Friday, August 26, 2016

Early October Events at the Kimmel

Kimmel Center for the
Performing Arts
          4 Exciting Shows
      Coming To The Kimmel
         In Early October
          for  Single Night
The legendary rock band KANSAS will perform their breakthrough album Leftoverture in its entirety for the first time ever on October 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at the Merriam Theater in association with BRE Presents. The band will be touring select cities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album with more than 6 million copies sold.  The performance will showcase two hours of classic Kansas songs including new songs from their soon-to-be- released album, The Prelude Implicit. Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks through the ‘70s and ‘80s and played to sold out audiences throughout North America, Europe and Japan. The group was recently inducted into both the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. 

Slate, the daily web magazine that explains and analyzes the world in a humorous and intelligent way, has partnered with the renowned Chicago-based comedy theater The Second City, to produce a traveling election-themed live political comedy show. Entitled, “Unelectable You,” the show will be coming to the Meriam Theater on October 7, 2016. At 8:00 p.m. In addition to the talents of The Second City, the Slate/ Second City collaboration will incorporate Slate writers and personalities into each show.    With both scripted and improvisational portions, the production will explore a plethora of topics among them: campaign trail scandals, what makes a candidate electable, and how voters consume  political news. “With the Presidential election right around the corner, this show is a fantastic opportunity to experience news in a hilarious light,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more, visit

Joan Baez celebrates her 75th birthday with a special tour on which she will be joined by fellow singer and song-writer Mary Chaplin Carpenter.  The two will appear at the Academy of Music on Sunday October 9 at 7:30 p.m.    
 This show is presented in association with Larry Magid Entertainment and features songs spanning Baez’s career. Joan Baez, a musical force of nature and celebrated activist, introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr. and participated in early Amnesty International Tours. 50 years later Joan Baez is still making her voice known both musically and politically. Mary Chaplin Carpenter began her music career in the late ‘80s and has recorded recorded 14 albums which have sold more than 14 million records. She has been awarded numerous awards, among them five Grammy Awards, two GMA Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids along with other special guests come together for Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees – an evening of acoustic songs to benefit Jesuit Refugee Service’s (JRS) Global Education Initiative. All proceeds from the concert on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Merriam Theater will help provide educational opportunities for refugees living in camps and in urban settings worldwide. With more than 1400 workers, JRS operates programs in over 45 countries.

Tickets for all shows are available now and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales for 10 or more can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883.  More information at  

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