Hoover Auditorium Prepares for Exciting Entertainment

Posted on March 06, 2014

Lakeside Chautauqua has prepared another remarkable lineup of performers and entertainers to celebrate the 2014 summer season.

Over Memorial Day weekend, The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley will kick off the summer season, on Saturday, May 24, with an exciting concert in Hoover Auditorium. Back by popular demand, this Grammy and Oscar-winning singer will light up the stage with his charming wit and classic hits, “(I've Had) The Time of My Life,” “Unchained Melody” and “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'.”

To open the official Chautauqua programming season, Grammy-winning fiddler, Natalie MacMaster from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, will be joined onstage by her husband and fellow fiddler, Donnell Leahy on Saturday, June 21. These two powerhouses of Celtic music will perform toe-tapping jigs and Irish reels for the whole family to enjoy.

Next, the 1980s pop-rock band, 10,000 Maniacs, will appear in Lakeside on Saturday, June 28 to perform favorites “More Than This” and “These Are Days.” The group is currently on tour in support of Music from the Motion Picture, their first album in 14 years. Mary Ramsey now serves as the band's lead singer.

Riders in the Sky will return to the Hoover Auditorium stage on Saturday, July 5 to sing “Home on the Range,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Happy Trails.” 'America's Favorite Cowboys' have been performing renditions of Western songs and various comedic skits for more than 30 years.

CeCe Winans, a multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel artist, will perform hits from her gold- and platinum-certified albums on Saturday, July 12. Winans is considered one of today's most genuine gospel artists, and her passion for God is evident in her positive and inspirational music.

As one of Motown's first acts of the 1960s, The Contours continue to “shake 'em down” more than 50 years later, under the leadership of original band member Joe Billingslea. The band will perform its No. 1 hit, “Do You Love Me,” for audience members on Friday, July 18 in Hoover Auditorium.

Blood, Sweat & Tears, a 1970s Grammy-winning jazz-rock band, featuring American Idol alum Bo Bice, will rock the Hoover Auditorium stage on Saturday, July 19. The band recently developed a more contemporary voice. Although this new collaboration does not include any of the original band members, the original brand and style remain intact.

As the summer continues, Capitol Steps (rated PG) takes the stage to perform a collection of humorous skits about current events, politics and famous society icons on Friday, July 25. The comedic group tackles both sides of the political spectrum to entertain audiences of all types.

The OSU Alumni Band will return to Lakeside Chautauqua for their 36th consecutive Hoover Auditorium performance on Saturday, July 26. The band is the largest all brass and percussion college alumni band in the U.S. Fan favorites, such as “Buckeye Battlecry” and “Hang on Sloopy,” will be played, along with other jazz music, marches and Big Band hits.

Continuing an annual tradition, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra will play eight riveting concerts during its month-long residency in Lakeside Chautauqua. This year, the symphony will perform light classics, feature several soloists, highlight the music of Judy Garland and play alongside Pointe of Departure Ballet. The summer concert series will open on Wednesday, July 30 and close on Friday, Aug. 22.

Lakeside favorite, Mike Albert & the Big “E” Band, will rock the Hoover Auditorium stage on Friday, Aug. 1. Albert is known worldwide for his respectful portrayal of Elvis Presley with his “Ultimate Tribute” show. With numerous Elvis hits, Albert makes it a point to keep the show fresh with an ever-changing song lineup.

Michael W. Smith is a contemporary Christian artist and three-time Grammy winner that will perform in Lakeside Chautauqua on Saturday, Aug. 16. Throughout his career, Smith has sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 29 No. 1 hit songs, including “Above All,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart” and “Place In This World.”

Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, widely known for popularizing the twist dance style of the 1960s, will perform their No. 1 hit, “The Twist,” and many other favorites, over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Finally, this year's Summer Celebration Ceremony will feature a performance by The Tartan Terrors on Sunday, Aug. 31. As North America's premiere Celtic band, The Tartan Terrors include entertaining music, comedy and lively dancing in each show.

For an up-to-date listing of Hoover Auditorium performers and entertainers, visit www.lakesideohio.com/calendar.