COLDWATER – Motown and its legendary sound take center stage with all of its incredible harmonies and smooth moves when Masters of Soul performs on Friday May 27 at Tibbits Opera House.
This concert is a tribute to the artists who defined an era in our country’s history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded: The Temptations and the Four Tops, Diana Ross & the Supremes, to Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson and James Brown.
Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 10-person cast consists of three lead male vocalists and three lead female vocalists backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who’ve been touring together for decades. Masters of Soul has performed to numerous sold-out audiences and garnered rave reviews across the country at venues ranging from community theaters and universities to performing arts venues and concert halls.
For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers an opportunity to experience the sound, the costumes, the dance moves of Motown and soul that became the fabric of the 60s and 70s.
Masters of Soul is generously sponsored by WTVB, Branch County’s award winning leader for local news and information. Tibbits also receives grant funding from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.
The concert begins at 7:30pm with doors to the theatre, Ghost Light Bar, and Art Gallery open at 6:30pm and seating beginning at 7pm. Tickets range from $25-45 including fees. Discounts for Tibbits members are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tibbits.org, stop at Tibbits business offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029. The performance will be held at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.
COLDWATER – Last seen on the Tibbits stage in spring 2011, the pop vocal group Three Men and a Tenor will make a return trip to the historic Opera House Friday, April 22 with a special school performance in the afternoon and a public performance in the evening.
Great pop vocal music, quick-witted humor, and overall likeability make The Three Men and a Tenor show a unique, unmatched musical experience for audiences. The group has a national touring schedule and has opened shows for entertainment legends like Jay Leno and The Beach Boys. They’ve performed the national anthem to start the NASCAR FireKeepers 400, and had a national PBS-TV special that was shown from Los Angeles to Nashville.
Three Men and a Tenor was formed by Paul Felch, Chuck Colby, Mark Stiles, and Glenn Williams in 1992 when the foursome were all members of the MSU Men’s Choir. Born and raised in different cities in Michigan, the group formed expecting to only sing one song together as added entertainment for a concert for the MSU Choir and Jazz Band concert in Grayling. Now, after 30-years together, they’ve won “The Best Entertainment in Michigan” four times, and presented nearly 4,000 performances, including two performance tours of our US Military Bases and Landstuhl Hospital in Germany, for our troops and their families.
For their appearance at Tibbits, the group will hold a special performance at Tibbits in the afternoon for music students at Coldwater High School, Legg Middle School and Lakeland Fifth grade band. Coldwater Community Schools Superintendent, Terry Whelan says, “I’m excited to work with Tibbits to bring in this amazing group. We really wanted to say thank you to all of our students in the music program, both band and choir, for all of their dedication and perseverance through the last couple of years. They had a lot of additional restrictions during Covid and yet they stuck with it. In honor of their hard work and flexibility, we dedicate this concert to them!”
Three Men and a Tenor have regularly sold-out shows at performing arts centers, theatres, and festivals and fairs including a long history working with schools sharing their love of music and their signature blend of powerful vocal harmonies and feel-good music for all ages.
The group’s most recent recording THREE MEN and a TENOR 25 includes several new songs including a stirring tribute to veterans, A Hero’s Prayer. In every performance, the group performs this song and honors our nation’s veterans. This is a show that will be enjoyed by all ages and people will leaving feeling better than when they walked in and begging for more.
The concert begins at 7pm with doors to the theatre, Ghost Light Bar, and Art Gallery open at 6pm and seating beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets range from $10-15 including fees with a $4 discount for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tibbits.org, stop at Tibbits business offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029. The performance will be held at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.
COLDWATER – Laughter abounds as Coldwater Comedy Fest, last seen on Tibbits’ stage in 2020 just days before theatres and public venues across the country were shut down, returns to Tibbits Opera House March 25.
Three professional stand-up comedians —headliner Leighann Lord, featured comic Lee Hardin, and emcee Wesley Ward — will perform at the historic theatre.
