Ray Stevens Embarks On Here We Go Again! Tour

Bowling Green, KY — (July 29, 2015) — Ray Stevens returns touring with his Here We Go Again! Tour and he is headed to Bowling Green on October 2, 2015. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 31st at 10:00AM.RayStevens

Here We Go Again! marked Stevens’ return to comedic music for the first time in nearly 10 years. After working on different projects, the singer decided to return to his roots because he felt like it was the right time to try to infuse some laughs into his music. Stevens recently released a new comedy album and says that fans familiar with his earlier works like “Ahab the Arab,” “Mississippi Squirrel Revival,” “The Streak” and “Gitarzan” will really enjoy the album. “I feel like it’s some of my best work in years, and I hope it will make folks laugh … something that is much needed in the world right now,” he said.

“Ray Stevens Funniest Video Characters” was released in 2000. The collection included some of Ray’s funniest songs including “The Pirate Song”, “The Haircut Song” and “The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone.” Also in 2000 Ray returned to Curb Records. He made yet another video album and this time appeared onscreen with cartoon characters from some of his favorites like “Bridget the Midget the Queen of the Blues” and “Erik the Awful.”

In 2007 Ray decided to record exclusively for his own label, Clyde Records, Inc. Changing it from direct market only to a full service label that would make releases available to retail and for download. Ray felt that the time was right, being that independents are enjoying the same success as large corporate labels. It also allows him control of the timeline in which new recordings are released. And the first release on Clyde Records is “New Orleans Moon”, which shares a title with the first single. The CD includes many great standards such as, “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans”, to “Saint James Infirmary” and Randy Newman’s “Louisiana”. It is Ray’s tribute to the music, the culture and the people of New Orleans.

Here We Go Again! is available for download on iTunesAmazon and Google Play.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 31st at 10:00AM. To take part in future SKyPAC pre-sale opportunities contact Deborah Stein at 270-904-5002 to become a SKyPAC member. For additional information visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call the SKyPAC ticket office at 270-904-1880.

America’s Got Talent 2011 Finalist to Perform at SKyPAC

iluminate_webbanner_safetitleDirect from Broadway – America’s Got Talent 2011 finalist, iLUMINATE™ Dance Group,  presented by Farmers National Bank will perform at SKyPAC on September 17, 2015 at 7:30PM. Tickets for this performance go on sale this Friday, July 17th at 10:00 AM.

“I remember watching iLUMINATE during the 2011 season of America’s Got Talent and was mesmerized by the skill and talent this group has,“ said Jessica Snodgrass Kem. “The choreography coupled with the illuminated futuristic costumes is almost hypnotizing; Image 5you just don’t want to miss a second of the performance, or you might miss something spectacular!“

iLUMINATE™ is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate™ enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride.

Image 6Since launching in 2009, iLuminate™’s patent-pending technology has been used in numerous performances by Grammy-winning superstars such as Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, and David Guetta, among others. It has also been featured on hit primetime television shows including: America’s Got Talent (in which the dance troupe took third place), Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor, the American Music Awards, MTV’s Video Music Awards, BET Awards, The Nickelodeon Awards, Billboard and Latin Billboard Awards, and daytime favorites The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and Good Morning America. www.iluminate.com

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 17 at 10:00AM. For additional information visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call the SKyPAC ticket office at 270-904-1880.

The Heart of Your SKyPAC Community

Become a SKyPAC Ambassador!

The SKyPAC Ambassadors is a volunteer program that supports SKyPAC’s Mission, SKyPAC 108Values, and Vision.  Ambassadors have a passion for the arts and an enthusiasm for providing exemplary customer service. Ambassadors greet and direct patrons, take tickets, distribute programs, assist with patron seating, and monitor the House during SKyPAC and Capitol Arts Center performances.   Ambassadors also assist with administrative tasks, gallery events, and education programs.  SKyPAC Ambassadors contribute a personal service to their community, their region and the arts.  The hallmark of SKyPAC Ambassadors is their dedication to ensuring that every patron has a positive and memorable entertainment experience!

Ambassadors must be 18 years of age or older, undergo Ambassador orientation and training, pass a background check, have a valid e-mail address and internet access, and commit to serving a minimum of 40 hours per season.

