Frank Caliendo

Hello My Name is: Frank Caliendo Tour

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

Ticket Information

$33 | Reserved Seating - Zone 1 only 300 tickets available


In this tour around the country, Frank will be doing some of his most well-known impressions and comedy as well as additional new characters and material that he's working on. Get a mix of old and new and a Frank you probably have never seen before.

Message from Frank
Hey Everyone,

This spring and summer, I'm going to be doing a bunch of ONE NIGHT ONLY SHOWS (with a couple exceptions) in smaller venues. The idea behind these shows will be different than what I've been doing in theaters around the country for the past few years.

Before you ask....YES, of course I'll be doing a bunch of impressions, but I'm going to also work on being "me" a lot more around them.

Some of you are probably thinking. "Oh No! Frank's having a midlife crisis!" No. I think a midlife crisis is more about being unsure of yourself. This is not the issue. This is about getting outside of the box I've built around myself on stage and letting my fans get to know the real me.

My plan is for these shows to be the most fun I've ever had on stage and I know we will all end up having a blast.

So, see you out there! Let's make some magic.

-Frank

P..S. I won't actually be doing any magic tricks with the audience.

P..P..S. If I do start doing magic, then you can easily say, "Oh he's DEFINITELY having a midlife crisis."

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DOUG t HPYNO SHOW | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

DOUG t HPYNO SHOW

Blend of comedy, impressions & hypnosis | One Amazing Show

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

Ticket Information

TICKETS:
$20 | General Admission - Before June 11
$25 | General Admission - After June 11
$10 | Youth

Doug T. is a veteran stand-up comic who has worked with some of the best in the business, touring with acts like the cast of "Impractical Jokers." Eventually, Doug decided he wanted to take his own act to the next level. He wanted to give audiences something entirely different than the run-of-the-mill comedy show. So he began to study the principles and practice of hypnotism. The result of these efforts is his own brand of Comedy Hypnotism that's fun, fascinating, and gut-burstingly hilarious.

Doug's show is unlike anything else. Fast and funny. Doug keeps his audience in awe. Non-stop comedy, dead-on impressions, and mind-bending hypnotism make this a performance unlike any other. You'll be talking about this show for a long time to come. But don't worry about being forced to do something you'll regret in the morning. This raucously fun evening doesn't come at the cost of your compromised dignity. Doug T maintains a mantra of respect toward every audience volunteer who sets foot on his stage.

All ages show.

A Neil Diamond Tribute | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

A Neil Diamond Tribute

Featuring Keith Allynn, The Diamond Image

Sondheim Theater Summer at the Sondheim

Ticket Information

$22 | General Admission
$10 | Youth

Prepare to see Branson's award-winning show A NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE, a non-stop journey capturing the essence of Diamond's life from the 1960's through today that will leave you amazed. Experience the "Feel of Neil" in this Broadway style romantic comedy with quick change magic, a unique salute to veterans and all your favorite Neil Diamond favorite hits. Known to his fans as the "Diamond Image," Keith Allynn is a critically acclaimed performer with multiple Branson entertainment awards including 8-time Artist and Tribute Show of the Year.

A Neil Diamond Tribute is designed and produced to appeal to everyone. Whether you are a Neil Diamond fan, a Keith Allynn fan or a fan of quality entertainment and showmanship, this show is for you, as you will love hearing all of Diamond's hits like, 'Sweet Caroline, ' 'Song Sung Blue,' 'Hello Again,' 'Brother Love,' 'America,' and more.

Keith Allyn has entertained audiences for over 23 years. Ath the tender age of 14 he began his career in stand-up comedy, crowd warming for such as Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Tim Allen.

At age 21 he discovered his musical talents performing an Elvis song at karaoke. The crowd went crazy and Keith was hooked! Soon he became an Elvis Tribute Artist where he performed and competed for several years. In 2004 he was voted on by Graceland as being a top 10 Elvis Tribute Artist in the World.

Later wanting to impress a girl who loved Neil Diamond, Keith called her on the phone and in his best Neil voice sang her "Hello Again" from the "Jazz Singer". That became her song, she became his wife and he became The Diamond Image.

Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...
● Every two seconds someone needs blood
● Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
● Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Center's Community Blood Drive.

July 25, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

All donors at each blood drive at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series.

To donate by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate.  For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.

Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

Ticket Information


Did you know...
● Every two seconds someone needs blood
● Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
● Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Center's Community Blood Drive.

June 14, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

All donors at each blood drive at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series.

To donate by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate.  For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.

Evelyn Gamrath's Summer Theater Camp | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Evelyn Gamrath's Summer Theater Camp

Under the Sondheim Big Top

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

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Join us under the Sondheim Big Top for the Evelyn Gamrath's Summer Theater Camp as we celebrate with song and dance from the 1980 Broadway musical Barnum and the 2017 smash hit movie musical The Greatest Showman, July 16 - July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sondheim Theater at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Camp registration night is July 15 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The final performance, free and open to the public, is Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m.

Singing and dancing in a fun, creative environment is the experience children 8 years old through 14 years old will have at the fourth annual summer theater camp. Registration is $125 per student and includes daily lunch and snack and a camp t-shirt. A limited number of scholarships are available.





The camp will be directed by Allen Chapman, Anne Chapman will be choreography director, Vicki Jacobsen will be the music director and Lynn Jacobsen will be the stage director.

Allen Chapman, Director, Evelyn Gamrath's Summer Theater Camp at the Sondheim
Allen Chapman has taught vocal music at every level, elementary through college, in a remarkable career spanning more than four decades. Allen's choirs appeared on twelve divisional and national MENC and ACDA convention programs. He and his late wife, Sandra, directed ten concert tours to Europe. His show choirs were competition finalists and champions across the Midwest and he was a co-founder of the Iowa Show Choir Camp.

Chapman was name one of the Top 12 Music Educators in Iowa by MENC, he and Sandra were given the prestigious McCowen Award by ICDA, and Show Choir Nationals established the Allen and Sandra Chapman Excellence in Education Award which is presented annually during their competition at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Most recently, Allen was recognized by the Iowa High School Music Association with the National Federation Award of Merit. The award recognizes an individual who has made the significant contributions to music education at the local, state, and national levels.

Professionally, Chapman has served on the IHSMA committee that founded the State Show Choir Competition, been the All-State Chorus Chair, and served for ten years as National ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair. He continues to maintain an active schedule as a director, clinician and adjudicator nationwide.

Anne Chapman, Choreography Director, Evelyn Gamrath's Summer Theater Camp at the Sondheim
Anne Chapman has been singing since birth and dancing since she could walk. It was the natural profession of development growing up in the home of music educators. By middle school, she was earning honors as a vocalist and dancer and by high school, she was teaching at the dance studio, choreographing show choirs and singing at National ACDA Conventions. Through her college years at Baylor University, Anne remained in active choral and dance endeavors while earning a degree in Education.

Anne taught second grade in Texas and kindergarten in Iowa but requests for her expertise as dance instructor, dance team coach, musical and show choir choreographer finally resulted in her transitioning from classroom educator to performance educator.

Anne's studio pupils have been awarded regional and national honors, her dance teams have been crowned State Champions, her choirs consistently rank at the highest levels in competition and her skill as an adjudicator and clinician have provided her with numerous opportunities to serve as a show choir camp choreographer, guest speaker at conventions and symposiums and adjudicate competitions nationwide. Anne is a consummate performance educator; committed to the Art, yet devoted to the learning that occurs through the Art. Anne Chapman; singing and dancing since birth, educating and inspiring young performers for a lifetime.

Vicki Jacobsen, Music Director, Evelyn Gamrath's Summer Theater Camp at the Sondheim
Befor her retirement in June, 2010, Vicki Jacobsen spent 32 years as Vocal Music Director of Danville Community Schools in Danville, Iowa. She was the K-12 music instructor and established a "swing choir" her first year in the system. She also directed a concert choir, women's choir, and men's choir.

Her show choir program received state-wide recognition for its innovative style and energy and were named one of the top small school music programs in the state. Garnering many awards at competitions through the state, they were finalists at Ft. Madison, Davenport, Southeast Polk, Waukee, Benton Community, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Washington, Quincy, Illinois, and FAME Branson.

Vicki has been in demand as a show choir adjudicator, judging competitions at Troy, Missouri, West Delaware, Cedar Rapids Washington, Linn-Mar, Keokuk, Central Lee and West Branch.

Lynn Jacobsen, Stage Director, Evelyn Gamrath's Summer Theater Camp at the Sondheim
Lynn Jacobsen, the speech and drama director at Danville High School. Lynn, an Iowa High School Speech Hall of Fame member, has led Danville students to the All-State Speech Festival every year for the last 43 years. He was recently named the 2014 Iowa Educator of the Year for the National Federation of High School Educational Theatre Association.

Lynn and Vicki direct the school's annual fall musical and lead The Southeast Iowa Players, a non-profit musical theatre troupe. The troupe performs locally throughout the year and produces a musical in the summer. Together, with Allan Chapman of Ft. Madison, they started the Iowa Show Choir Camp in 1988 and for over 25 years provided many students with a week-long show choir experience.

Vicki and Lynn have a daughter, Tori, a Western Illinois University graduate in theatre and dance. Tori is living her dream as she is now employed by Walt Disney World. Music Theatre enthusiasts, the family enjoys traveling to New York City every summer to see the latest Broadway shows. They are also life-long Disney fans with over 100 trips to visit the "Mouse!"

Frank Loesser's Musical "The Most Happy Fella" | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Frank Loesser's Musical "The Most Happy Fella"

Fairfield Area Community Theatre

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

Adults | $10
Students | $5

From the composer of Guys and Dolls comes this touching, dramatic and intensely personal love story. Your heart will be warmed by this May-to-December romance, when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything...until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score and spirited dancing, it's a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theatre.

Tony, a middle aged vintner makes a mail order marriage proposal, which is accepted under the girl's mistaken assumption that a photo of his young, handsome foreman is her intended husband. Her hurt and humiliation when she learns the truth, as well as a terrible accident that nearly kills Tony as he hurries to meet her, almost ends the relationship before it begins, but a loving understanding blossoms between them during Tony's long convalescence.

Annual Job Fair | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Annual Job Fair

Presented by IowaWORKS and Fairfield Economic Development Association

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Expo Hall

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IowaWORKS and Fairfield Economic Development Association cordially invite you to participate in our Annual Job Fair on Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 3 PM - 6 PM in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Expo Hall.

This year's Annual Job Fair will offer employers like you an excellent opportunity to address both your current and future staffing needs. The event will promote your full and part-time career opportunities, summer positions, apprenticeships, and will bring you together with available job seekers, ranging from entry level talent to experienced professionals under one roof.

Please complete the attached registration form and return it promptly to secure a booth reservation and maximum publicity of your participation in the Job Fair. Registration is free and banquet tables/chairs will be provided. Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive an email confirmation and additional exciting details about this year's event.

Employers will not want to miss this excellent opportunity to fill both current and future positions with high-quality talent.

Please contact Nikki Sobaski with any question, or for more information. nikki.sobaski@growfairfield.com.

Life Line Screening | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Life Line Screening

The Power of Prevention

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventative health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center on May 15 from 9 AM - 6 PM.

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to:

  • blocked carotid arteries which is a leading cause of stroke.
  • abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta.
  • hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease.
  • atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk.
  • a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Registration for the Wellness Package, which includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening is $149 or $139 when mentioning the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit, www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle, or text the word CIRCLE to 797979.

Masquerade Gala | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Masquerade Gala

Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity

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Cost is $100 per person or purchase a table of 6 for $500.

Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity invites you to a Masquerade Ball.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Cedar Creek Chapter 4th Annual Waterfowl Banquet | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Cedar Creek Chapter 4th Annual Waterfowl Banquet

Hosted by Cedar Creek Chapter Delta Waterfowl

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information

Youth Ticket | $15
Single Ticket | $50
Couples Ticket | $70

*Ticket price includes 1 Delta Waterfowl membership and dinner catered by Sweet & Saucy of Fairfield.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Delta Waterfowl website or you may contact Joel Smith (319) 850-8348 or Darran Ritchie (641) 233-7799.

Please join us for our 4th annual Cedar Creek Chapter of Delta Waterfowl banquet! Doors open at 4:30 PM with dinner starting at 6:30 PM. Our silent auction and games will be open throughout the night and live auction will start following dinner.

Purchase your tickets before March 3rd to be entered to win a Marlin 1895G L/A 45-70 Rifle!

We will have items for the waterfowl, deer, turkey, predator, upland hunter and MORE! Prints, carvings, decoys, ammo, gear, guns, ladies & youth items. This truly is an event for every outdoorsman!

