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Holiday Music
Celebrating his 65th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis' sublime vocal approach to music eclipses passing fads and trends. He has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories -- from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history. Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are," "It's Not For Me to Say," "Misty" and “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Johnny has recorded close to 80 albums, including six beloved Christmas albums. Join us as Johnny performs some of his greatest Christmas hits and personal favorites, and hear why it's just not Christmas without Johnny Mathis.
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Bluegrass, Americana/Roots
AJ Lee and Blue Summit – Stunning Indie Bluegrass/Americana
Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. Open seating, beer and wine available. PLEASE SEE OUR HOME PAGE FOR OUR COVID-19 POLICY. VACCINATION OR A NEGATIVE TEST IS REQUIRED AS ARE MASKS. AJ Lee and Blue Summit, a bluegrass band led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been the darling of the North Bay, California bluegrass scene since their first appearance in Santa Cruz. Drawing from influences such as swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock, their undeniable talent and insatiable passion for bluegrass harks back to traditional classics while remaining uniquely modern. Over the years, Blue Summit’s performed all around the country as well as in the UK, Ireland, and France. They’ve accrued many devout followers and distinctions including the Freshgrass 2019 Band Contest Winner, IBMA 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year, 2nd Place at the 2019 Winfield Guitar Competition, and numerous awards in Northern California. “Could This Kid Be the Next Allison Krauss?” Mother Jones magazine asked about AJ Lee — and for good reason. She has won the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s (NCBS) Best Female Vocalist award nine times – and she’s only twenty-one! Popular Webzine Californiality called AJ “California’s Hottest Singer” because of her jaw-droppingly beautiful voice. AJ began singing and performing on stage at the astonishing age of five. By twelve, she began writing her own songs and showcasing them nation-wide. The award-winning historic Sutter Creek Theatre is an intimate 215 seat former silent film theatre with superb sound. Voted Best Indie Theatre multiple times (KCRA-A List).
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Drama, Play
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Peter Rothstein's musical, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, is based on real-life events during World War I. Remarkably, soldiers from France, England, and Germany called a battlefield truce on Christmas Day for a single night of camaraderie, music, and peace before both sides returned to fighting in the morning. Using the words and songs of the men who lived it, All Is Calm is a moving testament to the power of humanity in the midst of war's horrors. Directed by Jim Johnson and Lisette Sims
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Americana/Roots, Alternative, Rock
An Acoustic Evening with Matt Costa and David Ramirez – Americana – Indie Rock – Pop/Rock Folk
Doors at 6:00 pm. THIS WILL BE A LONGER THAN USUAL CONCERT – TWO 75 MINUTE SETS. Open seating, beer and wine available. PLEASE SEE OUR HOME PAGE FOR OUR COVID-19 POLICY. VACCINATIONS OR A NEGATIVE TEST ARE REQUIRED AS ARE MASKS. California singer/songwriter Matt Costa’s tuneful songs combine his love of ’60s folk, the British Invasion, ’70s AM pop, and ’80s college rock. Beginning in 2016 released a series of five self-produced, acoustic-leaning EPs over 12 months and supplied the soundtrack to Orange Sunshine, an award-winning documentary about infamous ’60s and ’70s LSD suppliers the Brotherhood of Love. His most recent album, the intimate, breakup-inspired Yellow Coat was recorded in 2020 with touring musicians and friends. Prolific singer and songwriter David Ramirez has earned a large and growing following for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances. As a vocalist, Ramirez Ramirez performs with an understated passion that animates his stories of the ups and downs of life and love, and his music is sorrowfully evocative, steeped in country and roots rock tropes while possessing the atmospheric tone of indie rock. His 2009 American Soil and 2012 Apologies are examples of his twang-infused early work, and his 2017 We’re Not Going Anywhere found him embracing a more ambitious style and production approach. His latest 2020 My Love Is A Hurricane album found him continuing to explore new sounds, with contemporary R&B accents audible in his songs.
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Stand Up Comedy
Henry Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director. A 1973 audition in Los Angeles forever changed the life of the Yale School of Drama graduate when he was cast in the iconic role of Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz," in the TV series Happy Days. As a speaker, Winkler's humorous anecdotes, inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity, and tales of his storied career in entertainment, leave audiences inspired as well as entertained. His passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia, and he works tirelessly advocating for children who learn differently. Winkler also is the co-author of the popular Hank Zipzer childrens' book series.
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Experimental (Incl. All Music Forms)
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DAVID FOSTER: HITMAN TOUR He absolutely wowed a Gallo Center audience in 2020, so you absolutely DO NOT want to miss this! Few other individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than David Foster. He has created hit songs and award-winning albums for Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, Boz Scaggs, and Gloria Estefan. In this intimate evening, accompanied by hand-picked vocalists and musicians, Foster will explore the music of his career as one of the biggest creative forces of our time.
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Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
This 16-member brass-bassed group brings new energy to traditional Mexican music. Banda MS, also known as Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, is a regional group from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, with a banda style. Founded in 2003, the group most notably counts Oswaldo Silvas (vocals), Alan Ramirez (vocals) and Sergio Lizárraga (tuba) among its members. Banda MS made their full-length album debut with "No Podrás" in 2004. Subsequent albums include "Mi Mayor Anhelo" (2006), "La Raza Contenta" (2006) and "Escuela de Rancho" (2008). Their fifth album, "En Preparación" (2009), was their most successful to date, spawning the international smash hit "Sin Evidencias," which reached the top 10 of the Billboard Latin Songs chart and the top 5 of the Regional Mexican Songs chart.
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Holiday Music, Jazz
WILD & SWINGIN' HOLIDAY PARTY! For 26 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences everywhere. Their unique and spirited Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party draws on a rich catalog of holiday classics and Christmas originals from the band's two full-length holiday albums. Classic holiday songs in BBVD style include “Jingle Bells," “Santa Claus is Coming to Town," “Winter Wonderland," “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," “We Three Kings,"Chuck Berry's “Run, Run Rudolph," Lou Rawls' “Merry Christmas Baby," Elvis Presley's“Blue Christmas," and much, much more!
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Stand Up Comedy
You don't want to miss this. Bill Engvall is retiring from stand up comedy and taking his "Here's Your Sign, It's Finally Time" tour on the road. This great entertainer has always been successful in connecting with audiences. It's the quality of sharing the humor in everyday situations that made Bill Engvall one of the best comedians ever. He was working as a disc jockey in Dallas and one night, while in a nightclub, he decided to try his hand at comedy. The rest, as they say, is history. From "Here's Your Sign" and the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" to The Bill Engvall Show and Dancing with the Stars, Bill has been there, done that. And if you want to see him doing live stand up one more time, here's your sign your last chance.
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Comedy/Drama, Dance Play, Musical, Children's Theatre
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Modesto's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
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