Comedian Nate Bargatze Coming January 26

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November 12, 2019

Following the continued success of his Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid, comedian, actor and writer Nate Bargatze is extending his best-selling Good Problem to Have stand-up tour into 2020, adding stops in more than 40 US cities. Outback Presents brings his tour to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay on January 26, 2020 at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, November 15 at 10 a.m.

Bargatze’s comedy is both clean and relatable, evident in his six appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” following four appearances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” He appeared on “Conan” four times, was a recurring guest on “@midnight,” and had his own “Comedy Central Presents” in 2011. Off-screen, Bargatze was part of Jimmy Fallon’s Clean Cut Comedy Tour, and has done live shows for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait five times. He regularly performs at Bonnaroo, SXSW, Oddball Comedy Festival, Sasquatch, Clusterfest, and the JFL Montreal Comedy Festival, where he’s received critical acclaim multiple years in a row. Bargatze is also in production on a pilot for ABC, which he created and stars in.

Bargatze was featured in Esquire as a ‘Best New Comedian’ by Jim Gaffigan, one of Marc Maron’s ‘Comedians to Watch’ in Rolling Stone, one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” for 2015, and as #1 on Vulture’s ‘50 Comedians You Should Know’ in 2015. His debut one hour special, “Full Time Magic,” premiered on Comedy Central that spring, followed by his debut album, “Yelled at by a Clown,” which reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts and remained on Billboard’s Top Ten Comedy Charts for weeks.

Tickets for the Nate Bargatze Good Problem to Have stand-up tour go on sale on Friday, November 15, at 10 a.m. order by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071 or online at www.WeidnerCenter.com. For more information on Nate Bargatze, including tour dates and tickets, visit natebargatze.com and follow him on Instagram and Twitter @natebargatze.

Nate Bargatze Media Contacts:
Rogers & Cowan | Rob Greenwald & Shae DeWaal
rgreenwald@rogersandcowan.com & sdewaal@rogersandcowan.com

 

Bert Kreischer comes to the Weidner Center Spring 2020

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November 4, 2019

Bert Kreischer brings his Berty Boy Tour presented by Outback Presents to the Weidner Center April 4, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Bert is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and host who performs to sellout crowds across the country. His standup specials “Secret Time” and “The Machine” are currently streaming globally on Netflix. The successful debut of the Body Shots Tour has sold out theaters for 2019. 

Lauded as one of the best storytellers of his generation, Bert seamlessly and sincerely shares anecdotes about his family and fatherhood while showing his ability to prove “that there’s a way to take his [party-boy] antics into middle-age,” Forbes. Bert has evolved from being named Rolling Stone’s 1997 “Number One Partier in the Nation” to one of the top names in comedy. Between his two previous stand-up specials, “The Machine” on Showtime (2016) and “Comfortably Dumb” on Comedy Central (2009), his two podcasts: “Bertcast,” and “Open Tabs,” his YouTube cooking show: “Something’s Burning,” his book Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child (2014), Bert has succeeded in finding the elusive blend of “being a cringe comedian with real insight” -Interrobang

Tickets for the Berty Boy Tour go on sale on Friday, November 8, at 10 a.m. order by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071 or online at www.WeidnerCenter.com. Additional information about Bert Kreischer can be found at BertBertBert.com.

Limited $20 Rush Tickets for Rent

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October 4, 2019

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announced today that a select number of seats in the first rows of the orchestra section will be available for $20 for the October 9 performance of RENT, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical.  The $20 tickets are available for in-person purchases at the Weidner Center Ticket office, located at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, Wis., on the day of performance only, 90 minutes prior to the show. The $20 tickets are limited to two tickets per person.

The tradition of these tickets began in 1996 in New York when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre.  The producers of the show are committed to continuing the tradition of offering these orchestra seats in each city the show will play.

RENT performs at the Weidner Center Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

For general ticket information, call Ticket Star at (800)895-0071 open from 11 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to curtain time(s) on performance days. Visit RentOnTour.net for more information.

Justin Moore Announces April 11 Stop on the Late Nights and Longnecks Tour

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September 23, 2019

Outback Presents will kick-off multiplatinum-selling country artist Justin Moore’s 2020 Late Nights and Longnecks Tour sponsored by ROXOR on sale Friday, September 27 at 11 AM. Tickets for his Green Bay spot on Saturday, April 11, 2020, will be available to purchase online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone (800)895-0071 or in person at Ticket Star located at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Moore recently earned his eighth No. 1 with “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” the lead single off Moore’s fifth studio album ‘Late Nights And Longnecks’ (The Valory Music Co.). The follow-up “Why We Drink,” which he performed on NBC’s TODAY Show, will impact Country radio on Mon., Sept. 30. Listen here: https://youtu.be/Udruzhc-poQ.

Tickets for the Late Nights And Longnecks Tour will go on sale this Fri., Sept. 27 at 11 AM CST via weidnercenter.com.

Justin Moore Press Contacts:
Jaclyn D. Carter | Shore Fire Media | jcarter@shorefire.com
Olivia Del Valle | Shore Fire Media | odelvalle@shorefire.com
Charlotte Burke | Big Machine Label Group | charlotte.burke@bmlg.net
More on Justin Moore: www.justinmooremusic.com & https://shorefire.com/roster/justin-moore

Really Big Prints comes to the Weidner Center

Speakers Announced for the TEDx UW-Green Bay 2019 Event

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September 12, 2019

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is bringing its independently organized TEDx series titled TEDxUW-GreenBay to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Howard Hall on Oct. 24, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 16, 2018 at 11a.m. and are available at WeidnerCenter.com and by phone at 800-895-0071. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Ticket Star Box Office at the Resch Center or at the University Ticketing and Information Center.

