Crystal Theatre’s Gem of a Season events listed
CRYSTAL FALLS — As the temperature rises, so do the opportunities for musical entertainment at Crystal Theatre.
Mia Brown and the Nashville Hitmen take attendees back to “That ’70s Music” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Music director Mark Oliverius, a 1977 graduate of Forest Park, has invited local talent Paul Sundquist, Class of ’75, to join the band as male lead in celebrating the hits of their high school days.
The first week of summer break from school, Missoula Children’s Theater comes to town with a production of “The Little Mermaid.” Partially funded by MCAC and WPPI, students in grades first through 12th will rehearse Monday through June 9 for a performance at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Students are not charged for their participation.
The Gem of a Season series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, with Michigan I-O. A quartet of stringed instrumentalists present a collection of forgotten folk songs from the Great Lakes region, re-imagined in a contemporary style. They perform the largest single collection of folk music and storytelling tradition from Michigan’s early statehood.
The climax of the season arrives as summer reaches its peak — perfect timing for Crystal Theatre’s Legend Concert. This year, the spotlight on nationally known musicians beams on The Ozark Mountain Daredevils at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7. Formed in 1972 in Springfield, Mo., the American rock band is widely known for their singles “If You Wanna Get to Heaven” and “Jackie Blue.”
Back by popular demand, the Blooze Brothers return to the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, July 21. With the antics of the infamous Blues Brothers, a dynamic female lead singer and some of Chicago’s top musicians, the 11-piece band promises to bring another memorable musical experience to Crystal Theatre.
As the days of summer wane, Mustard’s Retreat presents “music to cure what ails you,” Saturday, Aug. 19. The charming, witty duo has been delighting audiences for more than 40 years with tales that spark laughter and memories.
During Fungus Fest weekend, Crystal Theatre will welcome The Journey at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Hailing from Traverse City, Mich., these five musicians compose the ultimate tribute band that faithfully recaptures the thrill remembered by generations of Journey fans.
The final Gem concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, presents Fourever Fab. For more than 20 years, Fourever Fab and its founding members have been performing the hits of the world’s most loved lads, the Beatles. Fourever Fab strives to keep the magical musical mania created by the Fab Four alive forever.
For specific ticket information for these summer events, go to thecrystaltheatre.org., call 906-875-3208, or stop in Stage Left 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. A limited number of tickets for The Ozark Mountain Daredevils reserved seating are still available.