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The Barra MacNeils - On The Bright Side

May 25 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $57.50.  The Barra MacNeils are touring this spring in support of their latest release On The Bright Side, an exquisite collection of everything their fans love. It's an upbeat album, with fiddle tunes that you know will erupt into a flurry of step-dancing on stage. When Lucy sings the heart-wrenching Ribhinn Donn, whether or not you 'have the Gaelic', have a tissue handy. You'll need it. The distinctive family harmonies; an array of rhythmic instruments weaving through and around various themes—some decidedly classical but then, suddenly, very traditional Cape Breton; the lads singing a cappella; a thoughtful solo gradually merging into a frenzied all-hands-on-deck medley … it exudes the passion and energy familiar to anyone who has ever experienced The Barra MacNeils stage show. For the unfamiliar, critical acclaim says it all:  “a treasure of the East Coast, rich with tradition and unmatched in ensemble performance.” …  “The Barra MacNeils capture the feeling of 'close your eyes and you're there'.” …  “They play what they like and folks like what they play.” … “Moments of beauty as well as raucous memories like this can linger forever.” 
As always, the five MacNeil siblings—Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas—combine on a vast array of instruments including accordian, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistles, bouzouki, flute … underpinned by the nimble-fingered Jamie Gatti on bass. If you’ve ever been wowed by their Christmas show, be prepared to have the wow factor raised exponentially as the band is unleashed from the strictures of the season. “Nothing but dumbstruck awe.” Don’t miss On The Bright Side with The Barra MacNeils! 
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Menopause the Musical

May 29 @ 7:30PM

May 30 @ 7:30PM

On the heels of a sold out show last year, Menopause The Musical, featuring it's All-Star Canadian Cast is returning to Lindsay to delight audiences even more!
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 16 years! 
• 6K women enter menopause each day 
• 1.7B menopausal women worldwide 
• 70M women are experiencing menopause in the US
• Nearly 11 million people in 13 countries (more than 350 cities) have attended the performance.  
• Longest running scripted musical in Las Vegas history
• Entertainers of the Year 2016 (Las Vegas) 
• Internationally, the show has performed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, United Kingdom, South Africa and South Korea. 
• Stress reduction is advised for women who are going through The Change. Menopause The Musical® celebrates this time in a woman’s life with laughter and sisterhood. 
• Men Love It Too! During this hilarious production, men in the audience relate and begin to understand this time in their wives, sisters or mothers’ lives. 
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$68.00 VIP Experience = Best Seat + post show meet n' greet Q & A Session with cast + personal photo opp.
Adult tickets are $58.00

Spotlight Dance Productions 7th Annual Dance Recital

June 2 @ 6:00PM

Tickets are $20.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Children 13 and under! Join us for our 7th Annual Dance Recital. Our students have been working hard all Dance Season to give you the most entertaining evening. From ages 2- 18, all of our students are ready to dance their hearts out! Don't miss out on this spectacular show.  


June 3 @ 2:30PM

Tickets are $15.00. We welcome you to showcase the hard work of all of our students this year for our 5th Annual Recital. Everyone has worked hard all year and is excited to show you what they have accomplished. 


The Lindsay Dance Studio presents "Showtime 2018"

June 8 @ 7:00PM

June 9 @ 2:00PM

June 9 @ 7:00PM

June 10 @ 2:00PM

Tickets go on sale May 15th at 10am!  Tickets are $18.50 for Adults and $15.50 for Children 13 and under.  
Showtime 2018: Now in her 28th year of ownership, Stephanie Mackey continued the legacy of the Lindsay Dance Studio, inspired by the Studio founder, Jean Muir: exceptional instruction by fully qualified instructors, in a caring, non-competitive atmosphere. Showtime celebrates the end of a wonderful year for the Lindsay Dance Studio. Please join us for our annual 
year-end showcase of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Highland, Musical Theatre, and National Dance. 
Congratulations Students, Staff and thank you to our wonderful, supportive Lindsay Dance Studio families!


