Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and continue to deliver amazing, high-energy performances. Chart topping songs like “Fadeaway,” “Only Love,” and “Dreams” won them Rolling Stone‘s readers’ poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and they were part of a small contingent of bands that inspired a new radio format known as Adult Alternative, Album Rock-Triple A.
Featuring opening act Moors and McCumber
James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumentals. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines put it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.”
Have you ever been away from home for Christmas? Did it change your life? In this show, a soldier finds pure Christmas peace in the middle of a battlefield. Another soldier dresses as Santa, and 30 years later is a hero in Europe for it. Here in Minnesota, a furry green cartoon character finds magic in a Mayo Clinic hospital visit. All three true stories come to life in this funny, heart-warming story of light appearing from the darkness. Sometimes what we really want is found where we least expect it. Or so says the members of the “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas Club.” Strange and wonderful things happen out on the road, including the first Christmas!
FREE TO ALL VETERANS!
THANK YOU TO SPONSOR
Prior to the Christmas Club presentation, join us in the Ives Studio Theater for a special film presentation!
Sunday, December 1 | 1 p.m.
This 100 minute documentary, “The Conscientious Objector” is the story through the eyes of the men who witnessed this man’s heroic acts and actual interviews of the humble hero, himself, Desmond Doss who was most recently portrayed in the Hollywood film story “Hacksaw Ridge”. This powerful, evocative and informational story will be shown at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 1 in the Ives Studio at the Reif Center free of charge to all. Desmond, like a lot of young men and women who serve, came home with what we now know as PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]. Back then, it was called “shellshock.” There’s no question that Desmond suffered from it. He dealt with PTSD partly by talking about it, which is effective. Desmond Doss, a US Army medic was the only WWII soldier to receive the Medal of Honor as a conscientious objector. All are welcome. This film is sponsored by the Blackberry Seventh-day Adventist church.
The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa’s Circus with an interactive show including everything that you love about Christmas. Enjoy a brand new, 90 minute show of spectacular Christmas themed circus production. From breathtaking stunts to amazing skills, take a trip through magic and illusions, comedy and the unexpected, and most importantly – family fun! This Christmas themed circus show will leave you amazed!
Friday, December 13 | 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 | 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 | 2 p.m.
Recreated from the classical ballet by Tchaikovsky, and performed by the superb Reif Dancers, The Nutcracker tells the enchanting story of young Clara who dreams that her nutcracker doll is transformed into a valiant prince. After defeating the evil Mouse King and his army, they are transported to the fantastical Land of Sweets where they are welcomed by a host of delectable characters. A Reif holiday tradition.
Foxy. Funky. An all-around good time. The young lads of Early Eyes launched their Indie-pop band in 2016 on a Minneapolis college campus with a popup show “for fun” and have not looked back. Their captivating sound is soulful and catchy well beyond their years.
Rock & Roll Christmas is a Las Vegas caliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an 8-piece band with music, comedy, parodies and even a game show! Join an all-star cast of musicians as they rock their way through timeless holiday classics and bring new takes on hit songs you didn’t even know were holiday classics.
Flying Foot Forum is a vibrant and bold percussive dance/theater company that fuses percussion and percussive dances with many other forms of music, dance and theater, telling unusual tales, creating a wild variety of characters, and exploring universal ideas in inventive and exciting new ways.
Nadia Boulanger was a French musician who had a list of students that reads like a “who’s who” of twentieth century composers: Philip Glass, Aaron Copland, Astor Piazzolla, Michel Legrand, Gian Carlo Menotti, Walter Piston, Jean Françaix, and the list goes on and on. She’s been called “the most influential teacher since Socrates.” Mina Fisher, Artistic Director of the Bakken Trio, tells Nadia’s story through words and music performed by Michael Kim, pianist, along with Trio members Stephanie Arado, violin, and Pitnarry Shin, cello. Christina Baldwin stars as Nadia; directed by Steven Epp.
This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Jillian Rae is a truly multi-disciplinary singer, songwriter, and performer. Always connected to her roots in Northern Minnesota, the Minneapolis musician has expanded on her upbringing as a classical violinist to become one of the most powerful and unique voices in the Twin Cities music scene.
Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2004, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago. Based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble creates an accurate musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock band to ever hit the stage. Transit Authority’s mission is to recreate the excitement of the original Chicago’s sound with each and every performance (minus the cracks and pops of the vinyl!). Transit Authority has assembled some amazingly talented musicians who meticulously capture all the nuances of the original recordings and will honestly make you believe you are witnessing the real thing. Performing mega-hits such as, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Hard Habit to Break”, “Make Me Smile”, “Old Days”, “Just You ‘n Me”, “Beginnings”, “Wake Up Sunshine”, and many more.