Three Legendary Vocal Groups Set to Perform at Rialto Square Theatre

VenuWorks Presents The Platters® with The Marvelettes and The Classic Drifters

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 7:30pm
*Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 28 @ 10:00am*

This morning it was announced that the Rock ‘n’ Roll, Grammy®, and Vocal Group Halls of Fame inductee The Platters®, along with The Marvelettes and The Classic Drifters, will be coming to the Rialto on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 7:30pm.


The Mother of All Comedy Shows Comes to Rialto Square Theatre this Spring

Mama Needs a Night Out!

The VenuWorks-managed Rialto Square Theatre and Dusty Guitar Promotions announced today that Scary Mommy will be coming to the Rialto. Scary Mommy’s millions of fans are brought together by the common theme that parenting doesn’t need to be perfect, and it is bringing its online community to the local community with a live show. Scary Mommy Live presents The Mother of All Comedy Shows Thursday, May 14th at the Rialto Square Theatre.

Featuring the brand’s honest and irreverent humor, Scary Mommy Live brings everything that millions of moms love about Scary Mommy’s online content to the stage. By speaking the unspoken truths about motherhood, Scary Mommies gain (and give) strength to each other and aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves.

The live show is designed to unite, entertain and uplift women and moms across the country through humor, compassion and empowerment. In addition to stand-up comedic sets, the live show will feature exclusive video content with cameos from the most popular Scary Mommy personalities.

Scary Mommy reaches millions of women daily with articles, original videos and its unique confessionals.  According to comScore partner Shareablee, Scary Mommy garners by far the most total social actions (shares, comments, and likes) and the most social actions per post in the family category.


Hard Rock Band Halestorm to Play Rialto Square Theatre

This morning, hard rock band Halestorm announced the addition of Rialto Square Theatre to their tour lineup. Halestorm with special guest Crobot will be taking the Rialto stage Monday, July 13, 2020 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, February 21, at 10:00am.

About Halestorm
Since their inception in 1998, Halestorm have toured extensively with a diverse variety of artists, including Eric Church, Joan Jett, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top and Evanescence. They’ve played around 2,500 dates around the world to date, and performed at festivals like Taste of Chaos and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Most recently, the band scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for “Best Rock Performance” for “Uncomfortable,” marking their second after their 2013 win for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” Loudwire named Lzzy (Halestorm frontwoman) their “2018 Rock Artist of the Year,” last year, and two years prior, she was named the “Dimebag Darrell Shredder of the Year” at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Both Halestorm and The Strange Case of… were certified Gold, further evidencing Halestorm’s massively supportive fanbase. Halestorm have also made history: “Love Bites (So Do I),” the hit single from The Strange Case of… ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., making Halestorm the first-ever female-fronted group to earn the top spot on the format.

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America to Play Rialto Square Theatre as Part of Their 50th Anniversary Tour

The VenuWorks-managed Rialto Square Theatre and NiteLite Promotions announced today that classic-rock favorite, America, will make Rialto Square Theatre part of their 50th anniversary tour Friday, November 20, 2020 at 8:00pm. Tickets will go on sale next Friday, February 21, at 10:00am.

Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Fifty years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

America’s journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics.

America’s albums–six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, History, hitting four plus million in sales–displayed a fuller range of the trio’s talents than did their singles. Their material encompassed an ambitious artistic swath; from effects-laden rockers to oddball medleys to soul-bearing ballads, America displayed a flawless blend of disparate genres and styles as wide-open as the great American plains.

From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America’s audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal. “I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally,” explains Beckley. “The Italians are huge fans of dance music, but they also love a ballad–they’re romantic at heart. It’s the same in the Far East. A lot of times in these countries, we see people singing along, and they don’t really know what the words mean. Music is truly the international language.”


Cult Comedy “Napoleon Dynamite” Showing and Conversation to be Held at Rialto Square Theatre

VenuWorks Presents Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Jon Gries

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 7:30pm
*Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 14 @ 10:00am*

It was announced this morning that the hit cult movie “Napoleon Dynamite” will be shown at Rialto Square Theatre on September 25, 2020, including a conversation with three of the actors afterwards.

Much has changed since the beloved indie classic “Napoleon Dynamite” was made almost 15 years ago, but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts. Appealing to the inner-teenager in each of us, the story, and more importantly the dialogue, makes “Napoleon Dynamite” one of the most quoted movies of our time. “Napoleon Dynamite” makes us laugh – and laugh hard – over and over again.

Napoleon Dynamite is a socially awkward 16-year-old from Preston, Idaho, who lives with his grandmother and his older brother. The film centers around Napoleon’s high school’s race for class president, where Napoleon is determined to help his friend Pedro beat popular girl Summer. In addition to navigating his high school life, Napoleon must also face the strange family dynamics back home.

This unique evening includes a full screening of “Napoleon Dynamite” followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members; Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

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John Kay of Steppenwolf to speak and perform at Rialto Square Theatre this April

VenuWorks Presents Born to be Wild! Rockstar to Wildlife Advocate John Kay of Steppenwolf

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 7:30pm
*Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 14 @ 10:00am*

It was announced this morning that John Kay, founder and lead singer of Steppenwolf, will be  speaking and performing at Rialto Square Theatre on April 8, 2020. John will discuss his journey from that of a Rockstar to wildlife advocate, followed by a 40-minute solo acoustic show.

This journey of transformation is John Kay’s inspirational speaking/multi-media historical trip through the riveting story of Steppenwolf the band – leading up to present day; John Kay the aweinspiring environmental/animal rights crusader. John was born in East Prussia behind the Iron Curtain, where he lived until him and his mother escaped to West Germany. He grew up listening to American rock ‘n’ roll heard on the U.S. Armed Forces Radio, which sparked his love for the genre. In 1958 he immigrated to Canada where he eventually joined the band The Sparrows. The band grew in popularity and made its way to LA’s Sunset Strip, where John formed Steppenwolf in 1967. Since then, John has been the front man of the “Born to Be Wild” band, throughout all its changes. In 2004, John and his wife Jutta created the Maue Kay Foundation. John now spends most of his time working at the Foundation on wildlife conservation and human rights projects, and performs a limited number of concerts with Steppenwolf each year.

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