May 04 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 5/4/2018

Dear Strand Fan,

 

This weekend we welcome the Shelbyville High School JAZZ BAND to the Strand for concert on Saturday May 5, 2018.   If you have not been to one of their concerts, you need to check it out.   The musicality and understanding of the repertoire is outstanding. The joint will be jumpin’, that is for sure.   The concert starts at 7:30pm and admission is FREE.

 

Did you make it to the Shelby County Players’ production of All About Eve?   It was fun weekend of live theater. It is always a pleasure to welcome the Players back to the Strand.   We look forward to their next production in July. Until then, they have lots of other things happening, so make sure you check out their website for more information.

 

Poetry was a success this week.  Thank you to Three Sisters Books and Gifts for arranging this inspiring evening of spoken word.  Our next poetry will be in October.

 

The 95th May Festival at Shelbyville High School is in the books.   The Strand congratulates all the participants. We extend best wishes to the 95th Queen of the May Emily Coffey!   Many of the May Festival participates have performed at the Strand.

 

We are starting something new this week.  We will publish a “Strand Fun Fact” each week.  This will help answer questions yet to be asked.  

 

Strand Fun Fact:   Did you know it takes about a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer time to book each and every show?   The work starts months ahead of the event. Even something simple like a lecture or film takes tremendous time.   We keep meticulous track of our volunteer labor hours. According to our friends at the Blue River Community Foundation the current rate used for volunteer hours is $24.69.    So far in 2018 with performances alone we have logged 792 volunteer hours. With 41 performances in the books in 2018, we have spent 164 hours booking events. This doesn’t count the dozens of hours spent doing renovation and the business of running a business.    As we do the math our volunteers have donated an equivalent of $23,603 this year alone. Doing more math (Mr. Murphy would be proud) that is $576 in volunteer labor directly related to every performance individual this year. We have WONDERFUL volunteers.

 

We welcome elementary students to the Strand this weekend for RETRO BILL.   Later in the week Advantage Shelby County will hold their graduation ceremony.    

 

Our summer concert series kicks off next weekend with Dr. Rock and the Rollers.   We will have a fun filled summer.

 

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

 

The volunteers of the Strand Theatre are working hard to bring a variety of entertainment to downtown Shelbyville.   We could not do this without your support. Thank you for attending, thank you for your voluntary donations, and thank you for believing that our community deserves a vibrant venue where the performing arts can flourish.  See you at the Strand.

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Apr 20 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 4/27/2018

Dear Strand Fans,

 

The Shelby County Players take the stage tonight in their production of ALL ABOUT EVE.   This is a radio show format and will be a fun time of live theater.    We hope you can make it to see this production on either Friday or Saturday night.   While the performance is free, a ticket is required. If you would like to go, please reply to this email with your name, night to attend (Friday or Saturday) and number of tickets.   We will have them at the door for you.

 

On Monday Night we will host POETRY NIGHT produced by Three Sisters Books and Gifts.   This edition will feature the poetry troupe RESERVOIR DOGWOODS from Bloomington Indiana.   It is sure to be an inspiring evening of poetry.   The event start at 7pm.

 

If you have always wondered what poetry night is all about, now is your time to find out!    This event is almost ten years to the day of our first Poetry Night. We remember that evening.   What would it be like? Would anyone show up? Will everything be in Old English? Those questions have long since been answered.   Monday will be the twentieth poetry night by Three Sisters Books. We are fortunate to have a locally owned independent bookstore in downtown Shelbyville.   If you haven’t been to their store, stop by and take a look. While there, grab some coffee at the Bookmark Coffee Shop next door. You will be glad you did.  (editor’s note:  As we wait to finish our offices, the counter at the Bookmark has served as the Strand’s corporate office on many occasions)

 

We had fun last week with DISH IT OUT and CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS.   They were two diverse events on successive nights. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped reconfigure the theater from a cooking show back into a concert venue.   Kudos to Rachael Ackley and her crew from Shelby County Tourism for a well orchestrated event.

 

The Strand booked a first for us…a hypnotist.   On August 25, 2018 Magician and Hypnotist Matt LaVore will bring his entertainment to the Strand.   Matt writes:

 

Hello, Strand Fans!

 

I am looking forward to bringing my Magic, Mind Reading, and Hypnosis show, “Magic & Mystery,” to the Strand on August 25th! Come see me change someone’s memories, read minds, swallow needles, hypnotize people to forget their own names, and predict the future in my amazing showcase of mystery arts that is guaranteed to leave you astonished!