For more information, contact Lynn Gilcrease, Front of House Coordinator, at lgilcrease@theskypac.com.

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“I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
– E.E. Hale

As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the strength and  dedication of our ambassadors. Their time and talents are vital to the success of our organization. A ceremony to both celebrate and recognize our wonderful team was held on Tuesday, June 16 in SKyPAC’s main hall followed by a cocktail hour in the Donor’s Lounge. Special Awards were given to Laura Coker who receive the 2015 “Above and Beyond” Award in Recognition of Exceptional Customer Service and Kessara Dagley who received the 2015 Outstanding Service Award in Recognition of  Exemplary Leadership, Selfless Dedication, and Volunteer Excellence.

“We are grateful for the many hours that our ambassadors have donated, and for their dedication to the Ambassador credo of “…ensuring that every patron has a positive and memorable entertainment experience.” Lynne Gilcrease, Ambassador Coordinator.

SKyPAC to Host Holiday Event: “Gingerbread Home for the ARTS”

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the first annual “Gingerbread Home for the Arts” to kick-off the 2015 holiday season. “Gingerbread Home for the Arts” will be held on Friday, November 20th, and Saturday, November 21st.

The event will center around the tradition of building gingerbread houses as a creative way for the community to come together in celebration of the holidays and the arts.

Event co-chairperson, Betty McGuire, says “plans are underway to bring this tradition to south central Kentucky with activities for children and adults, as well as opportunities for professional and amateur bakers to demonstrate their culinary “home-building” skills.”

“We are in the process of planning, forming committees and spreading the message to schools, bakers, artists and the general public,” said McGuire.

a gingerbread house / finishing touches applied / holiday seasonLocal schools will be invited to bring their students to SKyPAC for a field trip on Friday, November 20th. Students will tour the art galleries where professionally created gingerbread houses on will be on exhibit. They will also have the opportunity to build gingerbread homes alongside student chefs from The Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, serving as volunteer mentors.

On Friday evening, SKyPAC will host a festive ticketed event for patrons to view gingerbread creations designed by professional bakers, which will also be featured in a live auction to benefit SKyPAC’s educational programs. An amateur category will give churches, organizations, schools and businesses an opportunity to enter a “People’s Choice” competition with prizes awarded to the selected favorites.

615x200-ehow-images-a04-92-i2-make-ginger-bread-house-800x800On Saturday, November 21, SKyPAC will open its doors to the community for a gingerbread celebration featuring photos with Santa Claus, live entertainment and refreshments. For a small fee, community members may build gingerbread homes in the Renshaw Education wing of SKyPAC. A unique feature for art lovers will be the “Merry Market” – a marketplace for talented artists from across the state to exhibit and sell their art creations.

To register in the “Merry Market” as a vendor, participate in the gingerbread house competition, or for further information, please contact Betty McGuire at bmcguire@theskypac.com or by phone 270-904-5010, or may also contact Erin Biggers at ebiggers@theskypac.com or by phone 270-904-7010.

Glenn Miller Orchestra: A Legend Lives On

The legendary Glenn Miller, who was one of the most successful bandleaders back in the Swing Era and his influence led to the formation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra which will grace the SKyPAC stage on Friday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. With their unique jazz sound, this group is one you won’t want to miss.

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Presented by Bank of Edmonson

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is owned and operated by Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., under license from the Miller Estate. Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., has the sole and exclusive right to use the Glenn Miller Orchestra name.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a fully self-contained group consisting of the musical director, five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, and three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums). Also, there are two vocalists, one male and one female, who perform individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders vocal group.

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The big-band business today requires almost constant travel as a result of an arduous schedule of one-night stands. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is “on the road” longer and more continuously than any other in the whole world, having celebrated its 55th year anniversary on June 6, 2011. It covers over a hundred thousand miles a year, working most every night for 48 weeks out of every 52-nearly 300 playing dates, performing for an “in person” audience that adds up to more than a half million people annually.

The orchestra has performed in all 50 United States, as well as throughout Europe, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Guam, the Philippines, South and Central America. The orchestra’s tour of Japan during November/December 2011 will be its 44th annual tour of that country.

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The “Road Book” carried by the Glenn Miller Orchestra adds up to over 300 charts-many of them out of the original library. Today, the complete library totals over 1,700 compositions including all of the original charts from both the civilian band and the Army Air Force Band.

