Joe Bonamassa at Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre

Hey, guitar fans – get ready to plagiarize new licks on your axe. Blues-rock artist Joe Bonamassa is coming to the Fort at 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014.

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Look to the Embassy Theatre to lay down the red carpet for the superstar who said, “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it and I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

And his latest gorgeous album, “Different Shades of Blue” is worthy of a fall-on-your-knees drum roll. Released September 23, it is his first solo studio album in two years with all original music. Check out “Never Give All of Your Heart,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “Trouble Town” and more outstanding songs on the album.

This dude has been playing guitar since toddlerhood. His father bought him his first electric guitar when he was 5 years old, and he opened for BB King when he was only 12. That first gig began his outstanding professional career and currently, he has 12 #1 Billboard Blues albums to his name.

GRAMMY-nominated Bonamassa, who has recorded a plethora of albums since 2000, plays approximately 125 shows a year, and has a collection of guitars – standing at 175 at the time of this writing. When he went on his first Australian tour, almost 30 of his instruments – both acoustic and electric – traveled with him. One of his collector guitars, his first 1959 Les Paul, has been nicknamed “Magellan” because it, “circumnavigated the globe,” said Bonamassa, who has at least 200 amps in his music instrument collection.

Come and experience one of the greatest guitarists of today’s blues /rock world – this is ear candy at its best! Ticket prices are $99, $89, $79 and $69 and tickets are on sale at the Embassy Theater (124 W. Jefferson Blvd, 46802) box office or call 260-424-5665. Or order from www.Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

Barb

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Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .

Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort

Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort.  Why? With so many options for fine dining and art, it’s hard not to fall in love again. Maybe it’s a special anniversary. Or maybe it’s “just because.” Either way, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your love in Fort Wayne. Here are a few of my favorite.

Start with a fine meal. Paula’s on Main has the best seafood I’ve had in this town. You can’t come wrong with splitting an order of their crabcakes as an appetizer. I recommend the fish tacos for the entree. And be sure to ask to sit in Karen’s section. She’ll take care of you. Reservations are recommended on the weekend.

Baker Street always knocks it out of the park. Their menu is impressive, with a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options. You’ll die for their pretzel bread, too!

Josh Serving Sundaes at AR 300x165 Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort No great meal is complete without dessert! We suggest popping into one of DeBrand’s stores to share one of their desserts. I recommend the chocolate lover’s cheesecake–a double layer of silky chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust, garnished with chocolate curls and dark chocolate. Yum!

Complement your meal with some art. After you’ve satisfied your palate, it’s time to cater to your artistic side. If you and your partner are Broadway junkies, you’ve come to the right place. You can catch a total of six Broadway productions at our historic Embassy Theatre.

If musicals aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There is plenty else to do to satisfy your artistic itch. The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre never fails to impress.  Presenting a variety of comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals each season, the Civic Theatre showcases outstanding volunteer talent on and off stage.

Any classical music fans out there? The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is a first-class organization. With about 300 performances a year, you’re sure to catch one.

So go ahead…fall in love with each other all over again as you fall in love with our fair city!

About

Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

Jerry Seinfeld Live at Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre!

Bust out the puffy shirts, folks, because the cat – meowwwwwww! – is out of the bag! Jerry Seinfeld will be performing live at Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

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Seinfeld to perform in the Fort on November 6

Tickets are on sale NOW, so if you want to see him, you need to act fast! You can get tickets at the Embassy’s box office, online via Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000. Ticket prices range from $125 (gold circle) – $81 – $65 – $48.

I think most of us were addicts of Seinfeld’s hit TV show, either in real-time or syndication. For me, it was real time during college. Nothing  could tear me away from watching him on Thursday nights. Not going out with friends, dates or studying (shh!).  The end of that show was literally the end of an era. My college friends and I still “speak Seinfeld” on a regular basis.

Man Hands, the Sidler, the Close-Talker, Festivus, “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” and on and on….let’s just say I’ve been known to break out into the Elaine dance from time to time.

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Jerry talks with Louis C.K. in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

For even more Seinfeld goodness, be sure to check out his current hit web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” New episodes are available on Thursdays at 12 p.m., but be sure to watch all of the previous episodes as well!

More Info

Click here for more upcoming events at The Embassy.

The Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Insider’s Tip: Plan to get to the show early to avoid the 6:45 crowds. Great options for a pre-show early dinner or post-show late one are JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House, Champion’s Restaurant and Sports Bar or The Phoenix.

Wendy Sack

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Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Ben Folds Live With the Fort Wayne Philharmonic

I can trace my first musical memory back to 1981 when I heard what would become my first favorite song – The J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold.” Yes, when I was four years old, my favorite song was “Centerfold.” Now don’t worry, it would be a few years before I actually knew what the song was about, but what I did know instantly – what I felt instantly – was the power of music. It was the first in a series of thousands of moments: middle school musicals, high school dances, late nights alone with my headphones on, live performances, and everything in between. One of the artists of whom I have many musical memories, Ben Folds, returns to the Summit City to perform with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on October 17, 2014, at the Historic Embassy Theatre.

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I first saw Ben Folds Five (Ben plus bandmates Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge) in 1997; this October, I’ll be seeing him for what is, I think, the fourteenth time. Ben Folds is best known for the 1998 hit single “Brick,” a great pop song infused with genuine melancholy. It’s the infusion of emotion – regret, longing, love – that makes Folds such a dynamic singer-songwriter, one whose closest pop analogue is Elton John. And like Elton John, there is a playfulness to his music as well, a playfulness that finds its way into his live performances, where there are multi-part sing-alongs, music theory lessons, and gangsta rap covers. He is one of the few artists I’ve seen who has the ability to captivate an audience whether alone on stage or backed by an entire orchestra.

It’s time to make some new musical memories, folks. Whether this is your first or fourteenth time seeing Ben Folds, you’ll have an amazing time. Tickets are still available and range from $32 to $70 (certain fees may apply). Purchase your tickets at the Embassy Theatre box office or online at https://tickets.artstix.org.

Mike

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Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as a college librarian, and his many geek obsessions.

Los Lobos Howls into Fort Wayne

The wolves are coming!

Or, if you prefer, in Spanish, Los Lobos will be on the prowl at the Foellinger Theatre Summer Concert / Movie Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014.

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The Chicano band, begun in 1973 in East Los Angeles, CA, has won multiple Grammy Awards and has produced several albums, compilations, DVDs, singles, and featured singles. Their music is a fusion of rock, country, R & B, cowpunk and time-honored Latin and Mexican boleros, norteños and cumbia, with some music being performed bi-lingually.

Their band lineup consists of David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle), Louie P Pérez (vocals, guitar, drums, chordophone), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar, baja sexto), Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass, guitarrón mexicano), Steve Berlin (keyboards, horns), and Enrique Gonzalez (drums, percussion).

One of the group’s most famous albums was “La Bamba,” which in 1987 garnered 2 Platinums in the United States. Their fans may also remember their music from “Desperado” (1995), “The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series” (1999), and a featured single, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights,” performed in 2010 with Rick Trevino.

In 2007, they performed “Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino” and in 2011 they collaborated with other artists for “Use Me” in “The Long Goodbye” with David Bromberg.

Prior to playing at the White House in 2009 Los Lobos toured all over globally, opening for Bob Dylan, U2 and Grateful Dead. Some of their record labels include Mammoth, Warner Brothers and 429 Records.

Tickets are $23 and $30 at the box office at 260-427-6715. The Foellinger Theatre is located at 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park near the Children’s Zoo.

Barb

About

Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .