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Just announced, HAIRBALL visits the Rialto Square Theatre

Tickets Onsale 12/1 at 10AM!
A Rock & Roll experience you won’t forget!
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
Vocalists Bobby, Steve and Joe Dandy lead the band through a 2+ hour, mind-blowing and drop-dead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith are but a few of the acts fans will see brought to life. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert before your very eyes countless times throughout the night. The motor that drives the Hairball dragster consists of Freaky on the electric bass, Blake on the drums, and Happy on the lead guitar. These Rock & Roll soldiers pride themselves on nailing some of the most memorable licks and chops of all time, while adding their own style and flare that they’ve cultivated over decades of tireless performing. These guys live and breathe Rock & Roll!
As important to Hairball as the music are its fans. While many bands claim to have the best fans in the world, Hairball actually has! Whether they’re 8 or 85, Hairball fans bring an unparalleled enthusiasm and energy to the show that completes the Arena Rock experience. Hairball knows it wouldn’t exist without its fans, and takes every opportunity to let them know that.
Don’t confuse Hairball with the countless “’80s Tribute” bands across the country. Hairball is an event; an attitude and expression of music and showmanship that isn’t a retro-flashback. It’s a way of life…and it’s not going away!

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE – HOTEL CALIFORNIA

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE – HOTEL CALIFORNIA visits the Rialto Square Theatre on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage – note for note, cut for cut, using the best musicians. “Think of it as a recital,” says Martin. “These albums are historic and stand the test of time.”

With 100+ shows a year across North America, Classic Albums Live has seen massive success in performing arts centers and theaters. Fans in Texas, Las Vegas, Florida, New York and central and eastern Canada have all continued to support the series and make it a sustaining, successful show.

“We’re really looking forward to connecting with music lovers across all of North America,” says Martin. “The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac albums are the staples of our continued success, but we reserve the right to surprise, with albums such as, Prince’s Purple Rain and Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell. There is no shortage of classic albums that need the respect and care that only Classic Albums Live can administer.”

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HOME FREE – TIMELESS

HOME FREE will hit stage at the Rialto Square Theatre as part of their 2018 TIMELESS WORLD TOUR on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm. HOME FREE is presented by NiteLite Promotions and VenuWorks.

The all vocal country sensation Home Free is bringing Nashville country standards and country-dipped pop hits to town (and having a great time doing so). The band comes to town on the heels of their most recent full-length album release, TIMELESS, bringing with them new music, new jokes, and new production.

Home Free has become a household name, amassing more than 185-million YouTube views, and entertaining more than 300,000 people live in concert since bursting on the national scene in 2013. The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor.

Their fourth studio album, TIMELESS, was released on September 23, 2017 via Columbia Records and debuted at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. This release marks the 4th consecutive top 5 Billboard debut for their album.

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BUDDY GUY

NiteLite Promotions and VenuWorks Present BUDDY GUY at the Rialto Square Theatre on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

At age 81, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

These many years later, Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution.

“I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff,” he says. “I want people to remember them. It’s like the Ford car—Henry Ford invented the Ford car, and regardless how much technology they got on them now, you still have that little sign that says ‘Ford’ on the front.

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TRAFFIC ALERT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25th – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th

Rialto Fans,
If you’re attending a show at the Rialto Square Theatre between Wednesday, October 25th and Saturday, November 4th, please allow extra travel time as you may experience delays due to road construction in downtown Joliet. If traveling from the west, you can expect road work on West Jefferson St. as well as on Chicago St. between Van Buren and Clinton. This may be a great opportunity to travel early, beat the rush and enjoy one of our many downtown restaurants before the show!

LEWIS BLACK – THE JOKE’S ON US TOUR

LEWIS BLACK visits the Rialto Square Theatre on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

LEWIS BLACK, GRAMMY Award-winning, stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs more than 200 nights annually, to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theaters, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and most recently, a sold-out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.

His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

LEWIS BLACK came into national prominence with his appearances on THE DAILY SHOW in 1996. Those appearances on THE DAILY SHOW led to comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and Epix. In 2001, he won Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards. He has released eight comedy albums, including the 2007 GRAMMY Award-winning The Carnegie Hall Performance. He won his second GRAMMY Award for his album Stark Raving Black and has published three bestselling books: Nothing’s Sacred (Simon & Schuster, 2005), Me of Little Faith (Riverhead Books, 2008) and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas (Riverhead Books, 2010).

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