C'est La Vie

June 12 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $12.00. A part of the Academy and Kawartha Art Gallery’s "Films on the Scugog TIFF Series"!
C'est La Vie!115 minutes.   Rated 14A
(In French with English subtitles)
Directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (The Intouchables, Samba) serve up a delightful comedy about a long-suffering caterer hoping to get through one last, mishap-heavy dinner party.  C’est la Vie was the closing night gala film at last September’s TIFF in Toronto, and has been chosen by Films on the Scugog as a light-hearted entry into the summer season.
This effervescent comedy invites us to an opulent château to attend a très extravagant wedding, where the groom is an obnoxious tyrant, the band is at war with the organizers, and the chief planner is looking for the exit.
Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket. His latest — and last — gig is a hell of a fête, involving stuffy period costumes for the caterers, a vain, hyper-sensitive singer who thinks he's a Gallic James Brown, and a morose, micro-managing groom determined to make Max's night as miserable as possible. But what makes the affair too bitter to endure is that Max's colleague and ostensible girlfriend, Joisette (Xavier Dolan regular Suzanne Clément), seems to have written him off, coolly going about her professional duties while openly flirting with a much younger server. It's going to be a very long night… especially once the groom's aerial serenade gets underway.
An Altmanesque ensemble work brimming with offbeat, lovable characters, and hilarious set pieces, C'est la vie! is a fiendishly smart, sprawling comedy as only the French do it. You will be laughing all the way down the aisle.
“…an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp” – Hollywood Reporter

Red, White and Ace

June 14 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $20.00.  Part of our Upstairs Series in the Second Floor Lounge.
Red, White and Ace feature their three part harmony and some tricky guitar pickin’ in a very fun stage show. You can expect to hear some Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as Eagles and some great Canadiana from Gord Lightfoot and the Good Brothers. 
RWA have been thrilling audiences for decades and are fresh from several recent Academy variety performances. The group features Red Gemmill, Geoff White and Ace Parker.   

Elton Rohn

June 16 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $42.55 
Check out Elton Rohn’s website page and you are confronted with literally pages and pages of glowing testimonials from concert booking agents and festival promoters who have all experienced the Elton Rohn take on one of the world’s greatest rock superstars.
Be it a stripped down four-piece version or his full 11-piece orchestra, Elton Rohn (also known as Ron Camilleri) provides the full Elton John experience. From the visual effects of Elton’s outrageous costumes and backdrops to a superb sound system which creates the true aura of an Elton John concert, Elton Rohn in concert is as close as you can get to a real Elton John performance.
And the capper is Elton Rohn’s vocal performance and the vocal harmony support of his band. He really nails the songs and creates a concert experience that is truly captivating.
The ultimate compliment came during an Elton John Convention in Las Vegas when members of Elton John’s own band raved about Elton Rohn being the most authentic Elton John Tribute performance they had ever witnessed.
Don’t believe me. Just go to Elton Rohn’s website,, check out the videos, read the testimonials yourself. And if you happen to be a festival events coordinator or theatre/casino talent agent looking for a sure-fire guaranteed sell-out, contact Keith Sharp, Music Express Consultants at(416) 294-285,
Elton Rohn is a captivating concert experience.

Rick and Gailie Trio

June 28 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $20.00.  Part of our Upstairs Series in the Second Floor Lounge.
Rick and Gailie Young, long time Ptbo performers, will be hauling The British Invasion and Richard Simpkins, their bass player, to the Academy. Rick Young is a very skilled singer/guitarist and when asked, How many Beatle songs do you know, answered: pretty well all of them. Gailie adds backup vocals and keyboard licks to the show. Their other influences include Neil Young, Moody Blues, Crowded House and anything from the 60s!  
The Rick and Gailie Band have performed on Television shows and at various festivals for the past 16 years. They are also the most popular band at the Black Horse Pub and Restaurant in Ptbo.  

