SANTA ROSA, CA (May 10, 2023) – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced it has added 20 new shows to its lineup for the 2023 season, continuing its commitment to bring to the North Bay chart-topping music, compelling dance, provocative comedy, and groundbreaking talks to reflect the diverse interests across Sonoma County.
Tickets for all shows go on sale first to LBC members on Wednesday, May 10, at 10 am and to the general public on Friday, May 19, at 10 am. Tickets are available online at lutherburbankcenter.org, by calling 707-546-3600, or at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts ticket office, 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.
LBC continues to bring a wide range of world-class, award-winning artists to Sonoma County with additions to the season highlighted by rock ‘n’ roll torchbearer Daughtry, whose Bare Bones Tour comes to LBC Friday, September 15. Shortly after, on September 23, Masters of Illusion will fill LBC’s theater with jaw-dropping grand illusions and hysterical comedy magic. A cappella group Straight No Chaser brings its captivating sounds of human voices making extraordinary music, both moving and humorous, on Wednesday, October 25, and multiplatinum troubadour Andy Grammar energizes the LBC audience with his pop anthems on Wednesday, November 1. Blippi – The Wonderful World Tour presents the distinct features of different cities around the world through fun and lively song and dance on Saturday, December 2. On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience comes to LBC with state-of-the-art technology that lifts the legend’s rich, iconic baritone from archival concert footage and blends it into a live performance of his biggest hits. Classic Albums Live recreates the classics with its Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers concert on Friday, January 26, 2024. Latin Grammy®-winner and all female group Gina Chavez & Flor De Toloache presents its edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Latin American music, Thursday, April 11, 2024.
Rodney Strong Dance Series
LBC’s lineup of dance performances features three Rodney Strong Dance Series programs, taking audiences from the energized and athletic contemporary style of Parsons Dance on Monday, October 23, to the colorful traditions of Christmas in Mexico with Posada Navideña on Friday, December 8. Halau Hula Ka No’eau takes the dance of the renowned Maiki Aiu Lake lineage of O’ahu to the LBC stage on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
From celestial to social commentary, the topics of conversation on the LBC stage expand further with four additional speakers to its lineup of presenters. Two comedians known for their quirky, insightful wit will talk the talk on stage: Actress, author, and comedian Amy Sedaris brings her can-do spirit to an Evening of Conversation on Thursday, September 21, and comedic genius Molly Shannon presents her own Evening of Conversation on Thursday, October 19. Psychic Medium Matt Fraser brings his heartfelt emotional readings to fans on Sunday, November 26, while Psychic Medium John Edward presents an intimate afternoon of revelation on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Finally, Fran Lebowitz offers her insightful social commentary and acerbic views on current events and media on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
Events and Holiday Shows
Feeding comedy enthusiasts the variety they’ve come to expect from LBC, the Center adds the 47th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition Semi-Finals, Saturday, September 16 to its growing lineup of comedy programs this season. No tickets are necessary to join LBC in celebrating Latino Heritage Month on Sunday, September 10, with Fiesta de la Independencia. Open to the public, the festival will feature authentic Latin American food, music, games, and activities for the entire family. Rounding out this season’s holiday lineup, Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet on December 18 presents an extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian principal artists performing the classical dance with jaw-dropping acrobatics, puppetry and set design. Dave Koz and Friends fans will be treated to some fresh, lively arrangements of holiday favorites when the band returns to LBC on Wednesday, December 20.
LBC will continue to add performances to its lineup throughout the year. Fans are encouraged to sign up for newsletter alerts at lutherburbankcenter.org.
LUTHER BURBANK CENTER FOR THE ARTS – NEW SHOWS
1. Redwood Credit Union Presents
14th Annual Fiesta de Independencia
Sunday September 10 at 1:00 pm
Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with a taste of Latin America in Sonoma County! Enjoy authentic food, music, games, and activities for the entire family.
