Monday, July 11, 2016

Vaudeville at the Calumet Theatre welcomes local talent; Unity the Band to offer rock to reggae July 11

Calumet High School Drama Club will present Vaudeville at the Calumet Theatre beginning this Thursday, July 14, and continuing each Thursday through Aug. 11, 2016. Auditions for local talent of all kinds, from singers and musicians to jugglers and more, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning July 12. (Poster courtesy Calumet Theatre)

CALUMET --  Calumet High School's Drama Club has auditions for Vaudeville acts of all types! If you can sing, dance, twirl a baton, perform magic, comedy, etc., be at the Theatre between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on any of the next five Tuesdays, beginning July 12, to try out. Vaudeville will run five weeks with auditions from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. every Tuesday and shows at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday night.

This Thursday, July 14, the show will feature a variety of acts that are fashioned after the old-time Vaudeville shows that performed on the Theatre's stage back in the day. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids! Children 4 and under are FREE. Click here for more details.

Unity the Band to perform July 11

Unity the Band -- an award-winning Original Roots, Rock, Reggae and World Beat band from Wisconsin -- will perform at 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT, Monday, July 11, at the Calumet Theatre. General admission tickets are $16.

Kai "Pita" Katobalavu, the lead singer of Unity the Band, was born in the Fiji Islands. By listening to and singing native songs, Pita taught himself to play a wide range of instruments including a wooden drum called the lali and to perform the meke, which is a complex combination of voices and dance and is often used in times of war. At a very young age, he followed his uncle’s band, The Blue Ribbon, based out of Tailevu. In 1988 he formed a band called the Polynesian Connection that combined reggae, ska, and rock.

In 2002, Pita moved to Wisconsin where he could continue his music and share his original reggae with a new audience. He is joined by Timothy Perkins (music director, upright bass, electric basses, and vocals); Kelvin Ayres (singer, songwriter, producer and drums/percussion); Anthony Bessen  (acoustic & electric guitar, vocals); and Logan Dier (keys, vocals).

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