Hopscotch Music Festival

Hopscotch Music Festival

Hopscotch Music Festival returns to downtown Raleigh to celebrate its tenth-year annual three-day music festival. It was founded by Greg Lowenhagen and Grayson Currin with the first festival held in September, 2010 which featured 130 bands across 10 venues. The Hopscotch festival is known for its adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere.

It has been a signature event for the creative community of Raleigh, North Carolina where 25% of the festival’s performers hail from in-state. Hopscotch is a city-wide celebration for locals and fans with live shows that stretch across 12 walkable venues. The festival performances highlight diversity by featuring almost every genre imaginable i.e. rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and others.

The show hosts day parties where the record labels, local promoters, bands, and art organisations book their own shows that happen throughout the city each afternoon of Hopscotch.

In addition, the Hopscotch Design Festival is a gathering of designers, thinkers, and makers who work across graphic design, architecture, user experience design, technology, food, film, music, and more.

Do not miss the amazing 2019 edition of the festival and book your tickets soon!

Vegas! The Show

Vegas! The Show

Vegas! The Show tells the story of the most dynamic and exciting city in the world and recreates some of the greatest moments in Las Vegas entertainment history. The show is written by show producer and theatre owner David Saxe who grew up backstage. This variety show is one of the hottest acts available boasting the Strip’s hottest performers and sexiest showgirls.

A classic Vegas vibe with booming musical numbers and elaborate costumes was brought to the stage after more than 20 years of being David Saxe’s life-long dream. Vegas! The Show has been repeatedly named as The Best Show in Las Vegas by companies including Broadway World and The Best of Las Vegas. One of the most esteemed Broadway-style productions seems to be a perfect addition to any night out.

Vegas! The Show is the largest production on the Las Vegas strip incorporating performances by legendary Las Vegas performers like Jerry Lewis, Shecky Greene, and even Wayne Newton.

Come and see some one of Broadway’s biggest stars on an unforgettable night of entertainment at the Planet Hollywood Saxe Theatre. The show includes a cast of more than 40 of the best singers, dancers, and Las Vegas showgirls and welcomes people of all ages.

Something Rotten!

Something Rotten!

Something Rotten is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.”

Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a cast of over-the-top characters, each given a special chance to shine. It first previewed at the St. James Theatre on March 23, 2015, and officially opened on Broadway on April 22, 2015. The musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences throughout its Broadway run. The musical then launched a U.S. national tour with previews at the Proctors theatre in New York before its official opening at the Boston Opera House on January 17, 2017. It was nominated for 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical, and the cast album received a nomination for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Do not miss the chance to experience this history-twisting musical live.

The Band’s Visit

The Band’s Visit

The Band’s Visit is a stage musical that rejoices in the way makes us laugh, cry, and ultimately brings us together. It is based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses.

The Band’s Visit portrays the Arab-Israeli conflict in a way never seen before. In this offbeat story, a band of Egyptian musicians arrives in Israel to perform a concert but winds up stranded in the ‘nowhere’ spot. The locals take them in for a night when there is no bus till morning and no hotels available. The lives of these unlikely travelers and locals become intertwined. The band brings the town to life in unexpected ways with their beautiful music.

The musical opened up on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 2017 and received critical acclaims. Its off-Broadway production won several major awards, including the 2017 Obie Award for Musical Theatre.

The Band’s Visit was the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history. Do not miss the musical performing live as it also became the 2019 Grammy Awards winner for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Show Boat

Show Boat

Show Boat is a musical based on Edna Ferber’s best-selling novel of the same name with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The lyrical masterpiece takes places over 40 years with a span from 1880 to 1927 and concerns the lives, loves, and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi. They work on the “Cotton Blossom”, a showboat traveling up and down the Mississippi river and experience racism, prejudices, tragic, and love.

The musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dock workers of the Cotton Blossom. The story primarily follows a young woman named Magnolia, the daughter of the captain, who falls in love and marries Gaylord Ravenal, a troubled riverboat gambler.

