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Artist series will be ‘unforgettable’

Twenty shows from October through May
By Courtesy of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center | Aug 07, 2018
The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan will take the stage Oct. 13.

The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center promises to deliver yet another unforgettable artist series.

The series lasts from October through May and includes 20 performances featuring Broadway hits, Grammy-winning country music and rock ’n’ roll icons, stunts, magic, comedy and more.

This is the convention center’s 10th artist series, and this year’s theme is “delivering unforgettable experiences.” Last year’s series of 19 performances attracted people from 273 towns across Iowa and from 27 states.

“We are poised to welcome guests for the first time or the 100th time, from across the street to across the state,” stated a news release from the arts center. “It’s time we celebrate the opportunities that inspire us to believe in human artistry.”

 

2018-19 Artist Series

• “Bellamy Brothers: 14 No. 1 Hits, 26 Top 10 Songs,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Currently celebrating 40 years of success, the Bellamy Brothers have been a picture of consistency in country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that have connected with millions of fans around the world. For Howard and David Bellamy, the road started on the pop music charts in the 1970s and took a winding turn into country music in the 1980s. The brothers are known for: “Let Your Love Flow,” “Redneck Girl,” “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” “Sugar Daddy,” and “Lovers Live Longer.”

• “Remembering John Denver: A tribute from Ted Vigil,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

Celebrate the life and music of the late John Denver with the beloved songs, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” “Sunshine on My Shoulder,” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and all of Denver’s hits in this touching tribute by Ted Vigil.

• “Dhoad Gypies of Rajasthan: Celebrating Indian Culture direct from Jaipur, India,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan bring a mesmerizing show of music, dance and fire-eating in a boisterous, colorful and joyful affirmation of Indian culture to the Sondheim stage. Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan have been the guardians of authentic traditional music and dance for more than seven generations and are known as the genuine cultural ambassadors of Rajasthan, delighting audiences at 1,000 concerts in 85 countries over the last 14 years.

• “Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Dancing Shadows,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Famous as a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Catapult is an imaginative combination of dance, story-telling and sculpture that illustrates the human body’s ability to transform. The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us.

• “The Choir of Man: The Best Pub Concert You’ve Been to,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.

Welcome to The Choir of Man, the best pub concert you’ve ever been to with nine wildly talented men who at any moment could break into boisterous song and foot-stomping joyful dance. The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour. The Choir of Man offers 90 minutes of indisputable joy.

• “Chinese Warriors of Peking: Display of Athleticism and Artistry,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Packed with power, agility and marital arts mastery, the Chinese Warriors of Peking deliver a high-intensity exhibition filled with breathtaking acrobatics, set during the Ming Dynasty. This action-packed display tells the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines and is filled with juggling, acrobatics, weapons handling, and live stage combat, performed by some of the world’s most accomplished multidisciplinary artists sporting dazzling costumes.

• “Spamalot,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1

A Tony Award recipient for Best Musical, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” brings its search for the Holy Grail to Fairfield. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” With a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail.

• “An Acoustic Evening with John Anderson,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 2.

John Anderson is one of the greatest country music singers ever to step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of Nashville music. Anderson is known for his hits “Wild and Blue,” “Swingin’,” “Black Sheep,” “Straight Tequila Night,” “Seminole Wind,” “Money in the Bank,” and “I Wish I Could Have Been There.”

• “Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians, Carol of the King brings an original inspiring Christmas story of love and salvation to life that transports the audience to a mystical time and place of heroes and redemption. The world-renowned Irish dance troupe performs lightning fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an original epic orchestral soundtrack featuring several holiday favorites, while state of the art lighting and Christmas spirit ignite the stage into an explosive display of dance and music.

• “John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party: The official No. 1 tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each live concert performance includes all the hit songs of the 1950s era: “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave on,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” and more unbridled, high voltage hits.

• “Terri Clark: Alone and Unplugged,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

Terri Clark emerged from Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a honky-tonk in Nashville, as a distinctive voice on the country music landscape – driving, passionate, spirited – and every bit her own woman. Clark is known for her hits “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad.”

• “Russian National Ballet: Sleeping Beauty,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The sumptuous Russian National Ballet and its 50 dancers bring a traditional staging of the classic fairytale “Sleeping Beauty” to life with stunning precision and artistry, all set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score. The crown jewel of famed choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, “Sleeping Beauty” tells the magical story of a beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince.

• “ABBA Mania: The Original Tribute from London’s West End,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

“ABBA Mania” is a spectacular musical recreation of the last ever live concert by the Swedish disco sensation, ABBA, with over two hours of uplifting hits including, “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Super Truper,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Waterloo.” ABBA Mania brings to life the 1970s era with vibrant costumes, extravagant lighting and all the endearing memories of the band that took over the disco world in one unforgettable night.

• “Rock of Ages: Broadway Musical’s 10th Anniversary Tour,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

Broadway’s best party is turning up the volume to 10! The “Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour” is blazing across North America. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. You will “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and Rock ’n’ Roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

• “Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

The world famous “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater” features the unique comedy and world-championship juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of over 30 furry co-stars including Kurt and Helgo, the goat duo, and Mr. Diamond, the miniature horse. From high-wire balancing acts, juggling and rope tricks, to hilarious pranks and high jinks, this cast of adorable pets from animal rescues show off their amazing skills in this performance the whole family will love.

• “Peg + Cat Live: Emmy-winning PBS Kids show on stage,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show “Peg + Cat,” this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone. When Peg’s mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some really important letters, they come face to face with a really big dog. Really big problem! To solve it, they’ll need math— bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing, and a whole lot of counting. They’ll also need to count on each other, and the audience too, for their problem to be solved.

• “Shenandoah: 30th Anniversary Tour featuring original lead singer Marty Raybon,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, the legendary Grammy Award winning Shenandoah is on everybody’s lips. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering 13 number one hits. Chart toppers included “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss.

• “Reza Returns: Edge of Illusion,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.

He’s intriguing. He’s engaging. He’s captivating. He’s Reza and he’s coming back to rock our world. Reza, the world’s top touring illusionist returns with an all-new show. You will cross over a threshold of disbelief. Reza will take the Sondheim by storm. With breathtaking spectacle, mind-blowing sleight of hand and endearing charm, acclaimed master illusionist Reza will captivate you with this astonishing “Edge of Illusion.”

• “Evita: Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award Recipient for Best Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday March 22.

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical “Evita” embarks on an international tour this year, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince. “Evita” charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the “spiritual leader of the nation” by the Argentine people.

• “The Rat Pack is Back: Direct from Las Vegas for 19 years,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3.

What happens in Vegas … all started with “The Rat Pack.” Relive the days of the famous “Summit at the Sands” nights when swingin’, ring-a-ding group known as “The Rat Pack” was creating hipster legend with a freewheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act starring Vegas’ four favorite sons: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. Hits include “That’s Amore,” “My Way,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and many more.

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