ALTON — Alton Little Theater launches the Extra, Extra Entertainment Series for the 83rd season at the Showplace with a one-night concert featuring “The History of Rock ’N’ Roll” by Johnny Rogers.
The regional tour will stop by Alton at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, for a night of rockabilly, country and rock ’n’ roll with tributes to Buddy Holly, Elvis, Richie Valens, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, the Big Bopper, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and others.
Hailing from Tennessee and Texas, Rogers is touring the Midwest this summer after many engagements in Branson, Mo., where he claimed the title of Outstanding Male Entertainer four years ago. Rogers has performed with some of the biggest names in the business, nationally and internationally. He is considered by many to be the best tribute artist in the world and is branching out as an original songwriter. Music critics have said “he has the simplicity of Buddy Holly, the soul of Hank Williams and the funk of Prince, and his stage presence echoes the king of rock ’n’ roll and guitar licks blend the skills of Chet Atkins and Jimi Hendrix.”
His show was twice nominated for Best Show in Branson and will transport Riverbend residents to favorite memories.
Tickets are $25, but every guest will receive a $2 coupon that can be redeemed off the cost of any other single admission to another concert during the 2016-2017 production schedule. Call the box office at (618) 462-3205 or visit altonlittletheater.org for tickets.
Contact information for Johnny Rogers is johnnyrogersband.com or (708) 805-3455.
The schedule for the rest of 2016 includes:
- An Encore Southern Charms Luncheon & Fashion Show featuring the cast of “Steel Magnolias” at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept 24.
- Back-to-back weekend concerts: A Tribute to Karen Carpenter, featuring Dawn Turlington, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and Steve Davis and the Mid-South Revival Band bringing back “Memories of Elvis” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.
- Alton Little Theater will finish the year off in style with a special holiday concert and tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 featuring Kevin Frakes, Mat Conway, Pete Basola and more.
For information, contact Lee Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.