Are you sick and tried of plopping yourself in front of the TV night after night or can’t remember the last time you and your spouse did something other than dinner for date night? If you said yes to either of these questions, it’s time to experience the grandeur of the Meyer Theatre.
The historic venue opened on Valentine’s Day 1930 as the Fox Theatre. The ornate decor made it one of the premiere vaudeville and movie palaces in Northeast Wisconsin. Many of us probably remember it better as the Bay Theatre, which closed its doors in 1998. But for more than decade now the marquee has displayed the Meyer Theatre name. With the charm of its past incarnations preserved, the Meyer is what I would call the cultural hub of downtown Green Bay.
The theatre is leading a renaissance in Green Bay’s performing arts scene. With a diverse selection of bookings of local and national acclaim, this treasure has a little bit of something for everyone.
During the next three months, you’ll find a mix of music and comedy entertaining audiences at the Meyer Theatre. Here is WhooNEW’s list of can’t miss shows that will hopefully get you out of your house and breaking your routine.
1. Tommy Emmanuel: Live in Concert! – Sept. 11th @ 7:30 p.m.
If I could be any place in the world on September 11th, I’d in the front row marveling at Tommy Emmanuel’s 10-diget finger style guitar playing. Inspired after hearing Chet Atkins on the radio at age 7, this Australian guitar god is a master showman and living legend.
Tickets are already on sale and run $39.50 and $29.50 for reserved seats. Don’t delay in ordering because I guarantee you won’t want to be stuck in the back row as Emmanuel unleashes his mesmerizing guitar skills.
2. Sam & Ruby Reunion Concert – Sept. 12th @ 7:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for a night on the town and a chance to support a good cause, you’ll want to check out this musical duo. Sam Brooker, a Green Bay native, and Ruby Amanfu are probably best known for their acclaimed 2009 release The Here and the Now. A complementary mix of folk, country, and soul the album featured a number of memorable tracks including “Heaven’s My Home” which was featured in the film The Secret Life of Bees.
This one night only event benefits The Jackie Nitschke Center.
Tickets are $25 with all seats reserved.
3. Steve March-Tormé “Snap, Sizzle, Pop” – Sept. 14th @ 8:00 p.m.
If you want a finger-snapping good time check out the smooth and immensely talented Steve March-Tormé. The pop-jazz singer/songwriter is the son of the legendary Mel Tormé. When not entertaining audiences worldwide, Steve calls Appleton, Wisconsin home.
“Snap, Sizzle, Pop” is filled with jazz standards and enduring pop tunes that showcase March-Tormé’s captivating and charismatic style.
Tickets are $30 for reserved seats.
4. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Sept. 25th @ 7:30 p.m.
Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, Preservation Hall Jazz Band had to cancel its show at the Meyer Theatre on Sept. 25th. Anyone who purchased a ticket with a credit card will have their accounts credited in the next 3 days. Ticket holders who purchased with cash or check must bring their tickets to the Resch Center box office for a refund or must send their tickets and their information to:
PO Box 10567
Green Bay, WI 54304
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s line-up has varied since its formation in the early-1960s, but its mission is the same – to spread the sound of New Orleans jazz around the world. On September 25th that sound will fill the acoustically stellar Meyer Theatre.
Fresh off the release of a new album That’s It! and back-to-back appearances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” this concert will be an experience unlike no other. If you’re jazz-starved or just looking to expand your music-listening experience, in my opinion this is the one show on this list you can’t miss.
Tickets for Preservation Hall Jazz Band are $55 or $35 per person. There are also $20 student tickets available. (4 per I.D.)
5. Near Water Concert Series Presents: Family of the Year – Sept. 29th @ 7:00 p.m.
I’m a huge advocate for what the Near Water Concert Series has accomplished in the past year. The emerging artists series has humbled me as a music hunter. Just when I thought I knew every band under the sun, a new booking surprises me and my ear buds. Family of the Year is one of those announcements. Honestly, this concert can’t come soon enough. It has me marking off the days on my calendar.
Family of the Year is a remarkable indie rock group based in Los Angeles. FOTY has played with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, and Gomez. With a playful yet sophisticated collection of songs like “St. Croix” and “Hero,” I’m expecting this concert to be energetic and blissful.
6. Near Water Concert Series Presents: Steven Roth – Oct. 2nd @ 7:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for an artist with a cool vintage rock vibe, Steven Roth is your man. Roth’s sound is completely different from anything I’ve heard as part of the Near Water Concert Series. His voice is a resonant force that’s earned him the honor of opening for rock legends The Who and Robert Plant.
Roth’s debut album Let It In showcases his versatility both as a singer and multi-instrumentalist. My personal favorites on this album are the tracks “Make You Love Me”, “Get Back Jack”, and “Dancin’ in the Fire.”
I purposely didn’t include the ticket price for Family of the Year because Near Water is offering an amazing two show deal. You can get 1 ticket to FOTY and 1 ticket to Steven Roth for just $20.If you purchase individual tickets it’ll cost you 15 bucks, so why not see two shows instead of one.
7. Arlo Guthrie’s Here Come The Kids Tour – Oct. 8th @ 7:30 p.m.
Being a folk singer is in Arlo Guthrie’s pedigree. For the past year Arlo’s been on tour celebrating his father Woody’s centennial. “The Here Come The Kids Tour” focuses on the best-loved songs and stories of the Guthrie family.
Where else are you going to hear “This Land is Your Land” and “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” on the same night? I can almost guarantee nowhere else, expect the Meyer Theatre on October 8th.
Tickets for this show are $40 for orchestra and grand tier, $35 for mezzanine.
8. David Sedaris – Nov. 5th @ 8:00 p.m.
Don’t think of this as an author giving a book talk. Think about it as a comedy show. David Sedaris is easily at the top of my list of great American humor writers. If you haven’t read Sedaris, you’re missing out. Go to the library, bookstore, or download one of his gut-busting books.
Once you’re schooled on the world of Sedaris, call the Meyer Theatre box office and purchase your tickets for this reserved seat event. Tickets are $39.50.
9. Jim Belushi & Chicago Board of Comedy – Nov. 7th @ 8:00 p.m.
Jim Belushi has a ton a famous credits to his name: Second City, Saturday Night Live, According to Jim, and younger brother of John Belushi. But this funny man is also a master improv comic that loves to get the audience involved in the show. Click here to get the scoop on his hilarious supporting cast.
Tickets are $45 for grand tier and orchestra, $40 mezzanine.
The Meyer Theatre has plenty of other great shows coming up. You can check out the full event calendar by clicking here. If you’d like to purchase tickets for any of the events on the list, you can do so online through Ticket Star.
If there’s anything I left off this list that you’re excited to see, please let us known in the comment section below. WhooNEW always appreciates your feedback and participation.
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