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June 11 - Taste of the Arts Fair


When: Saturday, June 11th from 9am - 4pm
WhereSheehan Park (1351 Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie)
What: The Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce hosts the 34th annual Taste of the Arts Fair on Saturday, June 11th at Sheehan Park (1351 Linnerud Drive in Sun Prairie) from 9am - 4pm.

Over 100 vendors of crafts, fine art, garden art, and jewelry will show their work to the public. Wine, cheese and other specialty food vendors will offer tastings.

May 7 - Survivor


When: Saturday, May 7th at 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm)
Where: Crystal Grand Theater (430 W. Munroe Avenue in Wisconsin Dells)
What: Survivor was formed in the cold Chicago winter of 1977 by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik. By the end of 1978, Survivor signed to a record deal with Scotti Bros. Records. Under patronage of John Kalodner, then head of A&R for Atlantic Records, Survivor went into the studio to cut their first self-titled album. This record, released in 1980 with the single "Somewhere in America," did moderately well and started to build a loyal base of fans.

After touring for 8 months, the band went back into the studio. The result of those sessions, "Premonition", is considered by many fans to be their favorite Survivor record. The album was released in 1981 with the singles, "Poor Man's Son" and "Summer Nights". This record improved on the first album's success, although still not the big breakout the band was looking for – that was to come with the 1982 release of "Eye of The Tiger". The title song for this record was expressly written for Rocky III, which brought the band national attention. "Eye of The Tiger" spent seven weeks at the #1 spot on the U.S. charts. The song won a Grammy, an Oscar nomination and was voted 'Best New Song" by the Peoples Choice Awards. Immediately following the record, the band toured extensively performing in sheds and stadiums.

1983 found Survivor back in the studio at work on "Caught in the Game" which received critical acclaim and AOR airplay. It was after this that Dave Bickler, vocalist since 1978, decided to leave the band and was replaced by Jimi Jamison in 1984. Survivor's next album, "Vital Signs" was released and achieved multi-platinum status with a string of hit singles that kept Survivor on the charts for over 40 weeks in 1984 and '85. It was their established AOR airplay and Billboard Top 20 hits; " I Can't Hold Back", "High on You" and "The Search is Over" which reached #2 on the hot 100, that kept Survivor at the top of the record and concert business.

While the band continued to tour worldwide, they managed to take time out to record "Burning Heart", the title track for Rocky IV. The song went all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, propelling the sound track album to multi-platinum status. It was 1987 before Survivor had time to stop and make another record. "When Seconds Count" that contained yet another top ten single, "Is This Love", which stayed in the top 10 for several weeks.

In 1988 Survivor released their seventh album, "Too Hot To Sleep". Although not the huge commercial success of some of their other efforts, it is still considered by many critics and fans alike to be one of Survivor's best. Shortly after this release, the group decided to pursue various solo projects. Frankie continued in the studio writing and recording with many different artists, most recently with Eddie Money for his 1999 release, "Ready Eddie", in which Frankie produced as well as wrote and performed. Jimi, while touring and recording with his own band, was tapped to sing the theme song "I'm Always Here" for the hit TV show "Baywatch”.

June 27 - Gordon Lightfoot


When: Monday, June 27th
Where: Capitol Theater (Overture Center)
What: See Gordon Lightfoot at Capitol Theater on Monday, June 27th!

July 1 - Steve Miller Band


When: Friday, July 1st
Where: Breese Stevens Field
What: See the Steve Miller Ban live on Friday, July 1st at Breese Stevens Field! Rain or shine. With Charlie Musselwhite and Leo Sidran.

Presale: Thursday, March 24th from 10a-10p with password JOKER here
On Sale: Friday, March 25th at 10am here.

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July 12 - July 17 - Kinky Boots


When: Tuesday, July 12 - Sunday, July 17
Where: Overture Center
What: KINKY BOOTS is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. 

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. 

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. 

Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. "There is no show hotter than KINKY BOOTS!" - CBS News

July 10 - Sting & Peter Gabriel at Summerfest


When: July 10th
Where: Marcus Amphitheather during Summerfest
What: Two of music's most iconic stars - Sting and Peter Gabriel - will unite this summer for a once in a lifetime concert tour. Rock Paper Scissors, produced by Live Nation Global Touring, will visit select North American cities this June and July. 

Having first toured together in the 80s for Amnesty International, Rock Paper Scissors will find Sting and Peter Gabriel performing both separately and together, playing their own songs as well as melding their bands to explore each other's most celebrated hits.

Tickets on sale Monday, February 1st at 10:00am and include Summerfest admission.

July 28 - Diana Ross


When: Thursday, July 28th
Where: Overture hall
What:  See Diana Ross on hursday, July 28 at Overture Hall. Qualify to win an upgrade to a pair of FRONT ROW seats!

§  Presale: Thursday, April 14 (11a-11p); password: DIANA
§  Tickets On-Sale: Friday, April 15
 

August 6 - Def Leppard


When: Saturday, August 6th
Where: Alliant Energy Center
What: See Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon & Tesla at the Alliant Energy Center!

Tickets On Sale: Friday, March 4th

August 7 - Happy Together


When: Sunday, August 7th at 7:00pm
Where: Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage
What: The Happy Together Tour is back at the Fair! Following several successful years, this night of hits from the '60s and '70s will return on Sunday, August 7th at 7:00pm. The evening will include The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Cowsills and The Spencer Davis Group featuring Spencer Davis.

Tickets for the show are on sale now!

August 10 - Happy Days Live!


When: Wednesday, August 10th at 7:30pm
Where: Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage
What: The Fonz is coming to the Fair! Join him, along with Potsie and Ralph when they return to Milwaukee to perform Happy Days: Live on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Anson Williams, Donny Most and special guest Henry Winkler, the students of Jefferson High will reunite at the Fair following the hit show’s 40th anniversary. Winkler, currently starring in USA Network’s Royal Pains, has found success in several films, including roles in The Waterboy, Click and Holes. Williams and Most have both continued work in the entertainment industry producing, directing and acting. Take a trip down memory lane with three stars from the iconic sitcom with music, rare photos, personal favorite clips from “Happy Days,” never before seen home videos, talks about their coming of age experiences and a Q & A session.
 

August 11 - Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge


When: Thursday, August 11th
Where: Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage
What:

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge will take the Main Stage on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This co-headlining show will feature Grammy- and Oscar-winning Etheridge, along with four-time Grammy-winning Benatar, performing with her long-time band mate and husband Giraldo. Fans can expect a night of hits including Etheridge’s “Ain’t It Heavy” and “I’m the Only One,” as well as Benatar’s chart topping “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love Is a Battlefield.”

Tickets are $39 and $29 and go on sale on this Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. at WiStateFair.com and the Fair Ticket Office. All tickets, both track and grandstand, will be reserved. Print-at-home and mail-order option available online, and service fees will apply. The Ticket Office is located at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Main Stage tickets INCLUDE FAIR ADMISSION when purchased prior to entering the Fair Park.

August 14 - Beach Boys


When: Sunday, August 14th
Where: Wisconsin State Fair
What:

The Main Stage will be “Fun, Fun, Fun” on the final night of the fair when the Beach Boys take the stage. Following their 50th Anniversary Tour in 2012, the legendary music of the Beach Boys will live on as classics like “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ Safari” are revisited on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. In 2001, the group received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2004 was No. 12 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Tickets for this show are $39 and $29 and go on sale this Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 am online at WiStateFair.com and at the Fair Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased online with print-at-home or mail-order options. Service fees apply to all online orders. The Ticket Office is located at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis and Main Stage tickets include Fair Admission if purchased prior to entering the Fair Park. All State Fair Main Stage tickets INCLUDE FAIR ADMISSION when purchased prior to entering the Fair Park.

August 16th - Chicago


When: Tuesday, Auguest 16th
Where: Overture Hall
What: See Chicago on Tuesday, August 16th at Overture Hall!

Presale: Thursday, April 7 with code "SOUL" starting at 11am.


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