the December 18 release of his newest EP Wrong as well as working in studio with Pharrell Williams, Wiz Khalifa, and other top producers and songwriters on his upcoming full-length album due in 2016. The singer has also contributed vocals to the debut release of rapper Taylor Bennett, brother of Chance The Rapper. MAX can be found on his website, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

R5’s extensive worldwide touring schedule has not been lost on fans and critics throughout the Sometime Last Night tour since its launch in July 2015. The Arizona Republic described the band as energetic and “super-talented,” noting that they are “unique in today’s pop music scene, eschewing the use of samplers, pre-recorded beats and trendy bass drops, and relying instead on solid songwriting played with a traditional guitar-bass-drums-keys setup.”

Of the band’s sophomore record, the Boston Globe praised that “with their new album, [R5] are striking out into writing their own material…their slightly funky brand of hooky spirited pop wouldn’t be out of place on playlists geared toward those who appreciated mid-period Maroon 5.”

R5 U.S. Winter 2016 Tour Dates

Featuring opener Ryland & Parade of Lights

Date City Venue

January 26, 2016 Stockton, Calif. Bob Hope Theatre

January 27, 2016 Fresno, Calif. William Saroyan Theatre

January 29, 2016 Pomona, Calif. Fox Theater Pomona

January 30, 2016 San Diego, Calif. Balboa Theatre

February 1, 2016 Tucson, Ariz. Tucson Music Hall

February 2, 2016 Albuquerque, N.M. Kiva Auditorium

February 4, 2016 San Antonio, Texas Majestic Theatre

February 6, 2016 Austin, Texas Paramount Theatre

February 9, 2016 Memphis, Tenn. Cannon Center For The Performing Arts

February 10, 2016 Birmingham, Ala. Iron City

February 12, 2016 Orlando, Fla. Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

February 13, 2016 Clearwater, Fla. Ruth Eckerd Hall

February 16, 2016 Augusta, Ga. William B. Bell Auditorium

February 17, 2016 Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Civic Auditorium

February 18, 2016 Charlotte, N.C. Ovens Auditorium

February 20, 2016 Norfolk, Va. The NorVa

February 21, 2016 Richmond, Va. The National

February 23, 2016 Washington, District of Columbia

Lincoln Theatre

Featuring opener Ryland & MAX

Date City Venue

February 24, 2016 Red Bank, N.J. Count Basie Theatre

February 26, 2016 Portland, Maine State Theatre

February 27, 2016 New York, N.Y. Beacon Theatre

March 1, 2016 Providence, R.I. The VETS

March 2, 2016 Burlington, Vt. Flynn Center For The Performing Arts

March 4, 2016 Albany, N.Y. Palace Theatre

March 5, 2016 Rochester, N.Y. Auditorium Theatre

March 7, 2016 Reading, Pa. Santander Performing Arts Center

March 8, 2016 Cleveland, Ohio State Theatre

March 10, 2016 Chicago, Ill. Chicago Theatre

March 11, 2016 Minneapolis, Minn. State Theatre

March 12, 2016 Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines Civic Center

March 14, 2016 Omaha, Neb. Holland Performing Arts Center

March 15, 2016 Tulsa, Okla. Brady Theater

March 17, 2016 Sioux City, Iowa Orpheum Theatre

ABOUT R5:

Led by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ross Lynch, R5 came together in 2009 and is comprised of Lynch’s siblings Riker (bass/vocals), Rocky (lead guitar/vocals), and Rydel (keyboard/vocals), and friend Ellington “Ratliff” (drums/vocals). R5 has rapidly emerged as an exciting new voice in the world of pop-rock. The band has moved one step closer to world domination with the release of their sophomore album, Sometime Last Night, the follow up to their hit debut album LOUDER, which rocketed to No. 1 on iTunes in ten countries upon its September 24, 2013 release.

Sometime Last Night and LOUDER combined have over 47M streams on Spotify. The band has recently appeared on Good Morning America, Ellen, LIVE! with Kelly & Michael and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The band self-released their first EP, Ready Set Rock in 2010 and signed with Hollywood Records in April of 2012 and released their second EP, Loud, on February 19, 2013. The quintet starred in a five-part VEVO series titled “R5 on R5,” which saw cameras follow them on a 2013 sold-out tour that included shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, England and France. The band made a triumphant return to Europe in early 2014 and recently released a six-part VEVO series, R5 Live in London, capturing the mania of R5 fans during a magnetic show in London this past March. The band recently brought R5: All Day, All Night to the big screen for one night only. The documentary takes a never-before-seen look at the band’s career from inception to the present and includes exclusive interviews, concert footage and footage from the band’s early years.