“TEDxUW-GreenBay affords the opportunity of using a global platform to share ideas that resonate in our community,” says Kelli Strickland, executive artistic director for the Weidner Center and co-organizer of TEDxUW-GreenBay. “Our six speakers represent six different arenas of experience and expertise but are speaking to ideas and issues that are important to Northeast Wisconsin and beyond.”  The speakers featured at this year’s TEDxUW-GreenBay event are:

Dennis Buehler became president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation in 2017 following 25 years of work in the nonprofit sector. Many of these years were spent as executive director for prominent cultural organizations such as the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre. His leadership also extended to the boards of community, cultural and educational institutions across the United States. In 2005, the Milwaukee Business Journal recognized him as one of its Forty under Forty awardees, along with honoring his work in their inaugural Power Book of top Milwaukee business executives in 2009. He currently serves on the board of Achieve Brown County and POINT for the Basic Needs Giving Partnership. Mr. Buehler’s volunteer work includes the Greater Green Bay Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and a local no-kill animal shelter. He has also spoken on the regional impact of collaborative work at local, state and national conferences. Mr. Buehler is a graduate of Green Bay Southwest High School and UW-Milwaukee where he graduated with high honors in 1993. He lives in Ashwaubenon, Wis. with his wife Treena, an independent artist, and their two daughters Sophia and Audrey.

Renita Robinson is currently the CEO of the YWCA Greater Green Bay. Formerly licensed as a graduate social worker (LGSW), and 6-12th grade English and social studies teacher, Renita was honored as Co-Teacher of the Year by the Boston Anti-Defamation League in 1997, has lead organizations and university departments, been an adjunct instructor, and been a senior grant specialist for the State of Minnesota. Since 1998, Renita has developed curriculum, designed conferences and programs and conducted workshops addressing a wide range of audiences as the owner/trainer of Teach ‘Em To Fish, LLC. She has completed all course work for a doctorate in teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Prior to this season in her life, she was a highly accomplished and decorated student-athlete at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. (i.e.  Dean’s List, All Big-8 Student Athlete, NCAA National Champion in the women’s triple jump in 1989, winner of the 1988 Olympic Trials Exhibition, and formerly ranked 26th in the world in the women’s triple jump).

Siobhan Marks’ Anishinaabe name is Zeegwan Noodenese which means the warm breeze of spring. She is Miigizi (Eagle) Clan and a descendant of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and Cree, which she can trace back to the 1700’s. Her mother was Ojibwe and Irish, hence her Gaelic name “Siobhan.” She is a second-degree Midewiwin of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge in Bad River, Wisconsin and passionate about Anishinaabe culture and language, with an emphasis on the original dress of Woodland women. Over the past 11 years, she has studied historical pieces and has made a number of traditional dresses that she calls “Our Grandmothers Dress,” representing the historical eras this important dress was worn: Pre/Early Contact Era, Fur Trade Era and Reservation Era, as well as contemporary adaptations. She has shared the story of Our Grandmothers Dress and how to make them with women in tribal communities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has presented at conferences, universities and museums, including the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the British Museum in London. She began this work of reclaiming Our Grandmothers Dress with her Uncle, Neil Oppendike, who walked on only a few months ago. She dedicates her work to him because he was her teacher, mentor, and a master beadworker of 67 years who lovingly and patiently shared his knowledge with her.

Vicki Medland is the associate director of UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity where she also teaches courses in biology, environmental science, urban agriculture, and scientific writing, including co-teaching a travel course in conservation biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. She has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia. Her research projects have included aquatic ecology, natural and agricultural biodiversity, and the evolutionary biology of crustaceans inhabiting temporary ponds. She is especially interested in helping people understand, appreciate, and value biodiversity and the natural world around them, and has been presenting talks, workshops, and writing about these topics for more than 20 years.

Andrew Becker is from the small town of Slinger, Wisconsin and completed his bachelor’s degree in human biology with an emphasis in dietetics from UW-Green Bay. He is completing his Ph.D. in biochemistry in Dr. Jong-In Park’s lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The focus of his research is to investigate how certain types of cancers utilize the ERK1/2 signaling pathway to promote their proliferation. Along with his research, Becker has an immense passion for nutrition. He believes it is important for everyone to understand how the foods they eat affect their health. He has made it a life-long goal to continuously teach the public about nutritional health whenever he gets the opportunity.

Jessica Lyn Van Slooten grew up on a farm in Western Michigan and spent summers picking blueberries and reading voraciously. She now lives on the other side of Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wis. where she is an associate professor of English, Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies at UW-Green Bay. She teaches courses on women writers, gender and popular culture, romance writing, and more. Jessica has published numerous articles on teaching and assessing gender studies courses, and popular romance fiction and film. She is currently drafting a romance novel set in a small midwestern town.

Along with the six speakers, the TEDxUW-GreenBay team also includes five coaches that help shape each discussion to fit TEDx standards. This year’s coaches include Danielle Bina and Shauna Froelich, two lecturers of Communication at UW-Green Bay. Also working as TEDx coaches are; Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Chuck Rybak, Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Ryan Martin, and Professor of English, Jennie Young.

