Random Acts Series

2014-2015 "Random Acts" Series (RAS)

  
A variety of events and rentals. Many of the performers are up-and-comers who might not be familiar to you. We present them at very affordable ticket prices to encourage you to come and bring family and friends! 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
St. Jude's Concert for the Kids

a benefit fundraiser concert for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Up-close and personal acoustic show with
Big & Rich, Parmalee & Jackie Lee

Tickets: $30 each (no discounts or vouchers are accepted for this benefit concert)
On-sale Thursday, October 9 @ Noon 
The limited number of tickets up front that included an artist meet & greet for $100 each are sold out!

BIG & RICH:
 
Big & RichAs Big & Rich, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin have exerted a definite “gravitational pull” to the direction modern country music has taken. Their much anticipated new project, “Gravity” provides a stellar example of the genius of their creative brotherhood--the result of two unique musical personalities colliding to form an even greater positive sum total.
 
From the vantage point of today’s career success, John notes: “When Kenny and I were first considering doing music together some 15 years ago, I can recall like it was yesterday him saying, ‘Man, we are like two individual planets— wouldn’t it be awesome to collide and smash the universe together,” he recalls.  “We definitely felt that creative gravitational pull from the beginning and I think it continues to translate into the music.”
 
They are America's Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, entertainers—and now the creative force behind their own label imprint, Big & Rich Records. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.
 
Big & Rich have, of course, made a career of being relatable and musically relevant since exploding into the public consciousness in 2003 as the rarest of breeds—true country music game changers. With 2004’s triple-platinum Horse of a Different Color, they were able to tap into the best strands of a wide spectrum of popular music, filter them through their pens and voices and produce a sound that is instantly recognizable, if not classifiable.
 
"You still can't really define what that sound is," says John. "Even we can't."
 
It begins, of course, with that one-of-a-kind vocal blend, as unique and compelling as any in the history of the popular airwaves.
    

PARMALEE

ParmaleeParmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. Matt and Scott Thomas grew up near Greenville, NC watching their father Jerry front a popular local southern rock blues band. The boys watched and learned, picking up their own instruments and jamming along with their dad's band. From this they learned how to integrate their own style into the songs they were playing. Barry Knox, who played drums for the church choir, loved what his cousins were doing and soon joined them.

All that practice paid off one night when Matt and Scott, then teenagers, snuck into a club to watch their father perform. "The guitar player got too drunk before the gig and didn't show," Matt explains. "I knew all the songs so my dad called me on stage. I was in the band from that point on." Scott replaced the drummer, and Barry learned bass in order to secure his spot in the band. The line-up became the newly minted The Thomas Brothers Band. The Thomas Brothers Band cut their teeth on the local club circuit and would often share the marquee with a cover band that starred their friend Josh McSwain on guitar and keys. Josh’s upbringing paralleled Matt, Scott and Barry’s. A fan of Josh’s musical prowess, Matt invited Josh to play with Barry, Scott and himself. The foursome clicked immediately on stage. Their first gig was held at local watering hole, Corrigans, near East Carolina University where the guys went to school. From this moment in 2001 Parmalee was born.

The band developed a devout regional following based on the intensity of their live shows. All of Parmalee’s hard work, dedication and perseverance is paying off in a big way. Country fans voted the band’s debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time,” #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown and the song became a Top 40 hit on mainstream country radio. The fun-loving party anthem has been featured in national sporting event broadcasts from the PGA to MLB. Parmalee was named a “Bubbling Under Artist” by Billboard magazine (June 2013) and one of Clear Channel’s NEW! Artists to Watch in 2013. MTV Networks also hand-picked Parmalee to perform as part of its 2013 O Music Awards and the foursome recently appeared on the 4th Annual American Country Awards. Parmalee recently made history when its multi-week #1 smash “Carolina” became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. Parmalee was also the first multi-member Country act to garner a #1 single on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/ Country Aircheck charts since Florida Georgia Line. “Carolina” was recently certified GOLD (for over 500,000 in sales) by the RIAA.

Parmalee’s debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, has earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. A 2014 semi-finalist for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “New Artist of the Year” award, Parmalee recently joined one of country’s leading male vocalists, Jake Owen, on his Days Of Gold Tour as the band’s new single, “Close Your Eyes” climbs the country radio charts.


JACKIE LEE

Jackie LeeCountry vocal stylist Jackie Lee was only six years old when he stepped into a professional recording studio to cut songs with famed country songwriter, musician and producer Carson Chamberlain. Sixteen years later, Chamberlain is hard at work in the studio producing Jackie’s debut album – his first as a Broken Bow recording artist.

