A new week brings a brand new lineup of awesome live music, hilarious comedy, and wonderful live theater right here in Montgomery County. Check out some of our favorite events happening this week, below!
November 22 - January 5
Elmwood Park Zoo
Celebrate the holiday season with the return of Wild Lights to Elmwood Park Zoo! We’re flipping the switch on millions of lights that will shine throughout the zoo.
You’re in for a treat this holiday season as Wild Lights transforms Elmwood Park Zoo into a bright and stunning winter wonderland! Millions of lights will illuminate all of our 16 acres. You’ll be dazzled by animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and be sure to stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos with the big man himself. And don’t forget, Santa’s live reindeer will be returning to the zoo for photo ops as well!
Take a stroll through Snowflake Central and be dazzled by Rainbow Runway. Catch our giant video show in the giraffe yard, and marvel at the custom decorations in the Wonder Way Christmas Tree exhibit. And of course, be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop for photos with the big man himself.
BOOKER T. JONES
Ardmore Music Hall
Booker T Jones is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and arguably the most famous Hammond B3 player in history. As leader of the legendary Booker T and the MGs, this pillar of soul music collaborated with Otis Redding, Albert King, and more during his tenure at Stax Records. Since then, Booker has lent his trademark keyboard chops to and produced classic albums such as Willie Nelson’s multi-platinum hit Stardust and Bill Withers’ Just As I Am featuring the hit song “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Both Booker’s 2009 solo release Potato Hole and his 2011 solo release The Road From Memphis won GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In 2013 Booker released Sound The Alarm, marking a return to Stax Records after 40 years. In 2016, Booker debuted his live show “Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue”, working with new talent to create a show that reflects the heart and soul of Stax Records. Booker is currently working on a new recording project, writing his memoir, and touring worldwide with his solo band.
Ardmore Music Hall
Like The Band, the members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”
MCCC’s Lively Arts Series welcomes Grammy-nominated Stefon Harris and Blackout
Montgomery County Community College
Stefon Harris has earned four GRAMMY nominations for his passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity propelling him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the most important artists in jazz”, Harris has been named a recipient of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award, the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and named Best Mallet Player eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Harris also will participate in a Master Class on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 12:30 p.m. in the Mix Room, Room 129 in the Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. This is a special opportunity for students and the community to meet this world-renowned musician and learn what drives his creative pulse and about his musical experiences performing around the world. This event is free and open to the public.
WINTER GROUP SHOW: EARTH, WIND, & FIRE
December 1 - February 16
Exhibit B Gallery
Get pumped, our Winter group show is about to open! This year's theme is "Earth, Wind, & Fire". The show features work from 30 artists and includes tons of media, size, price points, and techniques. You're really going to love it. Opening reception is Friday, 11/15/19 5-9 and runs through 2/15/20. (facebook only allows us to post this event through 1/5 but ti definitely runs into February:) Visit our site for gallery hours, free parking info, and more
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
November 10 - December 8
An ancient curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound, and only three actors. This hilarious Sherlock Holmes caper is equal parts mystery and side-splitting spoof!c
LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD: A MUSICAL PANTO
November 22 - January 5
Fairytales collide in our brand new holiday panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. (Gasp!) Can a new hero, or heroine, emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? Set in the 1940s with a dash of the medieval, this hilarious, musical mashup is our most inventive panto yet. For tickets and more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/2qfrg4h