The co-organizers for the TEDxUW-GreenBay series are; UW-Green Bay Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, Aaron Weinschenk; Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Kelli Strickland and Ellen Rosewall, professor and chair of UW-Green Bay’s Arts Management program.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Sep 16 at 11:00 a.m. online at WeidnerCenter.com by calling 800-895-0071 and in person at Ticket Star locations.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

The Music of Randy Travis Tour featuring James Dupre and the Original Randy Travis Band

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September 4, 2019

Randy Travis, in partnership with Outback Presents, is proud to announce The Music of Randy Travis Tour featuring country singer and his co-star in The Price, James Dupré. The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s long-time touring band, consisting of Steve Hinson, David Johnson, Lance Dary, Bill Cook, Joe Van Dyke and Herb Shucher along with longtime tour manager Jeff Davis will rejoin “Hoss,” as they affectionately call Travis, on the road for the first time since right before his stroke in 2013. The show will consist of Dupré and the band performing all 16 of his iconic number ones including “On The Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses.” Randy Travis will make a special appearance and VIP passes are available in most markets that include a meet and greet with the country icon, himself. Tickets for the shows will be listed at RandyTravis.com as they go on sale.

“We are incredibly excited to be back on the road and give Randy’s fans a chance to hear his music live again, and who better to sing his many hits than James Dupré?” said Mary and Randy Travis.

Travis recently released Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life which has outpaced projections and has been featured on TODAY, the 700 Club, People Magazine, Billboard and more. The book is available at most online retailers as well as Barnes and Noble, Cracker Barrel, Books-a-Million and more. Always wanting to please his fans, the long-time Grand Ole Opry star also dropped two never-before heard singles this summer, “One in a Row” and “Lead Me Home.”

For more information about The Music of Randy Travis Tour, the Forever and Ever, Amen memoir and everything Randy Travis, please visit www.RandyTravis.com.

About Randy Travis
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors: “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has 22 No. 1 singles, 31 Top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Four of his albums are Gold Records. Four are Platinum. One has gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. In 2017, Randy was honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds™ Nashville. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing. With the help of author Ken Abraham, he released his critically-acclaimed memoir in 2019, Forever and Ever, Amen. For more information please visit RandyTravis.com.

About James Dupré
James Dupré was born and raised in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” Dupré has over 10 million views to his credit on YouTube, with three charted singles on the Billboard Indicator chart, including “Another Love Song,” “Hurt Good,” and “Stoned to Death.” The one-time aspiring meteorologist turned paramedic became a YouTube sensation in 2007 upon posting cover videos of country songs. His pitch-perfect, baritone voice and high engagement through social media platforms like YouTube led to an invitation to perform on Ellen. Shortly after, he released his debut album It’s All Happening in 2010, which charted on Billboard. After signing a record deal with Warner Music Nashville in 2011, Dupré began performing and touring full-time through 2014. Shortly thereafter Dupré appeared on NBC’s The Voice, Season 9, where a four-chair turn ultimately landed him a spot on Adam Levine’s team. The father of four, with another one on the way, made his acting debut in the film, The Price, playing the son of a country singer, portrayed by Randy Travis. For more information on James Dupré and upcoming tour dates, visit www.jamesdupre.com and follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Weidner Philharmonic at the UW-Green Bay Announces Provost Michael Alexander as Conductor for Copland

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August 26, 2019

Michael Alexander, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will conduct the first piece of music to be played by the Weidner Philharmonic at its inaugural concert, September 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The piece that has been added is Aaron Copland’s inspiring “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

A pre-concert dinner has been added. The dinner will be held in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall at 6 p.m. For the dinner and dessert choices, more information can be found when purchasing the tickets online at www.WedinerCenter.com. Tickets for the dinner and the performance are sold separately.

Provost Alexander is also a featured guest in the new episode of the “Bird in the Wings” podcast hosted by Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland. Strickland sits down with Michael to discuss his journey becoming the provost along with his experience in conducting and love for music. To listen to the podcast go to the Bird in the Wings blog hosted by Phoenix Studios at http://blog.uwgb.edu/bird-in-the-wings/.

The new provost comes to UW-Green Bay having served as director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as the interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The Grand Island, NY native lived in Wisconsin from 1995 to 2004. He earned his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee and his doctorate at UW-Madison.

Buoyed by the strong community response to the orchestral concert that opened its 25th anniversary season in 2018, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty and UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced in May the establishment of the Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra. According to UW-Green Bay Music Program Chair and Associate Professor Randy Meder, the Weidner Philharmonic will showcase the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, as well as other accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region, in the outstanding acoustical environment of Cofrin Family Hall.

The Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay performance held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 will consist of the following selections:

The New World Symphony for a New Symphony

Featured Guest Artist:
Victor Yampolsky, Conductor

Featured Artists:
Michael Alexander, Conductor
Kevin Collins, Conductor
Randy Meder, Conductor
Courtney Sherman, Soprano

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (Alexander)
Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal (Yampolsky)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise featuring Courtney Sherman (Meder)
Márquez: Danzón No. 2 (Collins)
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” (Yampolsky)

Tickets for The New World Symphony for a New Symphony with the Weidner Philharmonic at the UW-Green Bay are available by calling Ticket Star at 800-895-0071, online at www.WeidnerCenter.com and in person at all Ticket Star locations.

