The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir was founded in 1950 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Ambassador Artist for Peace, Mr. Julien Jouga (1931-2001). The Choir is composed of the Cathedral’s chorale, that of St. Joseph’s of Medina, who each Sunday, in the heart of Dakar’s most working-class neighborhood, interpret Gospel/Negro Spirituals, traditional African Songs and the magnificent masses that Jouga composed in his country’s four national languages: Ouolof, Diola, Sérère and Portuguese Creole. The voices – to which drums, guitar and kora are occasionally added – rise in a local polyphony invented by Mr. Jouga, testifying at the same time not only to his mastery of language, but to his profound knowledge of his country’s rhythms and music traditions. The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir will be at the Ferguson Center in Newport News on October 2 at 7:30 p.m. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role. Most recently in 2013, Nick performed in “Grown Ups 2,” the sequel to the hit film “Grown Ups” in which Nick also performed, and “Back in the Day” in 2014. The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first struck feature success in writing "Malibu's Most Wanted" for Warner Brother Studios, which starred Jamie Kennedy. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing or co-writing and producing such projects as "Grandma's Boy," "Benchwarmers" and co-producing "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" with Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Swardson will be performing October 4 at 8 p.m. at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
Actor and comedian Mike Epps has been bringing tears of hilarity to peoples' eyes ever since joining the Def Comedy Jam tour in 1995. Known for his hilarious impersonations of stoner life in films like How High and Next Friday, Epps adds pop culture and current events to his list of targets during his side-splitting stand-up act. Fresh off a spate of hat-tipping live concerts shows in 2013, Epps is set for another banner year, embarking on the worldwide After Dark Tour coming to Hampton Coliseum on October 4 at 8 p.m. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! featuring characters from children’s television hit, Sesame Street, arrives at the Ted Constant Center October 3-5. Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties and audience participation. Elmo uses his imagination to do the robot, Cookie Monster teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and much more! Characters from the show join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them. It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced before! As seen on television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written script, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
One of the most successful rock groups in history, Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in, of all places, Chicago, Ill. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. They are second only to The Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands. They have sold over 38 million units in the U.S., with 22 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. Chicago will be at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth on September 26 at 8 p.m. Enter now to win a pair of tickets!
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