Sha Na Na, Melissa Manchester and Mark Russell will appear in Sidney during the Gateway Arts Council Presents 2014-15 series.
The council announced its next season line-up Sunday before its presentation of the Association at Sidney High School. Series tickets are now on sale to current subscribers only. Sales will open to the public in about a month.
Russell will open the season on Nov. 16. Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to poke musical fun at the often absurd political process. Beloved as the host of a long-running comedy special on PBS, piano-playing political satirist Russell will be regales the audience with material ripped straight from the headlines. By Nov. 16, the political campaign season will be over, but the fun will keep on coming. Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award, the nation’s most prestigious comedy honor, and has made him a popular favorite on PBS.
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/actress Melissa Manchester will visit the Sidney High School stage Feb. 15. Manchester will perform Top Ten hit tunes, including “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue,” “Come in from the Rain,” “Through The Eyes of Love” and “Whenever I Call You Friend.” Her soft and smoky vocals are joyful and romantic, hopeful and reflective. She is known as one of the finest lyricists of the 1970s and 1980s music scene, scoring significant industry awards and honors for herself, as well as for peers who also recorded her songs, including Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea and Cleo Laine, to name a few. Manchester’s decades-long stretch as a performance diva includes a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” and recognition as the first singer ever to receive two Academy Award nominations in one year for movie theme songs.
Sha Na Na will perform some of the greatest hits of the 1950s and 1960s in their live concert. Sha Na Na brings their rock & roll celebration, which highlights their four-decade journey from Woodstock, the movie, “Grease” (they did the entire soundtrack), “THE Sha Na Na TV Show” and their world-wide concert touring. The group began in the late ’60s as The Kingsmen, and since then, they have toured the world, performing in concert, on their own TV show, and in the most successful documentary (“Woodstock”) and musical (“Grease”) films of all time. Jocko, Donny, Lennie, “Screamin” Scott, Chico and the gang will perform pop and rock hits, including songs like “Charlie Brown,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” “Splish Splash,” “Witch Doctor” and “Wooly Bully,” just to name a few.
The Sidney Daily News will announce the public sale of tickets in a few weeks.