Influenced by classic country singers like Faron Young and Keith Whitley as well as popular music icons like Michael McDonald, Bob Seger -- and even Justin Timberlake – Jackie has carved out a distinctive style that lends his big, soulful vocals to both arena-ready country rockers like “Show You Around” as well as to the most tender of love songs such as the lovelorn and riveting “First Girl.” His debut single for Broken Bow Records, “She Does,” became the Most-Added Country song in the U.S. upon release. “She Does” captures the refined and distinctive style of Lee’s bold, soulful vocals.

Jackie’s versatility as a musician and vocalist may come as a surprise from the 23-year-old Maryville, TN native. At once unassuming and charismatic, Jackie was a celebrated high school athlete who played baseball, basketball and helped the Alcoa High School football team win two state championship rings. In fact the rising star, whose first love was the drums before taking up guitar and piano, turned down the chance to spend two more years playing center to future Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb to pursue his dreams of a musical career.

Jackie’s music is as accessible as the artist himself, a man with an easy laugh, an engaging manner and an optimistic outlook on life: “I never knew my papaw," he says, "but my dad talks about him all the time. He used to say, 'It doesn't cost a bit more to dream big than to dream little. People on my team tell me, 'You need to get your expectations right, but I say, 'I'll let you guys do that.' I'm going to reach for the stars."


Family FriendlySaturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30pm

Patriots Symphonic Band
Christmas Concert


Tickets: $12/Adults; $10/Seniors; $6/Students; Free/Children 12 and under

Ring in the holiday spirit with the premier musical event of the Christmas season!  The Patriots Symphonic Band returns to Stocker Arts Center to present a heartwarming and fun collection of Christmas music for the entire family.  Conducted by award-winning director Harry Pfingsten, the 90-member Patriots Band will fill the hall with a wide variety of musical selections ranging from your favorite holiday carols and touching traditional hymns, to uplifting concert pieces and familiar Christmas songs. Hear "March of the Toys," "Sleigh Ride," "Home for Christmas," and many more, presented with the big sound of this fully-instrumented symphonic band.  For 2014, a new musical composition by Air Force Senior Airman Jeremy S. Martin creates the musical setting for "Hababy's Christmas Eve" written by actor Jamie Farr. Music and narration tell the timeless story of Christmas in a new way - one that parents and children are sure to enjoy. Don’t miss this Stocker Center holiday tradition and fun family event!  http://www.patriotsband.com/   
 




    
Friday, March 27 at 7pm &
Saturday, March 28 at 2pm & 7pm

Open Door Patriot Theatre presents

*Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Family Friendly

 

 

Tickets: $12 each

Disney’s animated classic comes to life on stage with all of the favorite characters and songs.  Belle will charm you, Gaston will make you laugh and the Beast will fall in love.

 

 


Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:00pm

The Musical Theater Project and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

“Swing's the Thing”

Tickets: $15 each for adults; $10 each for LCCC students with valid ID and children 18 and under

Driven by the blast of the Big Bands and their hep star vocalists, the Swing Era was electrifying.  From the mid-1930s through the end of World War II, millions of dance-crazed young people went crazy for a new sound, and the creators of Broadway and Hollywood musicals eagerly jumped on the bandstand. Our concert is a salute to a golden era in musical theater history, with songs ranging from "This Can't Be Love," “Accentuate the Positive,” "I Hear Music," and "Jeepers Creepers" to  “Swinging on a Star.” The evening will feature some rare film clips of the Big Bands in film musicals, and as for Broadway, the theater district was only a few blocks away from the cradle of swing on 52nd Street. Hosted by Bill Rudman, Joe Hunter and Paul Ferguson, and featuring Erin Keckan, Ray Porrello, Tony Sias, Bryan Thomas who will be joined by five horn players from the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. So put on your zoot suit and your reet pleet…and come and enjoy an evening of great music!  http://www.musicaltheaterproject.org/; http://www.clevelandjazz.org/ 


Family FriendlyTuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm

Soul Street Dance in

“Breakin' Backwards”


Tickets: $15 each for adults; $10 each for LCCC students with valid ID and children 18 and under

Soul Street DanceSoul Street Dance of Houston, TX presents their newest concert – “Breakin' Backwards” – where bustin’ moves take on decades past. Four male street dancers perform their high energy, highly entertaining and diverse choreography to the most popular music of the decades. The music includes a wide range of selections from Vivaldi, to Debussy, to Count Basie, to Elvis Presley, to the Temptations, to Aerosmith to Michael Jackson, and more. Soul Street Dance appeals to all ages and all ethnicities and cultures, bringing their youthful enthusiasm to audiences everywhere.