 

I have been touring “Magic & Mystery” all over the country to over 34 states and I am excited to be bringing the show to an Indiana stage once again. If you love David Blaine, Penn & Teller, or Harry Houdini you will not want to miss this show! See you August 25th!    Matt LaVore

 

We look forward to trying something new on our stage.  Tickets will be available soon.

 

Work continues.  Tomorrow a crew from the Strand is traveling to Indianapolis to retrieve some pipe organ parts built by the Louisville Pipe Organ Company.   This came out of the organ original installed in Trinity Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. We have that organ, but were missing the bass pipes.   Lo and behold they surfaced and we are joining those pipes with the rest of the organ this weekend. It has been decades since these ranks of pipes have been complete.   

 

Our friends at the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society will be making the trip to Shelbyville for a day filled with theater pipe organs.   They will start their day at the Strand. We look forward to that.

 

Thank you for the support.   We have a full lineup of summer fun, and hope you can join us.  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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Apr 20 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 4/20/2018

Dear Strand Fan,

 

We continued with several projects at our work session this week.   Finishing our offices is becoming critical to the health of our organization.   We are too large and have to many wonderful things we bring to the community to be working out of banker’s boxes.   We have a permanent home, we just have to get it ready. Like any project the closer you get to the end of that project, the harder it is.    This is true for the Strand offices. We are working hard to get to the point where they will be beneficial to our organization and hence the community.    Thank you to the dozens of people who have helped. We still have that last mile to finish, we hope to see you working with us too!

 

Friday Night Frights is an odd little film series.   About 10% of the Strand’s yearly programming is film.   The series is an homage to the B-movies that were shows in the past life of the Strand.   While passe to some, to others this series is heaven, as the patron gets to see these classics in a theater, sitting in the balcony eating popcorn just like the the 50s 60s and 70s.    This month we had patrons travel from eastern Kentucky to see Invasion of the Killer Bees. As everyone knows, we have a vast variety of programming. This was the second event in a week to attract out of state patrons to Shelbyville and Shelby County to the Strand!

 

Road Work Update:   State Road 9 directly in front of the Strand is going through a major rebuild.  The project will impact the Strand. So far the travel lane next to the theater is blocked off.  This is a good thing for us. We can park and not have anyone in the adjacent lane zip by us. While it is nice for the time being, it will not be so in the future.    

 

The curbs in front of the Strand will be replaced soon.  When this happens, there will be no access from the street to the sidewalk.  The Strand is working with INDOT and the contractor to find a time when we have no events to do the work.    The sidewalk is being replaced and we are coordinating that work with our schedule too. Hopefully we will have our safety bollards installed in front of the theater.   There have been two instances in the past where a vehicle has traveled onto our sidewalk. We just cannot take that chance. Since Harrison Street is a state road, we have to follow all those rules.   What seems simple is sometimes, as in this case, very complex.

 

Everyone is invited – free of charge – to the Strand on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm for a  very different and exciting evening of nostalgia and laughter. Shelby County Players and SCUFFY are presenting a live performance of the 1951 Lux Radio broadcast, All About Eve.

 

The radio show is based on the classic film All About Eve, a humorous yet chilling look behind the curtain of the Broadway stage.  The movie was nominated for 14 Oscars, winning Best Picture and Best Screenplay in 1950. The screenplay was expertly adapted for radio without losing its dramatic flair, suspenseful plot turns, or witty dialogue.  Subsequently, it became one of the top rated radio shows of all time.

 

Directed by Triton High School teacher and drama coach, Jeff Wilson, this is a joint venture between Shelby County Players and SCUFFY.  The SCP Artistic Team and Board of Trustees will channel famous actors such as Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, George Sanders, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, and Marilyn Monroe.

 

SCUFFY personalities, Angie Davies and Dave Fisher (costumed as the man with a big heart), will sing some original SCUFFY radio commercials.

 

Tickets are free but required. To reserve tickets call 317-392-6844 or go to tickets@shelbycountyplayers.com, You can also pick up tickets at the Strand box office or the SCUFFY office at 126 N Harrison Street, Shelbyville.