$10 BOTTOMLESS BEER CUPS ALL NIGHT WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!

The BREAKTHROUGH TOUR | Unspoken with Citizen Way | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The BREAKTHROUGH TOUR | Unspoken with Citizen Way

Presented by ChildFund International

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

$25 | VIP (INCLUDES ARTIST Q & A, EARLY ACCESS AND PREMIUM SEATING)
VIP EVENT HELD IN SONDHEIM THEATER, 6:30 P.M. | DOORS OPEN AT 6:15 P.M., MUST HAVE VIP TICKET FOR ACCESS
$20 | GENERAL ADMISSION
$16 | GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE
DOORS OPEN 7 P.M. FOR GENERAL ADMISSION AND GROUPS

The BREAKTHROUGH TOUR featuring UNSPOKEN and CITIZEN WAY hits the Sondheim Theater, Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

With their current hit "Miracle" climbing the Christian music charts, UNSPOKEN leads the BREAKTHROUGH TOUR with their hits, "The Cure," "Good Fight," "Who You Are," "Start a Fire," and "Call it Grace" for an incredible night of music, sponsored by ChildFund International. Joining the BREAKTHROUGH TOUR is CITIZEN WAY and their number one hit from last summer, "Bulletproof" and songs, "I Will," "When I'm With You," "How Sweet the Sound," and "Should Have Been Me," as well as their new album, Citizen Way 2.0.

When you ask the guys in Unspoken what it is that their audience most connect with, they'll bring it down to a single word. It's a word that doesn't have much to do with the unapologetically soulful pop sound they've built of skilled musicianship, adventurous production and complex vocal harmonies. It has little to do with the international influences of the band (guitarist Mike Gomez hails from the Dominican Republic and drummer Ariel Munoz is from Puerto Rico). It isn't a quality that's anchored in the success of their first Centricity Music album which sold more than 100,000 physical copies and spawned four top ten singles and a number one as well. And it's not even a byproduct of their recent success as a headlining act, or their pick for a slot (alongside David Crowder and Steven Curtis Chapman) on the 2016 K-Love Christmas Tour.

The strong bond that seems to turn Unspoken listeners into fans as it turns out, isn't primarily about the music at all. Instead it's about their willingness to take the stage together night after night and to put their hearts and lives on display with a raw and engaging honesty. In a word, the band says, the connection is about transparency.

What's the 2.0 version of Citizen Way? That's the question lead singer and songwriter Ben Calhoun found himself fielding after the band's debut album Love is the Evidence gained them a devoted following and produced radio hits like "How Sweet the Sound" and "Should've Been Me."

Calhoun heard the question so often, he decided to name the group's highly-anticipated sophomore album just that, 2.0. "Everyone kept asking, 'What's the next record going to be? What's the 2.0 version? What does it sound like?' That kind of stuck." Calhoun says. "This is What it sounds like. This is who we are. This is the new and improved Citizen Way."

Fairfield Rotary Club Annual Benefit Auction | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Fairfield Rotary Club Annual Benefit Auction

Benefiting Habitat for Humanity & Trojans Unite Parent Teacher Organization

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Expo Hall

Ticket Information

All Tickets | $10.

Join us on Friday, April 6 to help us raise money for scholarships and our auction partners.

Social hour starts at 5:30 and the auction starts at 6:30 PM.

Your ticket doubles as a raffle ticket for multiple cash prizes being raffled off that night!

2018 Auction Benefits the following Non-Profit Organizations:

Habitat for Humanity & Trojans Unite Parent Teacher Organization

Franziska Trio | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Franziska Trio

From the University of Iowa

Sondheim Theater

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FREE ADMISSION | NO TICKET REQUIRED

Formed by Mauricio Silva (clarinet), Tyler Hendrickson (viola) and Nicole Peter (piano), the Franziska Trio is an up-and-coming ensemble formed in 2017 at the University of Iowa. The trio's name is in tribute to Franziska Gottfired von Jacquin, a very talented student of Mozart who premiered the "Kegelstatt Trio" alongside clarinetist Anton Stadler and Mozart on the viola. The success of that trio has inspired masterworks for this ensemble for generations. The Franziska Trio has an impressive timbre, able to blend three very distinct instruments into a unified melodious sound. Energy, passion, and sensibility make their performances unforgettable, and a true delight to the ears.

Iowa native Nicole Peter (piano) has had recent performance engagements with the Iowa Chapter of the American Lizst Society and the Semper Music International Festivals in South Tyrol, Italy. She is completing her Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa. Nicole is an active teacher, and she currently coordinates the University's Pre-College Piano Conservatory, where she teaches a studio of talented young students. She is interested in the music of female composers and enjoys performing and promoting their works. Nicole will be commencing her doctoral studies at the University of Iowa in the fall.

Described as "one of the best revelations of the new generation of clarinetists," Mauricio Silva (clarinet) hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has toured internationally with the Omega Clarinet Quartet, and was a prizewinner at the Villa-Lobos, the Eduardo Tagliatti and Festival MIMO chamber music competitions. He has had numerous radio and television appearances, and will be making his Israeli debut in April. Currently, he is the Teaching Assistant of the clarinet studio at University of Iowa, where he is pursuing his Master of Music degree.

Tyler Hendrickson (viola) grew up in Iowa, but has shared his music with audiences from around the country and overseas. He was a member of the Wichita Symphony and LaCrosse Symphony Orchestras, and has been a fellowship recipient and the internationally renowned Aspen Music Festival. He toured with the Preucil School String Orchestra through northern Italy, and completed a residency with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria. He was the violist for the Spiritoso String Quartet during his tenure in Connecticut. He holds an Iowa Performance Assistantship, performing with the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa, where he is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

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Did you know...
● Every two seconds someone needs blood
● Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
● Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Center's Community Blood Drive.

May 16, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

All donors at each blood drive at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series.

To donate by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate.  For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 3/21/18 are eligible to give at this drive.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.

Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

Ticket Information


Did you know...
● Every two seconds someone needs blood
● Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
● Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Center's Community Blood Drive.

April 19, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

All donors at each blood drive at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series.

To donate by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate.  For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 2/22/18 are eligible to give at this drive.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.

Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

Ticket Information


Did you know...
● Every two seconds someone needs blood
● Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
● Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Center's Community Blood Drive.

March 21, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

All donors at each blood drive at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series.

To donate by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate.  For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 1/24/18 are eligible to give at this drive.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.

Community Blood Drive | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Community Blood Drive

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center - Smith Room

Ticket Information


Did you know...
● Every two seconds someone needs blood
● Blood cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
● Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes you to the Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Center's Community Blood Drive.

February 21, 2018 | 3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Smith Event Room | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

All donors at each blood drive at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the Sondheim Artist Series.

To donate by appointment, contact the Blood Center at (800) 452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5396 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate.  For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 12/27/17 are eligible to give at this drive.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  

In Jefferson County, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.

Little Texas | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Little Texas

3 #1 HITS - 8 Top 5 Songs | America's Favorite Rockin' Country Band that went big time in the 1990s

2017-18 Artist Series | Cheers to 10 Years

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

ZONE 1 | $40
ZONE 2 | $35
ZONE 3 | $25
ZONE 4 | $15
$10 YOUTH & STUDENT

LITTLE TEXAS was conceived in 1988, in Nashville, Tennessee, by a handful of guys in their early twenties who were willing to do just about anything to bring their brand of rockin' country to the forefront of the music industry. Before hitting the big time, the band crisscrossed America for three long years, playing every bar and honky tonk writing songs that were destined to change the sound of modern country.

After the album First Time For Everything was released, five singles reached the top of the charts. The second album, Big Time, truly was the big time for Little Texas, as it spawned three number 1 singles with "What Might Have Been," "God Blessed Texas" and "My Love," capturing the very first CMT award, a Billboard award, a Radio & Records award and a Grammy nomination, and to date has sold over three million copies.

After the self-titled album, Little Texas, was released, Little Texas needed a break. At the end of the year, each member went their separate ways, spending time with family and friends and working on individual projects. Propes says, "At that point it was time for our loved ones to have us back for a while. It all happened for a reason." But now, Little Texas is back.

With a fresh perspective, the band is on the road again with original members Porter Howell (lead vocals & lead guitar), Dwayne O'Brien (vocals and rhythm guitars), Duane Propes (bass & vocals) and Del Gray (drums), selling out shows and creating new music that can only be described as inspired.

The sound is blissfully familiar, the stage shows are electric, and one can only say that America's favorite rockin' country band, Little Texas, is poised for a return to prominence with their feet firmly planted on the ground, loud and proud.

OPENING ACT | 7:15 PM

Steve & Michaela McLain Opening for Little Texas
Fairfield's first couple of song, Steve & McLain McLain return to the Sondheim stage opening for Little Texas. The McClains, opening act staples for major touring groups on the Sondheim stage, are lead singers for the beloved and vaunted Jefferson County Green have played across Iowa their blend of Americana roots originals and classic, accompanied by acoustical guitar and harmonica.

Shari's Starz Competition Showcase | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Shari's Starz Competition Showcase

Presented by: Shari' Starz 2018 Competition Squad

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

General Admission
$12 | Adults
$8 | Youth - 12 & Under

This is a showcase performed by Shari Starz's 2018 Competition Team to get ready for their first competition. They are also utilizing this as a fundraising opportunity to help with competition fees this year.

SAIL ON: The Beach Boys Tribute | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

SAIL ON: The Beach Boys Tribute

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

$27 | Zone 1
$23 | Zone 2
$10 | YOUTH

They were America's band and brought the surf craze and a lifestyle of big waves, boss cars and pretty girls. They pioneered the wildly popular "Surf Sound," selling more records than any other American band. They were the Beach Boys.

Get ready as SAIL ON: The Beach Boys Tribute performs more than 30 hits to sheer perfection, played exactly as you remember hearing it on their legendary albums. From Little Deuce Coupe to Surfin' Surfari and from California Girls to Good Vibrations, Sail On take us back to the 1960s capturing the signs and sounds of an endless summer.

Sail On members have performed with musicians from Brian Wilson's band, The Zombies, Earth Wind and Fire, Cheap Trick, Mark Lindsay and produced recordings for Micky Dolenz. The Nashville based group features key members from "The Explorer's Club," who have been globally recognized for their Beach Boys inspired sound.

The group's young look and authentic sound can only be compared to the original Beach Boys during the prime of their career, creating a wide touring show unlike anything else.

Sail On is bringing a beach party to the Sondheim, playing homage to the Beach Boys and their music.

Visit Sail On's website here.

Southeast Iowa Farm Show | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Southeast Iowa Farm Show

4th Annual Exhibition of Machinery, Seed Technology, Grain Handling & More

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information

FREE ADMISSION

The Southeast Iowa Farm Show plows it's way to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for one of Iowa's best exhibition of agriculture machinery, seed technology, grain handling and more used in today's farming operation, Saturday, March 3.

Enjoy free admission and join the conversation with exhibitors and attendees from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. receive the full-color Southeast Iowa Farm Show Commemorative program.

Southeast Iowa Farm Show| March 3, 2018 Susie ONew this year, humorist speaker, SUSIE  O addresses attendees with her wit and wisdom in "Kids, Crops, Sows and Cows - Life Happens, Learn to Bounce" in the Theater and country music treasure, John Anderson shares his 40 years of hits unplugged on the Sondheim stage following the Farm Show.

The 2018 Southeast Farm Show will feature more 60 vendors exhibiting throughout the Center. Machinery will again line Main Street and the Jefferson County Pork Producers will be providing mouth-watering lunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.     

Visit www.SEIowaFarmShow.com for updated farm show information.

Contact RACHEL ANDERSON, Event Manager, rachel@fairfieldacc.com  | 641-209-7096 for more information on the 4th Annual Southeast Iowa Farm Show.



The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center is excited to partner with area media to promote the 2018 Southeast Iowa Farm Show throughout the State of Iowa. The Farm Show will be promoted throughout Iowa on WHO Newsradio 1040 and Iowa Farmer Today and with the support of sponsor, Farm Bureau Federation and John Sandbothe, Regional Director, Farm Bureau Federation.



The 2018 Southeast Iowa Farm Show vendors include:
  • Access Energy Cooperative
  • B.R. Chilton Enterprises
  • Becks Superior Hybrids
  • BUSH HOG
  • Cleary Building Corp.
  • Clingan Livestock
  • Crestline Flag & Pole
  • Crop Production Services
  • D.A. Drish Drainage
  • DEKALB / ASGROW
  • Duke's Yamaha Kawasaki Sales Inc.
  • Edgewood Electrical Construction
  • Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.
  • Electronic Engineering Co
  • Fairfield Precast Concrete
  • Greiner Implement Company
  • Heartland Co-Op
  • Hinshaw Trailer Sales
  • Hog Haven Agri-Sales
  • ICS Insurance Services
  • Iowa State Bank & Trust Co
  • Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
  • Iowa Tire
  • Iowa Wind & Solar
  • J&S Precision Ag Plus, Inc.
  • KDK Sales & Equipment, LLC
  • Libertyville Savings Bank
  • Mast Vinyl Windows
  • MidWest One Bank
  • MiddleKoop Seed Inc.
  • Miller Realty
  • Morton Buildings,  Inc.
  • Nef Custom Spraying
  • Pilot Grove Savings Bank
  • Pioneer Hibred Seed
  • Record Harvest
  • Rogers Ag Repair, Inc.
  • SGS North America
  • Sinclair Tractor
  • South East Diesel Service
  • State Farm - Shawn McCarthy
  • Titan West
  • Vogel Dirtworks
  • Whispering Wood, LLC


Presenting Sponsors:

  • JEFFERSON COUNTY FARM BUREAU
  • 1ST NATIONAL BANK OF FAIRFIEILD
  • BUSH HOG
  • JEFFERSON COUNTY SUPERVISORS
  • PILOT GROVE SAVINGS BANK
  • FAIRFIELD CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Partner Sponsors:

  • DEKALB / ASGROW
  • COMMUNITY 1ST CREDIT UNION
  • HEARTLAND COOP
  • IOWA CORN DISTRICT 9
  • IOWA STATE BANK & TRUST OF FAIRFIIELD
  • LIBERTYVILLE SAVINGS BANK

Friend Sponsors:

  • SOUTHEAST IOWA DIESEL SERVICE
  • MIDWESTONE BANK
  • FARM CREDIT SERVICES OF AMERICA

Film Premiere of "Life Before Fairfield" | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Film Premiere of "Life Before Fairfield"

THE LAND, ANIMALS & NATIVE PEOPLE OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IOWA

SPONSORED BY FAIRFIELD CITY HALL, FAIRFIELD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & FAIRFIELD ARTS & CONVENTION CENTER

SONDHEIM THEATER

Ticket Information

FREE ADMISSION | OPEN TO PUBLIC

Fairfield History Series Director Dick DeAngelis just announced there will be a special FREE Holiday screening of "Life Before Fairfield", his first film in the eight-part Fairfield History Series.  

"Many people have been asking for one more showing, and thanks to some generous donors, we are able to give this as a Holiday gift to the community," said Dick. "So Bring Your Family!"

"One of the biggest and most delightful surprises of the year... The overall effect of the film produced a reverence and fresh appreciation for where we live and the continuity we represent from those who came before us." - Mayor Ed Malloy

Did you ever wonder what Fairfield was like before there was a Fairfield? "LIFE BEFORE FAIRFIELD" is a documentary film that details the history of the land as well as the huge animals and native peoples who once lived in what is now Jefferson County, Iowa, well before the first contact with the Europeans.

Experience the impact of the Great Glacier that covered almost half of the state of Iowa thousands of years ago and how the subsequent ice melt impacted much of what is now Jefferson County. Explore the huge mammals that roamed our backyards such as huge tigers, giant ground sloths, bears, mammoths and the American Bison. In-depth interviews of everyone from local artifact hunters to state archaeologists and expert paleontologists. Tribal historians reveal the lives of the Ioway and Meskwaki tribes - the native peoples who once occupied this land until the time the Europeans arrived… before it became known as Fairfield. Hear the languages they spoke, see how they lived and discover the legacy they left behind.

The Fairfield History Series is an educational documentary series depicting the fascinating history of Fairfield Iowa and Jefferson County. We plan to release eight films of approximately fifty minutes in length over the next two to three years. This is an exciting time for our town as we have not had an attempt at a comprehensive look at Fairfield history since Susan Fulton Welty published "A Fair Field" almost 50 years ago!  Now comes a series of films that hope to leave a lasting legacy for generations to enjoy.

Future Series Film Titles

HEROES OF FAIRFIELD
Ordinary Fairfielders doing extraordinary things to make a difference in our community and our world.

FAIRFIELD FIRSTS
The people and forces behind economic development in Fairfield.

PARSONS COLLEGE
Learn about the almost 100 year history of this storied institution of higher education .

MIU/MUM
In 1974, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought his innovative educational programs to Fairfield and significantly changed our town.

FARMING/AGRICULTURE in JEFFERSON COUNTY
Farming practices of Native Americans, European settlers, small family farms, big ag and sustainable organic farmers.

CULTURE, ART AND MUSIC in FAIRFIELD
See and hear how artists and musicians influenced the development of our town throughout history.

THE FUTURE OF FAIRFIELD
Learn how young Fairfielders are changing our town and challenging established norms.Where is Fairfield headed?


For more information about the series or to learn how to help, go to www.fairfieldmediacenter.com/fairfieldhistoryseries.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:

Fair Field Productions (a local non-profit educational organization) is partnering with Fairfield Media Center (FMC) to produce this film series about the history of Fairfield Iowa and the surrounding Jefferson County area. The eight-part Fairfield History Series is being produced and directed by Dick DeAngelis with FMC's Jason Strong as the Director of Photography. Editing is by L.A.-based (and Fairfield raised!) Geoff Boothby with sound mixing provided by Tim Britton. All music in the film is performed by musicians closely connected to the Fairfield area. These films were shot entirely in 4K by aerial photographer Rene Holmberg and other talented local camera people including Werner Elmker. The Fairfield History Series tells the stories if what makes Fairfield one of the most talked about small towns in America.

A tremendous amount of time goes into researching each film. Special thanks to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the Meskwaki Nation - the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, the Office of the State Archaeologist and all those local businesses and individuals who contributed to making "Life Before Fairfield" possible.

2nd Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

2nd Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long

Sing Carols to sounds of the Barhydt Organ & Steinway Piano

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

Free, No Tickets Required

Sing along to classic Christmas carols or hum to traditional hymns at the 2nd Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long. Dee Sandquist, organist and Doug Daller, pianist play the Sondheim's instruments, leading the sing-a-long of classic, holiday tunes, including "Joy to the World," "Silent Night," "Deck the Halls," and more.