Headliner Leighann Lord has been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, and The View, and was recently seen on Netflix in the Def Comedy Jam 25th Anniversary Special. She was a national finalist in the American Black Film Festival-HBO Comedy Wings Competition and received the 2019 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association. Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian and author of several humor books. She is the creator of the People with Parents podcast (where she talks about the role reversal between adult children and aging parents); and is a former co-host on StarTalk Radio, with Neil de Grasse Tyson.
A Queens, NY resident who has performed internationally, including for U. S. troops stationed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Lord says “I believe that humor makes people happy. Happiness gives us hope and my hope is that if we can laugh together we can live together.”
Featured comic Lee Hardin, based out of Nashville, Tennessee, has been touring the country relentlessly, performing in comedy clubs, churches, corporate events, and once on a farm for prisoners. His work on the road paid off in 2019 with the release of his Drybar Comedy special, “Not Quite a Grown-Up,” which is available to watch for free on the Drybar Comedy app.
His quirky and clever approach to comedy, his stories about Taco Bell, and being an only child with bunk beds, have led him to share the comedy stage with acts like Henry Cho, Ryan Hamilton, and Nate Bargatze. Hardin has also performed as a warmup act for The Mike Huckabee Show and was a Top 10 Finalist for Jeanne Robertson’s “Comedy with Class” competition in 2019.
Emceeing the evening is Detroit-based Wesley Ward. A finalist in the Border City Comedy Festival and frequent performer at Laugh Fest, Ward can also be seen across the Midwest performing at comedy clubs, universities, and any stage with a microphone.
Comedy Fest begins at 7pm with doors to the theatre, Ghost Light Bar, and Art Gallery open at 6pm and seating beginning at 6:30. Tickets range from $19-26 including fees, with discounts available to Tibbits members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tibbits.org, stop in at Tibbits business offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029. The performance will be held at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.
Coldwater—Experience the hyper-realistic sights and sounds of what a Queen concert was like in the early 1980s, when Tibbits Entertainment Series kicks off 2022 with the tribute band Absolute Queen on January 22.
The show is filled with all of the many hits, incredible vocals, stories about Queen and the songs, costume changes, and high energy sing-along songs. Absolute Queen is a realistic Queen show replicating the songs, effects and music, with each member of the group boasting an impressive resume of musical tours and performances. Martyn Jenkins, lead singer and their “Freddie” from Wales, UK, has toured throughout Europe in a famed Queen tribute show for years. He has had the pleasure of sharing stages with both Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen and performed at many Queen International Fan Club Events. Jenkins will regale the audience with stories about the band and his own personal experience with former members and his visits to original recording studios. The band also features Chris Kinder on percussion well known for playing and touring and recording music for Jon Oliva the mastermind behind Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The band has
spent hundreds of hours perfecting the exact multiple harmonies of the real
Queen records. They pride themselves on their ability to perform Bohemian
Rhapsody live with the mastery of the original Queen. The concert features
every song from the Bohemian Rhapsody film and many more deep cuts and hits
like “Best Friend,” “Keep Yourself Alive,” “We Are The Champions,” “Love Of My
Life,” “Play The Game,” and “Another Ones Bites the Dust,” just to name a few.
Tickets for Absolute Queen range from $20-$43, with discounts
available for Tibbits members. Tickets for Tibbits members Benefactor level and
above are exclusively on sale now through December 15 by calling 517-278-6029.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public December 16 at Tibbits.org. Generously
sponsored by HaasCaywood PC, attorneys with offices in Coldwater and Sturgis,
this is the firm’s third year sponsoring a tribute concert.
The concert will be held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, 14
S. Hanchett St in Coldwater, MI. Doors to the lobbies, art gallery, and Ghost
Light Bar will open at 6pm, with seating beginning at 6:30pm for the 7pm
Plans for additional events in Tibbits’ 2022 Entertainment Series,
including additional tribute band concerts, Comedy Fest, classic films and more
are being finalized. From the theatre’s opening in 1882, touring artists have
been offered for the community. Tibbits continues the tradition with a season
of concerts, cultural events, movies and other such programs for all ages.
Additional information and tickets for Absolute Queen and all
other events at Tibbits can be found at Tibbits.org, by visiting the Tibbits
administrative offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or by calling
Coldwater— Experience the magic of the holidays in Trans-Siberian-Orchestra style as Siberian Solstice returns to Tibbits for a musical Christmas concert December 18 at 7pm.