Two-Time Grammy Nominated Blues-Rock Guitar Superstar Joe Bonamassa Announces 2020 Spring U.S. Tour Dates

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July 19, 2019

Two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock sensation Joe Bonamassa today announces U.S. tour dates for spring 2020, as he gears up for his summer tour embarking on major venues across the East Coast and Midwest in North America. For the newly announced dates next year, Bonamassa leaves no fans behind, making stops through the South and Midwest with performances scheduled for multiple cities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho and Washington. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream

Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic live shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers worldwide. His upcoming dates for the rest of 2019 and newly added shows for 2020 will be no exception! This summer, his tour kicks off on July 22nd at Nashville’s trademark staple Ryman Auditorium and ends at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, where he’ll play a one-of-a-kind celebration, both are venues that Bonamassa has previously sold out! Red Rocks includes two incredible nights of two very different set lists as he celebrates the five-year anniversary of his first-time performing there. Then his fall season include three nights at New York’s incredible Beacon Theatre, amongst other iconic venues.

The 2020 performances will feature a signature selection from his vast catalogue, with classics, reinventions and fan favorites, backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Paulie Cerra (sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and two incredible backup singers, Mahalia Barnes and Jade MacRae.

With his most recent album, Redemption, Bonamassa achieved his 21st #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart. It’s his most ambitious, barrier-breaking studio album yet. With over 30 albums to his credit thus far, including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, the living legend somehow always finds ways to reinvent his artistry.

As Bonamassa is currently in the process of writing his much-anticipated next studio album, audiences can expect to be surprised with some new tracks on his spring tour in 2020. As an artist who spends nearly 200 days a year on the road and his spare time writing new songs, Bonamassa is always curating new ways to diversify his craft, hitting the stage with fervor, and bringing awe and amazement to crowds everywhere.

Tickets for the newly announced dates go to pre-sale on July 23rd and go on sale to the public July 26th.

Today’s announcement follows recent news of two sold-out festivals at sea as part of Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, which greatly benefits music education across the entire nation, and their long-lasting partnership with Sixthman. This includes the 5th sold-out Caribbean sailing of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea in February this year, and the forthcoming maiden voyage in the Mediterranean set for August and 2020’s upcoming Caribbean cruise. The Mediterranean edition of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea will feature performances by Peter Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and dozens more blues artists. Festival cruises are quickly becoming one of the most exciting musical experiences available for fans, being able to vacation and see some of today’s biggest names all at the same time.

Catch Bonamassa as host of the weekly radio show Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa on SiriusXM’s Bluesville at 6pm ET every Monday via SiriusXM channel 74. He explores all aspects of the blues music genre like never before and curates an eclectic mix of everything from legendary classics to historical deep cuts and modern hits.

For additional information, visit jbonamassa.com.

SPRING 2020 TOUR DATES

Wednesday, February 12 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery PAC
Saturday, February 15 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
Sunday, February 16 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, February 25 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Wednesday, February 26 – Pensacola, FL – Saenger Theatre
Friday, February 28 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Saturday, February 29 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Monday, March 2 – Charlotte, NC – Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, March 3 – Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium
Thursday, March 5 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
Friday, March 6 – Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square
Saturday, March 7 – Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square
Monday, March 9 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, March 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Thursday, March 12 – Green Bay, WI – Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, March 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, March 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Tuesday, March 17 – Boise, ID – Morrison Center
Thursday, March 19 – Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center for the Arts
Friday, March 20 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Saturday, March 21 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre

CONNECT:
Website: jbonamassa.com
YouTube: /JoeBonamassaTV
Facebook: @JoeBonamassa
Twitter: /JBONAMASSA
Instagram: /joebonamassa

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation: keepingthebluesalive.org

PRESS CONTACTS:
Big Hassle Media
Jim Merlis
jim@bighassle.com

Cory Councill  (Tour Press)
cory@bighassle.com

Vince Gill Comes to Green Bay, October 19

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June 24, 2019

Grammy® award-winning artist, Vince Gill, is coming to Green Bay, Wisconsin. He will be at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets go on sale Friday, June 28 at 12 p.m. To purchase tickets visit WeidnerCenter.com, call Ticket Star at 800-895-0071 or visit Ticket Star located at 1901 S. Oneida Street Green Bay, Wisconsin.

After working in the industry for more than 40 years and selling over 26 million albums, Gill is one of the most successful musicians and guitarists of his time. Gill recently released the record Down To My Last Bad Habit, of which he wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs. Combining a deep knowledge of Americana, bluegrass and classic country with the fire of ’60s rock, Gill has earned a place next to his musical heroes. In addition to his solo shows, in 2017, Gill was invited to join the Eagles for a number of festival shows and continued to join them onstage throughout 2018.

Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country Music Association’s “Single of the Year Award.” Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history. Since 1990, Gill has received 21 Grammy® award and has sold more than 26 million albums. The Academy of Country Music has handed Gill 8 awards, including their prestigious “The Home Depot Humanitarian Award” and the “Career Achievement Award.” Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a member of the six-time Grammy-winning band The Time Jumpers; Rounder Records released the band’s second studio album, Kid Sister, in 2016.

Gill’s high, pure tenor voice and unerring sense of harmony have caused dozens of artists—from Reba McEntire to Dolly Parton to Barbra Streisand—to embrace him as a duet partner. He is both a world-class guitar picker and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. Gill has produced albums for LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant as well as Ashley Monroe and has made guest appearances on more than 500 albums including Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, George Jones and more.

For a full list of tour dates, news and more, visit www.VinceGill.com.
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/vincegill
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/vgcom
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vincegillofficial/

Larry the Cable Guy Remain Seated Tour Coming November 30

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June 17, 2019

PMI Entertainment Group and Outback Concerts present Larry The Cable Guy: Remain Seated at the Weidner Center on Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m. featuring new material. The Remain Seated Tour dates, including the show at the Weidner Center, will lead up to a special live taping of Larry The Cable Guy’s new comedy special, occurring on December 7 in Joliet, IL.

