ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMERS, CHICAGO, WILL ROCK JOLIET THIS APRIL

October 21, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Rialto Square Theatre and NiteLite Promotions are thrilled to present legendary rock and roll band, Chicago, to the Rialto Square Theatre on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10 AM.

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #4, the highest charting American band in the chart’s history, in Billboard Magazine’s recent Top Bands And Duos. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.

Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  This was their first nomination. They’ve been eligible since 1994. A long time coming!

Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014, and the band performed on the Grammy stage for the first time that year.

Robert Lamm and James Pankow have become inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Make Me Smile,” and many others.

Chicago, will celebrate the holidays this year with a new Christmas album, CHICAGO CHRISTMAS, which spotlights the legendary group’s trademark sound on eight original songs, two yuletide favorites and one timeless classic that embraces the spirit of hope.

CHICAGO CHRISTMAS is available on CD and through digital and streaming services. In addition, a black vinyl version of the album will be released to general retail, with limited-edition red and white vinyl versions exclusively available at Rhino.com. All vinyl versions will be available on November 22.

Produced by founding member Lee Loughnane, CHICAGO CHRISTMAS is the 37th album of the band’s career and its fourth holiday collection. Whereas its previous releases focused more on traditional Christmas songs, the new record spotlights holiday music the band wrote especially for the album, including “All Over The World,” “(Because) It’s Christmastime,” and “I’m Your Santa Claus.” The album also features R&B and ballad versions of “Merry Christmas, I Love You,” a song that Loughnane wrote with John Durrill of The Ventures, the best-selling instrumental band of all time.

 

Chicago’s lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

RIALTO WELCOMES TWO FAMILIAR FACES BACK TO THE STAGE THIS FEBRUARY

Joliet, IL (October 14, 2019) – Rialto Square Theatre announced the addition of two thrilling new shows to the Spring 2020 calendar: Ron White (Friday, 2.21.20) and Buddy Guy (Saturday, 2.29.20). Tickets go on sale Friday, October 18 @ 10 AM. Tickets can be purchased online at www.RialtoSquare.com or in person at the Rialto Square Theatre box office.

 

VenuWorks and NiteLite Promotions present
Ron White
Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 7 pm
Ticket prices: $79 | $59 | $49 (additional fees may apply)
**Tickets On Sale Friday, October 18 @ 10 am**

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White, who first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, has long since established himself as a star in his own right. Over the past 15 years, White has been one of the top grossing standup comedians on tour in the country. His comedy recordings have sold over 14 million units (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), he’s been nominated for two Grammys, he was featured in the Cameron Crowe Showtime Series, “Roadies,” and he even authored a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.

 

Hot on the heels of his highly successful Netflix special, “If You’d Quit Listening, I’d Shut Up,” Ron White is once again hitting the ground running, with a slew of new tour dates just announced for 2020. From Washington, DC to Milwaukee; Atlanta to Austin; Music City to Sin City, and numerous points in between- Don’t miss your chance to “Catch the Tater!” Coming soon, to a stage near you…
VenuWorks and NiteLite Promotions present
Buddy Guy
Saturday, February 29 @ 8 pm
Ticket prices: $89.50 | $69.50 | $55 | $45 (additional fees may apply)
**Tickets On Sale Friday, October 18 @ 10 am**The title of Buddy Guy’s latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist’s eighteenth solo LP and follow-up to 2015’s Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, its fifteen tracks a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike. “I got children and grandchildren who didn’t know who I was, but nowadays we can play outdoor concerts and see kids that are eight, nine, twelve years old coming to me and saying, ‘I didn’t know who you was, but I read what Eric Clapton said about you,'” Guy explains when discussing his mindset around the new record. “I’m always trying to make an album that someone accidentally plays where some kid hears it, picks up a guitar, and helps keep the blues alive.” 

It only takes one listen to The Blues Is Alive and Well to realize that Guy’s mission has been more than accomplished here. The record is arriving on the heels of a spate of high visibility for the 82-year-old performer: at the 2016 Grammys, he picked up a trophy for “Best Blues Album” honoring Born to Play Guitar, and that same year he hit the road for a U.S. tour opening for Jeff Beck. In addition to bringing the house down for a recent sold-out performance commemorating the closing of New York City’s B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill, he recently appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. A truly restless and energetic performer, The Blues Is Alive and Well is the latest triumph in an already-legendary career.

GRAMMY AWARD®-WINNING RAP SUPERSTAR IS HEADED TO THE RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE

September 27, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Rialto Square Theatre, Mammoth Live, and VenuWorks are thrilled to present multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning rapper, Nelly on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 10 AM.

Diamond Selling, Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor, Nelly, has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping on the scene in 2000 with his distinctive vocals and larger-than-life personality. He became king of the “Summer Anthem” with songs like “Hot in Herre,” “RideWitMe,” “Countrry Grammar,” “Cruise,” “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” “Dilemma,” and “Just a Dream.”

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Country Grammar, disrupting the music scene with Nelly’s unique sound and vocals. Nelly’s collaboration with Florida Georgia Line received Diamond status and he is only one of seven rappers to date to reach this honor. Currently he is touring around the globe and recently was the first artist to play in Saudi Arabia with a mixed gender/family crowd. Nelly along with TLC and FloRida kick off a sure to be spectacular show this summer.