2. Daughtry The Bare Bones Tour
Friday, September 15 at 8:00 pm
Tickets $49, $69, $89
One of the most visible and consistent rock ‘n’ roll torchbearers of the 21st century, Daughtry has sold more than 9 million albums and 16 million singles worldwide and continues to sell out concerts across the globe.
3. 47th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition Semi-Finals
Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 pm
An outrageously funny evening, where fans will see the comedy stars of tomorrow competing for their chance at fame and fortune. Hundreds of comedians audition each year. Only 30 are chosen.
4. Amy Sedaris, An Evening of Conversation
Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 pm
Moderated by Karin Demarest
Tickets $55 / $69
Amy Sedaris is a prolific actress, author, and comedian. Her Emmy Award®-nominated comedy series, At Home with Amy Sedaris, debuted its third season on truTV in May 2020. Sedaris also appeared as space mechanic Peli Motto in the Emmy award-winning Disney+ series, The Mandalorian.
5. Masters of Illusion
Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 pm
Tickets $39 / $55
Starring the world’s greatest award-winning magicians, this 21st century magic show is filled with modern illusions and arts of deception performed live on stage.
6. Molly Shannon, An Evening of Conversation
Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 pm
Moderated by Karin Demarest
Tickets $55 / $69 / $99 Meet & Greet
Comedic genius Molly Shannon spent six seasons on Saturday Night Live, where she became known for the eclectic characters she created for the show, including Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley. In 2000, she received an Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.”
7. Rodney Strong Dance Series
Monday, October 23 at 7:30 pm with post-show discussion
Tickets $20 (Limited View) / $35 / $49
Known for its energized, athletic, and joyous style, Parsons Dance is internationally renowned for creating and performing contemporary American dance. Their bold ensemble work and movement has solidified them as one of the world’s leading dance companies.
8. Straight No Chaser
Wednesday, October 25 at 8:00 pm
Tickets $45 / $59
Not your traditional male a cappella group, Straight No Chaser has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase with nine unadulterated human voices that come together to make extraordinary music to move people in a fundamental sense and with a sense of humor.
9. Andy Grammer
Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 pm
Tickets $45 / $59 / $75
Multiplatinum troubadour Andy Grammar continues to engage, energize, and empower audiences with stomping stadium-size pop anthems meant to be shared at full volume. His catalog consists of numerous bona fide hits, including the quadruple-platinum, “Honey, I’m Good,” and platinum singles, “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine by Me,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and “Fresh Eyes.”
10. Matt Fraser—America’s Psychic Medium
Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 pm
Tickets $55 (Limited View) / $59 / $75
Psychic Medium Matt Fraser’s spiritual teachings have allowed him to bring healing, hope, and laughter to a global audience of fans and followers. From heartfelt emotional readings to stunning revelations, Fraser has audiences on the edge of their seats with his outrageous personality and unique approach to mediumship.
11. Blippi—The Wonderful World Tour
Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 pm
Tickets $29 (Limited View) / $39 / $59
Fans will dance, sing, and learn with global sensation Blippi and special guest Meekah, as they discover what makes different cities unique and special. Get ready to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party!
12. Rodney Strong Dance Series
Posada Navideña by Calidanza Dance Company
Friday, December 8 at 6:30 pm
Tickets $5 Child / $10 Adult
Celebrate this annual LBC tradition-filled night of lively dance, colorful costumes, festive music, and song, as Calidanza takes fans to different regions of Mexico with holiday favorites and new choreography. Pre-show arts and crafts, post-show celebration, and opening performance by Mariachi Cantares de mi Tierra de LBC.
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13. Talmi Entertainment Presents
Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet
Monday, December 18 at 7:00 pm
Tickets $36 / $46 / $56 / $76 / $86 /
$126 / $181
Experience the warm glow- nostalgia of America’s favorite Christmas celebration performed by an extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists with the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger-than-life puppets, and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes.
