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Presented by the Entertainment Series of Irving, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will take the stage of the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30pm.  The music of the Beatles broke the rock and roll mold, as we knew it, and the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band has a similar spirit of innovation with the songs already loved by the world.

 

This modern bluegrass band will celebrate the wonder of the “Beatles” by playing and singing some of the best music composed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.  Basically, it is an acoustic version of the Beatles with a little experimentation thrown in the mix, creating familiar songs, from instruments you probably would not expect, played in an unusual way, resulting in a very pleasing sound.  This band will transport the listeners on a “magical mystery tour” all their own, smiling all the way.

 

Tickets are available at the Irving Arts Center box office Tues.-Sat noon-5pm at 972-252-2787 as well as online 24/7 https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/esi

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Ilya Yakushev

Award winning Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev will take center stage at the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 2, presented by the Entertainment Series of Irving .  His talent has astounded audiences around the world. The performance includes a multimedia imaging that will bring the music to life around you.  Tickets are available at the Irving Arts Center Box Office 972-252-2787 Tues-Sat noon-5pm or online at https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/esi anytime.  To enjoy a preview, click

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFFilOKqNJU&feature=youtu.be

 

This project is funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board and the generous donations of many individuals. Bringing audiences together since 1955, the Entertainment Series of Irving is an all volunteer board.

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Kraig Parker - The King Lives

Kraig Parker will take the stage Friday, January 11, at 7:30pm in the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur. Kraig Parker has been performing his award winning tribute to Elvis Presley for nearly 20 years.  Performing with his own 10 piece Royal Tribute Band, Parker will be introduced by Charles Stone, tour producer for Elvis from 1970-1977.

In additional to the great Elvis music, concert attendees will have a chance to enjoy an exhibit of true Elvis memorabilia.  Collected over the years, this personal collection will spark many memories.  Concert goers are encouraged to wear something from the Elvis era as well as stay for birthday cake following the concert.  For tickets, call the Irving Arts Center box office at 972-252-2787 or visit https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/esi .

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Kraig Parker

Kraig Parker, the ultimate image of Elvis Presley, will take center stage in Carpenter Hall on Friday, January 11, at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur. Along with the Royal Tribute Band and Brass, The King Lives – Elvis Birthday concert will begin at 7:30pm.  Tickets are available at https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/esi  or call 972-252-2787.  A few tickets remain for the pre-show Meet and Greet as well.

 

Parker has performed for astonished crowds from Vegas to London.  He has the looks, the voice, and the moves of Elvis Presley, making it memorable evening.   Charles Stone, former tour director for Elvis Presley 1970-1977, will be on hand to introduce the evening.

 

Entertainment Series of Irving was founded in 1955 and continues to bring quality performances to Irving for the community.  For more information about ESI and a short Kraig Parker video, visit www.entertainmentseries.com.  This project is funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.

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Imagine an evening where comedy, music, magic, juggling, acrobatics, and dancing worked together to surprise and amaze young and old audiences everywhere.  A madcap night of physical comedy based on the simple premise of a virtuoso pianist (Thiago Nacimento) trying to play a classical concert.  The New York Goofs will take the stage in the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur, on Friday, November 16, at 7:30pm, as part of the Entertainment Series of Irving’s fall season.

Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley have been life partners and performing partners for the past twenty years, during which time they have headlined at circuses and festivals worldwide.  After their time directing the clowns for The Greatest Show on Earth and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, they created the clown troupe, The New York Goofs

Tiffany Riley, a graduate from MacArthur High School, first worked at Sesame Place in Irving as the costumed character Ernie (of Bert & Ernie) before going on tour with the Muppet Show and Sesame Street Live, and ultimately to the LA Circus, which opened her passion for clowning and physical comedy.  She became the first female clown to be featured in The Big Apple Circus in New York City.

Dick Monday, originally from Nebraska, became the Director of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown Collage following his graduation at the University of Maryland. He has also been the featured act with The Big Apple Circus, Circus Sarasota, Circo Atayde in Mexico, plus many other circuses.  He recently wrote, directed and performed in the Shanghai International Comedy Festival.

Together they have formed the clown troupe, The New York Goofs, Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse and the Funnyatrics Clown Program  They have now brought all endeavors under the label, Laughter League, which is a nonprofit organization, and can be found performing in hospitals from Boston to Texas, proving laughter is the best medicine for many.   

For ticket information, contact the Irving Arts Center box office at  https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/esi     or call 972-252-2787.

