98° BRINGS HOLIDAY SIZZLE TO THE RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE THIS DECEMBER

Joliet, IL (May 18, 2018) – 98°, the Billboard chart-topping boyband, who have sold more than 10 million records worldwide, will bring their holiday album, Let It Snow, to the Rialto Square Theatre on Thursday, December 20th 2018. Tickets go on-sale Friday, May 25th at 10am.

In five short years — from 1997 to 2002 — they’d sold a staggering 10 million records, scored a chart-topping single, “Thank God I Found You,” with Mariah Carey and Joe, and collaborated with their collective idol, Stevie Wonder, on “True to Your Heart,” for the 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan. Their four-million-selling album, 98° and Rising (1998, Motown), spawned the top-5 favorites “Because of You,” “I Do,” and “The Hardest Thing,” while 2000’s Revelation (Universal Records), which sold two million copies, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded a trio of hits, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” “My Everything” and “The Way You Want Me To.”

In 2001, the all-Ohio-raised quartet decided to take a break. Their sold out tours in 2013 and 2016 proved a demand for 98° so when the timing was right with the band’s schedules, they recorded and released their first full-length Christmas album in 18 years, Let It Snow.

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TAJMO WINS BIG AT 2018 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 11, 2018) Singer, songwriter, guitarist and modern day Blues and Americana artist, Keb’ Mo’ was among the list of big winners at the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards, which took place May 10 in Memphis at the Cook Convention Center. Keb’ Mo’, alongside Blues Hall of Famer Taj Mahal, was awarded Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for their first-ever collaboration project, TajMo. Keb’ also took home the title of Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year.

The awards, which are presented by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world.

Released on May 5, 2017, via Concord Records, TajMo is a cross-generational collaboration that merges the two artists’ distinctive voices and guitar styles. The project, which won Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ perform their award-winning album TajMo, LIVE at the Rialto Square Theatre on August 10th. Great seats are still available!

RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE #TBTUESDAY SUMMER MOVIE SERIES

The new movie series, #TBTuesday Summer Movie Series at the Rialto Square Theatre, is a nod to our Vaudeville movie palace past, and will feature past and recently past movies for the entire family, shown on the retro movie screen by the new projector, generously donated by the Rialto Square Volunteers, inside the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre.

Tickets are $5 each, and will be available day-of at the Rialto Square Theatre Box Office. Doors will open at 6p, all showings start at 7p. All seating will be General Admission—first come, first serve. Cash and credit will be accepted for payment. Bar and concessions will be available for purchase.

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RIALTO SQUARE ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 SCHOOL MATINEE SERIES

Rialto Square Theatre is thrilled to announce our 2018-2019 School Matinee Series lineup, made possible by a generous donation from Midland States Bank. This series provides fun and educational experiences for school-age children, while fostering a love of live theatre and the opportunity to visit the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre. Orders for the 2018-2019 School Matinee Series are now being processed. To learn more about the series or to reserve your seats, please visit www.RialtoSquare.com/schoolmatinees.

“Throughout the year we, we strive to find ways to connect with local schools. Through our student matinee series we hope to supplement arts education curriculum and foster a love and appreciation for the performing arts in tomorrow’s audiences,” Executive Director of the Rialto Square Theatre, Val Devine said. “I am particularly excited about this season’s lineup as I think it’s the best one yet!”

We are thrilled to offer an “Early Bird Special” for educators working on curriculum for next school year. Anyone who reserves their tickets before May 31st, 2018, will receive “last year’s pricing,” just $6 per ticket. Starting June 1st, prices will increase to $7 per ticket.

The 2018-2019 Rialto Square Theatre School Matinee Series presented by Midland States Bank lineup includes:

MatheMagic!
Friday, October 26, 2018
Grades K-3 | 9:30am
Graces 4-8 | Noon

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon
Monday, January 28, 2019 | 10am
Grades 1-4

Shaun Boothe presents The Unauthorized Biography Series
A Special Black History Month Presentation
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10am
Grades 4-12

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 10am
Grades 2-6

For more Information about the entire series, including information on how to reserve your tickets, please visit www.RialtoSquare.com/schoolmatinees, call the Rialto Square Theatre Box Office at 817.726.6600 or email Box Office Manager, Kris Hernandez

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DOKKEN AND LITA FORD ROCK THE RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE ON APRIL 20TH

Dokken exploded out of the boiling hard rock/heavy metal scene in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. Their breakout hit album, Breaking the Chains, set the stage for Dokken to become one of the most dominant creative and commercial force in the world of melodic hard rock.

A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford is considered one of the most influential female representatives of the rock genre. She was a founding member of The Runaways, one of the first girl groups who broke down the gender barriers of the punk era, as well as the male-dominated world of rock music.

Very special guest, Downtread, will be joining the lineup for the Joliet show. Described as “full contact rock-n-roll,” Downtread specializes in aggressive riffs, titanic drums and ferociously catchy songwriting.

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TAJMO: TAJ MAHAL AND KEB’ MO’ BAND AT THE RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE ON AUGUST 10TH

Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Band at the Rialto Square TheatreTajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band brings together Blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ to share the stage with their bands for an exciting night of live music, performing songs from their long-anticipated, and Grammy Award-winning collaborative album TajMo, available now on Concord Records.

While the two have known and influenced each other for decades, and Taj played a key role in Keb’s first record deal, TajMo marks the first proper collaboration between Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo.’ The album was self-produced by the duo and was mixed by Grammy Award-winner Ross Hogarth and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Richard Dodd. The 11-song set includes covers of John Mayer and The Who, as well as 6 original songs.

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