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Dead Air with Cory Daniels on WRWO 94,5 FM - April 15, 2022 

Beyond Description. . . 

We talk with last year's "Artist in Residence." Helen Kennedy was responsible for doing the artwork on Dave's Picks 37 through 40. There were a ton of cool easter eggs on each album: references to venues, cities, and special songs performed for the particular shows. 

Dave's Picks Vol. 37 - College of William & Mary 1978 
Dave's Picks Vol. 38 - Nassau 1973 (First time the band played the entire Weather Report Suite) 
Dave's Picks Vol. 39 - Philadelphia 1983 (First Dave's Picks album to feature the song "Shakedown Street" 
Dave's Picks Vol. 40 - Noblesville 1990 

The Set List. . . 
Brown-Eyed Women 6:50 
1990-07/18 DEER CREEK MUSIC CENTER, Noblesville, Indiana 
Dave's Picks Vol. 40 

Shakedown Street 14:19 
1983-04/26 THE SPECTRUM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Dave's Picks Vol. 39 

Weather Report Suite 15:00 
1973-09/08 NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, Uniondale, New York 
Dave's Picks Vol. 38 

Deal 7:15 
1978-04/15 WILLIAM & MARY HALL - COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY, Williamsburg, Virginia 
Dave's Picks Vol. 37

Group spruces up Madison Theater  

Group spruces up Madison Theater Saturday 

by: Austin Schick 

Posted: Mar 26, 2022 / 05:11 PM CDT 

Updated: Mar 26, 2022 / 10:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A group of volunteers aimed at restoring one of Peoria’s oldest theaters spruced up the place Saturday morning. 

The Madison Theater Preservation Association held a spring workday on the historic building Saturday. Volunteers grabbed paintbrushes and gave the restaurant part of the building a fresh coat of paint, while others swept and tidied up the theater area. 

Madison Theater donated to preservation association by owner 

Cody Giebelhausen, the secretary of the Madison Theater Preservation Association, said the goal is to reopen the theater for tours this summer. 

He said there’s still a lot of work to be done before it fully reopens and welcomes acts through its doors once again. 

“The theater will look and feel much like it does right now with the beautiful plaster, but it will have all new mechanicals, all new electric,”Giebelhausen said. “Some of the plaster will be restored, the paint will be refinished. 18 months of work and $35 million worth of stuff need to be done.” 

He said the roof has been patched and, for the first time in 10 years, there’s no longer water leaking inside the building. 

Right now, the complete renovation is on time and expected to be completed by the summer of 2024. 

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Century-old Des Plaines Theatre set to open in October after $6.6M renovation  

Century-old Des Plaines Theatre set to open in October after $6.6M renovation 

$6.6M worth of renovations put in for theater 

Chicago / 

September 03, 2021 03:47 PM 

TRD Staff 

Des Plaines Theatre at1 487 Miner Street (Google Maps) 

The Des Plaines Theater, built in 1925 and shuttered in 2014, is preparing to reopen Oct. 1 after a $6.6 million renovation. 

Rivers Casino, based in Des Plaines, provided $2.2 million of funding, while the city covered the rest, according to the Chicago Tribune. Theater operator Ron Oneseti will lease the building, which survived a bomb in the 1930s and a fire in the 1980s, and run it as a venue for live entertainment and dining. 

“It ended up being more of a renovation project than we thought,” Des Plaines City Manager Michael Bartholomew told the Tribune. “The building is 100 years old and it looks like it was never maintained over those 100 years.” 

Developers preserved original elements such as tile in the lobby and an art deco-style stage front and a marquee was rebuilt to look almost identical to the original. 

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The theater that can seat close to 1,000 people will host acts including local performers and tribute bands. The second floor will house a speakeasy-style bar and a pizza restaurant with a rock `n’ roll theme. 

Des Plaines hopes the theater will prompt more businesses to open up in the area. “It’s really about economic development,” said Michael Bartholomew, the city manager. 

[Chicago Tribune] — Connie Kim 

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Dead Air with Cory Daniels on WRWO 94,5 FM - March, 25 2022 

Beyond Description. . . 

Flatstock is a touring poster exhibition of gig posters featuring artists from around the world! One of the main stops is South By Southwest, an annual conglomeration of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences organized jointly that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas. We had an opportunity to talk with a few of the artists at this year's Flatstock at South By Southwest. These artists contributed artwork for some of the Grateful Dead's official releases. 

The Set List. . . 