 

Three Sisters Books and Gifts presents an evening of POETRY on Monday April 30, 2018.    Our local poets will be joined by the Reservoir Dogwoods. The RESERVOIR DOGWOODS is a spoken word trio that has been bringing a unique style of collaborative live performance to classrooms, theatres, street fairs, bars, and butcher shops since 2008. With a saucy blend of humor, drama, street smarts, literary acumen, homespun wisdom, worldly events, personal catharsis, and bawdy pokes at the human condition, the Dogwoods bring enthusiasm and poignancy to every performance. Each has an established individual style — together they are an amplified juggernaut of poetic expression.    The event starts at 7pm and is free. Come celebrate National Poetry Month at the Strand.

 

Our Festival Film Series continues on May 1st.  Little Miss Innocence aka Teenage Innocence is a 1973 film directed by Chris Warfield. The story this movie tells was remade in another 1977 movie called Death Game.  Most recently the same story was told in the Eli Roth film Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves.

 

The film was Chris Warfield’s directorial debut.  He was originally a contract player at MGM in the studio system’s twilight years and amassed an impressive roster of ’60s TV credits on shows like Perry Mason and My Three Sons.   Little Miss Innocence serves as a correction for the rampant misogyny of the day. Many find Little Miss Innocence an extremely well written and directed film. Perhaps too salty and cynical for most tastes when it was initially released, it is a forgotten gem and is presented as part of our Festival film series.    Mature audiences only.

 

Dr. Rock and the Rollers performs on May 12th at the Strand.  This concert was originally scheduled in November, but we had a power outage that caused us to cancel that show.  If you have tickets for that performance they are still good! Dr. Rock and The Rollers is a “Rock and Roll Revival Show Band.”  They have played all over the state of Indiana. They specialize in the “Good Time Rock N Roll Music of the Fifties and Sixties.”

Many of the band members grew up in the fifties and sixties and have lived the music they play.

The band consists of seven members and besides vocals, they feature the sounds of guitars, bass, keyboards, sax, flugelhorn, and percussion. They also feature the “Doo Wop Girls” who do back-up vocals.

Put on your blue suede shoes and come hear some of your favorites from the golden rock and roll era of the fifties and sixties on May 12th!
 

As you know the Strand has no secrets.   This week we did a little statistical analysis.   Here is where we are to date. Since we opened in January 2008 the Strand has hosted 1156 events (1157 is tonight!).   Our total audience since opening is 110,292. We always like to remember the vast majority of our patrons traveled to downtown Shelbyville at night.   We also keep track of sell-out performances. So far we have sold-out 32 times since we opened. Now you know.

 

This week we also heard from Ralph Curtis who will be performing his Glen Campbell Tribute on June 9th:

 

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.  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

 

The Strand is a busy place.   Thank you for your interest and support.   See you at the Strand!

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Apr 13 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 4/13/2018

WORK SESSION
Saturday April 14, 2018

9am – 1pm

We could use the help!

 

Dear Strand Fan ,

 

We were knocked over by talent this week.   Damian McGinty was more than we could have hoped.   Damian is still a member of Celtic Thunder. He is doing his solo tour during the Thunder’s break.   He has a full schedule and the Strand is one of two dozen performances. He will be as far north as Calgary Alberta and south to Florida.    East to Connecticut and west to Seattle. That is a tour!

 

Damian was joined by two talented musicians.   David Bakey opened the show playing his custom McPherson guitar.    His album is currently #10 on the Billboard New Age Charts. He set the tone of the evening, he was fabulous.    Damian is a baritone. His deep rich voice filled the Strand with music ranging from traditional to pop. His rapport with his fans explained why we had people from 6 states attend.    We were thrilled to host an international talent. From Celtic Thunder to Glee, Damian’s career is on the right track.

 

On Wednesday night we hosted the Shelbyville News for our Community Treasure Series.   John Walker and Rhonda Schwegman presented. John gave a history of local papers and how they evolved.   It was interesting that at one time in the 19th century it would be common for small towns to have as many as 5 or 6 papers.    John brought archived copies of the Shelbyville Democrat, precursor to the Shelbyville News. The copies were from the early 20th century.   He pointed out that it was normal for the newspapers of the day to have sensational headlines. On June 1, 1909 the Democrat was sold. We looked at papers from May with those headlines, and then papers from June.   The new owners focused on the news and the headlines were gone. Fascinating! Rhonda spoke of how advertising brings value to the readership and how a small town paper facilitates business success. We had a small but engaged audience.   One patron brought several very old papers Here is the front page article from the Campaigning Lancet Volume 1, Number 1:

 

Dateline July 22, 1854

PROSPECTS FOR THE CAMPAIGNING LANCET

 

“At this crisis the people of Shelby Co. demand a thorough & candid discussion of the vital questions involved in the Party issues of the day.”  