ABOUT AEG LIVE:

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz, and Juanes. The company operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and produces residency shows there including Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, and Reba, Brooks & Dunn; is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas; and produces limited-engagement performances at The Venetian Theatre including Diana Ross in April. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com

The Beatles Would Pay to See the McGuigans

This is the story of three boys who were bestowed the great gift of love for the Beatles by their father.  When their father died tragically young, playing the music of their father’s favorite band helped bring closure and healing.  Now these three boys have taken this great gift and pay tribute to both their father and the greatest band in the history of rock with Yesterday and Today, an interactive Beatles experience currently playing at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Let’s get one thing straight right now.  Though Billy McGuigan and his brothers, Ryan and Matthew, pay tribute to the Beatles with this all request show, they are not a Beatles tribute band.  They don’t wear wigs or adopt Liverpudlian accents.  What they do is present the music of a legendary group that sounds distinctly familiar yet is enhanced by an original feel and energy that is uniquely the McGuigans.

I am a Beatles nut and I make no bones about it.  I own all of their albums, am well versed in their history, and am chock full of obscure knowledge that makes me a devastating Beatles Trivial Pursuit player.  Needless to say, I hold those who cover Beatles songs to exceedingly high standards and the McGuigans and their band shattered those standards and then some in a high energy two plus hour concert that literally had us dancing in the aisles.  If you love the Beatles, you will love this show.

What makes this show so enjoyable is not only the great music, but the incredible camaraderie between the three brothers.  Like the Beatles, the McGuigans have a natural banter with each other and the audience that is full of fun and wit.  These guys can also play.  All three men are multi-instrumentalists with precise musicianship and a minute and exact understanding of all, and I stress ALL, of the Beatles’ work.  They play the well known numbers at your request, but they also know the lesser known numbers as demonstrated with performances of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer and, for the first time in their 8 year history, Baby, You’re a Rich Man which blew the roof off.

Billy McGuigan is the emcee of the show.  He’s also a natural showman and raconteur who revels in the energy of a live crowd and is able to take it and redirect it into the music and back to the audience with something more.  He’s also got a mighty rock tenor voice that shone in numbers such as Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da and I Saw Her Standing There.  Billy is equally as strong on the slower numbers, especially with his haunting performance of Yesterday.

Matthew McGuigan got quite a vocal workout in this evening’s performance as he sang lead on a large number of the night’s tunes in addition to his nimble and flawless bass playing.  Matthew started the night off hot with the ferocious Revolution, had a superb turn with Hey Jude, and nailed the falsetto line in Baby, You’re a Rich Man.  But his capstone number was his pudding sweet solo performance of Blackbird which sent chills down spines.

John Lennon would be proud of Ryan McGuigan’s voice.  Like Lennon, Ryan has a unique vinegar sour singing voice that lends itself beautifully to subtle nuance and emotion.  That incredible instrument was put to excellent use in Come Together, I Am the Walrus (with a little theatricality thrown in for good measure), I Feel Fine, and especially with his solo sequence in This Boy.

The McGuigans are also supported by a band that loves this music every bit as much as they do and even got their own turns in the spotlight.

Jay Hanson was phenomenal on lead guitar and fired off some sensational licks on While My Guitar Gently Weeps and had a remarkable vocal similarity to George Harrison on his rendition of Do You Want to Know a Secret?  Tara Vaughan’s fingers flew across the keyboard and she glowed in a solo during Oh, Darling.  Rich Miller’s drumming fueled the performances with a rock solid backbeat and Aaron Slagle’s cowbell had the crowd roaring for more in A Hard Day’s Night.

As I stated at the beginning of this review, Yesterday and Today is far more than a tribute to the Beatles.  It’s also a tribute to the McGuigans’ father, Bill, who died too soon from leukemia at the age of 42.  Bill can be proud of the legacy he’s left in his sons who do him proud by sharing their father’s love of a band that was simply the best with an act that is nothing but the best.  If tonight’s crowd was any indication, this show is going to be a long series of sellouts.  Do not delay.  Buy a ticket to see this city’s best musical act before the tickets fly out the window.

Yesterday and Today runs at the Omaha Community Playhouse through December 31.  Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm.  There will be a 2pm performance on Sunday, November 29 and a special double performance on New Year’s Eve at 7pm and 10pm.  Tickets cost $40 except for the New Year’s performances which will be $50 for the 7pm show and $75 for the 10pm show.  For tickets, contact the box office at 402-553-0800 or visit the Playhouse’s web site at www.omahaplayhouse.com.  The Omaha Playhouse is located at 6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE.

Rock in the Holidays with the McGuigan Brothers in Yesterday and Today: An Interactive Beatles Experience

Yesterday and Today
©2007 By Rave On Productions

Date: Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 2015

LocationOmaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)

Theatre: Howard Drew Theatre

Curtain times: Thursdays-Saturdays – 7:30 p.m. and Sundays – 6:30 p.m.

Ticket cost: $40

Special Performances:  New Year’s Eve – $50 at 7 p.m. | $75 at 10 p.m.
Contact info: Box Office – (402) 553-0800
Show summary: Billy McGuigan and his brothers (Ryan and Matthew) are back! This all-request Beatles tribute show will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song. Share your stories and relive your memories with your favorite Beatles songs. No two shows are the same, and every show is a guaranteed exhilarating time!