ICC Guest Artists Series Opens with Frank and Dean Together Again on August 12

Following a fourth straight season of increased ticket sales, the lineup for the 2016-2017 Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series opens in August with a tribute to the smooth sounds and coolness of the Rat Pack.

Frank and Dean Together Again, a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin complete with a backing four-piece ensemble, opens the 2016-2017 ICC Guest Artists Series on August 12. The show kicks off the season performances by nationally- and internationally-touring professional artists. All performances take place in the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus.

The second show of the season features an acoustic performance of songs of one of the most successful recording duos in pop music history. Scarborough Fair: A Simon & Garfunkel Experience features an evening of music with stories and trivia sprinkled in, all performed by brothers Jeb and Jock Guthrie on October 21.

December brings a performance based on a beloved pop musician of the 1970s when A John Denver Christmas featuring Ted Vigil takes the stage December 16. Vigil’s resemblance to the late musician so amazing that Steve Wiesberg, John Denver’s lead guitar player from the 1970s, said after performing with Vigil: “Apparently the audience thinks they all look and sound like John; I don’t see it. I see it with Ted. A very strong physical resemblance…uncanny!” This holiday-themed show features Vigil along with a backing band.

On March 10, internet sensation Andy Gross brings The Mind Boggling Variety Show featuring comedy, magic and ventriloquism. Known as “The Split Man” after an online video he posted of himself–a video in which he surprises people by walking while appearing to be cut in half–went viral, Gross’ show is great for kids while offering a level of sophistication adults will enjoy.

The final show of the season takes place on May 19 and harkens back to the days of soda fountains and jukeboxes when Johnny Rogers presents Buddy & Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll. The show features a backing band with vocalists performing great rock and roll classics and includes Rogers’ uncanny portrayal of the legendary Buddy Holly.

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