Show Boat opened up at the Ziegfield Theatre on December 27, 1927, and ran for 572 performances. The premiere of Show Boat on Broadway was an important event in the history of American musical theatre. Awards for early shows on Broadway did not exist but the late 20th century revivals won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is a Broadway musical inspired by true events and tells the story of two people with nothing in common. Based on the 2005 British film of the same name, the musical tells the story of Charlie Price. Charlie has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory that was on the verge of bankruptcy. He forms a unlikely partnership with drag queen Lola who is a fabulous entertainer in need of some stiletto boots – and that is where this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and save the business.

Kinky Boots has music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. The original production of Kinky Boots premiered at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago in 2012 with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. It also made its Broadway debut in 2013 and a US tour in 2014.

It’s been said that Kinky Boots is ‘ Broadway’s “dazzling, sassy, and uplifting” smash hit, full of opportunities for a theatre company’. Experience Kinky Boots live featuring 16 original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper.

GUYS & DOLLS

GUYS & DOLLS

Guys and Dolls is a romantic musical about a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary. It has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and is based on the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The story is a musical tale of two New York gamblers betting on love despite all the odds. It follows the efforts of compulsive New York gambler, Nathan Detroit, to win a bet before police can stop him.

The show premiered on Broadway in 1950 with 1,200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Soon after a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine was made in addition to several Broadway and London revivals.

Guys & Dolls is based on the short stories “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure” by Damon Runyon and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories.

The musical was selected as the winner of the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also includes some amazing songs including “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and promises to thrill the fans like never before.

Church Basement Ladies

Church Basement Ladies

Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy exhibiting four different characters on stage and their relationships with each other. The musical is based on a book written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke and includes music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. The story is all about the ladies that work in the church basement who cook and organize food for church functions. These funny and down-to-earth ladies also solve problems of a rural Minnesota church in 1965.

The musical is inspired by the humorous book ‘Growing up Lutheran’ written by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson. The first play of Church Basement Ladies opened up on September 8th, 2005 at the Plymouth Playhouse and it has been touring nationally ever since. “Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” opened up in October of 2009 at the same theatre.

Another sequel, “Away in the Basement”, opened up a week later at the Playhouse and ran throughout the holiday season. The other sequels include “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement”, and “Rise Up O’ Men”.

Watch the musical to have an insight into the lives of those who prepare and serve at weddings, anniversaries, funerals and farm auctions.

Young the Giant w/ Fitz and the Tantrums

Alternative/Indie rock band Young the Giant headlined at Marymoor outdoor amphitheater over the weekend along with Fitz & The Tantrums with support from Coin. The coheadlining summer tour was inspired by the meaning of Young the Giant’s hit ‘Superposition’.

The California quintet started off by performing many of their well-known songs from the album ‘Mirror Master’ released last fall – below you can listen to ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Master Mirror’.  We are in love with every song on the track – which are both smart and catchy.

It was their singles ‘Cough Syrup’ and ‘My Body’ both released in 2011 that made Young the Giant close to a household name.  But it’s their current album and stage performance by Sameer Gadhia that will keep them rising. The crowd loved the vocals and electricity radiating from the lead singer. 

To catch Young the Giant on tour, visit www.eventsfy.com

Tripwires & T Minus 5 @ Seattle’s Tractor Tavern

Tripwires, the Seattle-based rock group that is known for making old music sound new, opened for T Minus 5 at Ballard’s Tractor Tavern. 

The Seattle supergroup Tripwires includes John Ramberg of T Minus 5 and Model Rockets, Jim Sangster of Young Fresh Fellows, Mark Picerel of Screaming Trees and Johnny Sangster. 

Pop band T Minus 5 headlined the sold-out show at the Tractor. Lead Scott McCaughey (of Young Fresh Fellows) wrote songs for the album ‘Stoke Manor’ after suffering a stroke in 2018.  The band also includes guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. 

The videos below include Tripwires followed by T Minus 5.