ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT: Seven new shows at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida will go on sale Friday at 12 noon.
This summer, the King Center has been undergoing renovations on its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
The King Center is executing a $1.7 million renovation project, which will replace the portion of the HVAC system that serves the main stage and the auditorium – the two most important areas of the facility.
The building, which opened to the public in 1988, is also receiving a $1.9 million architectural and interior design upgrade. The time presents itself for the King Center to reflect the modern spirit and artistry of the exceptional performances that grace its stage.
The design renovation will enrich the facility both functionally and aesthetically, as well as increase revenue opportunities and enhance the overall guest experience.
A SOLO ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH RICHARD MARX
Friday, December 20, 8 p.m
Performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx has written fourteen number one songs, sold more than 30 million albums, and as a songwriter, earned a Grammy for song of the year. His nearly three-decade-long career has had plenty of highlights. His self-titled debut went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights.” The follow-up, Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” When both Rush Street and Paid Vacation went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. He remains active as a live performer with an ongoing solo acoustic tour that’s taken him around the world.
Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades. Throughout his incredibly successful career as a standup comedian, Sinbad has starred in two Comedy Central specials and four HBO comedy specials. As an actor, Sinbad has been featured in leading roles on such films as Jingle All the Way, and Good Burger, and on the FX super series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s. In 2012, Saliers and her Indigo Girls partner, Amy Ray embarked on a bold new chapter, collaborating with a pair of orchestrators to prepare larger-than-life arrangements of their songs to perform with symphonies around the country. The duo found an elusive sonic sweet spot with the project, creating a seamless blend of folk, rock, pop, and classical that elevated their songs to new heights without scarifying any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined their music for decades.
The power of unity, both in music and in life, has been an Indigo Girls calling card ever since they burst into the spotlight with their 1989 self-titled breakout album. Since then, the band has racked up a slew of Gold and Platinum records, taken home a coveted GRAMMY Award, and earned the respect of high-profile peers and collaborated from Michael Stipe to Joan Baez. Both on and off the stage, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation.
After helping accept Dire Straits induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Alan Clark joins other original band members and friends from among some of rock’s greatest musicians in Dire Straits Legacy. Clark, who joined Dire Straits in 1980 and who performed on every record and tour thereafter until the band’s eventual breakup, is reunited with fellow Dire Straits musicians Mel Collins, Phil Palmer and Danny Cummings. They are joined by Trevor Horn, Steve Ferrone, Marco Caviglia and Primiano Di Biase.
The Fab Faux – named by Rolling Stone as The World’s Greatest Beatles Tribute Band – is coming to the King Center for the first time! The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles). Far beyond a cover band, they play the music of The Beatles so impeccably that one must experience it to believe it. Imagine hearing complex material like “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “I Am the Walrus” performed in complete part-perfect renditions; or such harmony-driven songs as “Because,” “Nowhere Man,” and “Paperback Writer,” reproduced not only note-for-note, but with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect. For the band’s loyal fans this will be a show you do not want to miss! The Fab Faux features Will Lee from The David Letterman Show, Jimmy Vivino from Conan O’Brien Show along with Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, and Jack Petruzzelli.
Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
In the Studio Theatre
Grammy Award winning producer and vocalist, Steve Tyrell has had nearly five decades in the music business, achieving success as a singer, songwriter, producer, music supervisor, and most recently, radio host. Ten of his 11 albums have achieved top-five status on Billboard’s Traditional Pop Charts, with his most recent, A Song For You, reaching #1 earlier this year. His music and his production set the backdrop for a myriad of movies, including Father of the Bride (Parts I and II), Something’s Gotta Give,The Informant, and An American Tail. Steve Tyrell’s run at the Carlyle is a holiday tradition which is why he is featured in this year’s documentary, Always at the Carlyle. Steve’s show at the King Center will feature selections from his newly-expanded Back to Bacharach album, his 2018 #1 album, A Song For You, as well as various favorites from the Great American Songbook, including songs he has performed in major motion pictures. A great concert to see in the intimate setting of the Studio Theatre.
Following their show-stopping performance of Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding, London’s The Kingdom Choir will bring their infectious joy and inspiration across the Atlantic for a major North American tour. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. The Choir’s rendition of Stand By Me went straight to the top of the Billboard charts and this coming November they will be releasing their first full length album worldwide on Sony Music. Their success at the Royal Wedding has already resulted in several UK and American television appearances including ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.