The community sing-a-long is free, open to the public with donations being accepted for the Sondheim Theater piano and organ maintenance fund.

Rockin' in the Blue Year featuring Mississippi Heat | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Rockin' in the Blue Year featuring Mississippi Heat

Mississippi Heat & Kevin BF Burt

Doors Open 6:30 PM | Show 7 PM

Ticket Information

$18 | In Advance
$20 | Door

The Southeast Iowa Blues Society welcomes MISSISSIPPI HEAT and KEVIN "BF" BURT to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for a night of award-winning blues music. Mississippi Heat's 2017 album Cab Driving Man was named Best Traditional Blues Album by Blues Blast Magazine.  

Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is "Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound" as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.

Mississippi Heat's name is a reflection of Pierre's reverence for Mississippi's blues culture and music. The band's conviction is that there is no deeper music than Delta-inspired blues to express what lies in everyone's soul. They have received world-wide critical acclaim, including from Living Blues Magazine: "Mississippi Heat delivers its traditional urban blues with a freshness, energy and competence that makes them a treasure on today's Chicago scene."

Opening the night of blues is Kevin "BF" Burt, the recent winner of the Iowa Single/Duo Blues Challenge.  Kevin has been writing and playing Blues music for over two decades in the US and Europe, his audiences are always amazed at the incredible music one blues man can create by himself.  His soulful voice combined with his creative blues licks are not to be missed.

Visit the following websites for more information on Rockin' In the Blue Year at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Mississippi Heat | Kevin "BF" Burt | Southeast Iowa Blues Society

Life Line Screening | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Life Line Screening

The Power of Prevention

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ticket Information


Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center on January 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to:

  • blocked carotid arteries which is a leading cause of stroke
  • abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta
  • hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease
  • atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk
  • a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.
Registration for the Wellness Package,  which includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening is $149 or $139 when mentioning the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  

To register for the Lifeline Screening on January 2 and receive a $10 discount off any package price by mentioning the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word CIRCLE to 797979.

Aaron & Roy Benefit | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Aaron & Roy Benefit

Faircast Inc.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information

FREE WILL OFFERING

Aaron Dye and Roy Swanson, local gentlemen, were badly injured in a four wheeling accident in October. Both gentlemen were flown to large hospitals where surgeries and recovery took place. Their employer, Faircast Inc., is hosting a Benefit to help raise funds for travel, medical, and family expenses during this tough time. This Benefit will consist of a Dinner at 6:00 p.m., Silent Auction with the last bid at 8:00 p.m., with live music to follow.  A raffle for a 60" flat screen T.V. that will take place the night of the Benefit.  Raffle tickets are available prior to the Benefit at Faircast Inc., 905 West Depot, you do not need to be present to win.

Entertainment will be provided by Rod Rider and Curtis Oliver.

For more information on the Aaron & Roy Benefit, contact Caitlyn Millard at (641) 209-4115 or c.millard@faircastinc.com.

2nd Annual Festival of Trees | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

2nd Annual Festival of Trees

Benefit for Little Superheroes

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information

Free to the Public
VIP Event: Sat 5PM-8PM - $50/person at the door (food & drink included.)

The Little Superheroes is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center featuring a variety of beautifully decorated Christmas, seasonal and themed trees, wreathes and garland, centerpieces and other original creations, along with children's activities and baked goods. Santa will be visiting from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. each day.

Proceeds of Festival of Trees benefit the Little Superheroes, a non-profit dedicated to helping children facing life threatening issues through providing assistance to families facing long term medical crisis.

Hawkeye fans are invited to watch the game vs. Nebraska at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on a 25 ft. projection screen, complete with all the beverages and food you could imagine. Proceeds of the Hawkeye Tailgate will support the Festival of Trees event.

TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL OF TREES

  1. Decorating the same old tree every year is B-O-R-I-N-G. Why not get a new, fully decorated tree delivered to your door every single year?!?
  2. You love socializing and ALL of your friends will be there.
  3. Where else can you see Alex Kessel wearing an elf costume? At least I think it's a costume.
  4. Shopping at the mall on Black Friday is stressful. Christmas tree shopping at the convention center on Black Friday is fun!
  5. 100% of the proceeds will be used by Little Superheroes to help kids and families who really need it.
  6. Lincoln is too far away. Come watch the game at the Convention Center and support a great cause. That way even if the Hawkeyes lose you're still a winner!
  7. Attending the 2017 Festival of Trees automatically puts you on Santa's "Nice" list.
  8. What else would you do on the weekend of the 24th and 25th? It's not like there's anything else going on this time of year.
  9. Secretly you've always wanted to hug Olaf, the snowman from Disney's Frozen…and now you can!
  10. You're a kind, generous person who is willing to help children with serious medical issues. In other words, you're awesome!

For more information on the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center or the Little Superheroes, call (641) 233-7600.

Little Superheroes
To provide help and hope to children facing serious life threatening issues through providing assistance to families facing long term medical crisis.

Holiday Trade Fair | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Holiday Trade Fair

Dec 9 | 10 AM - 5 PM
Dec 10 | 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information

FREE

The Holiday Trade Fair returns to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center showcasing unique gifts and creations from over 80 local and regional crafts people, artisans and importers. Vendors will feature great selection of beautiful handmade stylish jewelry, hand turned wooden bowls and sculptures, amazing photography prints and fine art, ceramics, clothes, organic lotions, balms and soaps, children's toys, specialty food items, PMB CBD/Hemp Oil, See's Candies and so much more.

It's a one-stop shopping event for everyone on your list.

For more information contact Donna Cingerie, 641-451-4293 or holidaytradefair@gmail.com.

Fairfield Indian Community Diwali Celebration | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Fairfield Indian Community Diwali Celebration

A Night of Celebration and Dance

Puja 5:30 PM - 6 PM | Dinner 6 PM - 7:30 PM | Cultural Show 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Ticket Information

In Advance:
General Admission | $21
Children (15 & under) | $15
Children (5 & under) | Free

At the Door:
Adults | $23
Children (15 & under) | $17
Cultural Program Only | $12

Tickets available at Gupta's Vegetarian, Sabi's Café, MUM Bookstore, & Jamuna's Craft Collections.

Diwali is a celebration of light and joy! Every year the Fairfield Indian Community invites everyone to come together to celebrate with a deliciously catered banquet and a joyous program of song and dance!

