2015-2016 "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! All Random Acts events are held in Stocker Arts Center's Hoke Theatre unless otherwise noted.
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WGAR and Lorain County Community College present the St. Jude Jam - a benefit fundraiser concert for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7pm
St. Jude Jam - SOLD OUT!
Tickets are $30/each
Up-close and personal acoustic show with
CRAIG MORGAN, CHASE RICE, CRAIG CAMPBELL and LOGAN MIZE
A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV host, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music’s best-loved artists, Morgan thrills massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” "This Ole Boy,” “Wake Up Lovin’ You” and the six week #1, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning TV show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors," currently in its sixth season on Outdoor Channel. Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan spent seventeen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award.
Florida-born, North Carolina-raised, football-playing, music-loving firestarter, Chase Rice is truthful, unfiltered and unafraid to take every risk he encounters. He is that rare artist who means what he says and backs it up with equal measure. “I’m gonna speak the truth any way I can,” says the 27 year-old singer-songwriter. Without a song on mainstream radio, he saw last fall’s “Ready Set Roll” EP top the iTunes Country charts and when the single hit radio, he watched it climb up the “Billboard” charts and hit Gold before it even entered the Top 20. His full-length major-label LP “Ignite The Night” is a genre-busting bruiser of an album that tackles tube tops and tears in equal measure.
Following a football scholarship at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a stint working on a NASCAR pit crew, Rice moved to Nashville and began writing with the members of Florida Georgia Line, with whom he co-wrote the Hot 100-busting single “Cruise.” The success of “Cruise” didn’t hurt his reputation as a stellar songwriter and he’s quick to acknowledge an immense pride for being a part of the hit single. Growing up, he always had a knack for recognizing what makes a quality song. But it was journaling in high school, a practice he’s maintained even as his touring life has gotten crazy and hectic, that has helped him evolve into an artist with whom Nashville’s most elite song crafters are eager to break bread. “I’ve got literally eight stacks of my life in these books,” he says of his ever-mounting journals. “And it’s just my life. I’ve tried to do it every day. That started the process of my mind working. It’s allowed me to let my mind go. I can let the good out, let the bad out, write it down.”
Rice has spent several years pounding the pavement, slowly elevating his shows from small-club gigs on the back of his 2012 album “Dirt Road Communion,” to opening slots on an arena tour with Dierks Bentley. Of his audiences he says “I’m looking for people who are looking to have the best night of their entire life. If you aren’t here to party, I’m gonna make you party!” When he takes the stage to perform, Chase pulls no punches. “You’re gonna be mine and I’m gonna be yours for an hour and a half. We’re gonna be in each other’s face. If you don’t like that, walk out the door.” It’s his M.O.: take it or leave it. Yes, the budding country star means business when he performs.
Craig Campbell got his start playing music and winning talent competitions in his hometown of Lyons, Georgia, which has a population of just 4,000 people. Growing up in a strong Southern Baptist home, he fell in love early with Country radio and built a foundation not just as a singer and performer, but as a songwriter. He moved to Nashville in 2002. Prior to landing his first record deal, he spent time on the road playing keyboard for Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan’s bands and played a regular gig at a downtown Nashville honky-tonk. His break-through was his self-titled debut album (2011), which delivered the hits “Family Man,” “Fish” and “When I Get It.” The album earned rave reviews from multiple media outlets including “USA Today,” the Associated Press and “The Washington Post.” His Top 15 debut single “Family Man” was featured on HBO’s “True Blood” and the top-selling fan-favorite “Fish” has sold nearly 400,000 digital downloads. Fans have also started to become familiar with his quick wit and dry humor through programs like GAC’s “Behind The Video” and his turn at the microphone as co-host of the 2012 CMA Awards coverage on AOL’s “The Boot.” By the end of 2012, Campbell had four consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and more than half a million downloads. He’s made national TV appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Marie,” “Road Warriors” and “Huckabee,” won songwriting awards from SESAC and has been nominated for two American Country Music Awards. Most recently, he earned his first Top 10 hit with “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his sophomore album “Never Regret” (2013). He co-penned six of the tracks on the twelve-song project. He’s also gained extensive touring experience including overseas shows in Switzerland and Australia. While some country artists are truly vintage, resurrecting a bygone era and others are infusing their sound with rap or electronica, Craig Campbell is what happens when these worlds meld in harmony. He loves singing about romance and fatherhood; but he also likes being playful, sexy, and even funny at times. But nothing influences the songwriting of this devoted family man more than his wife, Mindy, and daughters Preslee and Kinni Rose. “They’re everywhere in my music,” he says. “Most of the inspiration I have comes from them.”