This project is funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Center board.

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Not Fade Away

Kicking off the 2018-2019 season for the Entertainment Series of Irving will be the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, the Beach Boys, Elvis, the Beatles and others.  Celebrate over 50 years of Rock n’ Roll hits with the high-energy Buddy Holly tribute band, Not Fade Away, in a special concert at the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 North MacArthur, on Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm.  Single tickets are $25 (plus $1.50 venue fee) for all seats; discounted admission is available for students and educators. 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 972-252-ARTS (2787) or visit  https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/esi   For a video, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeXRCvaidsQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Not Fade Away was created out of the survival of this incredible, legendary and important music created well over 50 years ago. Having also been a part of many standard tribute shows, Not Fade Away wants to create a new show that will keep this music relevant, give it edge, bring it into today’s music scene, while not forgetting the importance of the music’s place in history and the impact it had on the world. They’re not just looking to dwell on “The Day the Music Died”. These greats were more than their last night on Earth; they were the pioneers of Rock n’ Roll. They gifted an energetic new kind of music, changing the landscape for an entire generation of music listeners and music makers alike. Not Fade Away hopes to revamp and re-gift those songs to a new generation so that they may last another 50 years.

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Tom Becker tribute to John Denver

JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE BY TOM BECKER,

 FORMER MEMBER OF THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS

FRIDAY, MAY 18, AT 7:30PM

IRVING ARTS CENTER CARPENTER HALL

3333 N. MACARTHUR, IRVING 75062

 

 

Entertainment Series of Irving presents Tom Becker, former member of the legendary folk group, The New Christy Minstrels on Friday, May 18, at 7:30pm.  The concert will be held in the Irving Arts Center Carpenter hall.   This intimate performance will embody the warmth, humor and timeless songs of one of America’s best-loved songwriters, John Denver!

From the foot-stomping fun of “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy,” to the tenderness of Annie’s Song,” to the sweeping grandeur of “Rocky Mountain High” – Tom and his band take you on a musical journey into the many facets of John Denver’s songwriting, the songs that defined his life, and his passion for preserving the environment.

 

Tickets are available at the Irving Arts Center Box Office Tues-Sat noon – 5pm, 972-252-ARTS (2787) or online 24/7 at  https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/online/article/esi

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Duo Baldo in concert

Duo Baldo will be the next concert for the Entertainment Series of Irving on Friday, March 16, at 7:30pm in the Carpenter Hall of the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur.

Violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor and pop culture in critically-acclaimed performances. Brad performs on a 1736 Testore violin and Aldo performs on whatever piano he can find. High energy classical music with comedy and a touch of slapstick.  To view a sample of their concert, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICsULfbN7O0

Prior to the concert of Duo Baldo, the Irving Silvertones will provide a free pre-concert in the lobby of the Carpenter Hall at 6:40pm.  This long time community favorite choir is under the direction of Woody Schober.

For ticketing information on Duo Baldo, contact the Irving Arts Center box office Tues-Sat noon-5pm at 972-252-2787 or online at https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/online/article/esi

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Kraig Parker - Elvis

Kicking off the Elvis Presley birthday weekend celebration, international award winning artist Kraig Parker will perform in “The King Lives” on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall, 3333 North MacArthur, at 7:30pm.  Tickets are available through the Irving Arts Center box office 972-252-2787 or online 24/7 at                                                                                                        

https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/online/article/esi

A limited number of tickets for  “meet and greet” before the concert are also available.

 In a world renowned tribute to Elvis Presley, the show will set your heart on fire and get you "all shook up!" Experience the timeless hits of the King of rock and roll like never before, by one of the best in the business. Backed by the amazing Royal Tribute Band and Orchestra.

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Allan Conner

The Allan Conner Show will perform a one evening concert on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm in the Carpenter Hall of the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur in Irving.  Presented by the Entertainment Series of Irving, “retro never sounded so new” when this Vegas styled variety show features the voice of Allan Conner along with a band of seven musicians.   Allan takes his years of headlining shows from all over the U.S. as you travel a musical journey of the greatest songs from the 40’s, 50’s to the 70’s.  From Sinatra to Diamond and everything in between, the energy, showmanship and musical talent will make this show a night to remember.

 

Visit www.entertainmentmentseries.com to sample the music and for more information.  Tickets are available at the Irving Arts Center box office 972-252-ARTS or online at https://tickets.irvingartscenter.com/online/article/esi