Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concert Slated for December 5

The holiday season is not complete without a holiday concert. And when it comes to the most-loved seasonal songs, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s holiday performance can’t be beat.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra, also known as “TSO” by many fans, will perform live at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum as part of “The Christmas Attic” tour. TSO is an American progressive rock band founded in 1996. The band is best known by their signature hit “Carol of the Bells” as well as the light show, lasers, video screens and other visuals that accompany each performance.

The event venue is located at 4000 Parnell Ave., on the city’s north side and conveniently near lodging, dining and shopping options. Tickets are on sale now and start at $32 each. They can be purchased in person at the box office, online at or by phone by calling 800.745.3000. Be sure to bring cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $8 depending on proximity to the venue.

Insider Tip: I attended a TSO concert in the Fort a few years ago. Truly there is no bad seat in the house at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The light displays orchestrated for this show are half the entertainment. You will be amazed!


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at

Straight No Chaser comes to the Embassy and you can WIN TICKETS!

The explosion of Pitch Perfect as one of the top-grossing movies of its season put a cappella music back on the map. While I’m sure we all love listening to the Bellas belt it out during the movie, it’s even better seeing and hearing groups perform in person. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the best a cappella groups in the country, Straight No Chaser, at Fort Wayne’s historic Embassy Theatre when they travel here December 16.

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Straight No Chaser is not your stereotypical a cappella group of college males singing outdated tunes in suit jackets and khaki pants. This talented group of men sing a variety of songs from covers of Adele and Ed Sheeran to songs with contributions from Phil Collins and Dolly Parton. The voices of these 10 men combine to create amazing vocal achievements that sound as if they are made by an orchestra of instruments and a choir of singers.

Their US and UK tour, Happy Hour, comes right after the release of their latest album, “Under the Influence.” This latest album features a number of holiday songs too, to put you in the mood of the season!

While you are in downtown Fort Wayne, make an evening of it! Stop by one of the local restaurants before the show. Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits is just down the road from the Embassy. And even though it might be cold, it would be a great evening to see the Christmas lights that will be up around downtown. Straight No Chaser begins at 7:30 so there will be plenty of time for dinner before and it will be dark enough when you leave to enjoy the holiday season!

And, you can win tickets to the show here!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

‘Tis the Season – Christmas Concerts at the Embassy Theatre (and you can win tickets!)

Christmas is coming, like it or not. If you need a little help getting in the mood this year, why not check out one of these great Christmas-themed performances coming to Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre this December.

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On Friday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m., Mannheim Steamroller returns to the Embassy Theatre for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis: 30th Anniversary Tour. Celebrating the release of its first Christmas album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, this concert will feature many of the contemporary versions of Christmas tunes that fans around the world have loved for three decades. As a matter of fact, I’m listening to “Deck the Halls” off that album right now, which reminds me just how much I love synthesizers. And Christmas. It should be a fantastic show.

The next night, Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m., you can catch the Elvis Tribute Artist Christmas Spectacular, featuring Shawn Klush, The Sweet Inspirations, The Blackwood Quartet, and The Fabulous Ambassadors. Listen, as far as I’m concerned, any “best of Christmas music” list has to include

  • “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney
  • “Last Christmas” – Wham!
  • “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid
  • Any Johnny Mathis Christmas song
  • Any Elvis Presley Christmas song (but really, we all know “Blue Christmas” is the best)

Having a whole night of amazing Elvis tribute artists perform his Christmas best? If that doesn’t put you in this Christmas spirit, you might want to check the size of your heart…

Finally, over the course of the following two weekends, December 12th and 13th and December 19th and 20th, be a part of a Fort Wayne holiday tradition – The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Holiday Pops. Seeing the Phil perform with Ben Folds just last Friday reminded me how great the musicians who play with the Phil are and how lucky we are to have them. Seriously, do yourself a favor and catch one of the six Holiday Pops shows: December 12th and 19th at 7:30 p.m. and December 13th and 20th at 2:00 p.m. (matinee) and 7:30 p.m.

What a great lineup of holiday performances! What a great venue! For more information on any of these shows, check out or
Win tickets to Mannheim Steamroller here.

Win tickets to the Elvis Tribute Artist here.



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.

A Music Junkie’s Guide to Fort Wayne

If you eat, sleep and breath music you’ll fall in love with Fort Wayne.  There is plenty to see, hear and do music-wise in this town. Here are a few suggestions to add your to your itinerary:

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Wooden Nickel Music owner Bob Roets (right) will take care of you.

Check out our record stories:

Neat Neat Neat Records & Music caters to the music savvy consumer.   Open since March 1, 2011, the record store carries a variety of albums and genres−“hard to find stuff,” as owner Morrison Agen puts it. Today, Neat Neat Neat Records serves customers with an eclectic mix of 6,000 + records and 2,000 45s in a historic building on the south side of Fort Wayne.  Morrison buys and sells music, everything from jazz, to blues to country to punk.

You can’t go wrong with Wooden Nickel Music either. What is unique about this local enterprise is that each location boasts something different.  For example, the North Clinton store is the place to go for classic rock, new rock, alternative, country, and  some soundtracks, jazz, rap, hip-hop, R&B and soul.  The North Anthony store is the place for vinyl albums. Last, the store in the Village of Time Corners boasts a good selection of vinyl and mainstream CDs.

Check out Sweetwater Sound. 

Prepare to be “wow’ed.” Sweetwater Sound is the mecca for all things audio related. Sweetwater began business 33 years ago in Fort Wayne, and is the country’s most respected dealer in high-technology equipment for musicians, recording studios, and broadcasters – from microphones and digital recording systems to electric guitars to electronic keyboards and electronic drums. The company caters to artists and recording professionals all over the country.  In addition to boosting some awesome gear, the building itself is impressive.  Think modern and eco-friendly. Stay for lunch at their on-site cafeteria.

Catch a live show.

The Brass Rail, located at 1121 Broadway, is a hot spot for local and national musical entertainment-of all musical genres-from metal, to punk, to bluegrass–all under one roof! Be sure to order their signature drink–a PBR!

Here’s to a rockin’ weekend in the Fort!


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:

WIN TICKETS: Blue Man Group Comes to Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre

One of the most unique shows is coming to Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre this season. The Blue Man Group will hit the stage on November 13 and 14. It may seem surprising that a show with no speaking can be so involving, but it really is something to be experienced.

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I’m sure you’ve heard all the buzz about this show, but having experienced the show myself, I have to say, it’s all true. I was less than jazzed about seeing the group perform as part of our class trip, but it became the highlight of the trip. The Blue Man Group’s percussion skills are unmatched. Their command of sound and rhythm was impeccable and enough to make even the most avid musicians sit up and take notice.

Not only do they use traditional drums to hammer out amazing tunes, but they also use a variety of impromptu gadgets to create beautiful music. Pipes and household items turn into valued instruments. And if their skill wasn’t impressive enough, they throw paint and water into the mix and create beautiful works of art.

If you are looking at the Blue Man Group Website or even reviews on other sites, they can seem a bit unhelpful. Most of say that the show is something to experience and all rave about the quality and variety. From someone who has seen the show, I can tell you that is true.

It is a hard performance to evaluate or describe, but it is well worth a look. The show is great for people of all ages, and if you are looking for a little extra fun, try to get a seat in the poncho section. You may find yourself looking like a work of art when the show is over.

And, you can register here to WIN TICKETS!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.