STYX Coming to Erie


ERIE, PAStyx, the band from Chicago that rose to top-hit status in the 1970s and early 1980s with songs that included “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Blue Collar Man,” will perform Wednesday, November 16 at the Warner Theatre in Erie. Tickets go on sale August, 19 at 10am.

The six men comprising Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last. The band draws from over four decades of barn burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts.

Styx hit its stride with guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw’s first LP with the band, 1976’s Crystal Ball, and then they become the first group to score four triple-platinum albums in a row: The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), and Paradise Theater (1981).

After more than a decade together on the road, this incarnation of Styx is looking forward to performing as many shows as it can as long as it can. “It all comes back to the chemistry,” says bassist/vocalist Ricky Phillips. “The legacy of this band will be that it brought joy to millions of people,” notes drummer Todd Sucherman.

Tickets for the November 16 Styx performance in Erie, PA go on sale Friday, August 19 at 10:00 AM at the Erie Insurance Arena Ticket Office,, or charge by phone at 814-452-4857. Ticket prices are $49.50, $59.50, and $74.50. Produced by Outback Concerts and Pacific Coast Concerts.

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:


Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

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Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic visits Erie on October 21, 2016 at the Warner Theatre. Tickets go on sale August 2nd with a presale starting July 26th through August 1st with password MAGIC –

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special apperances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination!

Rob Zombie – Warner Theatre – September 16

Rob Zombie

As a rock ‘n’ roll icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has a reputation for stretching the boundaries of both music and film. Already from Zombie in 2015 is a new concert album, Spookshow International Live, via Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe. Selected and sequenced by Zombie from shows recorded during last year’s touring around the world, the album is a blistering set of 19 live performances. Zombie has achieved great solo artist success with several multi-platinum and gold albums. Zombie has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films. Zombie’s Halloween, released in 2007, earned the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend. In 2013, Rob Zombie released his fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor featuring the hit “Dead City Radio.” And last year, Zombie released his first concert film, the Zombie Horror Picture Show and his annual Great American Nightmare ultimate Halloween events successfully scared and entertained scores of people in Scottsdale, Arizona and Villa Park, Illinois. Rob Zombie is currently in production for his seventh feature film, 31, one of the year’s most anticipated horror movies, is also working on his next studio album, to be released this year via Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe.


Dunham 10-19

Erie, PA. (October 19, 2016) International comedy sensation Comic/Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, has performed in front of sold out audiences worldwide showcasing the undeniable power of induced laughter. Dunham along with his cast of hilarious characters are set to embark on the second leg of their hugely successful “Perfectly Unbalanced” Tour. The show is packed with new surprises and old favorites. The second leg of the tour kicks off October 19th in Erie, PA with stops in 57 cities including; NYC, Charlotte, Knoxville, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix, Raleigh and includes several cities in Canada.

December of 2015 Dunham and his sidekicks set out on the first leg of their red hot “Perfectly Unbalanced” tour, selling out hundreds of thousands of seats across North America. Fans came out in masses to find themselves intoxicated by the non-stop hilarity, proving his continued overwhelming popularity.

This fall Jeff and his hilariously devilish partners can been seen hosting the Food Networks “Halloween Baking Championships.” The countries top bakers will compete to create ghoulishly delicious confections. Baking has never been so funny!

Dunham’s dedication to his craft and relentless innovation will be recognized as his one of a kind comedy empire has been nominated to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Over the past 46 years Dunham and his world famous characters; Walter, Achmed, Bubba JPeanut and Jose Jalapeno.

have garnered numerous accolades; from being named Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list of Most Powerful Entertainers, as well as setting the Guinness World Records for the “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-Up Comedy Tour,” to setting the record for viewership on Comedy Central. He has sold more than 7 million DVDs worldwide and has nearly a billion views on YouTube.

Dunham’s seventh comedy special Jeff Dunham: “Unhinged in Hollywood,” aired on NBC earning the top spot as the Most-Watched Non-Sports program in primetime viewing in the period. “Unhinged in Hollywood” is available on DVD/Blu-ray nationwide.

Dunham hand-crafts each character personally from conception to the final coat of paint then brings them to life on stage. His beloved troupe of sidekicks are: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Ached the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border Jose Jalapeno and Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself.

The famed comedian has literally been all over the map, visiting five continents and twelve countries including the UK, South Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia where he continuously performed to sold-out arenas.

Dunham has carved a unique corner in the comedy world that’s as funny as it is popular. The New York Times Magazine declared Jeff Dunham “the most successful comedian working in America.”  He has been named Pollstar’s #1 Comedy Tour in North America for three years running as well as their Top Worldwide Tour for two years in a row.

October 19, 2016

Erie Insurance Arena 7:30pm

Tickets: $49.50

Tickets go on sale August 22

Tickets available at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, or by calling (814) 452-4857

809 French Street, Erie, PA 16501

Innovative Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel Open for Business

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Erie, PA – The Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel and Shoreline Bar and Grille are now open to accommodate visitors and Erie residents. The five-story, 107,000 square foot, 192 room hotel is located at 2 Sassafras Pier and is connected to the Bayfront Convention Center. It will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Erie Events and managed by White Lodging Services.