Last seen on the Tibbits stage in December of 2019, Siberian
Solstice provides an exciting and inspirational Christmas show with music
performed in the style of the nationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian
Orchestra (TSO). With
more than 10 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to
rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. On the road, they
have become one of the world’s top acts, with Billboard magazine naming TSO one
of the top touring artists of the past decade.
Enhanced by lighting and video, Siberian Solstice
will feature traditional Christmas music and classical pieces presented with a
rock feel using electronic keyboards, drums, and guitars. Siberian Solstice has eight members on stage
to accurately reproduce the TSO style. The touring group from Ohio includes
founding member Dave Coonrod on bass, Dave Deal and Marie Moore on keyboard,
Chuck Mauk on percussion, Jamie Blank as narrator, Mary Jackson and Jenn
(Britsch) Shook on vocals, Garnet McGladdery on guitar and vocals and Kevin
Peters on guitar. All are accomplished musicians with extensive recording and
Tickets for the Siberian Solstice range from $10-$25,
with discounts available for Tibbits members. Generously sponsored by Longstreet
Living, it will be held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St in
Coldwater, MI. Doors to the lobbies, art gallery, and Ghost Light Bar will open
at 6pm, with seating beginning at 6:30pm.
Plans for Tibbits’ 2022 Entertainment Series tribute
band concerts, comedy fest, and more are being finalized. From the theatre’s
opening in 1882, touring artists have been offered for the community. Tibbits
continues the tradition with a season of concerts, cultural events, movies and
other such programs for all ages.
Additional information and tickets for Siberian
Solstice and all other events at Tibbits can be found at Tibbits.org, by
visiting the Tibbits administrative offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater,
or by calling 517.278.6029.
COLDWATER – Coldwater’s
own Chelsea (Hart) Melcher, now internationally acclaimed opera singer, will
return to the Tibbits stage with her award-winning pianist husband Paul Melcher
for a special benefit concert on September 18, 2021 at 7:30pm.
The duo will be performing for the 20th
Annual Smith Memorial Concert, with proceeds this year benefiting area high
school choir programs, including Coldwater, Reading, Bronson, Pansophia
Academy, and Union City.
Concert organizer Diane Pridgeon
says, “I knew Chelsea as an elementary standout in the 5th grade Honors
Choir. I wanted to benefit the chorale programs in the area and she was a good
fit vocally because she came through the Coldwater program.” Pridgeon
continued, “It’s generous of her to return and care about the music program in
Coldwater and the surrounding areas.”
Chelsea also has deep connections to
Tibbits having started with the Tibbits Young Audiences program, and then
performing in Coldwater High School musical theatre performances. She also
performed as a soloist for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church choir.
Chelsea Melcher has been described as “coolly captivating”
and “a woman to be reckoned with” onstage. Chelsea has performed Verdi’s
Requiem and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, the Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth
Symphony, and Mahler’s Second Symphony. Melcher’s performing includes
collaboration with Opera Columbus, Opera Seabrook, Opera Project Columbus, Bay
View Music Festival, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber
Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Midland Symphony, ProMusica
Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Symphony, Central Michigan Orchestra, and The Ohio
State University Orchestra.
Internationally acclaimed composer
and pianist Paul Melcher has performed in concert halls around the world.
Featured on CBS “Christmas in Norway,” Paul has toured with the St. Olaf Choir
where he performed for Queen Sonja Haraldsen of Norway and worked closely with
the renowned Anton Armstrong. Paul’s award winning compositions have world
premiered in the Midwest and featured in RED Chapel Concert series programs.
Paul has served as music director for various opera company programs and
accompanied professional singers and choirs including Opera Columbus, Opera
Project Columbus, Bay View Music Festival, Encore Theater, Refectory Dinner
Music Series, Grand Rapids Ballet, BalletMet of Columbus, and more.