Soul Street Dance is unique for their way of incorporating different styles of street dance. Under the direction of Javier Garcia, Soul Street presents a new era in dance. While pushing the artistic boundaries in street dance, they maintain the true essence of the culture. The company dates back to 1996, as a self-taught street crew competing for recognition in the Houston area. They quickly caught the attention of the artistic director of Fly Dance Company. They then became the company’s principal dancers and helped turn Fly into a national touring sensation. Soul Street concerts consist of high-energy movement that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The music is an eclectic mix ranging from hip-hop to classical. It’s a show that will make you laugh and keeps audiences of all ages entertained.

Meet the Soul Street Company Members:
JAVIER GARCIA – Co-founder/Director 
Known for his creative b-boyin tricks, power moves and blowups, Javier also portrays a witty comedic side on and off the stage. He has more than 10 years of performance experience and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and many other countries. He has performed at some of the most prestigious theatres and festivals worldwide with some of Hip Hop's biggest musical acts. Last but certainly not least, he has been Captain of the Launch Crew for the NBA's Houston Rockets for the last 8 years.

ROCK WILLIAMS – Co-founder 
Rock is an outstanding dancer and highly energetic performer with 24 years of experience. Through Poppin’ N’ Lockin’ and house footwork he can make you believe that you are seeing impossible things. He has toured the United States and Europe as a principal dancer for FDC.

CEDRIC D. HICKS – aka “Ced”
At age 22, Ced is the youngest and newest member of Soul Street Dance. He has appeared with The Houston Rockets Launch Crew, Houston Comets, Southern University Dance Company and has danced as a featured guest with local artist Paris House and numerous hip-hop teams.
 
ROY RAMIREZ
Roy is a well-rounded b-boy, with skills including power moves, blowups, footwork, uprock and toprock.  He has won Red Bull battles in Houston and throughout Texas.  He is also a member of United B-Boys and dances for the Houston Rockets.  


Family FriendlyFriday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00pm
Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith


Tickets: $15 each for adults; $10 each for LCCC students with valid ID and children 18 and under

Kingham Smith
You may remember Jonathan and Ryan from last year or from our 2010-2011 season. On both visits they performed with the students who had written amazing new songs with them – we’re again bringing them back by popular demand to write more new songs with area students who will perform with them at this concert as well.

A Jonathan Kingham and Ryan Shea Smith concert is all about great songs! Jonathan wrote his first song in 1996 – “A Place Called Home.” Since then, he won 1st place in The Unisong International Song Contest, has twice placed in the top five of the John Lennon Song contest, won 1st Place in the USA Songwriting Competition in the Folk Category as well as the Overall Grand Prize out of 33,000 entries, and was awarded First Place in the Gospel category of the ISC songwriting contest. His singing has been featured in films, soap operas and on the hit show “Felicity.” Based out of Nashville he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording and producing. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Jonathan currently plays keyboard and steel guitar for Toad the Wet Sprocket.  http://www.jonathankingham.com/

Seattle native Ryan Shea Smith is also a veteran songwriter and recipient of multiple songwriting awards. His musical skill has been honed through jazz studies at the University of Washington and a steady touring schedule. He is known for his incomparable singing voice and has an impressive command of keyboard and guitar. Ryan’s sophomore release “Stay Awhile” is a John Lennon song contest winner.  http://www.ryansheasmith.com/

With diverse musical styles ranging from jazz to R & B, this concert will be all about great songs!


 * - Denotes Rental Events

All events are in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center unless otherwise noted.

TO ORDER TICKETS FOR STOCKER EVENTS - Call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Mondays through Fridays at (440) 366-4040, or click on the “Buy Stocker Event Tickets” icon to place your order. 

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If you have comments about any Stocker events, please feel free to share them with Janet Herman Barlow, Director at: jbarlow@lorainccc.edu 

Please check back often for any "Random Acts" events and rentals that may be added to our schedule!

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Sorry you missed these great events!


*Friday, July 11 at 7pm & Saturday, July 12 at 2pm
Lorain County Children's Pioneer Theatre presented
Peter Pan, Jr.

*Friday & Saturday, July 18 & 19 at 7:30pm; 
Friday & Saturday, July 25 & 26, 2014 at 7:30pm; and
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:00pm
Lorain Community Music Theater presented
The Music Man

Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm
Guitars for Girls
an up close and personal acoustic show with Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope and Kelsea Ballerini

Sunday, October 12 at 2pm
The Musical Theater Project presented
"Ethel Merman: Loud but Honest"

*Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm
Lorain County Medical Society presents
"Out of the White Coat”

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
360 Allstars

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00pm – FREE!
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

 

 


 

 



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