The Turlock Community Theatre’s long-standing tradition of bringing top-notch performers to town is about to add another year to the list as the 2012-13 season features a stellar line-up of musicians, comedians and entertainers.
“We always try to appeal to as many people as we can,” said Kit Casey, manager of the Turlock Community Theatre.
While the line-up has quite a bang already, Casey said the theatre tries to book additional acts throughout the season.
If people are in the mood for some “Footloose” rock-n-roll, then they’ll want to be at the theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 when singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins comes to town. With a musical background that spans from smooth jazz to country to rock-n-roll, Loggins brings something to the table for a wide variety of fans. Best known for songs such as “Footloose,” “Danger Zone” and “Celebrate Me Home,” Loggins has had hit songs in four straight decades. Tickets for Loggins are $49, $69, and $79.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia opens up about his romantic blunders and foibles in his show, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” which comes to Turlock at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" was nominated for both the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Birbiglia’s show is intended for mature audiences. Tickets for the show are $27, $33, and $36.
The legendary band The Eagles may not be planning any reunion special anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean fans have to be deprived of live performances. Into that void steps, Hotel California, “A Salute to the Eagles.” Hotel California has blended together a sound and style that captures the authenticity of The Eagles recorded music. Each concert features a showcase of some of The Eagles mega-hits such as "Take it Easy," "Heartache Tonight," and "Hotel California" as well as newer releases, "Get Over It" and "Love will Keep Us Alive." The group also performs select titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. The show, set for 8 p.m. Nov. 24, is sponsored by Castle Air Museum. Tickets are $38 and $48.
Santa Claus may come to Turlock in December, but this year singer Aaron Neville will get here first, with his soulful show, “Christmas with Aaron Neville.” His body of work over the past five decades has earned him numerous Grammy nominations and Grammy awards. The New Orleans native has said that his faith has sustained him through the hard times in his life and that he brings his devotion out in song. His line-up includes holiday classics, as well as some original songs. Neville’s show is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets are $32, $42, and $52.
Grammy winning blues artist Jonny Lang will bring his original sound to the stage for a show at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 2013. Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting. In 2004, Eric Clapton asked Lang to play at the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua. Tickets for the show are $32, $42, and $52.
For more than four decades The Temptations have been churning out hit tunes like “My Girl” that make audiences around the world hum and sing. The line-up of the original five may have changed over the years, but their Motown harmony has remained true. The current lineup consists of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Bruce Williamson and they’ll be in town for a show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2013. Tickets are $37, $49, and $59.
From their early days in East Los Angeles, Los Lobos found success by blending in Mexican folk music with blues and rock. Now, three decades later and numerous albums, and multiple Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for their cover of "La Bamba," Los Lobos have successfully made their mark with audiences the world over. They’ll be rolling into Turlock for a show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2013. Tickets are $35, $42, and $49.
NPR Humorist and Best-selling Author of “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” David Sedaris is bringing his sardonic wit and social observations to the stage for a show at 7:30 p.m. May 7. Sedaris' pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in "The Best American Essays." His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was published in September 2010 and immediately hit the NYT Bestseller Fiction List. Sedaris has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. Tickets for the show are $39, $52, and $62.
Joan Rivers has been called plenty of things, but lazy would not be one of them. She’s an internationally renowned comedienne, Tony-nominated actress, best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning television talk show host, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, jewelry designer and cosmetic company entrepreneur, red carpet fashion laureate, businesswoman -- and most importantly, a proud mother and grandmother. Her 11th book, “I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me” was released in June. Rivers will be performing in Turlock at 7:30 p.m. May 17. Tickets are $49, $59, and $69.
Season and individual tickets can be purchased at the Turlock Community Theatre’s box office by calling 668-1169; or online at turlocktheatre.org; or in person at 1574 E. Canal Dr.