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Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts Fall 2018 Preview

Schaumburg, IL (August 21, 2018) – The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts has an exciting 2018-19 season planned, and it kicks off on Saturday, September 22 with The Petty Kings and 70s FM Radio Rock.
Don’t miss this remarkable double-bill of ‘70s FM Radio Rock and the Petty Kings, produced exclusively for the Prairie Center. Get ready to step into a music time machine, back to the days of feathered hair, mood rings, and album-oriented rock. ’70s FM, featuring Chicago’s best session players and singers, is a multimedia tribute to the hits of the decade by artists including Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller, The Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, Aerosmith and others.
The Season of Entertainment opener continues with The Petty Kings, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band. The music of Tom Petty continues to define rock and roll at its best, and the Petty Kings faithfully remind us of the legacy Petty left behind with songs such as “American Girl,” “Free Fallin’,” “Won’t Back Down,” “Breakdown,” “The Waiting,” and so many more.
On Saturday, September 29, Harmonic Brass comes to the Prairie Center stage. Renowned for a big elegant brass sound that’s been heard around the world, Harmonic Brass has been performing since 1991 at venues that include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. The charming ensemble switches from serious musical works to bubbly lighthearted fare without missing a beat, delivering a performance that combines the highest standards of musicianship with wit, class, and, at times, a touch of silliness.
The Subdudes & BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet perform Sunday, October 14. Tickets are going fast for this performance of this New Orleans-formed group, considered a living encapsulation of American music. The Subdudes feature a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness – not to mention some of the sharpest ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians. And for the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet.
For a truly unique entertainment experience, witness one of the most innovative illusionists in the world, Vitaly Beckman, at the Prairie Center on Saturday, October 20. Brace yourself for a whole new take on magic and step into Vitaly’s world. Blending art and illusion with his captivating style, Vitaly’s one-of-a-kind theatrical experience retraces his journey from a boy with a dream to a man with a vision.
This fall brings two lecture series speakers to the Prairie Center. Charles Troy presents Cole Porter’s Top Ten List Songs on Sunday, October 14 at 1pm. An American Songbook expert, Troy takes on the seemingly impossible task of ranking the very best songs by Cole Porter, whose vast repertoire of compositions draws from over 30 stage and film musicals. Employing a seamless blend of music, original graphics, vintage photos, and historic video, Troy pores through Porter’s musical catalog to announce the top 10 songs by this showbiz legend.
On Sunday, November 18, Ellie Carlson brings activist Carry Nation to life in Carry Nation: The Famous and Original Barroom Smasher. She was lauded by reformers, damned by politicians and often courted by saloon owners who knew a “smashing” by Carry could bring acclaim to their establishment. Historian and performer Ellie Carlson portrays Nation in the early 1900s when she traversed the Midwest and even the British Isles to spread her message of temperance, sobriety, and Home Defense.
Tickets for these and all Prairie Center shows are available at or by calling the box office at 847/895-3600. The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg, IL.
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