Mel Tillis

A country music legend and Hall of Fame inductee, Mel Tillis is a songwriting legend with over 60 albums under his belt. Performing with his band, The Statesiders, Tillis has earned his place among the country veterans, coining 36 top ten singles over his 50 year career, including “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and “Good Woman Blues.” The songwriter of choice for music stars, including George Strait and Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis is a force still to be reckoned with.
 
Mel Tillis began his music career in the early 1950s, when he began performing with a group called The Westerners while he was serving as a baker in the U.S. Air Force.  Thankfully, Mel chose a songwriting career over a military one, and in 1956, Tillis recorded “I’m Tired,” the song that would launch his career.  By 1976, Mel Tillis was a household name, simultaneously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters International Hall of Fame and awarded with an Entertainer of the Year Award at the CMA’s. Mel’s success continued and the now celebrated songwriter was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2012, Mel Tillis received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.
 
In total, Mel has recorded over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major country music and pop music artists. Not only a talented songwriter, Mel Tillis has recorded over 60 albums, containing nine #1 hits, including “Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rain.” His latest album, You Aint Gonna Believe This was released in 2010 and features some of the country veteran’s most powerful work to date. When he’s not writing and recording, Mel spends his time painting and selling the finished works for profits donated to the Scottish Rite Foundation, a charity benefitting speech and hearing clinics across the country.

The Capitol Steps

What was originally a small group of Senate staffers with a sense of humor became the rip-roaring comedy sensation that it is today. Capitol Steps makes even the most boring news stories hilarious. Drawing from headlines and insider information, the topical comedy show leaves no joke behind. Featured on national television from NBC to PBS, Capitol Steps has swept the nation with its witty quips and absurd skits.
 
Capitol Steps began back in 1981, when a collection of Senate staff members came together to present a collection of song parodies for an upcoming Christmas party. It was so well received on Capitol Hill that the staff members decided to take their show on tour. Now, over three decades later, Capitol Steps has become a national sensation, providing hours of comedy entertainment to thousands of audiences across the country. Although the members are no longer the original Senate staffers, their legacy lives on and the troupe still maintains excellence and a particularly crafted sense of comedic timing. Capitol Steps has expanded from the theater, performing their show, Politics Takes a Holiday on NPR four times a year.
 
The troupe touring today have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and have 62 years of House and Senate experience between them. Due to the incredible success of their tours, Capitol Steps have released 30 albums featuring their infamous song parodies, including the particularly topical Take the Money and Run – For President. Never afraid to push buttons and make enemies, Capitol Steps pokes fun at the craziness that is modern politics straight from the people that know it best.

An Acoustic Evening with Keb’ Mo’

Join Singer-songwriter, guitarist and 3-time Grammy winner Keb Mo’ is an intimate acoustic performance.  His music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America — informing all of its musical roots — before evolving into a universally celebrated art form. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, soul, folk and jazz as well as the singer-songwriter movement. For Keb Mo, the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling ethic, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional weight.  Keb Mo promises to get down with The Lyric this January with his style of Delta Blues as a modern take on a classic music style.  
 
Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles to parents originally from the deep South, Mo’s music is an expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed the blues, and his own point of view, over time.  This blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter began his career recording with notable acts like Jefferson Airplane and Papa John Creach before beginning his solo career in the early 1980s. As a solo artist, Keb Mo has won three Grammy Awards and had top notch acts like Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne contribute to his work. He has appearec in television shows including The West Wing and Touched by an Angel, and portrayed the legendary blues singer and guitarist Robert Johnson in the movie Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl? 
 
The Reflection is the first new studio album by Keb Mo since Suitcase in 2006 earned a sixth Grammy nomination . These twelve songs are the product of an important period of personal and professional growth for the artist formerly known as Kevin Moore. In that time, he started a new family; moved from Los Angeles to Nashville; built a state–of–the–art home studio, and founded his own label, Yolabelle International, distributed by Ryko and the Warner Music Group.  But The Reflection is not, in essence, a blues album. In sound and spirit, it’s closer to the work of African–American “folk soul” singer/songwriters like Bill Withers, Bobby Womack, and Terry Callier.

John Pizzarelli Quartet

Over his career, John Pizzarelli has revitalized jazz, bringing a refreshing, modern twist to the genre while staying true to its roots. Called “madly creative” by the LA Times, the guitarist and singer is not afraid to blend styles, mixing pop and Latin styles with a jazzy flair, making him one of the most interesting contemporary artists today. Since his success with the Boston Pops, John Pizzarelli has skyrocketed into fame, hailed for his finely crafted performances and memorable albums.
 
