BY RUTH RICE
From Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison to Lady Gaga, the 2014 season at Arcadia Theater in Windber will cover all musical bases.
“We want to try something different and hit all age groups,” said Jerry Ledney, the theater’s executive director.
“We have a core base of patrons who are faithful fans and don’t miss a show, but we want to bring in a younger crowd, too.”
Ledney said shows for next September and December have not been filled.
All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The new year will start with the classic music of the ’50s when the season kicks off Jan. 25 with “Rave On,” a Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison Tribute.
Backed by a band, Chris Roselle will play the music of Holly and Orbison and other classic early rock ’n’ roll songs, including “Crying,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” “Oh Boy,” “It’s So Easy” and “Rave On.”
“After the holidays, we wanted the first show of the year to have an affordable ticket price, so for this show, that will be $22, $18 and $14,” Ledney added.
The musical clock will jump forward to the present on Feb. 22, when Athena Reich portrays the flamboyant Lady Gaga.
Reich is an award-winning singer/songwriter, actress, TV host/personality, Lady Gaga impersonator and arts educator.
She will perform hits such as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance,” “Telephone,” “Alejandro,” “Born This Way,” “Judas” and “The Edge of Glory.”
“This show has been the most talked about from the public because it’s different,” Ledney said.
Swinging back to the golden age of rock ’n’ roll once more, Scot Bruce will return to the theater to portray Elvis Presley, March 22.
Complete with bedroom eyes and a swiveling pelvis, Bruce will perform early Elvis hits such as “All Shook Up,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog” and “Jail House Rock.”
“We’re bringing him back because we got the most requests for him,” Ledney said. “I saw the show before, and I thought he was excellent.”
It will be a day at the beach for the audience April 8, when California Dreaming brings the California beach music of the ’60s and ’70s to the shore in Windber.
A James Taylor tribute, “Shower The People,” will come to Arcadia on May 24.
“We got a positive reaction out of this one,” Ledney said.
“We never did a James Taylor tribute before. They’re a band and back-up singers out of Canada.”
Country star Lynn Anderson, best known for the song “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,” will kick off Windber’s Miners’ Memorial Day Weekend on June 13.
A tribute to Sinatra & Streisand will bring the music of two top-notch singers July 26.
Bo Wagner will croon the hits of Frank Sinatra, and Karen Jefferys will sing Barbra Streisand’s popular hits.
Adam D. Tucker will bring his tribute to country star Tim McGraw to the area Aug. 23, performing such hits as “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Don’t Take the Girl” and “Indian Outlaw.”
“We want to try to do more country to get a bit of all age groups and all styles of music,” Ledney said.
The performer for Sept. 27 will be announced at a later date.
With music that covers a little bit of everything, Branson Gold will perform Oct. 25.
The Idol Kings will bring a tribute to Journey and John Mellencamp on Nov. 22, performing hits from “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms” and “Faithfully” to “Jack & Diane,” “Hurts So Good” and “Cherry Bomb.”
The date and performer for December’s show will be announced at a later date.
Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.
The following is the schedule for the 2014 season at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave.:
Jan. 25: Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison Tribute.
Feb. 22: Lady Gaga Tribute.
March 22: Elvis Presley Tribute.
April 8: “California Dreaming.”
May 24: “Shower the People,” James Taylor tribute.
June 13: Miners’ Day Celebration with Lynn Anderson.
July 26: Tribute to Sinatra & Streisand.
Aug. 23: Tribute to Tim McGraw.
Sept. 27: To be announced.
Oct. 25: “Branson Gold.”
Nov. 22: Tribute to Journey and John Mellencamp.
December: To be announced.