Chelsea is the founder of Vocal
Career Academy and Nerves Be Gone Academy. Together, Chelsea and Paul have
co-founded RED School of Music with professional teachers and unlimited
The Ruth, Robert, Douglas, and Dean
Smith Memorial Concert was originally organized by Diane Smith Pridgeon and her
sister Susanne Smith Wise to celebrate the lives of their father and two
brothers, Robert, Douglas and Dean Smith. Pridgeon explains, “At the 25th year
after their passing, my mother and I thought we would like to do something to
give back to our community.” After Ruth’s passing, the sisters continued the
tradition, adding their mother to the list of the lives they celebrate.
Tickets for this performance are $25
including fees with student rate of $10. For tickets or more information, go
online to Tibbits.org, to the Tibbits offices on 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater
9-5 Mon. through Fri., or by phone at 517.278.6029. All events are at the
historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett Street, Coldwater, MI.
Coldwater- Smooth live instrumental jazz featuring the John Keck Jazz Quartet will fill Tibbits Opera House on Sat. August 28 at 7:30pm.
Creek native and bass guitar player John Keck leads the band, playing since the
early 80s. A self-taught musician who also was a self-proclaimed orchestra nerd
back in high school, Keck jokes that he only became the band’s leader because he
“left practice early the night they were picking out the name for the group!”
Joining Keck is guitarist Gary Watkins and flutist Brandon Marceal.
like jazz music itself, the group is fluid, changing based on each gig. Keck
said, “Sometimes we’re a duo or a trio. One time we were a quintet. I have a
pool of talented good friends who want to come and jam. That’s the good thing
about what we do and we’ve been able to work with some of the best musicians in
the quartet was officially formed only five or six years ago, members of the
group have been professional musicians playing together off and on for the past
20 years. Aside from playing locally at JT’s in Coldwater a number of times,
the band has also played at Crickets and 3030 West in Battle Creek, Sandhill
and Stagecoach in Marshall, Fall of the Arts/Spring of the Arts in Battle
Creek, charity work with The Ark in Battle Creek, as well as a variety of other
locations in Jonesville and Kalamazoo.
concert includes renditions of well-known songs that the group turns into their
own entity, interspersed with several original songs and some fun stories from
expressed, “People will laugh, enjoy some delightful music and have a good
time. That’s really what it’s all about.”
event is generously sponsored by Damiron Truck Center: Home of the Chrome
Warehouse in Fremont, IN. They carry all makes of semi-trucks and
also accessories such as bumpers, visors, pipes, lights, and more.
Damiron Truck Center owners Dale and
Kim Waligora said, “We proudly sponsored this event to share our love of
jazz and bring enjoyment to the community.”
will be by donation at the door at Tibbits
Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI. Doors to the lobbies, art
gallery, and Ghost Light Bar will open at 6:30pm, with seating beginning at
7pm. For a full listing of events at Tibbits, please visit Tibbits.org.
COLDWATER – Tibbits
Opera Foundation will present a special piano concert featuring Russell Gates
Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 pm at the Tibbits Opera House as a way to say thank
you to the community while also welcoming a new donation of a baby grand piano
from the estate of Dzidra Bonfiglio Shamuluas.
perform selections of film music for the first act of the concert. The second act
will be devoted to “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2.” The concert is free and
open to the public.
to Tibbits Executive Director, Christine Delaney, “The community and so many
individuals have been there for us through this unprecedented year. We want to
say thank you in a way that’s special. The delivery of the grand piano gave us
the perfect instrument, literally and figuratively!”
explained, while the theatre was closed, donors gave to membership with many
increasing their gifts, others gave to the Board Match Challenge for which the
board of directors were also generous. As work continued while the building was
closed, many also contributed to match the Sound & Tech improvement grant.
“Tibbits is truly blessed to have such overwhelming support,” Delaney added.
have heard him play at events throughout the community, few have had the chance
to hear Gates play in a full concert setting. He has performed piano
professionally for 20 years. From an adage of a college advisor— “You don’t get
a degree in music- you get a life in it”—Gates has made a life filled with
unique musical experiences.