A proud Kansas native, Logan Mize was born in Wichita and grew up in nearby Clearwater. As a teen, his very first concert was Kenny Chesney – and the experience inspired Logan to want to become a performer. Logan listened to a wide variety of music growing up with influences spanning such artists as Alan Jackson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elton John, Steve Earle, Aerosmith, Tom Petty and Enya. An in-demand performer, he has opened for such artists as LeAnn Rimes, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and Billy Currington. He spent part of 2013 behind the camera in a couple of high profile turns on the small screen which introduced him to new audiences. He was in a widely viewed “Fabric Of Our Life” cotton commercial with Hayden Panettiere of ABCs “Nashville,” where he and his band are shown performing on stage at Music City’s legendary Station Inn and he played himself and sang, also with his band, in an episode of The CW’s “Hart of Dixie.” Mize, 28, saw both opportunities as great ways to promote his debut release “Nobody In Nashville” (2012), an auspicious 10 song collection that highlights his rugged voice, his earthy songs and his ability to merge mainstream country with front porch rock ‘n’ roll. “Sunflowers,” a song from that album, has been named an official state tourism song promoting Kansas and he has been named an official Kansas Brand Ambassador by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Logan and his wife, country singer/songwriter Jill Martin, have one son, Lincoln – and a second child on the way. He recently joined the Arista Nashville record label, home to such stars as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and more. His Arista Nashville debut single, “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time,” hit radio in March. The digital single has sold in excess of 100,000 copies and been streamed more than 1,000,000 times.
Help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with Lorain County Community College & Cleveland's Country 99.5 WGAR.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm
*Patriots Symphonic Band
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 the Stocker Arts Center to present a heartwarming and fun collection of holiday music. 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,” “A Home Alone Christmas,” and many more selections, presented with the big sound of this fully-instrumented symphonic band. For 2015 the Patriots welcome special guest Ralph Hultgren from Queensland, Australia to conduct his composition “Rejoice.” Don’t miss this Stocker Arts Center holiday tradition and fun family event! www.patriotsband.com
Friday & Saturday, December 18 & 19, 2015 at 7:30pm
& Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2pm
Ohio Dance Theatre in collaboration with Verb Ballets
Tickets range from $24-$38 with a limited number of $12 tickets available for the evening performances Friday and Saturday only. Call the Stocker Box Office at 440-366-4040 for more information.
A holiday tradition returns, when Ohio Dance Theatre presents Denise Gula’s full-length The Nutcracker in collaboration with Verb Ballets. This holiday favorite is the wondrous story of a magical journey through a young girl’s imagination. Complete with a tree that grows, battling mice and extraordinary dancers this visual and musical production should become part of everyone’s holiday tradition. Ohio Dance Theatre’s colorful and fanciful production is a special treat for all ages, and is especially appealing to ballet lovers who cherish the company’s breathtaking performance. http://www.ohiodancetheatre.org; http://www.verbballets.org
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00pm
The Musical Theater Project
Behind the Musical:
Tickets - $15/Adults; $10/LCCC Students with Valid ID and children 18 and under
“Try to Remember” a time when this musical about a girl, a boy and a wall wasn’t part of the American landscape. You’d have to go back to before 1960, when Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s tiny show opened Off Broadway with the young Jerry Orbach in the leading role. With only a few brief interruptions, The Fantasticks has been playing in New York ever since, and has been produced more than 20,000 times around the world. This show will chart the 56-year saga of the little musical that could from five frustrating years of creation and a near-disastrous tryout to cultural phenomenon. You’ll hear all the songs including “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “I Can See It” and that one about September. And we’ll get you ready for Great Lakes Theater’s full production of the musical in May. This event will be co-hosted by Bill Rudman and Nancy Maier. http://www.musicaltheaterproject.org
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00pm
Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith in Concert
Tickets - $15/Adults; $10/LCCC Students with Valid ID and children 18 and under
You may remember Jonathan and Ryan from last year or from our 2010-2011 or 2013-2014 season. On all of their visits they have performed with area students who have written amazing new songs with them. We’re bringing them back again by popular demand to write more new songs with students who will perform with them at this concert.
With diverse musical styles ranging from folk, pop and jazz to R & B, 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. In addition to his own singing career, Jonathan also tours Toad the Wet Sprocket with playing keyboard and steel guitar in their band. 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. www.ryansheasmith.com.
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All events are in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center unless otherwise noted.
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Sorry you missed these great events:
Friday, July 10 at 7pm & Saturday, July 11 at 2pm
Lorain County Children's Pioneer Theatre
"Twinderella - the Musical"
Friday & Saturday, July 17 & 18 at 7:30pm; Sunday, July 19 at 2pm; Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25 at 7:30pm; and Sunday, July 26 at 2pm
Lorain Community Music Theater
Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm
WGAR and LCCC presented
Guitars for Girls
with Thompson Square, Ashley Monroe and Olivia Lane
Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in Concert