14. Dave Koz and Friends: Christmas Tour 2023 with Special Guests
Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm
Tickets $49 / $69
A popular annual tradition at LBC, Dave Koz’s holiday concerts feature stellar special guests, performing fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites in a high-energy show for the entire family. The saxophonist and bandleader has earned nine Grammy® nominations and sent nine albums to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
15. JohnEdward.net Presents
Psychic Medium John Edward
Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 12:00 pm
Tickets $55 / $65 / $75 / $85 / $125
John Edward is one of the world’s most sought-after psychic mediums and author of several critically acclaimed New York Times best sellers, including Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories and his most recent book, Infinite Quest.
16. Johnny Cash—The Official Concert Experience
Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 7:30 pm
Tickets $45 / $65
Produced in collaboration with the Estate of Johnny Cash, this multi-media celebration uses state-of-the-art technology to lift Johnny Cash’s rich, iconic baritone from archival concert footage and recordings, enabling the “Man in Black” to perform his biggest hits, “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire,” with a live band again!
17. Classic Albums Live: Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers
Friday, January 26, 2024, at 8:00 pm
Tickets $35 / $49
Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums that have stood the test of time and recreates them live on stage—note for note, cut for cut, using the best musicians. Forgoing costumes and impersonations, Classic Albums Live finds success in concentrating solely on the music, putting all their energy into the music so that the performance sounds exactly like the album.
18. An Evening with Fran Lebowitz
Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 7:30 pm
Moderated by Karin Demarest
Tickets $39 / $55
In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, author, journalist, and social observer Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media, as well as pet peeves, including tourists, baggage-claim areas, aftershave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, and anyone who is unduly tan.
19. Rodney Strong Dance Series
Halau Hula Ka No’eau
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 7:30 pm with post-show discussion
Tickets $20 (Limited View) / $35 / $49
Celebrating their 35th Anniversary, Halau Hula Ka No‘eau is dedicated to preserving and performing traditional hula styles that descend from the lineage of O‘ahu’s renowned Maiki Aiu Lake. Through traditional hula, styling, music, and chant, they present emotionally stirring performances that honor tradition, while creating hula for today.
20. Gina Chavez & Flor De Toloache
Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 7:30 pm
Tickets $35 / $55
Latin Grammy®-winning, all-female group, Flor de Toloache mixes tradition and innovation, breaking boundaries with their edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Latin American music. The talented New York ensemble casts a spell over its audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance.
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Santa Rosa, Calif. April 20, 2023 – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced it has
elected David Weinstein and Darcy Pecoraro to its Board of Directors. Their placement brings to 20 the number of members on the board of the nonprofit arts center.
Weinstein is Senior Vice President of VANTREO, a local provider of insurance and risk management, where he leads the development of new carrier relationships and further growth for existing ones. Weinstein has more than 20 years of leadership experience and an extensive background in risk management and workers’ compensation. He co-founded CompZone™, founded West Coast Direct Insurance Services, and serves on the agency councils of multiple workers’ compensation carriers. A resident of Forestville, Weinstein has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including a Humboldt County-based coastal conservation organization. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Pecoraro is a native Californian business investor with more than 25 years of experience in management, finance, and community volunteerism and advocacy. She launched VIP Petcare with her husband, Ken, in 1995 and served as Director of Tax & Treasury, responsible for compliance, insurance, and risk management. After expanding the company to 32 states and selling the business in 2017, Pecoraro has worked with organizations that advocate and support mental and physical health. A resident of Santa Rosa, she currently serves on the finance committee for Canine Companions, and she coaches boys’ and girls’ junior high school basketball.
“We are happy to welcome David Weinstein and Darcy Pecoraro to the Board of Directors, where their long-time professional leadership, along with their deep commitment to our community and LBC, will be an asset to the Center’s efforts to provide enriching, accessible arts and arts education to more than 500,000 children and adults of the North Bay annually,” said Rick Nowlin, President and CEO.
About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain.