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Wildey to enter a time warp

September 20, 2013


Sept. 20--If your idea of recorded music is a 12-inch vinyl album, then the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville is the place to be as it will spin its way back to the '70s.

Serving up a healthy dose of classic rock and roll, seven acts have been lined up sure to please crowds not under the spell of Justin Timberlake or Lady Gaga.

The lineup includes the likes of Canned Heat, Gypsy and Pavlov's Dog -- check the KSHE Klassics list for details.

In addition, tribute bands delivering the hits of the Allman Brothers, Journey and Kiss are booked through the fall.

Edwardsville Parks Department Program Coordinator Katie Grable said while the Wildey didn't intentionally produce a lineup of classic rock, it did respond to the desires of ticket buyers.

"I wouldn't say we're programming to a certain demographic," Grable said. "We look at what has worked, what has sold. We've found our best sellers are the classic rock groups."

Backing Grable's assertion is the near sellout on last Saturday of a show featuring Jonathan Edwards and John Ford Coley.

At 7 p.m. on Sept. 22, the Wildey will welcome Canned Heat, which can boast of performing at both the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

The Brothers: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28, turning out such hits as "Whipping Post" and "Soulshine."

Going back even further, Gypsy hits the stage on Oct. 5. The early '70s band, which recorded "Gypsy Queen -- Part One" sold out its 9 p.m. show. A 5:30 p.m. concert, however, has been added.

The Granny's Rocker crowd will remember Pavlov's Dog, a St. Louis-based progressive band that made it big in the early '70s. Their show for Oct. 19 is already a sellout.

At 8 p.m. on Oct. 25, Stone In Love: The Tribute to Journey will take the stage to perform such hits as "Wheel in the Sky" and "Don't Stop Believin.'"

If you're looking to rock and roll all night, leave Nov. 1 open. Strutter: A Tribute to Kiss takes the stage at 8 p.m. and will appear in full costume and bluster.

The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik will perform at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8. Peterik is best known as the man who founded the band Survivor and co-wrote "The Eye of the Tiger."

Classic rock, however, isn't the only offering on the Wildey's menu.

The Harmans, from Shipman, will bring their bluegrass sounds to the Wildey for an 8 p.m. show on Sept. 27.

The group of second generation musicians -- who also perform country and gospel -- are regular sellouts at Hatheway Hall at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

And at 3 p.m. on Nov. 9, Trout Fishing In America, a children's show, will take the stage.

Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have been performing their brand of fun, sing-a-long music for three decades to audiences of all ages.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Wiley's website, or stop by the Parks Department office on the second floor of Edwardsville City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave.


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