Straight No Chaser Announce the “I’ll Have Another..World Tour”

November 10 – Warner Theatre

Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser has announced early details of the “I’ll Have Another…World Tour.” The North American leg – which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the a cappella group’s formation in 1996 and first show at Indiana University – begins October 14th at Reno, NV’s Grand Theatre and then continues into 2017 with a January 3rd finale at Kahului, HI’s Maui Arts & Cultural Center (see attached itinerary). The group returns to the Warner Theatre in Erie, PA on November 10, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Straight No Chaser’s official fan club beginning Tuesday, May 3rd; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 6th. Tickets for the Erie performance go on sale at 10:00am and can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, www.erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857. In celebration, Straight No Chaser will fly and cover hotel costs for two lucky winners to attend any Straight No Chaser show of their choosing within the Continental US. For complete ticket information and other news, please see www.sncmusic.com/tour.

Meanwhile, Straight No Chaser’s hugely successful “The New Old Fashioned Tour” concludes with a series of upcoming summer shows, highlighted by a two night weekend spectacular at Los Angeles’ historic Hollywood Bowl with the one and only Weird Al Yankovic, set for July 22nd and 23rd.

The “I’ll Have Another…World Tour” follows Straight No Chaser’s most recent release, 2015’s “THE NEW OLD FASHIONED.” The album sees the renowned group bringing their unique touch and inimitable vocal style to a stunning range of contemporary standards spanning The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” to Radiohead’s “Creep” and Bob Dylan’s tender “Make You Feel My Love.” “THE NEW OLD FASHIONED” further features a number of Straight No Chaser’s incomparable medleys, including “Beggin’/Counting Stars” (blending favorites from Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and One Republic) and “On The Road Again/I Play The Road” (originally by Willie Nelson and Zac Brown Band, respectively).

For more, please visit www.sncmusic.com, www.facebook.com/StraightNoChaser, twitter.com/SNCmusic, and www.youtube.com/sncmusic.

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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.”

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.

The Price is Right LIVE! is Coming to the Warner Theatre

The Warner Theatre will host The Price is Right Live! on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10:00am at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, www.erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857.

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” to win.  Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car!  Play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase.

Playing to near sold out audiences for nearly nine years, The Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.

If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.

The Price Is Right is produced by FremantleMedia North America and licensed by FremantleMedia.

 

Two Show Announcements!

“Weird Al” Yankovic is coming to Erie to perform at the Warner Theatre this summer. Yankovic will perform July 10th at 8pm at the Warner as part of his “Mandatory World Tour.” Tickets for this show go on sale January 30th.

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Plus, Slipknot with special guest Hatebreed will bring it’s epic “Prepare For Hell” world tour to the Erie Insurance Arena on May 12th. Presales are now available with general on-sale this Friday at 10am.

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Get all ticket information at http://www.erieevents.com, by calling the box office at 814-452-4857 or by visiting the box office at Erie Insurance Arena.

 

School Kids Enjoy Lake Erie Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

The Warner Theatre is playing host this weekend to a holiday favorite — the Nutcracker. The 56th annual production is Saturday night at 7pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. But before the performance this weekend for the general public, hundreds of school children got to see the show. It’s a Lake Erie Ballet production that’s a tradition in the community. There were around 1,200 students at the first performance this morning, followed by a special performance for around 100 autistic children. If you’re interested in coming to the show this weekend, get your tickets now at http://www.erieevents.com.

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Groupon Tickets at Jim Brickman Concert

Erie Events has a longstanding relationship with Groupon for discounted tickets to some of our events and shows. At Jim Brickman’s December 14th Sunday night performance at the Warner Theatre, we experienced an issue with tickets purchased from Groupon. We’d like to inform our patrons who purchased those tickets of the problem and apologize for the issue despite it stemming from Groupon.

Tickets purchased through the “deal-of-the-day” Groupon service are always pre-selected and set aside for shows and events. Unfortunately, the Erie Events box office staff didn’t receive the complete list for everyone who purchased a ticket for the concert on Groupon, leading to a delay handing out tickets. Of the approximate 230 people who bought tickets on Groupon, we only had around 30 of those names. That delayed the usual fast ticket pick-up service. Thanks to our staff expediting the process and the promoters holding the show’s start time by 15 minutes, we were able to get each patron in the door for the two hour 20 minute show by 7:25pm.

We’d like our patrons to know this is the first time we’ve experience this problem through Groupon. We’re working with them now to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see you soon at one of our many events!

 

The e Cultural Loop Starts Saturday

A new, free, park-and-ride trolley service will launch this Saturday, December 13th. A downtown “Cultural Loop” will provide new options for audiences of many downtown arts and cultural venues. A partnership between EMTA, the Erie Downtown Partnership and Erie Arts & Culture, the Cultural Loop will provide Saturday evening services from 5-11pm as a pilot program to encourage residents and visitors to spend more time downtown in our cultural district. “Park-and-ride services have been a successful tool in encouraging participation at summer activities along the Bayfront. Our season ticket holders and subscribers have voiced a similar need for park-and-ride services throughout the year to our major venues,” states Amanda Sissem. Service will begin with Saturday evenings with the opportunity for expansion as interest grows.

