6-concert series opens Friday with funk band Conne
The Galion Community Theatre‘s second year-long concert series is designed to offer something for everyone.
Beth Ann Jarvis, a member of the theater’s board of directors, said the Concerts at the Galion series will include six shows at the theater, 127 Harding Way West.
“They’re all various genres of music; we’re trying to make sure we have just about everything for everyone,” Jarvis said. “We’ve done concerts in years past, but it’s not been a steady series of concerts, and we hadn’t done them for a while until last year. We decided to bring concerts back into the theater to offer a different way to extend our arms out to the community. We do theatrical productions every year, but we wanted to give a different offering to folks that might not like theater but they still like music and they still want to get in and support GCT.
“It’s also another way for us to open our doors, just in general. There’s so many people in Galion that walk up and down Harding Way all the time, they see the theater, they see the lights lit, but they’ve never actually been inside the building. It’s a way to hopefully give people more opportunity to come in and see what we’re all about and see everything we have to offer.”
Conne performs soul, R&B and funk
The series will open with a performance by Conne at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. It’s “a band that brings their own brand of soul and R&B and funk,” Jarvis said. “So they’re kicking off the concert series really strong.”
The next concert, at 7:30 p.m. March 17, will feature the Mansfield-based Mid-Ohio Civic Opera.
“They have not said exactly what they’re doing, but they’ve done performances all throughout our area and they’re always very well-received,” Jarvis said. “Joel Vega runs that group.”
Acoustic Superfriends will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 19.
“They’re always a hit. They performed a handful of times over at the 1803 Taproom, they go over to Phoenix Brewery, and they just did a bunch of performances over in Europe, I believe; in England,” she said. “They’re a really fun concert. … We’re super-excited to have them at the theater, and such a great venue for people to come in and enjoy.
The concert series will take a break over the summer, while the theater presents “The Spongebob Musical” and “Annie.” Concerts will return at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 with a return performance by the Oolong Gurus, which was included in the 2022 concert series.
Bluegrass band slated to perform on Sept. 15
“They perform outlaw country and rock to the roots, so they do a mix of popular styles spanning 60 years of like rock, country and blues.. They’ve done performances on national radio and television in the past,” she said.
At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Blue Universe will perform bluegrass music.
“So we’re going all the way from R&B/funk to bluegrass. We’re trying to span audiences,” Jarvis said.
The series will wrap up with a 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 concert with the Shawshank Big Band.
“They play a lot at the Gill House; I think they’ve performed at the Renaissance (Theatre),” in Mansfield, Jarvis said. “It’s a really great organization of volunteer musicians that just get together to play some really great jazz.”
Admission to each concert will be $8. Tickets are available in advance at the theater’s website, galiontheatre.org, or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. for each show.
Season passes will be available on the website ahead of Friday’s concert or at the door the night of the show, she said.
“They basically save $8; they get to see six concerts for the price of five throughout 2023,” she said.
“We’re super-excited about it this year; it should be a good time,” Jarvis said.
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