Tickets for Larry The Cable Guy: Remain Seated in Green Bay, WI go on sale this Friday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at WeidnerCenter.com

Larry the Cable Guy is a multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country.  He has his own line of merchandise and continues to tour across the United States.  Larry has created The Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after Larry’s signature catchphrase, and has donated more than 7 million dollars to various charities.

Larry The Cable Guy will be filming a new special with all new material at the end of 2019.  He has a comedy special with Jeff Foxworthy, which is currently available on Netflix.   In addition, Larry launched his own comedy channel “Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup” on SIRIUSXM.  The channel is a partnership with SIRIUSXM and Jeff Foxworthy.  It showcases the best in great American comedy.  You’ll hear hilarious material from this dynamic duo as well as comedy from some of their personal favorite comedians.

Larry starred in the movie Jingle all the Way 2 (2014) for FOX Home Entertainment. Other recent film credits include A Madea Christmas (2013), Tooth Fairy 2 (2012), Witless Protection (2008), Delta Farce (2007) and his first feature Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006).  When Health Inspector was released on DVD in August, 2006 it sold more than 1 million copies in the first week of release.

Larry is also the voice of the beloved Mater in the Golden Globe winning animated feature film Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011) from Disney/Pixar.  Both movies opened number one at the box office and combined have grossed more than 1 billion dollars worldwide.  Larry returned as the voice of Mater for Cars 3 (2017).

Larry’s road to stardom also included the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which grossed more than 15 million dollars. The ensemble cast of comedians included Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. The tour’s success led to Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie, which premiered on Comedy Central in November of 2003 and at the time, was the highest rated movie in the channel’s history. The DVD has sold more than 4 million units. The sequel Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again, has sold more than 3 million units. In March of 2006, the Blue Collar boys reunited to shoot Blue Collar Comedy Tour, One For The Road in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. The movie had its world premiere on Comedy Central June 4, 2006, again receiving some of the highest ratings. The soundtrack was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award.

Larry has won Billboard’s 2005 Comedy Artist of the year and Comedy Album of the year and he received the Billboard Top Comedy Tour Award in 2006.

Tickets on Sale this Friday, June 14 at 11 am for the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season

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June 12, 2019

Tickets for the 2019-2020 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season are on sale outside of subscription Friday, June 14 at 11 am. Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone (800)895-0071 or in person at Ticket Star located at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The season will kick off with an inaugural performance by the Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. This season there are a variety of performances that cannot be missed.

Popular shows include: Ballet Folklòrico, which is performed by students from the University of Nayarit, acclaimed musical RENT, And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey on the Trail of Tears, Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band joining the 50th Anniversary of Jazz Fest. Plus, Speakeasy on Stage and (M)iyamoto is Black Enough, which will be immersive onstage events, as well as the Weidner Center’s self-produced run of Always…Patsy Cline.

Comedians Lewis Black, September 29, and Jo Koy, October 24, are currently on sale.

For a complete listing of all events go to WeidnerCenter.com.

The 2019-2020 on sale events are as follows:

September 2019
6          Ballet Folklórico – University of Nayarit
28        Weidner Philharmonic: The New World Symphony for a New Symphony
29        Lewis Black

October 2019
9          RENT
12        Brown County Civic Music Association – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
24        Jo Koy
25        Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

November 2019
9-10    PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
14-16  And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey on the Trail of Tears
21        Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 2019
12        Swing for the Holidays: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
16        Allouez Village Band
20-21  Holiday Pops

January 2020
18        Doctors in Recital
25        Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 2020
14        The Q Brothers present Othello: The Remix
20        (M)iyamoto is Black Enough
22        Weidner Philharmonic: Casablanca – An American Classic with Live Orchestration

March 2020
12        Joe Bonamassa
27        Broadway Princess Party
28        Speakeasy on Stage

April 2020
6          Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

May 2020
7          Brown County Civic Music Association presents the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
8-24     Always…Patsy Cline

Comedian Jo Koy Announces the 2019 “Just Kidding” World Tour

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May 20, 2019

Comedian Jo Koy will launch his Just Kidding World Tour this fall and will bring the tour to Green Bay on October 24 at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on-sale Thursday, May 23 at 10am. Ticket prices start at $39 and will be available to purchase at WeidnerCenter.com, 800-895-0071 or in person at Ticket Star located at the Resch Center.

The comedian is currently wrapping up his sold-out Break the Mold World Tour just in time for his highly anticipated Netflix special, Comin’ In Hot releasing June 2019. The Just Kidding World Tour will feature all new material not on the previous tour and upcoming special.

Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. As one of today’s premiere stand-up comedians, Koy sells out theaters and arenas around the world, and has been breaking ticket sale records with his infectious and explosive energy on-stage. He pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, with material that has universal appeal.

In 2018, Koy was given the prestigious “Stand-Up Comedian Of The Year” award at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and recently hit #1 on the Billboard Charts for his stand-up comedy album, Live From Seattle.

The comedian can also be heard on his weekly podcast, The Koy Pond with Jo Koy by Starburns Audio. Additionally, Koy has had three highly rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix including his most recent 2017 Netflix special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle.

Koy has appeared on over 140 episodes of Chelsea Lately as a season regular roundtable guest. Other appearances include: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Beat Bobby Flay, The Breakfast Club, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, Spike TV’s Adam Carolla & Friends Build Stuff Live, Celebrity Page TV, VH1, World’s Funniest Fails, Sean in the Wild, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly

Weidner Center Announcement of the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season

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May 15, 2019

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts revealed the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. during a special event for patrons, press and the campus community. This season the Weidner Center celebrates a theme of “Connection.”