 

Sound familiar?  That could have been written yesterday, but instead it was written 164 years ago!   That is consistency. Thank you to the Shelbyville News for presenting at our Community Treasure Series.   

 

Tonight we have Friday Night Frights.   If you suffer from triskaidekaphobia we are still the place to be.   The Strand is safe and the movie is scary. We will show the 1973 classic Invasion of the Bee Girls.    The movie starts at 7:30pm. Admission is $5.

 

Work continues.   Our newly wall mounted main speakers are making it much easier to produce shows.    Damian McGinty had several sound requirements. (warning, tech talk ahead). When our system was designed by Strand board member Ron B., he gave us a system that could be easily configured for a multitude of uses.   On Tuesday we had to use several monitors with different feeds, multiple microphones, and DI boxes (stereo) for a the vast array of guitar and keyboard effect. The piano for the evening was a Roland G8 generously loaned by local musician Jeff Sponsel.   That piano was joined by other keyboards, computers, and effect units. For the first time we had a request for something that made us scratch our heads. Even though the Strand is an acoustically “live” auditorium, the headliner wanted reverberation in his vocal mix.    Joey G. and Gordon H. doing the sound knew it might be possible, since we never had the request, were at a loss on how to accomplish it. A quick call to Ron B. who was working in Minnesota at the time, proved fruitful. Ron said “we prepared for that” and proceeded to walk us through how to put the reverberation onto that vocal track.   That is thinking ahead! We are fortunate to have talented and knowledgeable volunteers that keep our facility at a professional level.

The mental fireworks didn’t end with Ron.   Cody V., our network guru, did some additional setup on our new ticket booth PC.    During the evening he gave us a sheet of paper that had typed “THE STRAND CAN NOW PRINT.”   Lo and behold we now have a network printer available. The ability to do data work for the Strand during shows is tremendous.   Thank you Cody.

 

We are working on the projection booth.  This is the location of all our network infrastructure (in the old film safe) and will also have the Stage Managers work area.   The platform is built for the stage manager. The carpet, courtesy of Ray and Cindy at Shelbyville Paint Floors and More is layed.   Now we need a counter. Bob S. noticed that our neighbors Mach1PC has some visible through the window. A quick inquiry to Scott Polston, and they donated the counter for that area!   Thank you Scott and Mach1PC. They are great neighbors. If you come to the work session on Saturday, Bob will need help installing that counter. Slowly but surely our offices are nearing completion.   

 

We have a wonderful week ahead.   DONALD DAVIDSON will be speaking on Wednesday,  DISH IT OUT on Friday, and CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS on Saturday.   It is sure to be fun.

Thank you for all your support.   We hope you enjoy the Strand as much as we do.   See you at the Strand.

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Apr 09 2018

UPCOMING EVENTS!

* * * * * * *

 

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

 

*  * * * * * * *

 

Community Treasure Series

THE SHELBYVILLE NEWS

April 11, 2018

7:00pm Free

 

Friday Night Frights

INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)

April 13, 2018

7:30pm  $5

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

AN EVENING WITH

DONALD DAVIDSON

April 18, 2018

7:00pm   Free

 

Shelby County Tourism

DISH IT OUT!

April 20, 2018

7:00pm

 

Bluegrass Concert

Catrina and the

BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS

April 21, 2018

7:30pm

$10 Adv. / $12 Door

 

Shelby County Players

ALL ABOUT EVE

1951 Radio Drama

April 27, 2018

April 28, 2018

7:30pm   Free (with ticket)

Tickets available from Shelby County Players & at the Strand

 

Three Sisters Books & Gifts

POETRY NIGHT

April 30, 2018

(Monday)

7pm – Free

 

Festival Film Series

LITTLE MISS INNOCENT

May 1, 2018

7pm – $10

 

Shelby County Proscecutor

REPUBLICAN JUDICAL

DEBATE

7pm  Free

 

Shelbyville High School

JAZZ BAND

May 5, 2018

7pm  – Free

 

D.A.R.E

RETRO BILL

May 7, 2018

9am

 

Advantage Shelby County

GRADUATION CEREMONY

May 9, 2018

6:00pm

 

Community Treasure Series

CIVIL AIR PATROL

May 16, 2018

7pm – Free

 

Shelbyville Middle School

JAZZ SHOWCASE

May 17, 2018

7pm – Free

 

