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J COLE WHAT DREAMS MAY COME TOURFRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH 2013 8PM

STATE THEATRE

With his first album Cole World: The Sideline Story, the Fayetteville, North Carolina MC solidified his position as a bonafide rap star touring the world with hit records and then earning himself a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards. Now with his sophomore LP Born Sinner scheduled for a June 25 release on Roc Nation/Sony the once humble kid stands tall as confident man on a musical mission.

WANDA SYKES

 SUNDAY OCTOBER 13TH 2013 8PM

OHIO THEATRE

Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas.

Sykes was previously seen on several television shows these past 2 years. On her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show”. In October of 2009 for her second HBO stand up special “I’ma Be Me”. And in the CBS comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine” as “Barb”. Her first HBO comedy special WANDA SYKES: SICK & TIRED debuted in October 2006 and was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

In 2003, Wanda earned a Comedy Central Commie Award for “Funniest TV Actress.” Other writing credits include: the “MTV 1999 Music Video Awards”, “The MTV Movie Awards” the “74th Annual Academy Awards,” “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show,” and “Wanda at Large.”

CEDRIC THE ENTAINER

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER WITH FRIENDS JJ AND MALIK S

FRIDAY OCTOBER 18TH 2013 8PM

STATE THEATRE

Charismatic actor and comedian, Cedric “The Entertainer,” is best known for performances in such hit films as “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” “Madagascar” and “Intolerable Cruelty,” among countless others. He also starred and produced the 2004 box office hit, “Johnson Family Vacation,” and appeared in MTV’s documentary feature, “The Original Kings of Comedy,” directed by Spike Lee. In July 2006, his first-ever HBO Comedy Special, “Cedric The Entertainer: Taking You Higher,” was the network’s highest rated special that year, and in November 2008, he made his Broadway debut in “American Buffalo” and was singled out for critical praise. Now developing and producing future films with his own production company, “A Bird And A Bear Entertainment,” he also made his directorial debut in 2009.

JOHNNY MATHISSATURDAY OCTOBER 19TH 2013 7:30PM

PALACE THEATRE

“Living legend” is a label too freely tossed about in the entertainment world. Yet nowhere is it more spot-on than the artist who has twice been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences…Johnny Mathis. Millions of album sales, sold out concerts and three generations of fans later, Johnny continues to delight audiences in concert with his eponymous romantic voice and a long list of enduring #1 hits, including “Misty,” “Maria,” “Chances Are,” Wonderful, Wonderful,” “The Twelfth of Never’ ad infinitum.

CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA- MILES DAVIS GOES ELECTRIC

FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH THROUGH SATURDAY OCTOBER 26TH 2013 8PM

KENNEDY THEATRE

Exploring Davis’ Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, Tutu and Amandla albums when Davis’ traditional swing beat was transformed by adding a rock-style back-beat and electric bass grooves to launch the jazz-fusion movement.

Reservations available at www.clevelandjazz.org or by calling 440-945-6428.

AN EVENING WITH PATTI LABELLE

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8TH 2013 8PM

STATE THEATRE

Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Northeast Ohio’s largest youth workforce development organization, is excited to present An Evening with Patti LaBelle: A Benefit Concert for Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Beautiful, simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. LaBelle is known and revered for.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited was founded in December 1982 as a nonprofit to provide Cleveland teens with their first paid summer job. The organization has evolved and expanded, and today Y.O.U.’s mission is empowering youth in the Northeast Ohio area to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life through entrepreneurship, education and employment. Y.O.U. has served more than 150,000 youth, helping them escape the cycle of poverty and transform their lives via the most direct and cost-effective route: academic and career success.

 

JOHN LEGEND

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH 2013 8PM

STATE THEATRE

John Legend, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, he received the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend’s career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. John Legend added his voice to those of other artists, assisting in them reaching chart-topper hits. He lent his voice to Magnetic Man’s “Getting Nowhere,” Kanye West’s “All of the Lights”, on Slum Village’s “Selfish” and Dilated Peoples’ “This Way”. Other artists included Jay-Z’s “Encore”, and he sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys’ 2003 song “You Don’t Know My Name”, the Kanye West remix of Britney Spears’ “Me Against the Music”, and Fort Minor’s “High Road”. John Legend played piano on Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything”.

John Legend is set to release his new album, Love in the Future, on September 3, 2013. The first single “Made to Love” is available now.

LEGENDS OF HIP HOP

DOUGIE FRESH AND FRIENDS

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH 2013 8PM

STATE THEATRE

Legends of Hip Hop featuring Doug E. Fresh and Friends.

CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA: A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH 2013 8PM

HANNA THEATRE

Songstress Helen Welch joins the CJO with her jazzy versions of classic holiday tunes. Stan Kenton favorites will be infused with new rhythms alongside innovative BIG band arrangements of traditional seasonal fare.

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will be taking reservations for Super Saver Discount Packages by calling 440-945-6428 or visit www.clevelandjazz.org.

CLEVELAND JAZZ ORHCHESTRA: JINGLE BELL JAZZ

SUNDAY DECEMBER 8TH 2013 2PM

HANNA THEATRE

A pint-sized version of our celebrated holiday concert, featuring $10 tickets for all, an interactive instrument “petting zoo” and a family sing-along with classics like “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

 

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