“This season features artist and titles that we know and love, as well as artists that connect us to the world beyond us. I hope that audiences will partake of both opportunities,” states Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland. “The tunes of Patsy Cline, Carole King and Duke Ellington are comfortable and assuring like a warm blanket. It is equally powerful to enjoy and appreciate artists that shed light on something different from our experiences, like DeLanna Studi, the Q Brothers or the dancers of Nayarit.”

The establishment of the Weidner Philharmonic at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, builds upon the success of the Weidner Center’s 25th Anniversary Concert and fulfills the promise of Cofrin Family Hall’s celebrated acoustics. The orchestra will showcase the talented UW-Green Bay music faculty and their accomplished musician colleagues who work, play and live in the region.

The Weidner Center connection continues this season by moving audiences closer to artists with immersive onstage experiences. In two unique events, the Speakeasy On Stage and (M)iyamoto is Black Enough (MiBE), the Cofrin Family Hall stage will be transformed with audiences seated onstage with the artists. With big band music, bartenders mix up old fashioneds and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra leads the hepcats to the dance floor – patrons will be a part of the transformation to the Speakeasy On Stage.  Fresh from the Kennedy Center, (M)iyamoto is Black Enough (MiBE) will embed the audience on stage in a club atmosphere for this spoken word with original musical composition collaboration. MiBE will be part of a season-long Word Festival celebrating hip hop theatre, spoken word and storytelling. The Weidner Center is proud to continue connecting with artists by producing again this season, this time with co-producers Theo Ubique, for a three week run of Always…Patsy Cline in the intimate Fort Howard space.

This year we continue to build upon the popular UW-Green Bay Music “6:30 Concert Series” and introduce a new connection with the UW-Green Bay Theatre faculty for the “Think Theatre” series.  These series are designed to connect the campus the community and will showcase the talents of our faculty and their collaborators.

Through our ongoing Creative Green Bay series, the Weidner Center is proud to present the best of our community’s many performing arts organizations. We welcome to the Weidner stage perennial favorites, the Allouez Village Band, Doctors in Recital, the Dudley Birder Chorale, Birder Studio of Performing Arts and Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization. We are especially excited about our growing partnership with the Brown County Civic Music Association, celebrating their 92nd year of presenting professional artists of national and international acclaim.

Tickets

Weidner Center 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season tickets are currently on sale via subscription. To become a Weidner subscriber, simply select three or more Weidner Center events. Subscribers have the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms, downloadable from www.WeidnerCenter.com, reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price on June 14, 2019, when single tickets go on sale to the general public. You can place your subscription order online at WeidnerCenter.com, by calling 800-895-0071 or in person at all Ticket Star locations. Groups of 10 or more can order now by calling Kelly at Ticket Star at 920-405-1135. Single tickets go on sale to the general public June 14, 2019, at 11a.m. All ticketing information is available at www.WeidnerCenter.com.

Special show items to note: Tickets for Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure are on sale now. Tickets for Joe Bonamassa will go on sale in July. Tickets for the University Music and Theatre Season go on sale in September.

2019-2020 Performing Arts Season lineup

September 2019
6          Ballet Folklórico – University of Nayarit
28        Weidner Philharmonic: The New World Symphony for a New Symphony

October 2019
9          RENT
12        Brown County Civic Music Association – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
25        Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

November 2019
9-10    PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
14-16  And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey on the Trail of Tears
21        Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 2019
12        Swing for the Holidays: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
16        Allouez Village Band
20-21  Holiday Pops

January 2020
18        Doctors in Recital
25        Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 2020
14        The Q Brothers present Othello: The Remix
20        (M)iyamoto is Black Enough
22        Weidner Philharmonic: Casablanca – An American Classic with Live Orchestration

March 2020
12        Joe Bonamassa
27        Broadway Princess Party
28        Speakeasy on Stage

April 2020
6          Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

May 2020
7          Brown County Civic Music Association presents the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
8-24    Always…Patsy Cline

 

UW-Green Bay Music Season

October 2019
11-13  American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition
15        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band
18        Concert Choir & University Singers

November 2019
25        Jazz Ensembles*

December 2019
3          Chamber Ensembles
4          Concert Choir & University Singers
6          Wind Ensemble/Orchestra & Symphonic Band

January 2020
25        Jazz Fest 50 with special guest Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 2020
8          Annual Honors Recital
28        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band

March 2020
6          Concert Choir & University Singer
12        Jazz Ensembles*

April 2020
18        Opera Workshop
23        Wind Ensemble/Orchestra and Symphonic Band
24        Concert Choir & University Singers
30        Jazz Ensembles

May 2020
6          Chamber Ensembles

*Event held in University Theatre in the UW-Green Bay Theatre Hall building.

 

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Season

October 2019
17-19, 23-26 Mary Jane

November 2019
21-23              The Rocky Horror Show

February 2020
27-29              This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity

March 2020
4-7                  This Random World, The Myth of Serendipity

April 2020
4-5                 DanceWorks
24, 25, 30      A Doll’s House, Part 2

 

6:30 Concert Series and Think Theatre Events

September 2019
12        Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar*
16        Pro Arte String Quartet

October 2019
28        Michael Rector Piano Recital
29        The Children by Lucy Kirkwood*

February 2020
11        Words and Music: A Program of Monologues*
29        a very small consortium

March 2020
10        Future/Primitive: Percussion and Technology – Bill Salak percussion

April 2020
29        Pierrot Lunaire

*A Think Theatre Series
All take place in Fort Howard Hall

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

UW-Green Bay Music Faculty Establishing New Philharmonic Orchestra

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May 15, 2019

Buoyed by the strong community response to the orchestral concert that opened its 25th anniversary season in 2018, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty and UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, announced today the establishment of the Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra.

According to UW-Green Bay Music Program Chair and Associate Professor Randy Meder, the Weidner Philharmonic will showcase the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty, as well as other accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region, in the outstanding acoustical environment of Cofrin Family Hall.

“UW-Green Bay is proud to make this investment in the culture of our city and region, said Meder. “It’s a privilege to be able to build upon a decades-long tradition of quality professional classical music in our area. We can’t wait to get started!”

The new orchestra makes its home in the UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and is committed to professional presentations of engaging and creative musical programming. The ensemble will serve to fill the musical and cultural void left in the community when the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra ceased operations in 2015.

“As an extension of UW-Green Bay, the orchestra’s mission resonates with the mission of the University,” noted Meder. “The Weidner Philharmonic will be a driver of cultural enrichment for the campus and surrounding community, serve as a laboratory for collaborative scholarship through the curation, direction, and public performance of musical works, offer valuable educational opportunities to UW-Green Bay students in all areas of study, foster diversity and inclusion by selecting works that represent a wide array of musical genres and voices and by building bridges to new orchestral audiences, and embodies the deep value of community-based partnerships by engaging musicians from across Northeast Wisconsin.”

On Wednesday, the Weidner also announced two performances by the orchestra within the next year, one in September and another in February, as part of the Weidner Center’s 2019-20 season lineup. “Our newly established orchestra opens the 2019-2020 season with a symphony composed by Dvorák in 1893,” shared Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland. “This Czech composer came to the ‘new world’ and discovered Native American music and African-American spirituals, which he wove throughout what was to become Symphony No. 9 or the ‘New World Symphony,’ arguably one of the most famous symphonies today. He built a bridge between cultures and time by celebrating the tradition of the western symphony and the musical traditions of underrepresented voices in the classical world. We will extend that bridge even further by bringing a new orchestra to this community to play it.”

“Georgia and I are extremely pleased and excited about the establishment of the Weidner Philharmonic Orchestra,” shared UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “This is an important step in the growth of our music program which we believe and hope will be among the best in the country.”

The Artistic Programming Committee of the Weidner Philharmonic is comprised of UW-Green Bay Music faculty members Randy Meder, Kevin Collins, Adam Gaines, Michelle McQuade-Dewhirst, Bill Sallak and Courtney Sherman.

For more information about the Weidner Philharmonic, http://www.weidnercenter.com/weidner-center-philharmonic/.

PMI Entertainment Group presents: Lewis Black “Joke’s On Us” tour

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April 29, 2019

PMI Entertainment Group presents the Lewis Black “Joke’s On Us” tour at the Weidner Center on Sunday, September 29, 7 p.m. Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.

Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

In 1996, his friend Lizz Winstead tapped him to create a weekly segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” The segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into Back in Black, becoming one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show for both the Jon Stewart era, and now The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

In the midst of a rigorous touring schedule, regular TV appearances and movie roles, Black has written three best-selling books: “Nothing’s Sacred” (Simon and Schuster, 2005), “Me of Little Faith” (Riverhead Books, 2008) and “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” (Riverhead Books, 2010). All garnered critical praise as well commercial success and spent numerous weeks on the New York Times best sellers list.

Tickets are $59, $49, $39 and go on sale Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at WeidnerCenter.com, the Ticket Star Box Office in the Resch Center or by phone at 800.895.0071.

Now Accepting Nominations and Applications for TEDxUW-Green Bay!

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April 8, 2019

The Weidner Center is proud to host the second annual TEDxUW-Green Bay organized by faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

“After last year’s overwhelming response to TEDxUW-GreenBay, we are excited to announce that the application and nomination process is now open,” said Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director of the Weidner Center. “We had hundreds of submissions for speakers and the event itself was sold out, so our hope is to build upon that success. The TEDx videos from last year’s event now have more than 100,000 views. It’s a powerful platform.”

Speaker nominations and applications are being accepted until April 30, 2019 at 5:00pm. Organizers seek the boldest and most impactful ideas being generated in this community. This event will take place on October 24, 2019. To apply or nominate a speaker, visit www.tedxuwgreenbay.com.

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. and Chair of Political Science, Aaron Weinschenk, shared his excitement about the announcement of the second TEDx event at the university; “We are thrilled to announce that we are seeking applications for the second annual TEDxUW-Green Bay! Our inaugural TEDx event last year was an amazing one and we’re excited for year number two! If you have an idea worth spreading, please consider submitting an application. Alternatively, if you know someone who would be a great speaker, please send them our way!”

New to the TEDxUW-Green Bay team this year is Ellen Rosewall, professor and chair of UW-Green Bay’s Arts Management program. Rosewall expressed her thoughts on the event, saying “The first TEDx event last November was a highlight of my year. The speakers were inspiring, the audience curious and engaged. I’m so proud to be a part of the organizing team this year!”

This year, co-organizers Weinschenk, Rosewall and Strickland will be joined on the Speaker Selection Committee by President and CEO of Prevea Health, Dr. Ashok Rai, and newly retired CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Gail McNutt.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED’s podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” coming to Green Bay!

