when: Friday, April 25th 8pm where: Capitol Theatre at Overture Center (201 State St.) what: Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson: maybe two of the faces on the Mount Rushmore of pop music. Their unique vocal qualities would take ten voices to recreate -- so that’s exactly what we’re doing. Two of the hottest acts in New York’s a cappella scene join forces to pay tribute to two men who left their indelible marks on both American music and American culture -- and they’ll do it without a single string, key or drumstick.
When: Monday, April 28th Where: Overture Center Tickets: Click here Details:
Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. In March of 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best Of Chicago, Only The Beginning charted at #1 on two Billboard charts: the Catalog Chart, and the Digital Catalog chart.
In Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. Chicago is currently recording new songs. Fans are being offered clips of works in progress on the band’s website. The band is planning on releasing two songs at a time digitally throughout this year and then eventually compile them into a CD or some other format. One of these songs is a cover of the great Spiral Starecase hit, “More Today Than Yesterday.”
The first new Chicago song released was “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know,” which was recorded on the road. Chicago has built a new recording system that is flexible, portable, powerful and musical. This new “recording rig” travels with the band. They have even created an online collaboration portal that allows even more performances to be worked on around the clock from remote locations.
when: Tuesday, May 13th - Sunday, May 18th where: Overture Center for the Arts (201 State Street) what: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. Click here for more info
when: May 23-26 (Memorial Day Weekend) where: Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way) what: Brats + Music + Charity + Wisconsin = AWESOME!
We’re not scientists, but we’re fairly certain that the World’s Largest Brat Fest can be perfectly expressed using the equation above. Brat Fest is 4 days filled with music, food and fun in the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
So, what is Brat Fest? Obviously, it’s about eating brats and enjoying good food at great prices while celebrating Wisconsin’s heritage and the people who make Madison a great place to live, but more importantly, it’s about giving back to the community. The World’s Largest Brat Fest is held every Memorial Day weekend – rain or shine – with proceeds benefiting the local charities that help to staff the event.
When: April 24-June 8 Where: Fireside Dinner Theater, Fort Atkinson What:Arguably the greatest musical ever written and certainly one of the most popular shows in Fireside history, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF makes a triumphant return to the Fireside stage for this very special anniversary season. This classic show held the title as Broadway’s longest running musical for over twenty years, winning nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Tens of millions of people worldwide have fallen in love with Tevye, the long suffering dairyman who struggles to find a balance between his traditions and his family. It is a heart-warming story featuring one of Broadway’s most beautiful musical scores. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF opened on Broadway the same year that The Fireside first opened its doors and to celebrate this dual anniversary, back by popular demand, Artistic Director Ed Flesch will return to the leading role with which he has long been associated. You won’t want to miss this Fireside “Tradition!” Tickets $69-$79. More.
When: June 22nd, 7:30pm Where: Overture Center Details: Having performed to over one million fans around the world since it's first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America from March to June 2014 to perform DISCOVERY, a stunning new three hour chronological musical journey spanning the entire recording career of Pink Floyd from 1967 - 1994.
Named after Pink Floyd’s recent box set of the same name, and featuring music from the Syd Barrett led '60s psychedelic pop of ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’, through to the nineties ‘The Division Bell’, and everything in between, the brand new DISCOVERY show will capture in note-for-note detail, all your favorite moments as well as a few lesser known gems, from one of the most outstanding and enduring back catalogues in the history of recorded music.
Featuring the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, Brit Floyd’s musical performance will also be accompanied by amazing original video and brand new animation, inspired by the timelessly brilliant artwork designs of longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson.
With painstaking attention to detail, replicating every nuance of every Floydian moment both musically and visually, the band's execution of all Pink Floyd's greatest works will make each familiar track sound fresh and pristine.
when: Saturday July 12th 6:45pm where: First Midwest Bank Ampitheater (19100 S Ridgeland, Tinley Park, IL60477) what: Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power
July 16 - An Evening with Jackson Browne
when: Wednesday, July 16th 7:30pm where: Overture Hall (201 State Street) what: Singer-Songwriter Jackson Browne announces a solo acoustic tour this July and August. Playing guitar and piano, Jackson will perform songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night.
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Billy Joel performs on stage at Manchester Arena on October 29, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
when: Friday, July 25th where: Overture Center (201 State St.) what: Pioneers of progressive rock, YES have achieved worldwide success with a history spanning 45 years and 20 studio albums.
The band’s current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes.
YES alumni are Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Billy Sherwood, Tony Kaye, Peter Banks, Patrick Moraz, Benoit David, Oliver Wakeman, Igor Khoroshev and Tom Brislin.
From topping the charts to epic pieces taking up a side of vinyl, and even both at the same time, Yes are among of the longest lasting and the most successful of the ’70s progressive rock groups, proving to be one of the lasting success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Where rivals such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer withered away commercially after the mid-’70s, and Genesis and King Crimson altered their sounds so radically as to become unrecognizable to their original fans, Yes retained the same sound, and performed much of the same repertoire that they were doing in 1971, and for their trouble, found themselves being taken seriously a quarter of a century later. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger listeners drawn to their mix of daunting virtuosity, cosmic (often mystical) lyrics, complex musical textures, and powerful yet delicate lead vocals.
When: Sunday, August 3rd, 7:00pm Where: WIsconisn State Fair Details: The Happy Together Tour will return to the 2014 Fair with an updated lineup on Sunday, Aug. 3. This year’s show includes The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary U.S. Bonds, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. The evening will take fans back to the cool rock of the ‘60s, complete with timeless classics and universal hits. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets will be $35 and $25.
Tickets for this show go ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 21 at 10 a.m. at WiStateFair.com and the Fair Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Service fees apply to all online orders and purchasers will have print-at-home or mail-order options.
All Main Stage tickets INCLUDE FAIR ADMISSION when purchased prior to entering the Fair Park.
August 16 - Steely Dan
When: Saturday, August 16th, 8:00pm Where: Overture Center Details: Presented by Frank Productions and True Endeavors STEELY DAN “Jamalot Ever After” Tour 2014. Tickets ON-SALE Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 11am
Tickets available online at www.overturecenter.com , by phone at 608-258-4141, and at the Venue Box Office TICKET PRICES: $199.75 | $134.75 | $99.75 | $79.75.
Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don't Lose That Number,” “F.M.,” “Peg,” “Hey Nineteen,” “Deacon Blues,” and “Babylon Sisters,” culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 (including 1977's groundbreaking Aja). They reunited in the early '90s, launching a string of sold-out tours. In 2000 they released multi-Grammy winner (including “Album Of The Year”) Two Against Nature, and released its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
When: August 23rd at 8:00pm
Where: Alpine Valley Music Theater
Details: Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band one night only as part of Jimmy Buffett's "This One's For You" tour. Jimmy recently released a new record, Songs From St. Somewhere, on Mailboat Records. The album, with 15 new songs plus a bonus track, was recorded last spring in various locales including Key West, Nashville, Miami, St. Barts and London. "Too Drunk To Karaoke", the first single, is a duet with Toby Keith and the video was shot in Nashville. Jimmy has been performing this song, as well as "I Want To Go Back
To Cartagena", "Somethin' 'Bout A Boat" and "Oldest Surfer On The Beach" on tour.