Adding to his list of “firsts” Nelly is the first hip-hop artist to play with multiple symphonies nationwide and played himself in BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart for 6 seasons. His sports knowledge and love of all sports secured him a gig as a sports caster with Skip Bayless. 2019 is going to be a huge year for the hip-hop mogul; currently in studio preparing for new music to be released soon. In addition, he announced another collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, producing an EP with Nelly and a new crossover festival!
Nelly is launching several unique business ventures in the fourth quarter of 2019, which he hopes to be as successful as Apple Bottoms, his fashion brand, which sold for millions.Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade in 2009 and he, to date, holds the philanthropic honor of hosting the most African American attended donor registry to date. Nelly is the co-owner of the Charlotte Hornets with Michael Jordan and founded a college program that offers music production to students and Nelly funded scholarships.

RENT WILL OFFER $23.50 FRONT ROW SEATS

FIRST ROWS OF ORCHESTRA SEATS FOR THE
RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
AVAILABLE FOR $23.50
DAY OF PERFORMANCE ONLY
IN-PERSON AT THE RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE BOX OFFICE

Rialto Square Theatre announced today that seats in the first rows of the orchestra section will be available for $23.50 for the 10/10 performance of RENT, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical.   The $23.50 tickets are available for in-person purchases at the Rialto Square Theatre box office located at 102 N Chicago St. in downtown Joliet, IL on the day of the performance only, two hours prior to the show.  The $23.50 tickets are limited to two tickets per person and are first come, first served.

The tradition of these tickets began in 1996 in New York when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre.  The producers of the show are committed to continuing the tradition of offering these orchestra seats in each city the show will play.

RENT performs at the Rialto Square Theatre for one night only, Thursday, October 10th at 7:30 pm.

For general ticket information, call the Rialto Square Theatre box office at 815-726-6600 or visit www.RialtoSquare.com.

Visit RentOnTour.net for more information.

CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ABBEY ROAD WITH RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

(September 20, 2019) RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES presents The Best of Abbey Road Live! In celebration of the anniversary of the release of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits to life in addition to all your early favorites. The Celebration happens Friday, May 8th at the Rialto Square Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 27 at 10 AM. More info is available at www.RialtoSquare.com.

 

This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press). Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate The Best of Abbey Road Live with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. In addition to the updated sets that include state of the art LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content, RAIN will bring the Abbey Road album to life with the launch of the 2019 Tour.

 

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let RAIN take you back with all of the greatest hits along with all of your other Beatles favorites! This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right!

 

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR DUO IS HEADED TO THE RIALTO SQUARE STAGE

September 17, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Rialto Square Theatre and VenuWorks are thrilled to present Mexican acoustic guitar duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela on their Mettavolution Tour to the Rialto Square Theatre on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10 AM.

Five years since their last album, Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are ready to embark on the next chapter of their remarkable story, with the release of the most ambitious music of their twenty year career together.

Entitled ‘Mettavolution’, the white-hot new album brings together Rod and Gab’s shimmering, hummingbird flourishes and extraordinary engine room rhythm section, laser focused on melody, energy and beat. There is not an ounce of excess baggage on the fresh, dynamic tunes that Rod and Gab present here, which blend metal, jazz and Hispanic roots music in their own unique, unmistakable style.

Through relentless touring and terrific word-of-mouth support, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as an in-demand live act, particularly in America, where they sold out the Hollywood Bowl (two nights) and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre as recently as summer 2018. They have also sold out multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le Zenith in Paris and Radio City Music Hall in New York, not to mention venues in Australia, Japan and Europe. They are recognised by their fans and critics alike as being one of the top live touring acts in the world.

“An absolute master class in pushing an acoustic guitar to its limits.” – Rockpit, Australia (Perth 2018)

“This exciting duo is truly a musical force, and had the entire Bowl mesmerized and immersed in the tunes the whole time.” – No Depression, USA (Hollywood Bowl, LA 2018)

“The entire audience was on their feet for a standing ovation.” – AV Hub (Sydney 2018)

“It felt like the end of a long magical night of neverending encores.” – Strait Times (Singapore 2015)

“At times, it was hard to believe this sheer rhythmic force all came from just two guitars.” – The Independent UK (London 2016)

“The transition that these instrumentalists go through from rock to jazz to psychedelic and more continued to amaze the entire night.” – 303 (Red Rocks Colorado 2018)

‘Mettavolution’ has been three years in the making, the duo going back to the heart of their music, to feel the same way they did when they first moved from Mexico City to Ireland back in 1999, searching to reconnect with the original intention and (in their own words) “the reason of why we do what we do, to share something we do with all our hearts in order to inspire, even to heal people through music”.

In 2010, Rodrigo and Gabriela were invited by President Obama to perform at a reception he hosted for the President and First Lady of Mexico. Rod and Gab have also contributed to the musical soundtracks of ‘Puss In Boots’ (2011) and ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ (with Hans Zimmer) in the same year. With career album sales well in excess of 1.5 million worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as globally successful artists who are eager to write new chapters in their already illustrious story.

‘Mettavolution’ is Rodrigo y Gabriela reborn, reaching for a higher state of consciousness, pushing themselves as writers, interpreters and players, and challenging us the listener to absorb, engage and respond to them.

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