Jun 07 2018

GLEN CAMPBELL TRIBUTE – June 9, 2018

Glen Campbell Poster 2 WEB

CMA Artist Ralph Curtis will perform the music of GLEN CAMPBELL!    Ralph writes:

I am so excited about coming to see you once again on June 9th to perform a tribute to Glen Campbell.  My band and I will perform Glen’s greatest hits such as;  Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get to Phoenix, Gentle On My Mind, Dreams of the Everyday Housewife and many more… As in most of my shows, I will also be performing impersonations of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and other country greats during a special segment of the show. You may have saw me last year when I performed Johnny Cash in the show “The Killer, The King and The Man in Black.” As a member of the Country Music Association my goal is to preserve classic country music.  If you are a classic country music fan you will not want to miss this show.  Thank you for your support of the Strand and the wonderful staff.  I hope to see you June 9th.  Sincerely, Ralph Curtis

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Jun 06 2018

Upcoming Events

Buddy Holly 2018 WEB FNF July WEB FNF June WEB Todd McComas - WEB Glen Campbell Poster 2 WEB Daniel Lusk SMALL Festival Film Series 1 WEB Community Treasure Series 1 Poster WEB

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Jun 01 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 6/1/2018

Dear Strand Fan,


June is busting out all over….    Did you notice the hot weather? So did we, fortunately the Strand is nice and cool.   We are ready for the summer heat and humidity.

 

Saturday night we welcome ERIC SOMMER to the Strand’s stage.     The theater is completely accessible. Indiana Department of Transportation and their contractor made good on their promise to the Strand.   The sidewalks were poured on Thursday and they are ready to go. The will be no problem getting into the theater for Saturday night’s concert.

 

The State Road 9 rebuild hasn’t been the easiest for the our management, but it hasn’t been bad either.   There are a myriad of details that need oversight. Fortunate for us the crew working on this project has done a great job of staying in communication with us.   Last week we cancelled our Friday Night Frights. This was the right thing to do. There was no sense in having a temporary sidewalk installed for one event.

 

We had to work with the State road engineer for the distance from the front of the building to the new walk.   We had a good comprise that poured new concrete up to 18” from our building. We also had to work on our marquee drains which flow under the sidewalk to the street.   The contractor has an entire underdrain crew! The installed the new drains before the new walk was poured. It is a needed repair.

 

We worry that our local patrons see the construction and are reticent to come to our events.   Trust us, it is fine! We could really use your support for the talent we are bringing to our community.

 

Next week is our rescheduled GLEN CAMPBELL TRIBUTE CONCERT with Ralph Curtis.   This will be an outstanding show and we hope you can join us. Saturday June 9, 2018 @ 7:30pm

 

This week Strand volunteers David F. and Maurice F. traveled to Chicago to acquire items for our theater pipe organ project.  (warning, tech talk ahead)

 

Our organs are built by the Louisville Pipe Organ Company (LPO).   LPO was a very small firm that existed from 1925 – 1928. We have 3 complete LPO organs, but will be building a large concert instrument from LPO components.   There are two items that will be almost impossible to find. First is a xylophone. We know that LPO built one for Opus 523 installed in the Temple Theatre in Louisville.   That organ still exists and is playing, but there is no LPO xylophone. It is an item lost to the decades. We think that is the only xylophone LPO built.

 

The second item was never built by LPO.   Large concert instruments have several tuned percussions.   Ours will have a marimba. This is the same marimba you would find in an orchestra or a concert band.   The only difference is that it plays from the organ. Larger instruments would have a marimba. Since LPO never built a theater organ larger than 10 ranks, they would have never used an expensive percussion such as a marimba.    

 

In order to have what we need, another manufacturer is necessary.   J.L.Weiler, Inc. of Chicago has served as consultants on the historic nature of our project.   When they found out we needed those two items they graciously offered a xylophone and marimba manufactured by Wurlitzer to the Strand.    This week we retrieved these components and they are safely back with the rest of our project waiting on restoration. Thank you to Jeff Weiler and the always cheery Robert Ridgeway for making this possible.    

 

Lots of fun happening.   Check out our schedule to the left.    We hope you will be able to attend one of our upcoming events.

 

Thank you for your support.   We try not to get discourage, but it seems like we deal with one thing after another that has a negative impact on our shows.  From bullying by the State Fire Marshal, to power outages, to this road construction, it tends to get us down. That lasts until we open the doors for a performance, then all is right with the world.   That is why we exist and we are proud to accomplish our core mission each and every week. The performance on Saturday night is number 53 for the 2018 season! We are proud of our pace and what we bring to the community.    See you at the Strand!