Free parking for the Cultural Loop is located at the Intermodal Transportation center with indoor waiting in the Rotunda. The route travels South on French Street to 14th Street, West on 14th to State, North to 11th Street, West on 11th to Peach, North on Peach to 10th Street, East on 10th to State, North on State to Perry Square, and around the Square and North on State, returning to the Intermodal Transportation Center via the Bayfront Parkway.

“Erie Events is excited and proud to partner with Erie Arts & Culture to include the beautiful, historic Warner Theatre in the Culture Loop,” said Elizabeth D’Aurora, the Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations for Erie Events. “The Warner Theatre is home to the Erie Philharmonic, Lake Erie Ballet and the Erie BROADWAY Series, all of which go hand-in-hand with the Erie Arts & Culture initiative.” Main stops along the Cultural Loop include the Intermodal Transportation Center, the Warner Theatre (French Street side with access to the Erie Insurance Arena and main entrance on State Street) and the Erie Playhouse. Optional stops dot the entire route encouraging passengers to visit additional arts and cultural venues, galleries and downtown restaurants. The service runs approximately every 30 minutes between 5-11pm.

“This new service will be a great addition to our downtown,” commented John Buchna, CEO of the Erie Downtown Partnership. “We’ll be able to provide safe, timely transportation to those who support arts and cultural programs by linking them to venues and other establishments. Arts and cultural programs are key to our downtown. This new service is a way for patrons to enjoy creativity and support their downtown as a whole. It’s a great new program and we’re thankful to Erie Arts & Culture and EMTA for making this trolley service a reality.”

To access the Cultural Loop schedule and map visit http://www.erieartsandculture.org/events or check routes and fares at the EMTA website http://www.emtaerie.com.

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A Day in the Life: Warner Theatre Operations Manager

Hello Erie,

As the Warner Theatre Operations manager, I, Barry Copple, can tell you it is not only challenging, but also extremely busy. I am asked many times, “What do you do when there is no event going on in the building?” The answer is simple — the day of the event is only a small part of the whole process. Many times I am working on and planning two months prior to the show date. For example, the month of December is very busy. We are just coming out of a two day run of our Warner Winter Wonderland Art & Craft show; I am now, and have been for a number of weeks, taking care of production needs for the show Straight No Chaser, who performed at the Warner on December 4th; two Erie Philharmonic Christmas performances December 6th; the Broadway show “Sister Act” December 8th; a private Christmas party in the grand lobby on the 12th; a concert with Jim Brickman on the 14th; the Fresh Beat Band concert the 16th; the Lake Erie Ballet “The Nutcracker” moving in on the 17th for five days and three performances through the 21st; two church services on Christmas Eve put on by Grace Church; a large private Christmas party in the Grand Lobby for 250 people on the 27th. Keeping in mind, each event has it’s own contact person, production, staffing, stage and building needs. At times, I am dealing with six, seven, eight or even nine different production people while coordinating nine different events all at the same time. So you can see how difficult it can become if you are not organized and have a good staff under you to help you facilitate all the demands placed on the facility and myself.

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Some of the logistical challenges we face recently was moving 2,200 school children through the theatre for an Erie Philharmonic performance that arrived in 36 buses. My job is to make sure those children get in and out of the building safely, back on the correct bus, while also moving another 1,500 kids in the front door and parking another 25 buses for a second performance — all within 1/2 hour.

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Last but not least, along with coordinating production for events, we still have a facility to take care of as well; regular maintenance items and cleaning all have to be taken care of on a daily/weekly basis. Take a look at the number of keys I carry with me daily!

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It’s a challenging career, but I couldn’t ask to work in a more beautiful, historic building helping put on events that the community gets to enjoy! I hope you can “Get Up and Go!” to one of our many upcoming events.

That’s it for now folks, I’ll have plenty more to discuss next time, so until then, take care and we’ll talk again!

 

 

Unique Holiday Shopping Experience at Warner Theatre

What better way to prepare for the holidays than the Warner Winter Wonderland Art and Craft Show?

For the last 17 years, the art and craft show has taken place on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 29th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, November 30 from noon to 4pm to attend the event.

The one-of-a-kind craft show takes place inside the historic Warner Theatre located on State Street between 8th and 9th Streets. The craft show items are set up throughout the entire theatre, including the main lobby, balcony, stage and new addition.

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Stop by for a unique holiday shopping experience, including more than 50 crafters, guided theatre tours, a Chinese auction, pictures with Santa, refreshments and free parking.

Some items that you’ll be able to find at the event include Old World ceramic Santas, American Girl/Barbie/Monster High doll clothes, silver Phoenix jewelry, copper wall art, corian cutting boars, polymer clay ornaments, hand-painted mirrors & glass, tri-metal jewelry, wildlife art, wooden walking sticks & bird houses, Swarovski crystal jewelry, dog items, handmade stamped cards, soaps, florals, cross-stitch, fleece, baby items and much, much more!

There’s no better way to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 29th than visiting the Warner Winter Wonderland Art and Craft Show.

Tickets are $3.00 for adults/senior citizens, $2.00 for children and 12 and under are free. If you bring a canned food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank, you’ll save $1.00 on admission. We hope to see you there!

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