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Wildey to focus on Kiss, kids

October 25, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 25--Early November at the Wildey Theatre promises to be a great time to come and see a couple diverse unique acts.

On Nov. 1, Strutter -- a Kiss tribute band -- will descend on the theatre bringing all the theatrics and showmanship of their famous counterparts.

"They will be in full makeup and costume," Katie Grable, Parks and Recreation program coordinator, said.

Attendees can expect to hear all the great hits from one of rock and rolls most entertaining groups.

Since the band will be out in full makeup and costume, Grable would love to see fans come and take part in the spectacle.

"We are encouraging people to come dressed up; I think it would be a lot of fun. It's definitely a different event then anything the Wildey has ever hosted," Grable said.

Since the show is part of the tribute series tickets are discounted but the effort from the performers won't be.

"It's definitely an affordable ticket and I think it will be an entertaining show since they were always a group that was into the theatrics, not just the music, but the whole performance," Grable said.

Previous tribute acts who have performed at the theatre include Rush, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. But nothing quite like Kiss.

"We just wanted to do something different. Occasionally we will just pick an act because it is so different," Grable said.

Strutter will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.

For additional information or to buy tickets for the show call 307-1750, visit www.wildeytheatre.com, the Parks and Recreation office, or the Wildey Theatre box office.

Sticking with the idea of trying something different on Nov. 9 Trout Fishing in America will play two shows.

Trout Fishing in America is a singer/songwriter duo that performs both folk rock and children's music.

One aspect about Trout Fishing in America that Grable is excited about is the fact there is a children's theme.

"I think it's just a great opportunity to take kids to something live for a really inexpensive ticket price," Grable said. "I have really little kids so I'm nervous taking them places that they might be disruptive, but this show is for kids. You don't have to worry if they're fidgety or they talk because everybody there's going to have kids and they will be fidgety and talking."

Tickets for the kids show are $6 apiece.

The kids show will feature goofy and funny songs that kids can really get into.

For the second show, the mood will be a little more mellow and geared for an older crowd.

"I don't want to call the second show an adult show. Nothing in the second show would be inappropriate for a kid, it's just going to be a little more serious content," Grable said.

For those who are not familiar with Trout Fishing in America, Grable recommends people visit the Wildey's website to view a trailer of the band to get an idea of what they can expect from the show.

The children's show is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and the second show is 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

For additional information or to buy tickets for the show call 307-1750, visit www.wildeytheatre.com, the Parks and Recreation office, or the Wildey Theatre box office.

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