performed in show band orchestras on worldwide tours with Holland America,
Regent, and Royal Caribbean/Celebrity/Azamara Cruises, accompanying thousands
of shows. Guest entertainer highlights were actor/comedian Marty Allen, the
Temptations Tribute, Sesame Street Musical Director Marty Henn, X-Factor
finalist Austin Drage, Britain’s Got Talent saxophonist Julian Smith, and American
Idol singer Lou Gazzara. As a Stowaway Pianist, Russell also put his spin on
the ups and downs of “elevator parties,” creating sing-alongs and unforgettable
A Coldwater graduate, he won the Kalamazoo Symphony’s Youth Composition Contest in 2001 with his composition “Moment of Triumph” which was performed in multiple venues by the KSO and the MESA Symphony Orchestra. During his teen years, he was a student of jazz pianist and Gilmore Artist Ron Di Salvio. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Composition / Piano Performance at Hillsdale College. Highlights of his college career include performing with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, at the Music School of Prague, and Loyola University for the 16th New Orleans Piano Institute. Gates has participated in master classes with international piano competition winner Alan Chow and Woody Herman Band Pianist Chip Stephens. Accompanying Metropolitan Opera Countertenor Andre Nemzer in his personal concert was a memorable outlier. Regularly busking Grand Rapids’ Art Prize and engaging in Play Me, I’m Yours festivals domestically have provided him the perfect excuse for travel and meeting new friends.
Opera House is located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI. The concert is
at 7:30 pm, seating will begin at 7 pm. The building opens at 6:30 to enjoy the
art gallery, gift shop and Ghost Light Bar. For more information, go to
Tibbits.org or call 517-278-6029.
COLDWATER –With replica costumes and Elton John’s trademark outrageous
glasses, Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute concert, will take the stage
at Tibbits on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm.
Yellow Brick Road will entertain at the evening Elton John tribute concert,
featuring performer Gerald Brann and his five-piece band. Brann not only bears
an uncanny resemblance to the international superstar-complete with gap-toothed
smile and many of his mannerisms, but recreates Elton John’s vocals and playing.
A trained jazz pianist, Brann has been a lifelong Elton John fan. His
admiration for and love of this music comes shining through as he plays one hit
after another with remarkable likeness to the pop music icon while singing
along to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song,” swaying to “Candle in the Wind,” or
hopping and bopping to “Crocodile Rock.”
With an unprecedented nod from the man himself, Gerald Brann was granted
permission to use Elton John’s own orchestral scores to perform with the August
Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Brann and Yellow Brick Road have been
officially endorsed by Hercules, the International Elton John Fan Club, and
have played extensively through the world to rave reviews.
Tickets for Yellow Brick Road go on sale to Tibbits
members on June 1, with tickets to the general public on sale June 8. Ticket
prices range from $20-34 with Tibbits member discounts. Yellow Brick Road
begins at 7:30pm with doors to the theatre and Ghost Light Bar open 45 minutes
The performance, generously sponsored by Coldwater Sunrise Rotary, will take place at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tibbits.org, stop in at Tibbits business offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029.
COLDWATER – With replica costumes and Elton John’s trademark outrageous
glasses, Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute concert, will take the stage
at Tibbits on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm, sponsored by Coldwater Township
“Yellow Brick Road” features trained jazz pianist and Elton John performer
Gerald Brann, along with his talented five-piece band. They will entertain at
the evening concert with classic Elton John hits including “Rocket Man,” “Your
Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Crocodile Rock.”
The performance is being sponsored by Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary. Rotary
International is a service-oriented club that provides humanitarian service and
support to people and organizations, and advances goodwill and peace in the
communities they serve. The Sunrise Rotary has supported scholarships at KCC,
the food bank, numerous shelters and non-profit organizations in Branch County.
It helped form the COVID Task Force which joined with other organizations to purchase
masks for all area schools and a low temp freezer for Vaccine storage to
Promedica Hospital in the past year.
“As a club who values Service above Self, we strive to support projects
and activities that improve the quality of life for all residents of
Coldwater and Branch County,” said Sunrise Rotary President David
Tickets for “Yellow Brick Road” go on sale to Tibbits members on June 1,
with tickets to the general public on sale June 8. For more information or to purchase
tickets once they go on sale, visit Tibbits.org, stop in at Tibbits business
offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029. The
performance will be held at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St.
in Coldwater, MI. All current restrictions and guidelines such as social
distancing and universal masking will be followed at the time of the concert.