Donald Trump to Hold Rally at the Erie Insurance Arena

Erie, PA – Donald Trump will hold a rally at the Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French Street, on Friday, August 12. The event is scheduled to start at 2pm with doors opening at 11am. Tickets for the event are accessible through Donald Trump’s website and are free. To register for tickets: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/register/erie-pa/

 

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Zoso – Warner Theatre – October 22

Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it’s much more than just being a tribute. It’s about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.

Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso’s 2,400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.

Zoso’s live shows are not about simply playing the right notes, they are about aura and feeling, harkening back to the unique atmosphere Led Zeppelin created. It’s in the way they play: Each band member’s mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot-on vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. The impact is so powerful that band members constantly hear from young rockers that they were the catalyst behind turning them into new, die-hard  Zeppelin fans.

Their passion, musical ability, showmanship and precise attention to detail earned them critical acclaim, name recognition and a loyal national following. The Los Angeles Times hailed the group as being “head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes,” and the Chicago Sun-Times declared Zoso is “the closest to the original of any tribute.”

If you missed Led Zeppelin live in the 70’s or are looking to relive the “Hammer of the Gods” phenomenon, you must experience what the St. Petersburg Times calls “the most exacting of the Zeppelin tributes bands in existence.”

Senator Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Erie

In front of his hundreds of supporters, Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage at the Bayfront Convention Center to people chanting his name and loud cheers. The energetic crowd of nearly 2,200 started to gather as early as 7:30am even though Sanders wasn’t set to take the stage until 2pm. The crowd first heard from a local volunteer, then City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and Scott Slawson, the UE Local 506 President. Slawson introduced Sanders, but first addressed the job layoff situation at GE Transportation. While on stage, Sanders rallied the crowd behind his beliefs on job creation, income inequality, comprehensive labor reform, climate change and much more. His speech lasted about 55 minutes with him calling on PA constituents to get out to vote in the primary saying “I think we’re going to win Pennsylvania next week!”

Final Phase of the Warner Theatre Restoration to Begin

Restoration and expansion of the historic Warner Theatre will move forward after decades of tremendous efforts by Erie Events (Erie County Convention Center Authority) and the Warner Theatre Preservation Trust. The land acquisition issues that put the fourth phase of the project on hold for many years have been resolved with the owners of Mid City Towers agreeing to sell the property necessary to complete the expansion. Erie Events will purchase a portion of Mid City Towers land, the theatre’s neighbor to the south, an office building at 821 State Street and parking spaces located behind the property.

Phase IV will transform the Warner Theatre from its 1931 movie house/vaudeville stage into a historically preserved, fully-functional performing arts center. It will create basement, ground and mezzanine levels with approximately 13,750 square feet of new space and will rehabilitate approximately 9,000 square feet of existing space. The stage depth will increase by 20 feet and a new stage house with new rigging, lighting, a sound system, dressing rooms and loading docks will be added. New production equipment and a custom designed orchestral shell will also be included in the renovation.

The project will be funded in part by an $11 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a $3.5 million contribution from the Warner Theatre Preservation Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Once the purchase is completed, the Commonwealth’s Department of General Services will remobilize the project architect, Daniel Coffey and Associates of Chicago, to finish the final design.

The preservation and upkeep of the historic theatre is necessary because the venue is a vital asset to the community and the local groups who call the theatre home, including The Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, the Erie Broadway Series and the Lake Erie Ballet. In 2015, there were more than 82,000 patrons through the theatre doors, with a direct economic impact of $10.7 million. A significant increase in events and economic impact is expected after the renovations are done.

“The new stage infrastructure will be able to accommodate much larger touring productions, allowing the theatre to reach its full potential and further stimulate Erie’s economy and improve its quality of life for all citizens of Northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Casey Wells, Erie Events Executive Director.

The project spans a lengthy timeline dating back to the planning in the 1990s and restoration starting in 2002.

  • Phase I: 2002 – $2 million – The theatre roof was replaced and all decorative surfaces in the lobby and auditorium were cleaned, painted and restored.
  • Phase II: 2003 – $1 million – New seats were installed on the auditorium level and the balcony seats were renovated.
  • Phase III: 2007 – $2.3 million – Expansion and integration of the theatre with the National City Bank building at 8th and French Streets. The updates incorporated the new entrance on French Street, an electronic marquee, more lobby space, an elevator, additional restrooms and concession areas. These renovations included improvements to make the theatre compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Phase IV will begin after the purchase of the Mid City Towers property this July and the construction schedule will be released once the project is remobilized. Once work begins, the theatre will need to be closed for five months during the summer, but the closure will not interrupt the Erie Philharmonic and the Erie Broadway seasons.