Country Music Concert

COLTMAN CHAPMAN

May 19, 2018

7:30pm  $20 Adv / $25 Door

 

Friday Night Frights

VAMPYRES (1974)

May 25, 2018

7:30pm – $5

 

Concert

ERIC SOMMER

June 2, 2018

7:30pm – $20 Adv / $25 Door

 

Tribute Concert

MUSIC OF GLEN CAMPBELL

June 9, 2018

7:30pm – $20 Adv / $25 Door

 

Community Treasure Series

SALVATION ARMY

June 13, 2018

7pm – Free

 

Friday Night Frights

HORROR EXPRESS(1972)

June 15, 2018

7:30pm – $5

 

Tribute Concert

KENNY JAMES as

BUDDY HOLLY

(and Barney Fife!)

June 23, 2018

7:30pm – $20 Adv / $25 Door

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Apr 06 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 4/6/2018

Dear Strand Fan,


This week we had a volunteer clean all 280 marquee light bulbs.  They were filthy from the winter and each needed cleaned. Thank you to Mother Nature for volunteering to do the project on Tuesday.  After the torrential rain, the bulbs were clean as a whistle!

Work has steadily progressed at the theater.   We finished some much needed tasks. Bob S. rebuilt the front of the stage.   Since our main speakers are no longer located underneath, we removed all the grill openings.  Bob decided it was just as easy to replace everything. The front is all new and freshly painted.  It is a big improvement. (warning, tech talk ahead) Several things are easier because of our new HVAC system.  The front of the stage project was positively impacted by this. With our old 1954 unit, the return air was brought from under the stage.   As such, we had to leave a 4” gap from the front of the stage panels to the floor. As you can imagine, it was never fun to clean. Since our auditorium now has 6 different locations we take return air, there is no longer the need for the under the stage return.   You will notice th panels go all the way to the floor!

We now have a computer at our ticket counter.   This will make our lives much easier. We did our first credit card transaction via this machine during our Festival Film Series showing.   (editor’s note: This week’s email is being composed at the Strand on the ticket booth computer. It saves volunteer time that we can now write these during a show, not having to do it at home or the office)  Thank you Cody V. for making this computer magically appear!

The SHELBY COMMUNITY BAND is pleased to partner with the high schools in Shelby County to bring you our spring concert at the Strand Theatre!   Featuring musical favorites like West Side Story and traditional marches from composers like John Philip Sousa, they have something for everyone. Come out and join the Band for their first concert of the year on Sunday April 8, 2018 at 2pm.   The concert is free.  (editor’s note: since this email didn’t launch correctly, we can tell you the concert was fantastic!   The next SCB performance at the Strand is September 16th).

DAMIAN McGINTY: SLOW DANCE TOUR will be at the Strand on Tuesday April 10, 2018.   Damian has toured the world with Celtic Thunder and was featured on the show Glee.   This is a special event for the Strand. Damian has fans from Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, and Indiana attending this concert.   It is sure to be fun. This is a great opportunity to hear great music sung by an Irish tenor. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are available at Mickey’s T-Mart (cash/check only) and online at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Our March Community Treasure Series will take place on Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 7pm.   This month we feature THE SHELBYVILLE NEWS.   We will learn what it takes to produce a hometown newspaper.  We will also take a behind the scenes look at the workings of a daily newspaper.   It should be interesting. Our Community Treasure Series presenters have done a great job in letting all of know of the great work they do on behalf of the community.   We hope to see you there. The event is free.

Friday Night Frights returns on the 13th (how appropriate) with a showing of INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS from 1973.   The show starts at 7:30pm and admission is $5.

Next week:

DONALD DAVIDSON – April 18

DISH IT OUT – Friday April 20

CATRINA and the BAGGY BOTTOM BOYS – April 21

Thank you for your support.  We are fortunate to have a full and diverse schedule.  This does not happen by accident. It is because of the hard work of many people and most importantly your support.  Thank you. See you at the Strand!

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Mar 30 2018

Strand Weekly Newsletter: 3/30/2018

Dear Strand Fan,

 

WORK SESSION

SATURDAY MARCH 31, 2018

9AM – 1PM

 

Tonight is Friday Night Frights!   GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE (1972) will be showing at tonight at 7pm.  Come out and enjoy!

 

You will notice that we are dark this weekend (Dark is a term used by theaters when they do not have performances).   There is a good reason. Some might say it is because of Pesach and Easter. That would be partially correct. Others will say NCAA Men’s Final Four.    That is correct. We learned our lesson the hard way. We cannot compete with some things. We never know if an Indiana school will be in the final four, so we don’t hedge our bets.   This weekend is dark.