Return of the Ide J Gymnastics Competition | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Return of the Ide J Gymnastics Competition

Young athletes compete in AAU Trampoline, Double Mini and Synchro Trampoline

HOSTED BY IDE GYMNASTICS

Ticket Information

$2 | Adults
$1 | Children 5 - 16 yrs.
Free | Children 4 yrs. and younger

Ide Gymnastics welcome athletes ranging from 3 yrs to 16 yrs. old demonstrating their skills on trampoline and double trampoline and the first ever synchronization trampoline for all levels at the Return of the Ide J Gymnastics competition. Don't miss this exciting event, great for the whole family.

Concessions available and raffles for Return of the Jedi memorabilia.


H.A.W.A. Reunion Show | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

H.A.W.A. Reunion Show

Higher Alternative Wrestling Alliance Returns to Fairfield

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information

$10 | In Advance
$12 | Door

Fairfield's outlaw wrestling promotion is back with vengeance for a reunion like no other. This reunion show will feature H.A.W.A legends and premier wrestling talent from across the State of Iowa.

H.A.W.A. legends scheduled to appear on the card include:
Joey York (Joe Dreamer)
A.J Smooth
Montoya X (Juan Arriola)
Peter Fintel
Jeff Alexander
Tim Shady
Derick Ulin
….and many suprises!

Scheduled to appear from the Iowa Wrestling Talent include:
CEW Champion Rory Fox
IPW Champion Ryan Slade
Donnie Peppercricket
Tommy Ace
Joey Burt
GUN'S N BEER
Duke "Copperhead" Cornell & Beer Brian Gott
Axel Greece
Tim Rhodes
Stephen Stonebraker
Plus MORE

Confirmed bouts:
CEW Championship Match (C) Rory Fox vs. Tim Rhodes

IPW Championship Match
Ryan Slade (C) vs. A.J. Smooth

Main Event:
H.A.W.A Invitational for the H.A.W.A Championship
H.A.W.A former champions battle in the TORNADO MATCH…One Fall Takes the Belt!  

Be there for the H.A.W.A. Reunion event!

Clean Water - Livable Communities Conference | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Clean Water - Livable Communities Conference

Fairfield Mayor hosts symposium on Iowa's water quality and rural economic success

Ticket Information

$30 | Conference Registration - includes lunch

Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy hosts Clean Water - Livable Communities, a symposium to discuss Iowa's water quality and the connections to rural economic success featuring keynote address, "Water: The Lifeblood of Livable Communities," presented by John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus from the University of Missouri and rural economics visionary, author, speaker and nationally recognized leader in sustainable agriculture and sustainable economics.

The one day conference will feature panelists and discussions on the state of Iowa waters, correlation between robust soils and clean water, funding clean water solutions, economic opportunities resulting from clean water and creating a statewide resolve addressing water quality.

Malloy, preparing for his 9th term as Fairfield's Mayor, sees the opportunity for small rural cities and communities to become high quality of life places to live. Clean water and a strong environmental ethic are the foundation of livable communities and lead to population growth and economic vitality, according to the Mayor.

Clean Water - Livable Communities, discussing Iowa's water quality and the connection to rural economic success is sponsored by American Sustainable Business Council, Iowa Natural Foundation, Southeast Iowa Sierra Club, Southeast Iowa Food Hub and Green AmeriCorps.

Article from Chuck Offenburger.

Breaking the Grip of Corporate Agriculture on Rural Iowa | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Breaking the Grip of Corporate Agriculture on Rural Iowa

Alan Guebert, Award-winning Journalist and Syndicated Columnist of Farm and Food File

plus Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry

Ticket Information

Event is free, open to the public

Penned an "agricultural insider" by Civil Eats, award-winning journalist Alan Guebert will take a hard look at the role of factory farming in the corporate food system and how state and federal governments fail the public because Big Ag often controls their agenda. Guebert, author of the syndicated column Farm and Food File, says current farming policies fit the definition of insanity. "It hasn't worked in the past, so let's do more of it and see what happens," he recently wrote about current policies. Guebert, though, sees change as inevitable. "I really do believe there is a way out of this mess. We can do this," and he will role out how he envisions that can come about. Guebert contends that there is a role for everyone in driving change, and he will outline how Iowans can play an important part.  

Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry will also share how his county is handling the CAFO issue. He will speak to how Iowans can and must take back control from the corporate food system to force needed legislative changes that protect people and the environment. Attorney and JFAN legal counsel David Sykes will give a legal update on an Iowa Supreme Court challenge to the Iowa Right to Farm law, an analysis of the new Nuisance Lawsuit law, and news on a CAFO lawsuit recently filed in Jefferson County.

A Christmas Story: The Musical | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Fairfield Area Community Theater

Ticket Information

GENERAL ADMISSION
$12 | ADULTS
$7 | STUDENTS

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting her tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't.

Sing Your Heart Out | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Sing Your Heart Out

Solo Vocalists, Ensembles & Sing-Alongs to benefit the Sondheim

Sondheim Theater

Ticket Information

$12 | General Admission

Celebrate our wonderful, talented community through song with more than 50 vocalists from the Fairfield area on the Sondheim stage on Thursday November 2 at 7:30 pm. The long list of singers includes the 30 member 'Everybody Sings' choir directed by Carol Negro, Prairie Harmony Shape Note Singers, Emily Roth, Steve and Michaela McLain, Tim Britton, Frank Cenatori, Keith DeBoer, Jeffrey Hedquist, Jonas Magram, Ulrike Selleck, Torie Hollingsworth, Emily Cantafio Poole, Amine Kouider, Paulina E., Allison Metcalf and many more.

The human voice is considered the supreme instrument, capable of expressing the most refined sentiments of the heart as well as the highest spiritual aspirations. Early humans sang out their feelings long before they were able to speak their thoughts. There is no human culture, no matter how remote or isolated, that does not sing. Any activity that involves singing, including both performing and listening, is important to keep your heart healthy. The body produces 'feel good' hormones called endorphins that rush through your body when you sing or listen to singing.

