Upcoming Events and Series

Sunday April 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

Presented by


“Triple Play was rollicking good fun … led by bassist, trombonist and pianist Chris Brubeck, the trio stole the show with its flair and virtuosity.”  – Mark Swed, L.A.Times

Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown, (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano & vocals).  Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform. Triple Play’s musical roots go way back (nearly 40 years!) in each member’s history. Chris and Madcat have toured and recorded together in different settings since 1969, first as young rock musicians in the group “New Heavenly Blue” (with albums on RCA and Atlantic Records), “Sky King”(on Columbia), and then as jazz musicians touring the world with Dave Brubeck.

Chris went on to form the group Crofut & Brubeck with the uniquely talented banjo player  Bill Crofut and also featured Joel on guitar.  A highly unusual and critically acclaimed CD, “Across Your Dreams” (Telarc) featuring famous mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade singing  songs written by Chris, Dave & Iola Brubeck.  Their next project was the recording of the acclaimed “Bach to Brubeck” (Koch International Classics) at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Sadly, Bill Crofut passed away in 1999, and Madcat joined Chris and Joel to form the group Triple Play.    Their live performance is documented on their first cd, “Triple Play Live”, recorded at one of their college concerts.  In reviewing this disc, All Music Guide wrote:  “This boundary stretching CD should be investigated by anyone who enjoys great American music.”

Their second CD, “Watching the World” was recorded in studios across the country and according to All Music Guide:  “It’s great to hear a group that combines top-notch musicianship, potent originals, and a touch of humor, this CD is truly a Triple Play in any fan’s score book.”

With an ever-expanding repertoire, the Trio continues to play in concert halls, clubs and festivals all over the country, including performing many of Chris’ symphonic arrangements with orchestras across the U.S.   Recently  they played a set at the Monterey Jazz Festival and later that evening were featured in the premiere of Dave Brubeck’s Cannery Row Suite.    Paul deBarros, writer for the Seattle Times and Downbeat, commented:  “Triple Play is what jazz always was and always should be about:  good-time rhythm, unbridled joy and the sweet release but bittersweet aftertaste of the blues.  If there’s a better old-time blues and jazz harmonica player out there than Madcat Ruth, I’d sure love to know where he lives.”  
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Thursday April 23, 2015 - 6:30pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

Marblehead lighthouseJoin Erin on April 23rd, Thursday at 6:30 pm for the next installment of our Corks and Creations program.  The reviews are in, and the 15 ladies who came and painted wine glasses on March 25th had a great time.

The Art Gallery is the perfect location for the new program and served as inspiration as the ladies selected from images provided by Erin, or that they brought in on their own.  All supplies are provided and this session will be focused on the beauty of Lake Erie.  You can bring in your own images or Erin will provide some for you to select from.

Each patron will be given two 9″ x 12” canvas boards to paint with all the materials will be provided.  A cash bar will be available and music will be playing in the background to help inspire you.  You can purchase tickets online or by calling the ticket office and the fee is $35 and seating is limited.  This makes for a perfect ladies night out and for special occasions!

The Corks and Creations series on May 7, Thursday at 6:30pm will focus on wine glasses.  If you bring your own, the fee is $30 and if you would like us to provide, the fee is $35.  For group orders that would like specific themes such as bridal, baby or engagements, please call the Ticket Office to arrange for private group offerings!
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Friday April 24, 2015 - 8:00pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

Appearing in the
Singer/Songwriter Lounge

Supported by
Mr. Smith’s Coffee House

Goodwill Industries Sandusky

A New Day Rental 

Featured musicians: The Davenport Twins Nick and Alex Davenport are a set of eighteen year old identical twin brothers from Clyde, Ohio. They Graduated from Clyde Senior High School in 2014.They have always had an interest in Music and in 2007 decided to start a band with some friends the band Sakred Groundz while in the band they toured all over the state of Ohio. They decided to branch off from the band and start working on their own music individually in 2014. The two of them have played at the Ritz Theater in Tiffin Ohio as well as the Agora Theater in Cleveland Ohio. Together the two have them have written nearly 20 original songs. Nick’s Song “Carry On” was written to raise awareness about the Clyde Cancer Cluster. They hope to pursue a career in the music industry. 

Headliner: Emily Keener is a sixteen-year-old singer/songwriter (from Cleveland, OH) with a thing for Paul Simon and VW Buses. She’s often been called a young girl with an old soul, and likes nothing better than to write and share her words. She plays her dad’s old acoustic guitar with a folksy groove, and can fill a room with her unique style. Her shows include her original songs, with some choice covers here and there. Her natural stage presence showcases her beautiful melodies and ever-growing vocal talent. Emily started playing the guitar when she was 11 years old and began writing songs when she was almost 12. After writing for 4 years, she has over 100 original songs and has released two EPs and one LP in addition to the one that’s currently in the works.
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Tuesday April 28, 2015 - 8:00pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

American comedian and actor Red Grant has remained one of the top comedians on television over the years, gaining millions of fans from all walks of life. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Red has gone to heights many performers can only dream of, doing things that few comics have done since Robert Townsend. Getting his start at the Apollo Theatre and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in 1996; Red Grant is best known for his contagious laugh and appearances in “American Hustle” (which he starred next to Katt Williams), “First Sunday” and Martin Lawrence “First Amendment”. Red Grant has become synonymous with ‘real, raw comedy.’ He can be seen most recently on Shaq’s “All Star Comedy Jam”, as well as his hour Showtime special “Caught Red Handed” and Comedy Central Presents ‘Red Grant’ (half hour special).

Not only is Red Grant a star in the comedy world he is also making a name for himself as a film and television producer, writer and director. In 2000, Red wrote and produced his first film “Family Reunion”. Since then, Red has created and produced seven shows and pilots for the Viacom Network. Red has written on shows such as Snoop Dog’s, “Dog After Dark” and the Comedy Central roast of Flavor Flav. Red Grant does all this through his film company MOVIEOS where he has partnered up with companies such as Lions Gate and Artisan.
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Wednesday April 29, 2015 - 7:30pm

Thursday April 30, 2015 - 7:30pm

Friday May 1, 2015 - 10:00am

Saturday May 2, 2015 - 7:30pm

BGSU Firelands
One University Drive, Huron, OH 44839 - directions

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre presents
The World Premiere Production of

President  MOM!

by Becca Anderson 

Winner of the 2014 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival

at BGSU Firelands

April 29th is $5 preview night and tickets are ONLY sold at the door

May 1st – tickets ONLY sold at the door

President Mom introduces us to Claire McCallister, a typical teenage girl. She is stressed out about her bio exam and even more about finding a date to her high school’s spring dance. This would be tough for anyone to handle, but Claire’s mother just happens to be The President of the United States. When Claire’s mom offers her the chance of a lifetime, to meet her rock star idol, Clair jumps at the chance. The catch: Claire has to take Brent Baumgartner, the nerdiest boy in school, to the dance. Still, she agrees to go along with her mom’s scheme, until a European Prince arrives and turns Claire’s world upside-down.
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