John Pizzarelli first started playing guitar at the age of six, and he never looked back. An incredibly gifted, and not to mention, lucky teenager, John had the honor of performing with some of the greatest names in American music, including Benny Goodman, Les Paul, and Zoot Sims. As a rising musician, John opened for the likes of Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, and even had the opportunity to open for Frank Sinatra during his 1993 international tour. With these kinds of incredible experiences under his belt, John Pizzarelli developed his own signature style. The aspiring guitarist quickly displayed his remarkable ability to incorporate a variety of styles and create something decidedly unique. Over the years, John has recorded prolifically, producing albums including a range of musical styles from ballads to holiday favorites. 
 
Despite his range of influences, John Pizzarelli names Nat King Cole as his greatest hero, even dedicating two of his albums to the legendary musician. However, that hasn’t stopped the contemporary jazz star from having fun with the genre of jazz. In 2004, Pizzarelli produced a CD entitled Bossa Nova featuring the clever and inspired blending of Brazilian musical stylings and traditional jazz. His latest album, Double Exposure, is a celebration of pop music, reinvigorated with a splash of jazz.

Gaelic Storm

The winds will be blowing again this January at The Lyric Theatre when Gaelic Storm returns to the stage. With their blend of animated instrumentals, lyrical honesty, and raw Celtic spirit, the pop-folk band has attracted a throng of devoted fans after their appearance in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. With a high-energy group like Gaelic Storm, there’s nothing like experiencing them live.
 
In 1996, Patrick Murphy, Steve Wehmeyer, Steve Twigger, and Brian Walsh got together at O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, experimenting with a unique blend of Scottish, Irish, and pop music. With the overwhelming support of the local audience, the musicians decided to form a band and Gaelic Storm was born. After only a short time performing at a number of pubs in the area, the group received the attention of James Cameron, who asked them to play the role of the band in the ship steerage party scene. This big break launched Gaelic Storm into international focus and gained the group a considerable number of followers. Today, the Irish-bred band plays over 125 dates every year, performing nationally and internationally from the United Kingdom to Japan.
 
Still consisting of original members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, Gaelic storm has introduced percussionist Ryan Lacey, fiddler Jessie Burns, and multi-talented musician Pete Purvis, who excels on a variety of instruments, including the uilleann pipes, tin whistle, deger pipes, and highland pipes. Maintaining their signature Celtic flair, Gaelic Storm continues to produce unique, foot-stomping music for old and new fans alike to great acclaim. Their 2010 album, Cabbage, achieved quick success, debuting immediately at #1 on the Billboard world chart. Their latest album, entitled Chicken Boxer was released last year and proves that Gaelic Storm has no intention of changing their folk-inspired, raw Irish attitude.
 

The Best of Broadway featuring the Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Four of Broadway’s brightest stars join forces for a celebration of The Great White Way’s greatest music. The show begins with a driving, exciting rendition of “Sunset Boulevard” and takes you on an unforgettable musical journey through Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest hits. 

Revisit the powerful rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, the thrilling strains of Evita, the playfulness of Cats and the heart-pounding rhythms of Starlight Express. Then explore timeless melodies from By Jeeves, Song and Dance and Aspects of Love as well as the soaring passion of Phantom of the Opera – the longest running show in the history of Broadway!
 

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The Machine Performs Pink Floyd

The Machine is back. After their highly successful performance last January, the most sought-after Pink Floyd tribute band returns to The Lyric Theater this winter for another journey to the dark side of the moon, performing some of the English rock band’s most groundbreaking and influential music from all 16 albums. With 20 years of experience under their belt, The Machine can proudly claim to offer one of the last remaining nearly authentic experiences of a live Pink Floyd concert.
 
Featuring bassist Adam Minkoff, keyboardist Scott Chasolen, guitarist Ryan Ball, and drummer Tahrah Cohen, The Machine has performed to packed audiences across the country and abroad, headlining at large clubs, casinos, and music festivals including Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes, and Riverbend. This tribute band takes their music seriously, recreating the original experience with extraordinary musicianship, impressive lighting and extensive stage displays, and energetic stage presence. Known for their engagement with the audience, The Machine frequently takes song requests from audience members and is widely celebrated for their creative approach to creating set lists, relying on an A to Z set up in which one song is played for every letter in the alphabet.
 
