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Big-name entertainment tops Stiefel's fall lineup [Hutchinson News, The (KS)]

May 29, 2013

YellowBrix

From rock legends to guitar virtuosos to popular comedians, concerts this fall at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts have a little something for every entertainment taste.

Among the headliners are rock legends ZZ Top and Melissa Etheridge, a Leavenworth native. Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel also is on the program, along with comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Jim Breuer. Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti returns for his second concert, as does Bruce Hornsby, who this time performs with bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs.

The fall lineup was announced Thursday by Jane Gates, executive director of the theater at 151 S. Santa Fe Ave.

"My goal is always to bring high-quality shows to the Stiefel, and I want to bring something for everyone," she said.

Tickets for the season go on sale at 9 a.m. May 31 at the Stiefel box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 827-1998.

Stiefel Friends members will be able to buy tickets in advance, she said.

Gates also announced an added summer show by comedian/musician "Weird" Al Yankovic, whose song parodies of Michael Jackson and other pop/rock legends made him a standard on the Dr. Demento radio show and on MTV in the 1980s.

Yankovic's concert will be July 23, with tickets priced at $58, $46 and $35.

Fall shows at the Stiefel Theatre include:

* Mark Selby & Tia Sillers (Aug. 2) - Country and blues singer/ songwriter Mark Selby and his wife, Tia Sillers, are a highly successful songwriting duo who have written more than 20 hit singles. Among Selby's songs are "There's Your Trouble" for The Dixie Chicks and "Blue on Black" for Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Sillers wrote the huge No. 1 hit "I Hope You Dance." Cost: $25.

* Melissa Etheridge (Sept. 4) - The Kansas singer/guitarist's hit singles include "Come to My Window," "Bring Me Some Water," "Ain't It Heavy" and "I Need to Wake Up," which won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Song. Cost: $85, $69, $59.

* Jim Breuer (Sept. 12) - Named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is a former cast member of "Saturday Night Live" and can be heard on the weekly Sirius/XM Radio show "Fridays with Breuer." Cost: $32, $25.

* Tommy Emmanuel (Sept. 26) - The virtuoso finger-style guitarist has been acclaimed as one of the greatest guitar instrumentalists of all time. Cost: $30.

* Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti (Sept. 28) - Botti, who did an acclaimed concert at the Stiefel in 2010, currently is the largest- selling American jazz instrumental artist with four No. 1 jazz albums and multiple Grammy awards. Cost: $77, $67, $51.

* Jamey Johnson (Oct. 3) - The country music singer/songwriter's hit singles include "The Dollar," "Playing the Part," "High Cost of Living" and "Living for a Song." Cost: $49.

* Fab Four (Oct. 4) - the Beatles tribute band has been acclaimed for their attention to detail in re-creating the mop-tops during every era of their career. Cost: $49, $39.

* ZZ Top (Oct. 20) - The "little band from Texas" formed in 1970 and became blues rock icons with their singles "La Grange," "Tush," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" Cost: $99.50, $89.50.

* Gabriel Iglesias, (Oct. 24) - The popular comedian puts on a high-octane show combining storytelling, parodies, unique characters and sound effects, all of which have made him a popular draw for all ages. Cost: $65.

* Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs (Oct. 26) - Pop/rock pianist Bruce Hornsby, who performed at the Stiefel in March 2012, returns for a concert with bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs. Cost: $65, $55, $45.

* Rickie Lee Jones (Nov. 9) - Folk rock and jazz songstress Jones is best known for her classic hit "Chuck E's in Love." Cost: $38.

* Michael W. Smith (December date to be announced) - The contemporary Christian musician will perform a Christmas show at the Stiefel. Smith, best known for his 1991 hit song "Place in this World," has won three Grammy awards and more than 40 Dove Awards. Cost: $62, $55, $45.

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