Strand Theatre: Weekly Newsletter 2/9/2024FEBRUARY 9, 2024Strand Performing Arts Center
Weekly NewsletterVolume 18 Number 6
Our 17th Season
...Building an Audience, One Seat at a Time.
Dear Strand Fan,
Our season opens on Saturday night February 10, 2024 with MARDI GRAS IN SHELBYVILLE. Mardi Gras Night In Shelbyville will be a fun night of New Orleans Mardi Gras music close to Valentine's Day. This year's theme is Romantic New Orleans...a Mardi Gras Valentines Masquerade Ball. The show will feature Buck Rogers Jr and the La Louisianne Band. This is a 7-piece band playing many favorite New Orleans musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Dr John. Also, some of Buck's original songs about the Crescent City are included.
Robert "Buck" Rogers Jr is a Shelby County resident and hails from Indiana, but his mom was born and raised in New Orleans. Buck lived there for 10 years. Costumes for kids, teenagers, and adults are welcome for the Mardi Gras show. This is a fun evening and will be a great time for you to come out and enjoy. The concert is Saturday February 10, 2024 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available on-line, at the door, and locally at Shelbyville Paint.On February 27, 2024 we will present a program CELEBRATING OUR STORIES in honor of Black History Month. The Strand Theatre along with the Grover Center, Second Baptist Church, and Shelby County Public Library present a dynamic speaker and performer on our stage. Gabrielle Solange is an influencer, TEDx speaker, and the Top 100 Billboard charting singer, songwriter, and music behind the music of 7HO3NIX. She will be performing and telling her story along with the Second Baptist Choir. This event is free and starts at 7pm. The event is free.***The theater is ready for our season. This week we finished maintenance on our lighting system. This included bench focus touch ups on each instrument. We tweaked our repertoire light plot and saturated our color just a skosh. Thank you to volunteer and professional lighting designer Chris P. for helping us this year.***We previously discussed the very unfortunate matter with Duke Energy. Their mistake in billing nearly cost us our theater as we ran critically low on cash. Thank you to three outstanding community members who made donations to the Strand to ensure we can continue. Without their understanding of what the Strand means to our community, we would not continue to exist.Our financial model is different from most. As an all volunteer not-for-profit, we do things differently. Before David Finkel and Steve Frazee started the Strand, they were bombarded personally with requests for money. It was always the same: give us the money and we will show you what we can do. That didn't sit well with either David and Steve. They had the opportunity to do something different.They formulated a financial plan that did not include solicitations or sponsorships. The theater had hundreds of seats. It could sustain itself. We still have not asked for the money. The Strand has beyond measure shown what we can do. 1650+ events with 175,000+ attendance speaks for itself. We have always accepted donations, as with the generous funds we received this week, but we don't solicit our community.If you want to help the Strand, come to an event! We have plenty to offer. For those of you who regularly write checks to support us (and you know who you are) THANK YOU!!!We started our core mission of providing a place for entertainment a mere 10 months after we started our renovation. Our theater needs to be used. Our dedication to that simple task is evident every week. Our willingness to be open and transparent is demonstrated by our weekly publication of this newsletter since 2008. We are doing what we said we would do. It is nice to be recognized by those few who opted to voluntarily support us.It will be nice to get going again. We had a wonderful volunteer event last week. Thank you to Cagney's for sending over pizza for our volunteers. Our volunteers ranged from age 12 to 88. We love that. Thank you to all who attended.Thank you for your support. See you at the Strand!These tickets are available online on our website www.StrandPAC.org
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"Building an audience one seat at a time."
UPCOMING EVENTSVOLUNTEER NIGHT
All Volunteers Welcome!Saturday February 3, 20247pmConcertMARDI GRAS NIGHT
IN SHELBYVILLEFeaturingBuck Rogers Jr and theLa Louisiana BandSaturday February 10, 20247:30pmConcertAMERICAN BLONDE
featuringNata & Tinka MorrisSaturday February 17, 20247:30pmFriday Night FrightsNIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)Friday February 23, 20247:30pm
Black History MonthCELEBRATING OUR STORIESGabriella SolangeSecond Baptist Church ChoirTuesday February 27, 20247pm FreeConcertELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
featuringTurn to StoneSaturday March 2, 20247:30pmComedyDAVE DUGAN COMEDYFriday March 8, 20248pmConcertBEACH BOYS TRIBUTE
featuringSounds of SummerSaturday March 9, 20247:30pmFriday Night FrightsSTARMAN (1984)Friday March 15, 20247:30pmBeware of the Ides!ConcertBON JOVI EXPERIENCEFeaturingCrushSaturday March 30, 20247:30pmFriday Night FrightsNIGHT OF THE COMET (1984)Friday April 5, 20247:30pmClassic Country ConcertTHE HEATHERLYSSaturday April 20, 20247:30pm
"Building an audience, one seat at a time."