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    Freedom Hall 2016-2017 Main Series Concerts and Comedy

    Freedom Hall Main Series kicks off the season with Stand-Up Comedian, Tom Dreesen in our Nathan Manilow Theatre. Also performing in our 2016-2017 season will be Blues Queen, Shemekia Copeland; R&B legend Booker T. Jones, Masters of Soul, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Tom Sharpe Ensemble.


    The Stand-Up Comedy of Tom Dreesen and His Memories of Frank Sinatra – SOLD OUT

    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    7:30 p.m. – Tickets $35  (Season Subscriber $31)

    In this unforgettable performance, Tom Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown of Harvey, hearing Sinatra on the jukebox to one day touring the nation as his opening act flying in his private jet and staying up with Frank till dawn, night after night.

    “It’s filled with funny jokes – clean because that’s the way Sinatra wanted them – and poignant stories about being on the road with the Chairman of the Board that you won’t hear anyplace else.”
    — Los Angeles Daily News

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    This performance is sponsored by Friends of Freedom Hall and WVLI-92.7FM


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    Blues Singer Shemekia Copeland

    Shemekia Copeland

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30  (Season Subscriber $26)

    Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music power and a heart-pounding urgency. Dubbed as the new “Queen of the Blues,” she has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, and has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.

    “Copeland embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops.”
    — National Public Radio

    Read more about Shemekia Copeland and view videos.

    This performance is sponsored by Baxter & Woodman, Inc. and J. Murray & Associates

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    Booker T. Jones

    Booker T. Jones

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

    7:30 p.m. – Tickets $35  (Season Subscriber $31)

    Booker T. Jones set the cast for modern soul music with classic hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot”. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. His newest album Sound the Alarm, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again!

    “On opener “Sound the Alarm,” the lead guitar riff and Hawthorne’s vocals slink around snappy percussion, and “Fun” finds Jones constructing a thumping piece of instrumental pop blues.”
    — Rolling Stone

    Read more about Booker T. Jones and view videos.

    This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Bimba Manufacturing

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    Masters of Soul

    Masters of Soul

    Friday, December 2, 2016
    Saturday, December 3, 2016 – SOLD OUT

    7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30  (Season Subscriber $26)

    An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! MASTERS OF SOUL is a celebration of the Motown era featuring hits from the Temptations – Gladys Knight & the Pips – Marvin Gaye – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Four Tops – Diana Ross & Supremes and many more!

    “Three sold out shows with standing ovations in each show! They were easy, easy, easy to work with and their show was flawless, absolutely flawless. Our audience loved them and they were the bomb, soup to nuts. Our tech crew loved them, our audience loved them and we want to have them back. One of the best cover shows we’ve ever had. I can’t say enough good things. Just terrific, this is a real hit!”
    — Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head, SC

    Read more about Masters of Soul and view videos.

    This performance is sponsored by Kluger Furs and J. Murray & Associates

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    Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo – SOLD OUT

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    3:00 p.m. – Tickets $35  (Season Subscriber $31)

    For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony  to millions. The newer members  have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come.

    “Mr. Shabalala, singing above the basses, has a sweet, hushed tenor that whispers and swoops and quivers, gentle yet fervent. In the formality of Carnegie Hall, the songs came across not as jovial workers’ entertainment, but as something more somber: music that had survived sorrows to find benedictions in the aftermath.”
    — New York Times

    Read more about Ladysmith Black Mambazo and view videos.

    This performance is sponsored by Hammond Investment Management, LLC and J. Murray & Associates

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    Tom Sharpe

    Tom Sharpe Ensemble

    Friday, March 10, 2017

    7:30 p.m. – Tickets $25  (Season Subscriber $21)

    Tom Sharpe is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller and an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer and the creator of his own group, the Tom Sharpe Ensemble. His original music is a percussive symphony – a sonic and visual feast for the senses. Weaving together powerful elements of sound and rhythm, Tom is equally proficient on a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments. Seamlessly blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral, and rock music. Tom’s high energy, passion, and emotion, combined with superb musicality, leave audiences amazed and inspired!

    “He is a true artist, creating his own music in a manner fitting to the desires of the audience while stretching their imagination.”
    — Benedictine University

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    This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Homewood/Star Disposal

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