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:::THIS IS A PAST EVENT. PLEASE CHECK EVENT DATE::: Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us and the great joy of being Irish with music, song, dance and irresistible merriment from the Emerald Isle! "An Irish Hooley" ("boisterous party") is a joy-filled, "kick up your heels and join in the fun" concert with brilliant dance from members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, Irish song from The Voice Squad and the best of Irish traditional musicians. You will be transported to the charming and beautiful Emerald Isle for an unforgettable night in Ireland. A perfect family event!
“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science" is the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, and it's coming to the Gallo Center! Fans can expect all-new everything, including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food in to two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again. A $115 VIP ticket includes an exclusive gift item personcally selected by AltonBrown!
BRIAN OWENS’ WHAT’S GOING ON: THE MARVIN GAYE EXPERIENCE. Now in its third year, this show invites audiences to savor the beloved and lesser-known hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye. Brian Owens performs selections that span Gaye’s music-making career. Early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” are accompanied by “You’re All I Need to Get By” and other classics. And any Marvin Gaye song list would be incomplete without perennial (and challenging) crowd-pleasers like “Let’s Get It On” or “Got to Give It Up.” The Marvin Gaye Experience is as multifaceted as the late musician was himself, and faithful to Gaye's essence, energy, and soul. You will be captivated.
Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a Grammy Award-winner. Nash’s passionate voice continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide. Nash is also a renowned photographer and visual artist whose work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. His new studio album, “This Path Tonight,” was released in April this year. Be sure to visit www.grahamnash.com.
From the beloved tales of Beatrix Potter! Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy and his cousin Benjamin are all grown up now! Flopsy and Benjamin are married with bunnies of their own when the nasty badger, Tommy Brock, decides to steal the babies. Peter and Benjamin set off on an adventure to rescue them, and along the way, relive their childhood misadventures with Mr. McGregor and his cat while managing to avoid the dangerous fox, Mr. Tod. In the end, with delightful derring-do, Peter does save the baby bunnies. Benjamin and Flopsy are joyously reunited with their children, and all return home together to live happily ever after!
Creepy, or cool, or the perfect blend of both? You can decide when The Clairvoyants—Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass—come to the Gallo Center! Natives of Austria, these mentalists began their ‘second sight’ act in 2011. In 2015, they were awarded the Magicians of the Year” as well as “World Champions of Mentalism.” In 2016, they took part in “America’s Got Talent.” After being selected from more than 100,000 contestants, four months and six different performances later America awarded Ten and Van Tass second place.
“Masters of Soul” has been called the most entertaining history lesson ever performed! This show authentically reproduces the look, choreography, style and sound made famous by some of the most influential recording artists in history. "Masters of Soul” presents the hits of The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Barry White, The Commodores, Arthur Conley, and more, in one breathtaking evening!
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash! is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life-size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles!
Tickets for this performance are currently available to Gallo Center donors only. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 3 (10 am phone & walk up; 11 am online). Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, comedian Carlos Mencia connects with a wide and diverse audience. From his humble beginnings in Honduras, he rose to stardom by appearing in numerous television shows, including “In Living Color” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” Ultimately he landed his own Comedy Central show, “Mind of Mencia,” and he continues to do highly rated specials for that network. CAUTION: ADULT THEMES AND LANGUAGE.
SANGRE DE UN ANGEL (BLOOD OF AN ANGEL) Gallo Center Repertory Company. This dramatic play illustrates how the choices we make can affect our relationships and our lives forever. While broaching issues of immigration, acculturation and identity, it tells the story of a Latino teenager who finds himself involved with a gang, leading him and his family to an unlikely tragic death. "Sangre de un Ángel" (Blood of an Angel) is inspired by the true story of Adam Chapa, who was shot in his driveway by a teen gang member in East Austin, Texas. The bi-lingual play was written by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, who also wrote "Mariachi Girl," a big success for the Gallo Center in 2015. "Sangre de un Ángel" will be directed by Kimberly Ogden.
Billy Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000, releasing the hit single “One Voice.” His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. He went on to sell five million albums worldwide and more recently finished as the extremely popular runner-up on “The Voice.”
Miguel Bosé has been a force in Latin music in a career that has spanned dozens of albums and film roles, his own television show, and work as a theater director. The son of an actress (Lucia Bosè) and a bullfighter (Luis Miguel Dominguín), Bosé grew up in the arts, with Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway among his family friends. Defying the contemporary formula for pop success, this Latin Grammy Award winner’s music has been described as a global fusion of many musical influences. At the center of this is all the passion and expression of a Latin artist, and Miguel Bosé has constantly incorporated more diverse musical elements than many of the genre's crossover pop stars—while performing across the Americas and in Europe. Among his many, many hits, “Amante Bandido,” released in 1984, still receives radio airplay today!
Picture a stage filled with more than 100 fiddlers backed by piano, drums, cellos, guitars, harps and even flutes. Now imagine a group that creates such a two-way sense of fun and joy between musicians and audience that people spontaneously move in their seats in response to the jigs and reels pouring forth from the stage. Front this merry group of music-makers with Scottish master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose humor, passion and charismatic playing set the tone, and you’ll have a rough idea what it’s like to attend a concert with The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers: an evening packed with tunes, songs, and dances.
