Flattery on stage at Paramount

Transit Authority. Photo provided

Transit Authority. Photo provided

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. They say a lot of other things about imitation, too.

In fact, there are so many quotes about imitation that the quotes themselves have begun to parrot one another. (Someone call Alanis Morissette.) Regardless of what’s been said, when it comes to art, there’s a simple reason for it — the original was just that good.

Rarely does the purest form of imitation in music — the tribute band — occur while the original group is still alive, together (albeit with some staff changes along the way), and performing. Lucky for us, it’s happened with the recent Hall of Fame inductees of the band known as Chicago and their Paramount Theatre-bound devotees, Transit Authority.

Initially known as Chicago Transit Authority, the band ran into some legal issues with the city’s operator of mass transit and decided to drop the latter two nouns.

Then, in 2003, another group of musicians based out of St. Paul, Minnesota decided to adopt those same two nouns, becoming “Transit Authority.” Since those early days, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago. The eight-member ensemble creates an uncanny musical salute to one of the greatest horn-driven rock bands to hit the stage, taking audiences through over three decades of hits and providing a nonstop show that keeps folks dancing and singing all night long.

We’re excited to welcome Transit Authority to the stage on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Be sure to grab your tickets early, either online at austinareaarts.org or by stopping in at the ArtWorks Center (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays). You can also give us a call at 507-434-0934 to reserve your tickets over the phone.

Adams

Partnerships celebrated during community event for Mower, Fillmore solar installations

Mower County

Mayo Ambulance training program hopes to increase EMT numbers

Business

Workforce Development one of nine organizations to receive funding to train underrepresented workers for clean energy careers

News

Minneapolis police officer killed while responding to a shooting call is remembered as a hero

Mower County

Documentary follows AHS class across 50 years

Mower County

2024 Friendship Wagon Train coming to the area

Agriculture

New funding available for continuous living cover grants

Mower County

MDH inviting well users to seminar on nitrates

Mower County

In Your Community: May Sweeps winner claims her prize

Mower County

In Your Community: Final Bing-Oh prize claimed

Education

Austin junior achieves top ACT score of 36

Education

Education Briefs

News

President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is convicted of all 3 felonies in federal gun trial

News

Biden, gun control advocates want to flip an issue long dominated by the NRA

News

Minnesota poll: Felony conviction should disqualify presidential candidates, most say

Mower County

APS board approves sanctioning boys volleyball

Education

Austin Seniors receive Horatio Alger Scholarships

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Man sentenced to over eight years for criminal sexual conduct with a child

Grand Meadow

2 injured in Saturday afternoon crash

Mower County

Courtney’s bench: Family and friends honor loved one lost in hope to raise awareness for mental illness

Mower County

Summerset Theatre opens Season 56 with the musical ‘Annie’

Adams

Adams Dairy Days celebrating 50th

Mower County

Gabby Weiss passes away, legacy will continue on the baseball diamond

Mower County

New sculpture is giving visitors another destination stop in Austin