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A late season showcase

August 24, 2014

By Eric Johnson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn.

Aug. 24--Even though summer still has some time left, the Paramount Theatre is gearing up for its fall and winter season with a mix of new and old faces.

With acts like Tim Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band, Tonic Sol Fa and Michael Veldman and Friends, Executive Director of the Austin Area Commission for the Arts Jennie Knoebel promises it will be an entertaining end to 2014.

"It's going to be great," Knoebel said.

7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

This crooner, who brings Frank Sinatra to life, will kick off the season playing homage to Old Blue Eyes himself.

Patrick was originally supposed to play the Paramount last year, but flagging ticket sales around the time of the Austin ArtWorks Festival resulted in the show being pushed back.

Patrick got his start on a karaoke stage at the Nye's Polonaise Room. His reception was so good that Patrick took took to the stage as a tribute artist. While this is first time in Austin for Patrick he is know to the area.

"Tim hasn't ben at the Paramount, but he has been to Albert Lea a couple of years ago," Knoebel said. "It was a good turnout."

7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26

Tickets: $10

In the face of possible budget issues, the Caravan du Nord tour is returning for another stop in Austin.

Featuring the Minneapolis band John Mark Nelson, the show will feature two other acts to be named later.

"It was all contingent on funding," Knoebel said. "John Mark Nelson is an up and coming, rising band in the Twin Cities area."

7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

After a kick-off featuring plenty of music, the Paramount rolls out the chuckles with four comedians.

The night will feature Chris Klavetter, Ali Sultan, Linda Aaron and will be emceed by Angelo Vescio.

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

With help from a tour grant, this show, presented by the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, will showcase Broadway music and songs from the first half of the 20th century and revolves around how musical theater developed from the interaction of different immigrants that came to New York.

"It focuses on the 20s, Great Depression, World War I and World II and the Civil Rights era," Knoebel said. "It's a good, nice cross between musicals and concert music. Hopefully it will appeal to people who go to both concerts and musical productions.

7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

The popular a cappella group is another returning face to Austin.

"They are definitely an area favorite," Knoebel said. "Tickets are already selling pretty fast. I encourage people to buy their tickets soon."

7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31

Tickets $5

Just in time for the scariest night for the year, the Paramount will be playing the classic zombie movie "Night of the Living Dead," on Halloween.

7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14

Tickets: $15 for adults, $20 at the doors, $5 for students

Another show that is made possible through a tour grant, VocalEssence is a professional choir from the Twin Cities. They will be focusing on a Mark Twain themed "River Songs and Tales Tour" featuring Don Shelby as Mark Twain.

"It's about Mark Twain and his trip down the Mississippi River," Knoebel said. "Don Shelby is an amazing Mark Twain."

This is also the first time that the Austin Area Commission for the Arts, Austin High School Choir and Music Boosters are working together to present a show.

Holiday 2014


7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13.

Tickets are on sale Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m.

One of the biggest shows of the year for the Paramount, this fan favorite returns for another year to fill up your holiday wishes. Starting a weekend earlier than last year, fans can expect the same extravaganza they've seen with every production.

"Everyone's excited to come back again," Knoebel said. "They already have plans, but they are keeping it secret. It's for sure one for the biggest shows."


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