Joe Satriani, Paula Poundstone & Charlie Sykes?
10 new shows announced that-- for the most part -- won't make you say "humbug."
620 WTMJ Radio Play A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 1st – Turner Hall Ballroom – 7 p.m. – $20
Charles Dickens meets talk radio? Sort of. WTMJ radio will be offer a radio version of A Christmas Carol with WTMJ mid-morning conservative grouch Charlie Sykes playing Scrooge, with the voice of the Packers, Wayne Larrivee, as the narrator, and many other guests. You can tune in on the show or you can be a studio audience member while A Christmas Carol is being taped. Proceeds from the show will go to the Kids2Kids Christmas program.
Thursday, December 17th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 7:30 p.m. – $12
The art of storytelling is available for anyone who dares. Those who want to try have to pick stories relating to the theme of the night, write their name in a hat, and wait to see who gets chosen. Yes, it’s up to fate. But the story telling is always fun.
God Speed You! Black Emporer
Friday, February 12th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. – $25
A classic cult group with a bizarre name (taken from a 1976 Japanese movie about a biker gang), this Canadian post-rock band stages theatrical shows that sample film loops while creating sense-rattling wall-of-sound performances with soaring soundscapes and orchestral dynamics. The way the band is put together is similar to an orchestra, with each instrument timed out to be perfectly in sync with each other. The title of the band’s latest, its 2015 album Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, gives some sense of its unique aesthetic.
Warren Haynes & The Ashes And Dust Band
Wednesday, February 24th – Pabst Theater – 8 p.m. – $27.50 Advanced, $30 Day Of
Having been in three different bands – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, and the Dead – Warren Haynes has plenty of experience performing as an electric and acoustic guitarist. He’s also written many songs. At the Pabst, Warren will perform with his new group, The Ashes And Dust Band, and the songs should be heavily blues-influenced.
ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Saturday, February 27th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. – $18
The members of this Zepellin tribute band were hand picked to portray each member of the group. And for Zepellin lovers who can no longer see the original group, this band offers the next best thing.
Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes
Sunday, March 6th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. – $29.50
A fun, bluesy Jersey short band with a connection to fellow New Jersey artist Bruce Springsteen, who loves the band. The Jukes are currently touring to promote their up-coming album Soultime!.
Saturday, March 12th – The Pabst Theater – 8 p.m. Show – $39.50
Still very funny (catch her on public radio’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and you’ll soon see that), Poundstone has traveled the globe and performed in countless cities, and somehow delivers laughs no matter where she lands.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
Sunday, March 13th – Riverside Theater – 8 p.m. – $39.50-$75.00
The show promises “hours of iconic music, live symphony orchestra, film and TV footage on a 40-ft screen” in “A never-before seen concert event!” What more need we say?
Saturday, March 19th – The Pabst Theater – 8 p.m. – $32.50
Despite the name, he’s a Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Gothenburg, Sweden. Gonzalez grew up listening to Latin folk and pop music and his trademark sound is solo classical guitar with soft vocal melody. Using with bass and classical guitars, he plays only finger-style guitar. Touring songs from his latest album Vestiges and Claws, released in February 2015, he will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra YMUSIC.
Thursday, April 14th – The Pabst Theater – 8 p.m. – $49.50, $65.00
One of the most commercially successful solo guitarists, Satriani is a pop artist extraordinaire, whose wild guitar skills have earned him six gold and platinum discs.