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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May 25 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/25/2018

Dear Strand Fan,

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS – CANCELLED TONIGHT

 

Road work in front of the Strand makes it difficult for the contractor to maintain access to the theater.   They have graciously offered to keep things open for us, but we are partners as well and have opted to cancel Friday’s event to help facilitate the smooth and effective renovation of our curbs and sidewalk.  The sidewalk was will be replaced to 18” from the front of the theater. They will maintain our marquee drains under the sidewalk that were existing. This is a complex project, and we appreciate INDOT and the contractor working with us to maintain the integrity of the Strand.

 

We are dark until Saturday June 2, 2018 when we welcome ERIC SOMMER to the Strand.   Our community would like to grow, this is one way we can help. Bringing excellent entertainment to downtown Shelbyville.   We hope you will join us for the concert that starts at 7:30pm. If you are interested in his music, check out his website www.ericsommer.com

 

This past week we had a six event week.   It was fun and exhausting at the same time.    On Sunday we had a private concert for the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.   Artist Tim Duckworth brought in his Hauptwerk Virtual Organ. It filled the Strand will true theatre organ sound.  Tim is a talented young artist and we enjoyed hosting the group.

 

Strand Fun Fact:   To date the Strand has hosted 1179 events with at a total audience of 112,401 patrons.    Each year the Strand produces our “Annual Arts Impact Statement.” This flyer, available in our lobby, highlights thenumber and type of performances plus audience by year.   We have done this each and every year since we opened. We are proud to provide opportunity for the arts each and every week, not just now and then. It takes hard work and a focused vision.   We have both.

 

As we go into summer we want to extend our congratulations to our graduating Senior class.   The high schools in our county produced well prepared students that are ready to take the next step in life.   Many student volunteer with the Strand and we are always tickled by their growth and maturity. Good job CLASS of 2018.    Stop by and take a picture in front of the marquee to honor your efforts.

We are looking forward to a great summer.   It is all because of you, thank you! See you at the Strand.

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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May 24 2018

Vampyr CANCELLED May 25, 2018

The May 25, 2018 Friday Night Frights showing of the 1931 classic VAMPYR is CANCELLED.

 

Road work in front of the Strand makes it difficult for the contractor to maintain access to the theater.   They have graciously offered to keep things open for us, but we are partners as well and have opted to cancel Friday’s event to help facilitate the smooth and effective renovation of our curbs and sidewalk.  


Steve F. writes:  I think it’s a small investment of our time in cancelling versus the long term state of the theater.   


As such, there will be no movie on Friday night.   See you June 2nd for ERIC SOMMER in concert.

 

Thank you for supporting the Strand.

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May 18 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/18/2018

Dear Strand Fan,

 

Dr. Rock rolled at the Strand last Saturday night!    The band had the place jumpin’. Thank you to all who supported the Strand by attending.   We know you had a good time!   The good time continues this Saturday night.   We welcome COLTON CHAPMAN who making his Strand Theatre debut.  Colton has his album release party and concert starting at 7:30pm.   He is a country music musician and we look forward to his performance.   Tickets are still available.

 

TRAFFIC ALERT:   Next week the contractor for the State Road 9 project will be working in front of the Strand.   We will have limited street access for a few days. This has been planned. Starting May 21st we are dark through June 2nd with the exception of Friday Night Frights.   This will give the contractors the time needed to do the work without having to worry about us. The improvements will be worth it.

 

We have 7 HVAC units.   Any unit can fail and we have others to cover…except one.  As luck would have it that is the one that failed. This is the unit that cools the lobby and the offices.   We could tell, it was HOT. JR Wortman & Co. paid a visit to the Strand this week. This is the same unit that was totally replaced 6 months after installation.   This time is was a leaky fitting. A few hours later and the lobby was cool.

 

Our summer concert series continues with ERIC SOMMER on June 2nd.   Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a reś uméthat reads more like a musical travel & adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.

 

Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene in the ’80s with a vengeance, a Folk guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt and Brit Folk legend Davy Graham. But Boston was also a hotbed of New Wave, Power Pop and Punk at that point, and Sommer absorbed those influences as well, creating a Byrdsian jangle sound that earned him opening slots for national acts and regular bookings at the Paradise Theatre.    We hope you can attend.

