Falling into the groovePublished 4:01pm Sunday, September 8, 2013
The Paramount Theatre’s fall and winter season will conclude with a much-anticipated anniversary. But first, the historic theater will revisit a classic album, hear the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes and welcome an Austin-born folk-singer home.
After the summer season capped off with the Austin ArtWorks Festival and the concert featuring Martin Zellar and the Hardways and Cloud Cult, the Paramount’s Executive Director Jennie Knoebel and her staff are looking ahead to the fall season.
Michael Veldman and Friends 10th Anniversary Holiday Show
Perhaps the most anticipated concert of the Paramount Theatre’s upcoming season is the reunion of Michael Veldman and Friends, the popular Christmas variety show.
“We’re really excited to have them,” Knoebel said. “I think it’s going to be a really great show,”
The group, consisting of Veldman, Kaye Perry, Erin Schumacher and Brian Bawek, started entertaining the town with an annual holiday show in 2001 before taking a hiatus in 2007 and shutting down in 2011, as some members didn’t know whether they would be in Austin for the holiday season.But this year, they’re returning, since they never celebrated the group’s 10 years performing the show.
When asked if people are excited to welcome the Veldman show back, Knoebel replied with a resounding “Oh, yeah,” adding the Paramount has already received many inquiries about tickets and joked that she should add 9 a.m. Oct. 5 — the time the tickets go on sale — to the Paramount’s online schedule of events. Ticket openings for the Veldman and Friends concerts have traditionally attracted long lines outside the theater.
Veldman and Schumacher returned last year, albeit briefly, and sang one number in “Swingin’ Into Christmas,” a 1940s-style radio show.
Veldman and Friends will play six shows: at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 20, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 21. Tickets are $15.
Floydian Slip by The Fabulous Armadillos
Long before Veldman and Friends reunite in Austin, the Paramount will kick off the fall season by paying homage to one of the best-selling albums ever: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”
The Fabulous Armadillos —a St. Cloud group that performed a tribute to The Eagles at the Paramount in 2012 — will perform the entire 1973 album, along with songs from Pink Floyd albums “The Wall” and “Wish You Were.”
“It will be a full production,” Knoebel said, adding the concert will include a laser light show and other production elements.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for students.
Karaoke turned Tim Patrick to a new career. According to Knoebel, the Burnsville resident performed karaoke with his wife and received such a positive response that he began a singing career.
“I guess he’s pretty amazing,” Knoebel said.
Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band will perform the classics of Frank Sinatra — Ol’ Blue Eyes — at the Paramount Sept. 21. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Dakota Dave Hull
Dakota Dave Hull will bring his blend of jazz, ragtime, folk and blues guitar to the Paramount on Sept. 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Piano and Humor
Pianist Ian Shapinsky will present a show called Piano and Humor at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Caravan Du Nord
The Caravan du Nord tour will return to Austin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11, featuring Charlie Parr, Full Circle and the Cactus Blossoms. Tickets are $10.
The caravan most recently stopped in Austin last October, with 4onthefloor, Me and My Arrow, and Angel playing at the Paramount.
A movie before Halloween
The March of Dimes will host a family movie at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 showing the movie “Beetlejuice.”
Harris Piano Competition
The recital for the Harris Piano Competition will be at 4 p.m. Nov. 6. The Paramount is again partnering with the Hormel Historic Home for the competition.
A comedy showcase will be held at the Paramount at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 featuring Mike Lester, Jeff Larson, Sue Johnson, John Russell and Ali Sultan. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.