June 25--The University of Iowa's summer musical production "Respect" was a standing-room-only sellout at the Capitol Theater Friday night, and some folks had to be turned away at the door.
For ticketholders who could not get into the play, the Capitol Theater is offering a guaranteed-seat ticket for its next free concert by rock/pop musician Scott Helmer on Aug. 14.
Ticket holders can visit the theater's box office between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. today through Friday to receive a replacement ticket to the Helmer show.
A native of Elgin, Ill., Scott Helmer's life and music is defined by reinvention and inspiration. Playing a blend of rock- and pop-infused guitar riffs and singalong choruses, his lyrics tell real stories of love, pain and starting over. The songs, co-written and recorded with his brother, Rich Helmer, have crossed over to fans of country and Americana, where storytelling is highly valued.
Helmer was passionate about writing and playing music early, beginning with the drums at 5. Despite his musical leanings, he began an initially successful career in corporate insurance in his early 20s.
But a turnaround in the world economy resulted in Helmer losing his business and, ultimately, his family. During that difficult time, he returned to music as a source of support.
Helmer found that writing about his story was both healing and therapeutic. Today, he continues his musical journey. Helmer has opened for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country, and is using music as a vehicle to connect with listeners.
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