Sugar Magnolia 8:45 
1972-11/18 HOFHEINZ PAVILION, Houston, Texas 
Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 

Box Of Rain 4:54 
1972-11/17 CENTURY II CONVENTION HALL, Wichita, Kansas 
Dave's Picks Vol. 11 

West L.A. Fadeaway 12:44 
Live In Colorado 
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros 

Jack Straw 5:53 
1974-06/23 JAI-ALAI FRONTON, Miami, Florida 
Dave's Picks Vol. 34 

Row Jimmy 10:54 
1990-07/19 DEER CREEK MUSIC CENTER, Noblesville, Indiana 
Dave's Picks Vol. 40

Century-old Des Plaines Theatre $6.6M worth of renovations 

 

 

 

Century-old Des Plaines Theatre set to open in October after $6.6M renovation 

$6.6M worth of renovations put in for theater

September 03, 2021 03:47 PM

The Des Plaines Theater, built in 1925 and shuttered in 2014, is preparing to reopen Oct. 1 after a $6.6 million renovation. 

Rivers Casino, based in Des Plaines, provided $2.2 million of funding, while the city covered the rest, according to the Chicago Tribune. Theater operator Ron Oneseti will lease the building, which survived a bomb in the 1930s and a fire in the 1980s, and run it as a venue for live entertainment and dining.

“It ended up being more of a renovation project than we thought,” Des Plaines City Manager Michael Bartholomew told the Tribune. “The building is 100 years old and it looks like it was never maintained over those 100 years.” 

Developers preserved original elements such as tile in the lobby and an art deco-style stage front and a marquee was rebuilt to look almost identical to the original.

The theater that can seat close to 1,000 people will host acts including local performers and tribute bands. The second floor will house a speakeasy-style bar and a pizza restaurant with a rock `n’ roll theme. 

Des Plaines hopes the theater will prompt more businesses to open up in the area. “It’s really about economic development,” said Michael Bartholomew, the city manager. 

[Chicago Tribune] — Connie Kim

Rialto Gets 5 million state grant 

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Rialto getting $5 million state grant 

State Rep. Walsh will announce details of the grant on Friday 

By Bob Okon 

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The Rialto Square Theatre is located in downtown Joliet. (Gary Middendorf - gmiddendorf@shawmedia.com/Gary Middendorf) 

 March 16, 2022 at 4:13 pm CDT 

State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, will announce details of a $5 million state grant for the Rialto Square Theatre on Friday. 

The funding marks the second major grant in two years for the Joliet theater, which received a $1.4 million federal grant in 2021. 

“The Rialto Square Theatre is a cultural center in greater Will County, as well as an important historic building,” Walsh said in a written statement announcing a Friday news conference about the grant. “I recognize the theater’s continued success is essential to the area for cultural and entertainment programming for our 86th District, as well as for jobs and the vitality of downtown Joliet

Catching A Wave With Jammin' James Riley March 5, 2022 on WRWO 94.5 FM 

 

Great new tunes continue to come in for Catching A Wave every week!  We've got rockin' tracks from The Courettes, Frogman, Atomic Drag, America, Surf Zombies, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Surfbeat Club, The Outta Sites, Darren Michael Boyd, Jeremy & The Harlequins, Astrosurf, The Dirty Licks, Halibears, The Desolate Coast and The Avocados.  We've got a Two-nami in the forecast with a couple of tunes Brian Wilson produced.  Beth Riley has a fun song from The Beach Boys in her Surf's Up: Beth's Beach Boys Break and we drop a coin in the Jammin' James Jukebox to hear our selection of the week!

Dead Air with Cory Daniels on WRWO 94,5 FM - March 5, 2022 

 

Beyond Description. . . 

We talk with a former Relix Magazine writer, a heavy hitter taper in the taping section, and author - Sandy Troy. He has a new Jerry Garcia biography out. 

The Set List. . . 

Cassidy 5:08 
1978-01/22 McARTHUR COURT - UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, Eugene, Oregon 
Dave's Picks Vol. 23 

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 8:25 
1975-12/31 KEYSTONE, Berkeley, California 
GarciaLive Vol. 05 

I Need A Miracle > 11:17 
Terrapin Station > 12:27 
Playing In The Band > | 13:12 
1978-12/31 WINTERLAND, San Francisco, California 
The Closing Of Winterland

Boppin' with Beth on WRWO 94.5 FM February 18, 2022 

Electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, Joe Louis Walker is the "focus beam" artist on this week's Boppin' With Beth. You'll hear about the variety of influences that helped shape his unique sound Otis Redding, B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn, John Mayall & The Blues Breakers and John Lee Hooker. Joe Louis Walker is also the guest on Beth's Lightning Round too! Jammin' James Riley has a Gene Vincent track in Rockabilly Rewind and there's tunes from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kenny Neal and Billy F. Gibbons as well!!

