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Peoples Bank Theatre kicks off performance series

Kenny G

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta kicked off its 2019 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series in July with a pair of shows.

The series continues in August and runs through the end of the year. This year marks the theatre’s 100th anniversary. Information about tickets is available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com.

* The next show will be Jon Anderson, of Yes performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Tickets are $49, $69, $88 and $128.

Anderson is one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist and creative force behind the band Yes. In the mid ’70s he created a pure solo album, in every sense of the word: performing all the music, playing every instrument, writing a storyline, and of course singing all the vocals in the critically acclaimed “Olias of Sunhillow,”

Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking Yes album Fragile as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken,” “Gates of Delirium” and “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band’s success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group’s biggest hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout”, and “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.”

John Anderson

* Kenny G will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 8. Tickets are $48, $64, $80 and $114.

A Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist whose recordings have routinely made the pop, R&B, and jazz charts, Kenny G’s sound is a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations. With a sound influenced by Grover Washington Jr., Kenny G is known as a player who often caresses melodies, putting a lot of emotion into his solos.

Kenny Gorelick started playing professionally with Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976. He recorded with Cold, Bold & Together (a Seattle-based funk group) and freelanced locally. After graduating from the University of Washington, Kenny G worked with Jeff Lorber Fusion, making two albums with the group. Soon he was signed to Arista, recording his debut as a leader in 1982. His fourth album, Duotones (which included the popular “Songbird”), made him into a star. Soon he was in demand for guest appearances on recordings of such famous singers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. Kenny G’s own records have sold remarkably well, particularly Breathless, which has easily topped eight million copies in the U.S.; his total album sales top 30 million copies.

* Comedian Bill Engvall will give two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., on Oct. 4. Tickets are $52, $66, $79 and $99.

Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Engvall also lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show.

Wynonna

Engvall was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. His first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the number one position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at number one on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. He has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography Bill Engvall — Just A Guy.

* Cirque Mechanics: 42FT — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels will be featured at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 on the PBT stage. Tickets are $22, $30 and $38.

At the center of every circus rests a 42ft ring full of thrills, laughs, and excitement. 42FT — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, is the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics. The company dares the audience to leap into the circus ring and experience the timelessness of this evolving art form. The show’s unique mechanical interpretation of the traditional, and its story full of the lore of the historic one-ring circus, create a welcoming place, like a big top, where the audience can be amazed.

* Asleep at the Wheel with The Quebe Sisters will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Tickets are $36, $44, $52 and $84.

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, W.Va., nearly five decades ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star line-up includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Cirque Mechanics

Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2019. Now traveling as an eight-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (Bass) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band.

* The final show of the season will be A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas at 8 p.m. Nov. 29. Tickets are $48, $64, $80 and $114.

Wynonna–along with her band, The Big Noise–is bringing “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas” to audiences across the country for the sixth year. The show will feature musical arrangements from The Big Noise, putting Wynonna’s voice front and center for a memorable evening of music and holiday magic. Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 35-year career.

Wayne Towner can be contacted at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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