 

The Shelby County Players will be presenting RADIUM GIRLS in July.   Auditions will be June 4th & 5th at SCP Offstage. In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece.  9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts. We are looking forward to the production.

 

Strand Fun Fact:  Did you know the Strand was built in 1916?  You most likely knew that since it is on our logo, however did you know the Strand started as two buildings?   The stage portion of the Strand is actually the old livery stable built in 1845. If you look on Broadway Street, you will see Adams Glass is the same building as the Strand.    In 1916 they divided the building and knocked a hole through the side. This hole is what allows the audience to see the stage. If you notice closely, you will find there is an 18” offset on the left side of the auditorium.  This hides the steel beam installed to support the weight. As such, our stage is not centered on the auditorium. Now you know!

 

Thank you for your support.   This is a 5 event week. We had over 200 attend last night’s SMS Jazz Concert.   It has been fun, and that is all because of you. Thank you for the support. See you at the Strand!

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

Dr. Rock & the Rollers

May 12

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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May 12 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/12/2018

Dear Strand Fan,

 

Tonight!   DR. ROCK and the ROLLERS.   This energetic 50s/60s group will be a blast.  Plenty of tickets are available. The performance starts at 7:30pm.  

 

The SHS Jazz Band performed their annual concert at the Strand last weekend.  The band is was conducted by Mr. Russell Smith (in his 32nd year) and assistant conductor Mrs. Allison Anderson.     They performed an energetic concert. The students played a 15 chart first set followed by a 16 chart second set!  That is equivalent to any professional big band. We heard everything from String of Pearls to All The Things You Are. The first set included a killer arrangement of George Gershwin’s SUMMERTIME from his opera Porgy and Bess.   It cooked! The SHS students were impressive. They played well and we look forward to having them back next year.

 

Advantage Shelby County held their graduation at the Strand this week.  This was the first class to complete the program. Advantage Shelby County is unique.   The post secondary educational opportunity extends to every high school senior in Shelby County.   We are proud of the graduates and the program.

 

Retro Bill came to Shelbyville for a motivational talk to Shelbyville 5th graders.  The Strand was packed with kids hearing his inspiring message. Retro Bill likes the music loud.   He got a good dose of just how loud the Strand can get. We vibrated all the items off the sound booth shelf!    He knows his stuff, as the energy the music created was incredible. Thank you to Floyd Hastings and the D.A.R.E. program for bringing Retro Bill to the Strand.

 

Strand Fun Fact:  Did you know that if you make a donation it is sent to the Blue River Community Foundation?   While the Strand doesn’t solicit like most not for profits, we do accept donations. When we started the Foundation was our fiscal sponsor.  This was a vital function for our new organization. We have long since received our 501c3 designation, but our board has opted to remain in partnership with the Foundation.  We welcome the oversight that this arrangement provides. Funds given to the Strand are subject to the greatest scrutiny. We love the oversight and partnership.

 

Our volunteers were amazing last week (as they will be next week too!).  During the Saturday night Jazz Band concert Mike R. was at the Strand about 5pm to paint the last remaining office.  He just showed up. Sure enough, but the end of the performance he as done. During the Advantage Shelby County graduation we had the opportunity to see several Strand volunteers on stage receiving recognition.   They are a wonderful group of volunteers and future community leaders.

 

Last week the Strand participated in a round table discussion with our friends and neighbors from the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, and the Park Theatre in North Vernon.   We talked about the issues we face, and how we are each moving forward to do positive things for our communities. As you know, the Strand is ultra focused on our core values and mission. It is nice to be with others of similar minds. We look forward to meeting again in the fall.

 

Next week we have the Shelbyville High School JAG Graduation Ceremony on Monday, and our Community Treasure Series Lecture on Wednesday.   This month’s lecture will feature the Shelbyville Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol. We hope you can attend.

 

On Thursday we welcome the Shelbyville Middle School Music Department for their JAZZ SHOWCASE.   The performance is at 7pm and admission is free.

 

Next weekend we welcome up and coming country music musician COLTON CHAPMAN to the Strand’s stage.   Tickets are still available for the concert.


As always the Strand is fun.  We are looking forward to kicking off our summer concert series tonight!   Thank you for all the support. See you at the Strand.

 

SUMMER CONCERT

SERIES

 

Dr. Rock & the Rollers

May 12

 

Tribute to Glen Campbell

June 9

 

Buddy Holly Tribute

with Kenny James

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23

 

King, Killer, and the

Man in Black

August 11

 

Fun 4

Beatles Concert

August 18

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