Past Events and Series

Wednesday May 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

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

Sandusky State Theatre and
presents

Live Streaming Event
HOOKED LIKE HELEN

In a house in the woods about 40 miles west of Cleveland, Hooked Like Helen began as the musical brainstorms of husband-and-wife, Jon and Nikki Stipp. Experimental home recordings quickly developed into an alt-pop vision; within a year of the project’s inception, Nikki and Jon had shaped a new sound that reflected their truth and their influences in a seamless blend of organic and electronic production. The band’s 2019 five song EP, Tragedy Of Physics, co- produced by Nikki and long-time friend and collaborator, Grammy-winning Isha Erskine, garnered international attention: The music video for the angsty-beautiful piano ballad ‘Liar’ was premiered on Radio Disney platforms and was released Oct 4th as part of the soundtrack for the movie High Strung: Free Dance starring Thomas Doherty (Disney’s Descendants 2 and 3). ‘Liar’ is featured prominently in a ballet dance sequence in the film, choreographed by Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance, Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’) and was recently announced as a finalist for the prestigious 2019 International Songwriting Competition in two categories.

Winners of the ISC will be announced in May of 2020 and this year’s panel of judges includes Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Tom Waits, Bastille and other highly respected industry professionals. Track 2 from the Tragedy Of Physics EP, ‘No Turning Back’ premiered on CLASH Magazine who praised it as “a soaring, vastly uplifting piece of bouncy, addictive alt-pop”. The song was then used in the official movie trailer for High Strung: Free Dance, making it the 5th song in total that Nikki and Jon wrote or co-wrote to be included on the film’s soundtrack. The band’s single ‘Tear This Place Apart’ premiered on the highly influential UK-based The Line Of Best Fit and received rave reviews from the publication. Hooked Like Helen has entered 2020 with a fresh set of musical placements in the wildly popular Netflix docu-series, Cheer. Nikki custom composed tracks for 9 scenes in 4 of the 6 episodes that aired in January and garnered tweets of approval from Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, and many more. The band is no stranger to scoring music for docu-series’; previously, Hooked Like Helen tracks ‘Get Well’, ‘Surface Break’, and ‘Concrete Tub’ were placed on MTV’s Unlocking The Truth and were included in the show’s official Spotify playlist. Hooked Like Helen is now preparing a new EP for release in Summer 2020 and is slated to perform shows in L.A. and the Ohio area with Jeff Martin (Trevor Hall Band) joining them on drums. Hooked Like Helen’s sound embodies a unique vein of pop music; Nikki’s haunting, layered harmonies and lush vocal arrangements create a surreal atmosphere of simultaneous melancholy and hope, dissonance and resolve. Dark lyrical themes of existential pondering provide an eerie contrast to HLH’s sonic sensibilities in a timeless, ageless context in which melody reigns supreme. Piano hooks, intricate, rhythmic bass lines, and epic, driving drums carry the songs of Hooked Like Helen through a slightly sad world view, always with a groove and a constant sense of Pop.
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Saturday April 25, 2020 - 10:00am

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

Social stories available for pick-up at
Firelands Children’s S.P.O.T.,

Sandusky State Theatre, and
Aha Creative before April 25th.

Doors Open: 10 AM

“Sensory Bags”
for the first 50 children

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Sensory friendly break area & crafts

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FREE Movie – Minions
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Thursday April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

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

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Nearly 30 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock-influenced artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Continuously performing shows and withholding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable. The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline started when the young Marietta, Georgia native incorporated his lifelong influences of Southern rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. in 1989. Over the course of a decade, Travis released seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label. His 1990 debut “Country Club” and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre’s early ‘90s boom, dubbing him as one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; all which led Tritt to win Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist Award).

Additionally, in 1991, the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) marked Tritt’s debut album “County Club” as certified platinum. Two years after his debut, Travis’ sophomore album, “It’s All About to Change,” was released. Literally speaking, this album changed everything when the album shipped three million copies and all four of its singles reached the top five on the country music charts. Along with his first album, this release became triple-platinum certified by the RIAA. At the same time, his conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical assertiveness set him apart. The next series of albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher, scored him more hit singles and led him to amass more than 30 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three CMA Awards and a devoted fan base that has filled venues coast-to-coast.
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Tuesday April 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

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

Sponsored by

John Keating, a progressive English teacher, tries to encourage his students to break free from the norm, go against the status quo and live life unapologetically.
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Tuesday April 21, 2020 - 10:00am

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

John Henry is a well-known figure of American folklore. Born in poverty in rural West Virginia, John Henry’s incredible size and strength became legendary as he worked laying track for the railroads that crisscrossed the countryside in the late nineteenth century. No one could match his skill or his endurance, until the invention of the steam-powered driver, that is. We remember John Henry for his famous contest with this newfangled machine. John won the day, but died soon afterwards of a broken heart. John Henry realized that ordinary men could not compete with the iron workhorses of the industrial revolution and that the days of men like him were numbered. John Henry, uses storytelling, drama, and music to bring the story of an American legend to life. It is a tale that speaks to young and old alike and carries a strong contemporary parallel about the importance of our humanity in the face of changing technology.

Runtime: 50 minutes plus Q&A Session

Grades: K-8

Music: contains live music (electric guitar)
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