Construction on the $58.5 million facility began in October 2014. The property has 14 suites, 65 king bedrooms and 113 double queen rooms. Selected rooms boast beautiful waterfront balconies with floor to ceiling windows. All rooms offer signature furniture and architectural elements with maritime décor. The property has a bistro, a fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool and the Shoreline Bar & Grille, showcasing an outdoor seating area with magnificent views of Presque Isle Bay and breathtaking sunsets. There are four event rooms in the hotel, including a unique, lush 15,000 square foot Anchor Plaza that can accommodate up to 1,000 people for receptions. The hotel is also the only Courtyard in Pennsylvania that is pet friendly.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to be able to provide thoughtful design to accommodate the ever changing needs of guests,” said Stacy Tupek, Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel General Manager. “This property is in a great location, offering guests convenient access to the Bayfront Convention Center for meetings and conferences and quick access to downtown for nightlife, music and the arts.”

The Courtyard will employ around 90 people during peak season with 55 to 60 full-time employees and approximately 30 part-time. It will complement the existing 200 room, award winning Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, which opened in 2008. The addition of the Courtyard affords the Convention Center direct connection to 392 rooms. The additional rooms are already attracting larger, and more, conventions which will provide a boost to the local economy.

This September, KAPPA – the Keystone chapter of APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities will hold its conference at the Bayfront Convention Center with its members lodging at the Courtyard. Andy Wilson, KAPPA President, is the Courtyard’s first guest and is checking in June 23.

“If it weren’t for the additional attached rooms, it’s very likely we wouldn’t have been able to bring our conference to Erie,” Wilson said. “This is a state of the art facility at a great location.”

For 2017, the first full year of operation for the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel, 12 conventions/conferences are already confirmed and will include the County Commissioners Association Annual Conference, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, PA Athletic Trainers Annual Conference, AFSCME Council 85 Conference, the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the National Fireworks Association and the PA Orthopedic Society, to name a few. These events are citywide, with anywhere from 400 to 1,000 hotel room nights booked for each event.

“The opportunities for larger conventions have significantly increased because of the nearly 400 sleeping rooms connected to the Bayfront Convention Center,” said Rob Mastro, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel. “Before the addition, we were only booking conferences and conventions two years out, but with extra accommodations, we are now booking events more than four years in advance. Adding this beautiful hotel has created more chances to increase the number of conferences coming to Erie that will positively impact the local economy.”

A three-story, 283-space parking garage, connected to the hotel by a covered walkway, is now also open. The parking garage is located on the Bayfront Place property with two commercial/retail spaces at the north end of the ramp. The garage will service hotel guests and Bayfront Place visitors. The Bayfront Promenade encompassing the Bayfront Convention Center and Bayfront Place will re-open the weekend of the Fourth of July.

White Lodging named Stacy Tupek as General Manager for theCourtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel. Tupek previously worked as the assistant general manager at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel.

Stacy in Deluxe King Balcony Infinity Pool with Management team

About White Lodging Services

Established in 1985 and headquartered in Merrillville, IN, White Lodging is a fully integrated developer, owner and manager of premium brand hotels – a recognized leader that consistently delivers superior, leading-brand hotel experiences and premium returns on investment among mid- to-large scale hotels across the country. With over 25 years of expertise, White Lodging continues to break ground as one of the fastest-growing independent hospitality companies in the country. Its managed portfolio of more than 165 hotels in 19 states and encompasses representation of the leading brands. For more information about White Lodging, please visit or call 219-472-2861.

About Erie Events

The mission of Erie Events is to provide world-class convention facilities and entertainment venues throughout the region to visitors and resident, their families and friends. Erie Events strives to present a diverse selection of performing arts and sporting events enjoyable not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

Bayfront Grille Earns Top Spot among Sheraton Hotels Worldwide

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The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel has been recognized for its exceptional food and beverage operation at the Bayfront Grille located inside the property. The restaurant, located at 55 West Bay Drive, has just moved to the #1 ranking out of 438 Sheraton hotels worldwide. For the last four years, the Bayfront Grille ranked #1 against all 195 Sheraton hotels in North America.

The ranking is based on a Starwood brand customer service platform called the “Guest Experience Index.” To determine the scores for this ranking, each guest is sent a survey after their stay to evaluate different facets of the hotel, including “Overall Food and Beverage Experience.” The score is then measured against all Sheraton hotels in North America and globally. The scores/rankings are updated on a daily basis, with the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel’s overall food and beverage ranking recently moving from #2 to #1 in both Sheraton North America and Sheraton Global.

The hotel and restaurant opened in 2008 and have proven to be valuable assets to the community, providing employment opportunities and breathtaking waterfront dining for guests and residents. During peak season, the restaurant has an average of 60 employees, currently operating under Chef Matthew Stallings, Chef Thomas Tirpak and Restaurant Manager Raymond Schlaufman.

“We take great pride in our operation at the Sheraton, especially when it comes to providing exceptional customer service and an excellent experience,” said Dan Pora, the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel’s General Manager. “This recognition solidifies the hard work of our staff and our attention to detail to provide the best experience at our hotel and restaurant.”

The Bayfront Grille was renovated last year when a $2 million makeover was completed on all facets of the 200-room hotel. The patio seating capacity increased from 60 to 120 seats featuring breathtaking, waterfront views. The update also included a signature cocktail bar and a new fire pit.

Overlooking Presque Isle Bay, the restaurant is ideal for friends and family gatherings or a romantic dinner just for two. The Bayfront Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; Sunday-Thursday 6:30AM to 10:00PM and Friday-Saturday 6:30AM to 11:00PM. You can also relax with a carefully-crafted cocktail in the Bayfront Grille Lounge, a laid-back atmosphere featuring drinks and appetizers with a bayfront view; Sunday–Thursday 11:00AM to 11:00PM and Friday-Saturday 11:00AM to 1:00AM.