Expanding upon their original show, The Machine has performed a number of shows with full symphonic orchestras, enhancing and adding depth to classic Pink Floyd numbers. Once merely a tribute band, the quartet has begun to attract a large and loyal fan following and the group has released several CDs and DVDs, including the 2006 release, Unplugged, containing a rare acoustic performance at B.B. King’s in New York City of obscure solo material from founding Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett and deep cuts from the early albums. Representing more than just a simple revival of the Pink Floyd legacy, The Machine has become a force in itself, not to be reckoned with and not to be missed.

Earl Turner’s Box of 45′s

A New Orleans resident and heir to a jazz legacy, Earl Turner was born with soul in his bones. Turner’s triple threat skills have sold-out performances from Las Vegas to Louisiana and now the Sin City’s “Male Vocalist of the Year” comes to The Lyric for a performance featuring the best of ‘70s rhythm and blues, from the O’Jays to the Temptations and more.  One of the finest entertainment acts in the country, Earl Turner’s performances will leave you begging for just one more song.
 
As the grandson of famous jazz artist and dancer L.C. “Speedy” Huggins, Earl grew up in a family surrounded by music. Inspired by his grandfather, Turner performed his first paid show at the age of 13 and never looked back. By 19, Earl Turner was traveling the United States with various show bands, quickly proving his place among the finest entertainers in the country. Earl continued his dream of performing and soon his music was heard across the Atlantic, reaching the Top 40 Dance Hit charts with “Love Caught You by Surprise.” Since his success internationally, Earl Turner has made a name for himself on the Vegas Strip, performing at the famous Dunes and Desert Inn as well as Caesars Palace. In his home town of New Orleans, Turner was welcomed with overwhelming praise. Not only did the Harrah’s name their grand ballroom the “Earl Turner Theatre”, but the aspiring entertainer was inducted into the New Orleans Hall of Fame as well. 
 
Earl Turner’s rise to prominence in the entertainment industry was not without its struggles. After Hurricane Katrina devastated Turner’s home town of New Orleans, the artist was faced with the potential loss of his long time performance space at Harrah’s. His show was put on hold and Turner was forced to relocate to Las Vegas, leaving behind years of success and memories. Luckily Earl received even greater success in Nevada, but the artist has never forgotten his roots and gives back to the community whenever possible, volunteering for charitable organizations such as the Special Olympics, Opportunity Village of Las Vegas, and even serving as spokesperson for The Blood Center of Louisiana. This January, Earl Turner will be giving back to the Stuart community, performing a number of timeless and unforgettable songs, such as “Unchained Melody” and “My Girl” that will have the whole audience singing along.

Any Day Now ~ Art Cinema

Drama
English / R /  1 hr. 37 min.

Inspired by a true story and touching on legal and social issues that are more relevant now than ever, ANY DAY NOW tells a story of love, acceptance, and creating your own family. In the late 1970s, when Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with down syndrome who’s been abandoned by his mother, is taken in by committed couple Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt), he finds in them the family he’s never had. However, when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by the authorities, Rudy and Paul must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own.
 
“An outraged, unblinking depiction of institutionalized homophobia three decades ago, when the prevailing court opinion in adoption cases was that exposing a child to a homosexual environment was harmful.” – Stephen Holden,  New York Times

“It would take a heart of stone – or zero tolerance for soap – to resist Any Day Now, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

 

 

Dance Yours Pants Off

Straight from the streets of Miami comes this fast-paced show featuring the Salsa, Merengue, Rhumba, Mambo and even the Jive!  Dance Your Pants Off pays tribute the electricity of South Beach and it’s rich history in music and musical artists. Beginning in the hey day of Big Band Swing, our story starts at The South Beach Supper Club, a classic jazz and swing joint in the heart of Miami. Featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and many other standards, this swanky club comes to life with the gorgeous ballroom styles of The Foxtrot, The Quickstep and The Jive. 
 
As the show progresses through the decades, we feature songs by Elvis Presley (who performed with Frank Sinatra after the war at The Fountainbleau in South Beach) and The Beatles who took the US by storm after appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. Moving right along to the age of disco, we hit the SoBe Discoteque for a dance contest not to be forgotten. Then it’s to the streets of Miami for a tribute to Miami Vice, that hit show of the 80s and Madonna who made South Florida her home for many years. A beautiful tribute to Whitney Houston, who filmed The Bodyguard at The Fountainbleau, is featured with stunning waltzes and rhumbas.
 
The show comes to a rousing finale with a high energy Latin section featuring the music of Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Celia Cruz and Carlos Santana. Club Caliente is on fire for this large scale production finale. With the popularity of Dancing with the Stars, your audience will love the gorgeous sequined costuming, the intricate ballroom dancing and an amazing score of music from several decades. Join us in the hottest party in South Beach!