Of course, all of the biggest hits are included in a regular program. But so are arrangements of less well-known tunes like The White Cliffs of Dover, Rainbow Rhapsody, Everybody Loves My Baby, and That’s Sabotage. The Miller library features contributions from many fine arrangers including Bill Finegan, Jerry Gray, Billy May, Mort Lindsay, Deane Kinkaide, Joe Cribari, and Dave Wolpe. They have added such numbers as Over the Rainbow, September Morn, The Body Electric from the T.V. series Fame, Up Where We Belong, from the hit movie, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Star Wars/War of The Stars.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has always been very musical, disciplined, and visually entertaining. And it has its own distinctive “sound.”

That sound is created by the clarinet holding the melodic line, doubled or coupled with the tenor sax playing the same notes; and the harmonies produced by three other saxophones, while growling trombones and wailing trumpets add their oo-ahs.

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Glenn Miller and His Orchestra made a big impact right before and during the war. And it had more hit records in one year than anybody in the history of the recording industry. In fact, its recording of Chattanooga Choo-Choo earned the first Gold Record ever awarded to a performing artist. Additional Gold Record recordings include “In the Digital Mood” and “In The Christmas Mood,” Volume I & II.

Back in the days of the big band era of the forties, any dance band “worth its salt” had a distinctive theme song. It was the musical signature with which they signed on and signed off at their engagements and radio broadcasts. The theme of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was the beautiful Moonlight Serenade, and it is still the signature tune of the Glenn Miller Orchestra today. Interestingly enough, Glenn Miller originally wrote the music of the song himself as an exercise for a course in arranging. He composed it long before he organized his band, when he was a trombonist and arranger with Ray Noble’s famous band.

Today, it is considered a standard in the field of popular music with its popularity as an instrumental continuing undiminished through the years.

It is now more than 70 years since Glenn Miller first succeeded with the Orchestra, which still bears his name until this day. Except for a few years following his disappearance, Glenn’s orchestra and music have been heard around the world continuously since 1938.

 

“Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour POSTER GIVEAWAY!!!

Know the secret? Scroll down below to find out how to participate in the poster giveaway! Don’t know the secret, and then read below.

So, we’ve been keeping a little secret, and we’re ready to reveal it to you! Behold, the IMG_8918-0limited edition “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour poster designed by the one and only Print Mafia® made especially for Weird Al’s Bowling Green, Kentucky performance!!!

We have 100 of these posters that we are going to give away!  That’s right, we are doing a GIVEAWAY!!! Want to know how you can get your hands on one of these babies? Sure you do! Scroll down for details! Oh, and be sure to share this post with your friends to help us spread the word!

Random Poster Giveaway Details

So, you want a “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour poster designed by the one and only Print Mafia®? Then keep reading to find out how you can participate. Our Marketing Manager, Jessica Snodgrass Kem, is on vacation traveling throughout our beautiful bluegrass state. During her travels, she is randomly hiding a select number of poster vouchers for all to find! Map coordinates and clues will be posted starting this Thursday, June 25, 2015, using the following SKyPAC social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram. Don’t miss your chance to claim one of these awesome Print Mafia® posters!

Unclaimed Poster Coordinates:
37.94780, -85.69042
37.00080, -86.43038
37.13684, -85.98005
37.94774, -85.69064
37.04178, -86.35014
37.10442, -86.05843
37.13578, -85.98161

Other ways to claim! Just tune into your favorite radio station listed below:
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Need tickets to this performance? Click here to buy now!

 

WKU graduate Althaus featured in ‘Orange is the New Black’

Originally posted on WKU News:

Emily Althaus, a 2009 WKU graduate from Louisville, is featured in the role of Maureen Kukudio in the new season of Orange is the New Black.

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TV binge watchers were waiting with anticipation last weekend for the premiere of the third season of the Netflix original series. Orange is the New Black, based on the memoir of Piper Kerman’s year in prison, has been popular with audiences since its premiere in July 2013.

No spoilers here, but Althaus has a storyline closely intertwined with one of the main characters.

Althaus was featured in the fall 2012 issue of Potter College Arts & Letters Magazine after making her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of Harvey, starring Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Althaus has worked steadily since her time at WKU where she appeared in many…

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