Desire - U2 Tribute

June 30 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $35.00. Every Rock music fan knows that U2 is the most popular band in the world, selling out concerts wherever they play within hours, and usually at ticket prices beyond reach for the average fan.  It would be incredible to imagine that a band would undertake the task of replicating the work of U2, both technically and vocally.  DESIRE has achieved that goal and is recognized as THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD CLASS U2 TRIBUTE SHOW.  Hailing from Grimsby, Ontario, this dedicated 4-pc band has played throughout North America leaving audiences speechless after experiencing the passion and authenticity of their performances.  DESIRE's musicianship and presentation skills are impeccable.  The song list is endless and includes such hits as 'Where the Streets Have No Name', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and the ever popular breakup ballad 'With or Without You' from U2's 30th Anniversary Blockbuster Album Joshua Tree.  This audience pleasing tribute is a must-see concert for all U2 fans everywhere at a reasonable price.
I am pleased to write this recommendation to you and your band for making a milestone Birthday Party a huge success! It was a “BEAUTIFUL DAY” and my guest of honour, FAN590 Sportsnet #1 broadcaster Bob McCown’s wife, couldn’t be happier with the band’s show! This is the biggest testament to the band and show. Simply put it was “MAGNIFICENT”! 
The band’s talent was evident in the performance and the ability to connect with the group exceeded expectations, I’ve received numerous compliments from the guests since that evening “ALL BECAUSE OF YOU”.   LYDIA, EVENT COORDINATOR
Saw you guys at the Stage West Theatre shows in Calgary.  Absolutely blew my mind and expectations out of the water! Feel free to come back to Alberta anytime! I've been spreading the word!  CHRIS DE JONG, Calgary, Alberta
OPENING ACT - LINDSAY'S OWN VH TRIO featuring Gerald Van Halteren and sons Gerrit & Caleb.


July 7 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $35 for the orchestra level and $25 for balcony.  Broadsway … the brilliant combination of fabulous voices, clever arrangements, excellent music, and side-splitting humour!
Heather Bambrick (JUNO-nominee; National Jazz Award Vocalist of the Year), Diane Leah (Dora
Mavor Moore Award nominee), and Julie Michels (international artist) combine their respective
musical experience and influences in a show that is eclectic, funny, and very musical!
From the moment they first hit the stage together, Broadsway has been creating quite a buzz – as
well as a steadily growing fan base – in every venue they’ve played, from Roy Thomson Hall and the
Jazz Bistro in Toronto, to Birdland and the Metropolitan Room in New York. They’ve been featured in
some of Canada’s top Jazz and Cabaret festivals, as well as various concert series and feature
presentations. Their music brings together a repertoire that ranges from Jazz and Theatre, to Pop
and even Classical … all delivered with passion, power, poignance, and plenty of humour!
Broadsway released their debut CD Old Friends to rave reviews, and followed that up with seasonal
release The Most Wonderful Time … Maybe, hailed by CBC Radio (Canada’s national broadcaster)
as “a musical version of the best office Christmas party ever!” Their show has since expanded to
include Broadsway Sextet, including some of Canada’s finest musicians, and Broadsway with
Symphony, featuring gorgeous orchestrations of some of the Broads (and their fans’) favourite
Audiences, fans, and critics agree: Broadsway should never be missed!

Nicole Lisa Craig

July 12 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $20.00.  Part of our Upstairs Series in the Second Floor Lounge.
NICOLE LISA CRAIG returns to the Academy Summer Series with her spellbinding voice and is currently touring her duo full time across Canada. Since 2012 she has released several albums and EPs and been featured on many live television and radio shows. 
She loves the 60s and 70s and her music carries messages of self empowerment, global awareness and universal connectivity. Last year one of her songs was named The Canadian Indie Song of the Year. Nicole, who spent 7 years performing in a symphony orchestra has morphed into a wonderful songstress. We welcome her return to the Academy! 

