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Big Brother and the Holding Company 

Do you remember when Big Brother played the Majestic?

It would be so cool to bring them back for a show.

Leader Peter Albin, a country-blues guitarist who had played with future Grateful Dead founders Jerry Garcia and Ron McKernan, met Sam Andrew, a professional rock guitarist with a jazz and classical background. After playing together at Albin's home, Andrew suggested they form a band. The pair approached guitarist James Gurley, the resulting threesome playing open jam sessions hosted by entrepreneur Chet Helms in 1965. Helms found them a drummer, Chuck Jones, and Big Brother and the Holding Company was formed at their first gig, the Trips Festival in January 1966. In the audience was painter and jazz drummer David Getz, who soon displaced Jones. 

Big Brother went on to become the house band at the Avalon Ballroom, playing a progressive style of instrumental rock. Feeling a need for a strong vocalist, Helms contacted Janis Joplin, who at the time was considering joining up with Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators. She traveled to San Francisco from Austin, Texas and debuted with Big Brother at the Avalon on June 10, 1966

Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Airplane. They are best known as the band that featured Janis Joplin as their lead singer. Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills is considered one of the masterpieces of the psychedelic sound of San Francisco; it reached number one on the Billboard charts, and was ranked number 338 in Rolling Stone's the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

 

Current members 

Peter Albin – bass (1965-1968, 1969–1972, 1987-present) 
Dave Getz – drums, piano (1966-1968, 1969–1972, 1987-present) 
Tom Finch – guitar (1997-2008, 2015–present) 
Darby Gould - lead vocals (2015–present) 
David Aguilar – guitar (2018–present)

Former members 

Sam Andrew – guitar, vocals (1965-1968, 1969–1972, 1987–2015; died 2015) 
James Gurley – guitar (1965-1968, 1969–1972, 1987–1997; died 2009) 
Chuck Jones – drums (1965-1966) 
Janis Joplin - lead vocals (1966-1968; died 1970) 
Nick Gravenites - lead vocals (1969-1972) 
Kathi McDonald - lead vocals (1969-1972; died 2012) 
Dave Schallock - guitar (1969-1972) 
Mike Finnigan - organ, vocals (1971-1972; died 2021) 
Lisa Battle - lead vocals (1997-2005) 
Sophia Ramos - lead vocals (2005-2008) 
Ben Nieves – guitar (2008-2015) 
Kate Russo Thompson - vocals, electric violin and keyboards (1998, 2003–2008, 2015–present) 
Cathy Richardson - lead vocals (2011-2015) 
Tommy Odetto – guitar (2015–2018)

Artist Appeal 

Summer House Entertainment Inc. 

Katie Troccoli, President 

1911 Champlain St 

Ottawa, IL 61350 

815-228-2058 Cell 

I own two historic theater, (Long Story how I got here) The Majestic Theater in Streator IL, and the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston IL.  Both are in dire need of restoration.   

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. 

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 to educate and create employment in the entertainment field.  

My Corporation, Summer House Entertainment Inc will operate the theater as a for profit.  We will attract clients from a 50+ 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  and events 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.  A theatre is an anchor for downtown 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 currently developing a product line related to the theatres. Proceeds from the sale of our art product line go to support historic restoration efforts. 

Please visit www.MajesticShows.com or www.WillRogersCharleston.com 

The Majestic is in an Opportunity Zone 17099964300, TIF and Enterprise Zone (the City of Streator has no TIF funds available for the Majestic) and the Will Rogers is also in an Opportunity zone track 17029000500, TIF and Enterprise Zone. 

Please reach out to me if you would like to support my endeavor to restore these historic venues. 

Warm Wishes, 

  

Katie Troccoli 

815-228-2058 

katiet1@sbcglobal.net 

P.S. The local Small Business Development Center Executive has suggested that I solicit letters of support from talent who would perform on the Majestic / Will Rogers Stage or Host Digital Media / Film events to support my business plan.   

I am asking if you would write a letter of support for the restoration of the Majestic and Will Rogers Theatre - venue.  If you would pledge to a paid performance on our stage or in our venue at a mutually agreed upon date in the future. 

Both of these projects are very important to the communities and extremely expensive. If you can do more to help it would be greatly appreciated.

Briefcase Blues Endorsment 

 

I can't do this project alone.

I ask the Universe for help and good will.

I am on a mission to restore the Majestic in Streator IL & Will Rogers Theatre in Charleston IL to live entertainment stages and digital projection theatre palaces.

Thank you Jay for your support!

Katie Troccoli

Mr Fine Wine Visits Majestic 

Matt Weingarden aka Mr. Fine Wine visits Streator and the Majestic Theatre. 

Matt has pledged to do what he can to help raise the funds needed to restore the Majestic to her former glory.

Thank you Matt for connecting and pledging your support.

You can hear Matt on:

Ottawa Community Radio WRWO 94.5 FM a project of Here and Again Inc 501 C3 non profit replays Matt's New York Radio show on Friday nights at 9:00 PM - WRWO 94.5 is a low power radio station and can also be heard online.  WRWO 94.5 FM Low Power

From The New York Times: 

Where Fans of Rare Retro Soul Get Their Groove on 

On Wednesdays at Botanica, Matt Weingarden, a.k.a. D.J. Mr. Fine Wine, spins 45s from his collection of 20,000 rarely heard Motown-era singles.

New York Times - Mr Fine Wine

Majestic HOPE 

 

Majestic Theatre

12 23 2020

Hope for new funding opportunities to save this building.

 

Links to available art.  Proceeds go to fund restoration.

 

https://majesticshows.com/majestic-art-products

 

https://majesticshows.com/product/571384

 

Snow on the Majestic 

I have been trying to raise the money to restore the Majestic. In case inquiring minds want to know. 

The City of Streator funded the competition with $350,000. In TIF funds and $100,000. Revolving loan fund. (These are no longer available).This was done under City Manager Scott Wrighton who told me there are no TIF funds available for the Majestic even though it is in a TIF district. I met last year with the new city manager David Plyman who told me that the downtown Streator TIF was supporting the Northpoint Streator TIF. That the deal Scot Wrighton made cash strapped the City of Streator. 

I had hoped for a tourism grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce to help with the restoration, Covid 19 killed that. 

This is not an easy project to fund. Please reach out to me if you want to help. I have created some products to sell from the Majesticshows web site. Please feel free to visit and share.

Thank you,

Katie

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

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