 

We look forward to our inaugural showing of our new film series.   The Festival Film Series brings movies to our screen that have limited distribution.   We are pleased to partner with American Genre Film Archives of Austin, Texas to present these films.   This is certainly a niche series. Several who follow these films will seek out presentations like ours.    The first film DR. BUTCHER, MD (1980) is on Tuesday April 3, 2018.    This series was developed and arranged by Joe Gaudin of the Skyline Drive-In.   The Skyline is a wonderful partner and supporter of the Strand.

 

OUR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Strand presents a summer of concert fun in downtown Shelbyville.   It includes:

 

  • May 12 – Dr. Rock & the Rollers

  • June 9 – Tribute to Glen Campbell

  • June 23 – Kenny James’ Buddy Holly Tribute (with Barney Fife)

  • August 11 – The King, Killer, and Man in Black

  • August 18 –  The Fun 4 – Beatles Concert

 

We start with Dr. Rock & the Rollers.  Did you hear the great commercial for Dr. Rock and the Rollers on WSVX Giant 96 or on Rock and Rhythm Review on WITT and WICR?    We look forward to the return of Darrell Hood and Dr. Rock and the Rollers on May 12, 2018. This was the concert that was cancelled in November due to a power failure in our block.   No power, no show. We are thrilled to try again! They present early rock and roll music. It will be a great evening and the first in our Summer Concert Series.

 

Country Music Association artist Ralph Curtis will be performing the Music of Glen Campbell on June 9, 2018.   The concert will be filled with all your favorite Glen Campbell music.   This concert is rescheduled from February. It is sure to be a hit. If you love Glen Campbell then the Strand is the place to be on Saturday June 9th.

 

Kenny James returns as Buddy Holly on June 23, 2018.  The show starts with the well loved and admired deputy sheriff, Barney Fife, of 1960s television.  Kenny brings the fearless deputy to life with his usual antics and “Fife-isms”. Then as Buddy Holly, “Peggy Sue,” “Rave On” and “That’ll Be the Day” are the songs that most ignite his audience, James cites lesser-known numbers like “Learning the Game” and “True Love Ways” as being his favorites to perform.    Kenny and his band will be returning after a very successful concert last year.

 

The King, Killer, and the Man in Black features Brad McCrady as Elvis Presley, Terry Lee Ridley as Jerry Lee Lewis, Frank Hamilton as Johnny Cash.   This is a fantastic high energy concert that was a hit last year. (Terry Lee will be back with his Rockaboogie Band in October too!)   

 

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: We are have just secured The Fun 4, Music of the Beatles for our August 18th concert.  This is a special presentation with musicians that have been performing the Beatles music across the country and around the world.   Relive Beatlemania again with THE FUN 4! Experience the Fun, Excitement & the Humor of what a Fab Four concert would be like today. THE FUN 4 is known Internationally as the World’s Most Fun & Entertaining Tribute Show & includes an All-Star Cast with members from The Original Broadway & Touring Cast of Beatlemania & The British Invasion from Disney World’s EPCOT.

 

THE FUN 4 spans the Fab Four’s Touring era with a Fun-Filled Journey with Classic Hits like I Want To Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day’s Night, I Saw Her Standing There, Help! and many other early favorites in their famous black “Ed Sullivan” suits. THE FUN 4 time travel after the intermission changing into the colorful Sgt. Pepper suits &  perform classic favorites from the Summer of Love era including Sgt. Pepper, With a Little Help From My Friends & Yellow Submarine before changing into an “Abbey Road Late Look” finishing off the show with such classics as Get Back, Something, Come Together & Hey Jude.

 

A Splendid & FUN Time is Guaranteed for all with THE FUN 4! We are thrilled to present this concert.

 

We hope you can join us as we bring talent from across the country to perform in Shelby County.    It will be great fun.

 

In other news…work continued this week.  The snow put a damper on last week’s work session.   We still would like to move our filing cabinets, desks, and tables to our offices and projection booth.   We need strong volunteers! If you can help, now is the time. No up to the heaving lifting? That is OK, we still have lots of other things to do including painting, work on stage, and work in the auditorium.    The work session will be from 9am – 1pm Saturday March 31, 2018.

 

Thank you for your support.   2018 is off to a great start because of you!    See you at the Strand.

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