Motown Gold

July 14 @ 8:00PM

"Motown Gold" celebrates the incredible songs and stories of the legendary record label from Detroit that launched the careers of The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and more! "Motown Gold" features outstanding live musical performances with soulful lead vocalists backed by the renowned Rudy & The Angels band. This audience interactive show will have the audience singing along, clapping their hands in rhythm and even getting up to dance to the infectious Motown groove! Song highlights include "My Girl" "Stop! In the Name of Love" "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" "I Can't Help Myself" and of course, the amazing duet "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Get your tickets today and "Get Ready" for a special ONE NIGHT ONLY trip to Hitsville, USA!  

Randy Read and Bob May

July 26 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $20.00.  Part of our Upstairs Series in the Second Floor Lounge
July 26 at 7pm - Randy Read and Bob May - You may have heard Randy Read or Bob May on area stages as singer/guitarists over the past couple of decades. Since 2013 they have shared the Academy main stage several times in both solo and ensemble modes. The 60s Yorkville music scene and The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens have a strong influence on their setlist! 
Randy is a retired local music teacher and one of the founders of Odyssey Project – a 20 piece youth orchestra playing rock and r + b tunes. He has been recently touring with a trio called THE MAPLE BEATS. Bob has a teacher/musician background from Northern Ontario and is currently playing classic rock in two bands – MR. B. BAND and PASSPORT. 

Kim Doolittle Duo

August 9 @ 7:00PM

Kim Doolittle spent her youth in Nova Scotia and has shared the stage with Jeff Healey, Rita MacNeil and Serena Ryder in a long musical career. She is a personable and engaging performer/storyteller and songwriter with a pretty amazing voice! 
In 2017 her ninth album ‘Into The Blue’ received extensive airplay on roots/folk/blues based radio including the CBC, and listed on all the major charts in those genres. 

The Eagles "Greatest Hits...Live"

August 11 @ 8:00PM

The Eagles "Greatest Hits...Live" celebrates the incredible music of legendary 1970s Country-Rock group “The Eagles”.  This audience-interactive show is comprised of some of Canada’s leading session musicians, who perform all of the legendary hits from the Eagles extensive career with soaring vocal harmonies and sizzling hot guitar solos.   The evening will be comprised of two sets, with the first half featuring all the songs from the multi-million selling album “Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975.” The second half features more classic hits from the band's later years, including solo hits made famous by Don Henley and Joe Walsh. Don't miss your favourites including "One of These Nights," "Desperado," "Heartache Tonight" and of course, "Hotel California"!

Hannah Lucas-Brouwer

August 23 @ 7:00PM

Hannah Lucas-Brouwer is a Lindsay based soprano with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Performance from Western University. Recently she performed in Opera Kelowna’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’. In Lucca, Italy, she took on the role of the governess in ‘Turn of the Screw’. She has participated in opera programs across the country from Edmonton AB to St. John’s Nfld. 
Currently at home in the area raising two children, she is thrilled to return to The Academy Theatre where she spent countless hours during her teen years. 

Keep The Faith - Bon Jovi Tribute

August 25 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $35.00. Keep The Faith is THE Bon Jovi tribute providing you with the unequivocal live concert performance you come to expect at a Bon Jovi show. Every note, every move, every detail has been carefully crafted and choreographed to deliver to you the ultimate experience. 
While family friendly, this high energy, intensely interactive journey will take you back to the 80’s and 90’s with the big radio hits such as “Wanted Dead Or Alive”, “Livin On A Prayer”, “It’s My Life” and “Always” to name a few!
This show is also for the diehards too so don’t be surprised if you hear a few rare Jovi songs as well as covers that are performed at a Bon Jovi concert like “Hallelujah” and some “Old Time Rock n Roll”!! From their first self-titled album to ‘This House is Not For Sale’, we have all your Bon Jovi eras included into ‘One Wild Night’! 
So, be ready to join Jon Bon Jovi sound-a-like front man Chris Newman, whose looks have often been compared to Jon’s, and his incredible band for an amazing ride you will be talking about for a long time to come! 
Presented by Rhythmic Promotions