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April 1, 2019

All paws on deck! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure during the hit live stage show, playing at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, November 9 & 10. Tickets for all four performances go on sale April 12, 2019 and can be purchased at www.WeidnerCenter.com, www.ticketstaronline.com or by phone at 800-895-0071.

In PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. When Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue! Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma save Cap’n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure. Things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger wants to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including help from the newest pup who’s all ears…Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too big, no pirate pup is too small!

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” follows the first live show PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” now in its fourth season. PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” includes two acts and an intermission, and incorporates an innovative costume approach to help bring the pups to life on stage. The performance is interactive, encouraging audiences to learn pirate catchphrases, dance the pirate boogie and help the pups follow the treasure map and solve picture puzzles during their mission!

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” coming to Green Bay!
Saturday, November 9, 2019 • 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10, 2019 • 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $19.50. Tickets are available at the Ticket Star Box Office at Resch Center, www.WeidnerCenter.com, www.ticketstaronline.com or by phone at 800-895-0071. Additional fees and special offers may apply. A limited number of V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) Packages are available, starting at $114. Package features premium show seating, a commemorative lanyard, and an after-show Meet & Greet with PAW Patrol Live! walk-around characters.

For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for presale and other exclusive offers, visit www.pawpatrollive.com. Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive. *Citi is the official credit card of the PAW Patrol Live! tours. Citi cardholders can visit www.CitiPrivatePass.com for more information on presale tickets.

VStar Entertainment Group is a leading entertainment company and producer of unforgettable live experiences for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From concept through activation, VStar imagines and creates custom tours featuring original content and licensed, branded tours that provide highly engaging entertainment for fans of all ages. With nearly four decades of expertise in all aspects of event production and management, VStar delivers turnkey, in-house solutions for theatrical shows, interactive exhibits and brand activations. VStar also creates custom-fabricated mascots and costumes, large-scale sets, scenery and 3-D installations, serving as a valued resource for professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies and experiential marketing agencies. Acquired in 2018 by global live entertainment leader, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, VStar has presented more than 40,000 live performances across 40 countries and entertains nearly three million guests annually.  For more information, visit www.vstarentertainment.com.

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

William Shatner Live on Stage Cancellation

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March 25, 2019

William Shatner Live on Stage on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. is canceled due to scheduling conflict. There will be no make-up date.

Refunds will be automatically issued at the point of purchase through Ticket Star.  Credit card purchases will receive an automatic refund via the original tender.

Buyers who purchased with cash or check must bring their tickets to the Ticket Star Office located at the Resch Center (1901 S Oneida St, Green Bay, WI 54304) to receive a refund. Tickets can also be mailed to Ticket Star at P.O. Box 10567, Green Bay, WI 54307.

Political Strategists, Former Presidential Advisors Axelrod and Rove Holding Point/Counterpoint Conversation at UW-Green Bay

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March 6, 2019

National political strategists and former senior advisors to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, David Axelrod and Karl Rove, will be on the UW-Green Bay campus for a Point/Counterpoint Conversation on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Weidner Center.

The event, sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, is free and open to the public and designed to provide and promote civil, non-partisan and thought-provoking conversation about election polling and strategy, politicians and presidents, red and blue culture, the state of our democracy, the media and more. Registration for the event is required and is available thompsoncenter.wisc.edu and http://www.weidnercenter.com/events/axelrod-rove/

David Axelrod is a Senior Political Commentator, CNN and Host, the Axe Files; Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2011). Karl Rove is a Fox News contributor and Wall Street Journal columnist, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush and a best-selling author. Award-winning journalist and distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School Mike Gousha will moderate the one-hour discussion, which will include an audience Q&A session.

According to Thompson Center Director and Political Science Professor Ryan J. Owens, the UW-Green Bay event exemplifies the Center’s mission to bring important conversations and highlight successful public leaders to communities across Wisconsin. “We are excited to hold our first on-campus event in a community that is bustling with innovation, growth and emerging public leaders.”

“Universities are places of discovery and conversation around important topics that foster the development of leaders,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller. “We are proud to welcome these distinguished thought leaders to our campus to be a part of the public discourse at this critical time in our nation’s history.”

About David Axelrod
David Axelrod is a preeminent American political strategist and commentator and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Axelrod currently serves as the founding director of the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics and as a senior political commentator for CNN. He is the host of The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast featuring in depth conversations with public figures across the political spectrum. A televised version of the show airs monthly on CNN. A former political writer for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod produced media strategy and advertising for 150 campaigns across the U.S., culminating in President Obama’s historic elections. Axelrod is also the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

About Karl Rove
With over four decades of experience in the political arena, including serving as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, Karl Rove is an iconic strategist whose provocative and robust knowledge of the major issues of the day have made him one of the most sought-after commentators of our time. Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone as “unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon” and by Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard as “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.”

About Mike Gousha
Mike Gousha serves as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School. An award-winning journalist, Gousha explores important public policy issues through his work at the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education. He is the host of the Law School’s “On the Issues” conversation series, and has been the sole moderator of numerous political debates held at the Law School, including the final debate of Wisconsin’s historic 2012 recall election for Governor.  In addition to his work at Marquette, Gousha recently completed an 11-year stint as a contributing anchor and political analyst at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, where he hosted the statewide political program, “UpFront with Mike Gousha.”

About The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership
The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership was established to provide a multi-disciplinary, non-partisan environment to study, discuss, and improve leadership.  Students, faculty members, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders come together to share knowledge and learn about successful public leadership.  We pledge to pursue leadership, to foster collegiality, and to be problem-solvers. For more information visit thompsoncenter.wisc.edu.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.