Tickets for this performance are currently available to Gallo Center donors only. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 3 (10 am phone & walk up; 11 am online). In this exuberant Mother’s Day ballet folklorico celebration, the Calidanza dance company presents Vivan Festejos!, a window to Mexican culture that weaves through time, across regions, and around the calendar. Scenes of national tradition such as Carnaval en Sinaloa combine banda music with skillful dances that celebrate the Sinaloa lifestyle. Add playful dances of Michoacán (including los viejitos), skilled zapateado footwork from Veracruz and the majesty of the whirl-winded skirtwork of Jalisco, and this is a show not to be missed!
RAVE ON! THE BUDDY HOLLY EXPERIENCE. This performance breathes new life into the music of Buddy Holly with an electrifying, high-energy rock 'n roll extravaganza featuring America's premiere Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan. McGuigan is a dead ringer for Holly who played the part in more than 400 performances of "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story," a role he originated. Backed by the tight Rave On Band, McGuigan dives head first into "Peggy Sue," "Raining in My Heart," "It's So Easy," "That'll Be the Day," "True Love Ways" and of course, "Rave On." And in a unique twist, Billy as 'Buddy' pays homage to his fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper!
Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. This will be Mr. Black's third appearance at the Gallo Center, so please expect it to be 1) wildly funny, and 2) sold out. Adult themes.
Presented by California Theatre Center. Experience a time when there were great castles and beautiful princesses. In this zany farce, you’ll meet the Prince, his scheming cousin and the “real” Princess so sensitive and so royal that she can feel a tiny pea hidden beneath the twenty mattresses of her bed. Suggested for grades K-5.
CHRIS LEMMON: A TWIST OF LEMMON. "A Twist of Lemmon" is based on actor and classically trained musician Chris Lemmon's book of the same title, which tells the story of a beloved Hollywood icon, his dad, Jack Lemmon. Jack starred in over 60 films, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two Oscars (for "Mister Roberts" and "Save the Tiger"). Chris tells Jack's story in his father's voice and chronicles his life from birth until his death in 2001 at the age of 76. He'll have you crying and laughing with his stories about Jack's relationships with legends like James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe and of course his best friend, Walter Matthau. Jack loved his son Chris, but like many actors put his career first and family second. It's that relationship that's the focal point for this extremely moving story.
DAVE BENNETT'S TRIBUTE TO BENNY GOODMAN. Dave Bennett is a blazing clarinet sensation playing the “swing style” of Benny Goodman. He previously appeared at the Center performing in the Modesto Symphony’s “Clarinet Swing Kings” concert in 2014. We delighted to bring Dave back with his quartet for an all-Goodman program to include classics such as “Moonglow,” “I've Got Rhythm,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Let's Dance,” “Don't Be That Way,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and more! Dave is an authentic musical prodigy (totally self-taught) who brings Goodman's music to life with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness. His stage presence, knowledge of Goodman, and his penchant for wire-rim glasses, spats and double-breasted suits, transports listeners back in time!
“Pippin” is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin” will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience “Pippin,” one young man's journey to be extraordinary. Learn more at pippinthemusical.com. Pippin may be inappropriate for children 8 and under.
From Bop to Pop…evolution of a sound! The Doo Wop Project is street corner singing for a whole new generation. This show traces Doo Wop from five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Throughout the show, you take a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons…all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. Featuring current and former stars of “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical,” and their hot band, it’s a night filled with classics including Dion and the Belmonts’ “I Wonder Why,” Thurston Harris’ “Little Bitty Pretty One,” The Del-Vikings “Come and Go With Me,” The Capris’ “Morse Code of Love,” and many more!
Grupo Intocable is one of the most influential groups in the Tejano/Norteño music scene today. Their road to success began twenty years ago in Zapata,Texas, when friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez dreamed of bringing their songs to the world as they crafted a unique and extraordinary style of music which expertly fuses Tejano conjunto music, Norteño folk rhythms, pop ballads and rock. After years of dedication and passion, the dream became an indisputable reality. With #1 hits such as “Robarte un Beso,” “Prometí,” “Te Amo (Para Siempre),” “Culpable Fui (Culpable Soy),”their latest “Tu Ausencia,” as well as fan favorites like “Dame Un Besito,” “Eres Mi Droga,” Enséñame a Olvidarte” and “Sueña,” among others, Intocable delights audiences in both the United States and Mexico.
There’s an old saying: “If you want someone’s attention, whisper.” Bill Anderson has been using that philosophy for over 50 years to capture the attention of millions of country music fans around the world. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he’s known, in fact, as “Whisperin’ Bill,” a nickname hung on him years ago as a result of his breathy voice and his warm, soft approach to singing a country song. He’s also one of the most awarded songwriters in the history of country music. Among Bill's many, many hits: “City Lights,” “Po’Folks,” “Mama Sang A Song,” and the unforgettable country and pop smash, “Still.”