Bring the Majestic back to life!

Proceeds from the sale of our product line go to support historic restoration efforts for the Majestic. The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay. Your contribution will help us bring the Majestic lights back on.

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Water Color Painting of

Majestic Theatre

by local artist Carol Halm

(May 2020)

Prints, Posters, products are now available to support the restoration efforts of the Majestic Theatre.

Carol Halm was born, raised and still lives in a quaint town called Ottawa in Illinois.  She has worked in watercolors for over 45 years and has spent 25 years in colored pencil.  She has worked on many commissions as well as licensing. She attended at Illinois Valley Community College and has spent countless hours perfecting her craft.  She works in various styles such from realism to whimsical and had completed several projects for companies such as Current, Dayspring and PCCrafter.  Three dimensional works, murals, kitchen products and clothing have also been among her accomplishments. Besides spending time with her daughter and her family, she loves spending her time creating.   

Groucho played the Majestic as a vaudeville act.

You may remember Gonzales Gonzales from John Wayne movies.  He provided comedy in Rio Bravo, Hellfighters, and other John Wayne flicks.

Here is where he got his start as an actor when he appeared as a contestant on 'You Bet Your Life'. Groucho Marx takes advantage of the situation based upon the audience laughter.

John Wayne saw the show and put Gonzales in his movies. 

Please click the link below:

Gonzales Gonzales Marx

I own two historic theater The Majestic Theater in Streator IL and the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston IL.  Both are in dire need of restoration.  Estimated costs are a million dollars each.  The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay.  The Will Rogers is on the National Historic Register.

I am seeking funding for both projects.

My business plan calls for working with the non profit organization Here and Again Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment industry as a way to educate and create employment in the entertainment industry. 

My Corporation, Summer House Entertainment Inc will operate the theater as a for profit.  We will attract clients from a 50 plus mile radius of each venue hosting live National Acts opened by local artists who perform in a Here and Again Inc program called Song + Story.   We will also be able to host film festivals and local events as well as first run movies.

The National acts that play the theaters are an economic boom to the communities.  Patrons who attend events will often spend the night (or two) at local hotels, buy gas, and eat in restaurants.  

Raising the quality of life with a vibrant theater attracts employers who want their employees to be happy in the communities in which they live.  This is classic economic development.

Mixing Song + Story participants with National Entertainers gives local up and coming talent the opportunity to network with entertainers who have been successful, giving them more opportunity for success in the entertainment industry.

I am hopeful you see the benefits that I am proposing and help me find a way to fund the projects.  

The Majestic is in an Opportunity Zone 17099964300, TIF and Enterprise Zone and the Will Rogers is also in an Opportunity zone track 17029000500, TIF and Enterprise Zone.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I will look forward to hearing any suggestions or opportunities you may have to offer.

I may be reached at

Katie Troccoli  katiet1@sbcglobal.net of call or text 815-228-2058

 

Wells Fargo Article Explaining Opportunity Zones

On December 19, 2018 I, with my development team, met with the City Manager of Streator Scot Wrighton.  I was told the City of Streator had no Tax Increment Funds to help re develop the Majestic Theatre.  

On November 13, 2019 I met with the new City Manager of Streator, IL David Plyman.  I was told by Mr. Plyman that the prior City Manager Scot Wrighton had entered into the re development Tax Increment Financing agreement with Beautiful City LLC (Eagle 6) and the Northpoint Development that has cash strapped the City of Streator.  The City of Streator is having a difficult time meeting their financial obligations.  That the downtown TIF (which the Majestic Theatre is in) is supporting the Northpoint TIF.  I was told the City of Streator borrowed money to develop the Northpoint TIF.  Once again, I was told the City has no Tax Increment Financing funds to help with the re development of the Majestic Theatre located in the Downtown Streator TIF. 

TIF Agreement for Eagle 6

Streator Business Development Agreement

 

 

The impact and importance of the performing arts on the cultural and economic life of American cities has been felt since the very first theater and vaudeville houses sprung up on Main Streets throughout the country." ”

Michael R. Schnoering

Starts Wednesday

Starts Wednesday: A Day in the Life of a Movie Palace recalls 1976, the year I spent with my husband and a group of similarly-misguided friends, trying to save the St. George Theater, a classic 2672-seat movie palace in New York City’s most neglected borough, Staten Island.

By Victoria Hallerman

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