September 21 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $55.00.
Lighthouse was formed in back 1968 in Toronto and their music is known around the world. Their sound included horns, string instruments, and vibraphone; their music reflected elements of rock music, jazz, classical music, and swing. They won Juno Awards for Best Canadian Group of the Year in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Sit back and listen to the great music such as: 'Sunny Days', 'One Fine Morning' and list can go on and on. Amazing show at am amazing price!
Lighthouse has remained together since they reunited in 1992. Since that time they have recorded one new studio album, Song of the Ages, in 1996. The rhythm section for the ten-member group features the original founders, Jamie Prokop (drums), Hoffert (keyboards and vibraphone), and Cole (guitar) with Don Paulton (keyboard), Doug Moore (bass), and Dan Clancy (vocals). The horn section is made up of original member, trombonist Russ Little, Simon Wallis (saxophones and flute), Chris Howells (trumpet), and saxophonist Steve Kennedy who performed with the band at Ontario Place in 1982. Lighthouse continues to perform and create innovative works including a reunion concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra that was broadcast nationally, a tour of Brazil with an original multimedia stage show in collaboration with the Desrosiers Dance Theatre, and a series of concerts in which sections of the band performed in different locations across Toronto linked together by broadband cable. In 1995 Lighthouse was inducted into the Q107 Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

A Tribute to Elvis

October 3 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $49.00.  A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS IN CONCERT

A Tribute to Elvis in Concert, featuring two of the world’s most coveted Elvis Tribute Artists known today: Pete Paquette and Chris Connor from the UK. This dynamic duo have been performing their amazing Tribute show in front of thousands of Elvis fans across our nation. Accompanied by an incredible eleven piece band, their talents and showmanship makes this show a MUST SEE live concert for any rock’n roll fan. 
Direct from the United Kingdom, Chris Connor, from the World Famous Elvis Show, within a few short years has skyrocketed himself to becoming one of the most popular and sought after Elvis Tribute Artist in the world. His natural looks and voice astound his audiences at every concert. Chris delivers a powerful tribute to Elvis in the Concert Years which will leave you mesmerized from beginning to end. Recently, Chris was named one of the top Tribute Acts by the Telegraph Journal UK. 
Canada’s Premier Elvis Tribute Artist, Pete Paquette, a multi-award winning performer who has toured across Canada with his self-produced show Elvis: The Moments, will set the stage with his explosive energy, recreating a performance of two of the King’s most defining moments of his career, from his early Rock & Roll years to the electrifying 1968 Comeback Special in the famous Black Leather Outfit.

Andre Philippe Gagnon

October 14 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $50.00.
In 1985, André-Philippe Gagnon first acquired his international reputation. He participated for the first time at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs festival with an incredible act, impersonating with accuracy every artist of the song We are the World, the famed song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by USA for Africa. Thanks to the success of his performance at the Just for Laughs festival, Gagnon was invited to present his version of We Are the World on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, reaching an audience of 15 million American viewers. The after-effects of this televised performance were immediate. International offers began to come forward, including an invitation to the Victoires de la Musique in Paris and to the gala Cinema Chante in Gstaad, Switzerland, where he had the opportunity to meet Frank Sinatra, one of the artists that he best imitates..
Following his international success, a first tour in his home province of Quebec was planned for 1986. 21,000 tickets were sold in only 3 hours – an all time record! That same year Gagnon performed several times throughout the United States, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Atlantic City. Less then two years after his Tonight Show performance Gagnon participated as a guest, alongside with Lionel Ritchie, on Champs Elysees, the most popular French TV Show, watched by more than 22 million European viewers.

