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New Shows Added at Carmel Palladium for 2012-2013 Season

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By John Hughey
The Center for the Performing Arts
http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/

The Center for the Performing Arts today announced three new performances for its 2012-13 season. The single ticket events represent multiple genres, from classic rock vocalist Michael McDonald (April 21) to ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro (June 4) to the interactive family show Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo (June 13-16).

“The Center for the Performing Arts has earned a reputation for presenting world-class artists,” said President/CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko. “We’re continuing that tradition with these new performances – a truly diverse collection of talent. We’re looking forward to welcoming new audiences alongside our season subscribers. It’s going to be a spectacular spring at the Center for the Performing Arts.”

Tickets for all three performances at the Palladium go on sale Monday, February 18 starting at 7 a.m. online at www.TheCenterPresents.org At 10 a.m., tickets are available at the Palladium box office and by phone at 317-843-3800. The 2012-13 Season presented by St.Vincent Health includes performances representing Classics, Great American Songbook, Jazz & Blues, Country & Bluegrass, and Dance. Additional special performances, including Pop, Spotlight, Family and Holiday are also featured in the 2012-13 season.

The Center’s season additions include:

Michael McDonald
Date: Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
Venue: The Palladium

Vocalist Michael McDonald’s unique “velvety tenderness” helped propel both The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan to incredible success. McDonald first gained wide attention when he joined the group Steely Dan singing backup and playing keyboards onstage. One year after the release of Steely Dan’s “Katy Lied,” McDonald was asked to join the Doobie Brothers. In the years that followed, McDonald and the Doobie Brothers enjoyed tremendous success with hits including “What A Fool Believes,” “Minute by Minute” and “Yah Mo B There.” McDonald’s writing and lead singing abilities propelled the hits “Taking It To The Streets,” and the Grammy Award winning song of the year “What A Fool Believes.” In 2008 he released his “Soul Speak” album which features his interpretations of 11 soul inspired songs like “Walk On By” and “Living For the City,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

Jake Shimabukuro
Date: Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Venue: The Palladium

Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row), the wide-ranging virtuoso of the four-string, two-octave ukulele, will sweep onto the Palladium stage in a stop on his Grand Ukulele Tour. Shimabukuro redefined the ukulele and exploded onto the pop stage in a little over a decade. Early recordings made him a household name in Hawaii, but then the YouTube phenomenon happened – a video of Shimabukuro playing George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in Central Park went viral, with 8 million views and counting. Since then he has performed with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bette Midler (before the Queen of England), Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Levon Helm, Les Paul and Jimmy Buffett, all the while fine-tuning his mastery on what some thought was a limited instrument. He’s played on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! and was a featured artist on NPR’s Weekend Edition. His latest album, Grand Ukulele, includes original songs such as “Island Fever Blues,” a traditional Hawaiian song titled “Akaka Falls” and a unique track called “Missing Three,” performed with only three strings – created on a day when Jake was missing the third string on his instrument. Legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road) collaborates on the album.

Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Dates: June 13-16 (multiple showtimes)
Venue: The Palladium’s east courtyard

Families will have the opportunity to feed, water and play with a variety of creatures straight from the prehistoric era. The Dinosaur Petting Zoo is a unique, visually stunning experience that allows children and adults to travel back in time. The artists behind these stunning creatures are Australian-based Erth – Visual & Physical Inc. Founded in 1990 in Ballarat Victoria, Erth has consistently been creating art for the public domain since its inception and is recognized today as an innovator of physical and visual theatre worldwide. Erth’s goal is to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences by combining a truly fantastic aesthetic with performance, using large-scale puppets, stilts, inflatable environments and aerial techniques to create its productions. Erth tours the globe extensively. Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo is made possible in part by a grant from the Jean Yorke Memorial Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

For more information, visit http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/, or call 317-843-3800.

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