Hotel California

October 20 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $50.00.
The original Eagles Tribute! 
For almost three decades now HOTEL CALIFORNIA have been recreating the legendary sound of THE EAGLES, and thrilling audiences all over the world. The band set the bar in 1986, and they’ve remained the industry leading substitute for The Eagles ever since. Playing to huge outdoor and arena audiences, sharing bills with some of rock’s legends, and going places no tribute band has gone before. A long run by any measure, but it begs the question - what makes HOTEL CALIFORNIA so special? Well, incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies, and top flight live performances, just for starters. These are the band’s hallmarks, and the foundation on which their reputation has been built. With over a century of collective professional experience in the band today, they’re still going stronger than ever in 2014.
HOTEL CALIFORNIA’s show has evolved into a masterful celebration of The Eagles’ music. One of the most game-changing song catalogs in the history of rock n’ roll is performed to perfection before your eyes and ears. The band also offers tons of value-added promotional support and materials to every client, and the confidence that industry insiders have in them has made HOTEL CALIFORNIA one of the world’s most accomplished tribute productions. You can check them out any time you like, but you’ll never want to leave.
If you love The Eagles, then welcome to the Hotel California – you’ve just found the next-best thing.

Green River Revival

October 26 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $39.00. Calling all fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival!  Don't miss "Green River Revival", the worlds' #1 international tribute to the legendary CCR.   "Green River Revival" presents the music of CCR with a historical storyline that incorporates several costume changes including the "chain gang prison uniforms" right out of the song "Midnight Special",  those plaid flannel shirts made famous by CCR in the 60's, and of course, army fatigues depicting the era of John Fogerty's Vietnam protest songs. This talented troupe of world-class musicians truly captures the passion and soul of John Fogerty and CCR, performing timeless hits including "Proud Mary", "Lodi", "Bad Moon Rising", "Have You Ever Seen The Rain", "Fortunate Son", "Up Around The Bend" and "Travellin' Band" amongst the many audience favourites.  If you're a fan of Creedence Clearwater Revival, get your tickets today to see this incredible show in Lindsay!


November 23 @ 7:00PM

The cast of “OH WHAT A NIGHT!”, the internationally renowned tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, celebrates the Christmas season with a  show that returns to Canada by popular demand… one that definitely creates “holiday sparkle”.
In the “OH WHAT A NIGHT!” Christmas show the cast will warm you up with some of the most popular songs from their fast paced musical tribute to the legendary Frankie Valli and then transform you into a Christmas wonderland with a brand new tribute to “Mr. Christmas” himself – the great ANDY WILLIAMS. 
“OH WHAT A NIGHT!” Is an in-depth musical revue, bringing to life thirty of the Four Seasons' hits.  It's a captivating tribute to the songbook of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame super group with note-perfect renditions of the iconic "Jersey boys"! The show features 4 talented performers singing live that “feel good” music you grew up with that made the name Frankie Valli known around the globe.
In the 1960’s and 70’s the ANDY WILLIAMS television show was a staple in households around the world and his annual Christmas shows were some of the most anticipated specials ever made. His “Moon River” Theatre (named after his signature song) was the first non-country music theatre to be opened in Branson Mo., and allowed this iconic performer to remain in front of his loyal fans until shortly before his passing. 
The talented cast of “OH WHAT A NIGHT!” easily recreates the legendary sound of “Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers” with such songs as “It’s The Holiday Season”, “Jingle Bells”, “The Christmas Song”, “White Christmas”, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (which was written specifically for The Andy Williams Show), and of course “Moon River”. 
“Everybody loves these songs.  The melodies and harmonies are great to sing and the songs are always a special memory for somebody”, says producer George Solomon. 
Staying true to the original recordings this tribute to Frankie Valli & Andy Williams honours the talents of two American legends.  Don’t miss this incredible musical experience.