All concert proceeds benefit the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Lee Gobble Statue Unveiling | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Lee Gobble Statue Unveiling

Fairfield Art Association to unveil the "Lee T. Gobble ll - Mr. Fairfield" sculpture

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Outdoor Plaza or Atrium (Rain Location)

Ticket Information


The Fairfield Art Association announces the long awaited unveiling of the "Lee T. Gobble ll - Mr. Fairfield" sculpture. A special celebration and unveiling will take place on Friday, October 6 at 6:30 PM on the lawn of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. All the artists will be present and the event is timed to coordinate with the Parson College Wall of Honor induction weekend. Gobble was a Parsons College trustee and beloved by college students through the years. The evening of the unveiling will be an event Lee would have liked to attend, with him in the midst of lots going on - the FAA's new exhibit "Iowa Art Quilters" will be opening in the Main Gallery, and the Northside Strippers' Quilt Show will be in the Expo Hall, along with Fairfield's Oktoberfest. "We can see Lee smiling" just as he did one of the last times I visited him and mentioned I had an idea for a future sculpture.

This project was initiated in the summer of 2015, shortly after the passing of Gobble at the age of 101. Five artists were selected by the FAA board to work on this life size art piece and includes the same artist, Christopher Bennett, who was commissioned to create the bronze "William Coop & Friend" in the Fairfield town square, and "Leapfrog" on the Carnegie Museum lawn.  Mark Shafer, artist and local museum director, immediately became involved to help create the historically accurate elements for the sculpture design and later provide the hand drawn and water colored pictures for  translation into the tile base by another artist Harri Aalto. A second accomplished sculptor and Fairfield native, Ken Rowe was asked to sculpt the head and hands of Gobble for an unusual joint venture between artists. Bennett created the full body in a set up studio area in the lobby of the FA&CC for the public to view for several months. The fifth artist involved is Werner Elmker, local photographer , who has documented this art project from the start. Together they have created a grand tribute to "Mr. Fairfield" as the community came to call Lee T. Gobble ll.

Funding for this sculpture began with the FAA's public art savings of $16,000, and followed by contributions from many local individuals and businesses, Parsons College alums,  grants from  Fairfield Cultural Alliance, Greater Jefferson County Foundation, Fairfield Local Option Sales Tax, Cambridge Foundation, and sales of Gobble's Tie collection. This art project was supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. All donors will be recognized by an appropriate plaque. The only funds left to raise will be for some landscaping around the base next spring.

As Lee would say "This turkey ain't done yet". We hope everyone that knew Lee Gobble, and has a story to share, will bring it in a written format to the unveiling ceremony, or email it to suzan1252@aol.com   These stories will be collected and used to create a booklet about "Mr. Fairfield - Lee T. Gobble" and will enhance the appreciation of the sculpture for years to come.

QUILT SHOW | Northside Strippers Quilt Club of Fairfield | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

QUILT SHOW | Northside Strippers Quilt Club of Fairfield

DEDICATED TO OUR SPECIAL FRIEND

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

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Admission: $5

The 2017 Northside Strippers Quilt Club of Fairfield, Iowa is pleased to present the 2017 Quilt Show with 300 quilts on display from local quilters. This year's show features a country store with quilts and quilted items for sale along with a quilter's garage sale and a challenge block contest.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 SPECIAL EVENTS
10 a.m. Bedturning Showcasing member quilts
2 p.m. Sew Down quiltmaking with artists Jim Salts, Curtis Smith & Jerry Story
3 p.m. Awarding of Honor quilts to local service members
4 p.m. Award of donation quilt

Fairfield School District Board of Education Special Election Candidate Forum | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Fairfield School District Board of Education Special Election Candidate Forum

Four candidates vying for position vacated by Representative Phil Miller

Sondheim Theater

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The Fairfield Community School District, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce invite district residents to attend the Fairfield Community School District Board of Education special election candidate forum. Four candidates are vying for the seat vacated by the resignation of Dr. Phil Miller who was recently elected to the Iowa House of Representatives.

The candidates vying for the four-year term position on the Board are:
Jennifer Anderson
Ryan Kurka
Michael Lane
Ben Picard.


The question and answer style format will consist of four questions with the candidates being allotted three minutes for each question to introduce themselves and outline their goals and ideas for the future of the Fairfield Community School District. The forum is expected to last one hour.

The forum, which is expected to last approximately one hour, will be moderated by Andy Hallman, editor of the Fairfield Daily Ledger.

The Fairfield Community School District Board of Education has the responsibility of setting policy and goals for the school district. These actions provide a general direction for staff and support the district's mission of creating tomorrow's dreamers, thinkers, and leaders. This governance enables Board members to focus on larger issues which include narrowing the achievement gap, raising graduation rate and increasing the percentage of students who are college and career ready.

Fairfield Community School District is the 57th largest district in student enrollment out of the 333 Iowa public school districts. Geographically, the district is the 15th largest district according to size.

ORCHESTRA IOWA | Tchaikovsky's Pathétique | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

ORCHESTRA IOWA | Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Tchaikovsky's Final Symphony

Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

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General Admission
$20 | Adults
$18 | Seniors - 65 yrs. and up
$10 | Youth 18 yrs. and under & Students with I.D.

Please join Orchestra Iowa as they present a masterworks presentation of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique, his final symphony.

Full program:

SIBELIUSSwan of Tuonela
SHOSTAKOVICHCello Concerto No. 1
    Laura Usiskin, cello
TCHAIKOVSKYSymphony No. 6


ORCHESTRA IOWA
Founded in 1921, the mission of Orchestra Iowa is "to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education, and community involvement." Its 68 professional musicians perform more than 188 public performances throughout the year, many of which can be heard on Iowa Public Radio and seen on Iowa Public Television. Orchestra Iowa showcases its artistic excellence each season through an accomplished array of classical, ballet, opera, popular, and chamber performances, in addition to extensive community education and involvement.

Our 95th season of presenting exhilarating symphonic masterpieces, showcasing an extensive roster of international guest artists and fostering creative collaborative partnerships is guaranteed to stir the soul.
—Timothy Hankewich, Music Director

Comedy legend Bob Zany Bay-Bee | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Comedy legend Bob Zany Bay-Bee

He's Wry, Sarcastic, Insulting, Lovable and….zany.

Sondheim Comedy Club

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General Admission
$20 Advance | $25 Door

With over 1,000 national TV appearances, Bob Zany is a living legend. He's been seen on everything from the Tonight Show and Last Comic Standing to the Gong Show and Family Feud. He's wry, sarcastic, insulting, lovable, and well... zany. His Zany Report is regularly on the nationally syndicated, "The Bob & Tom Show".

After 40 years of performing stand-up comedy, Bob Zany has learned to let the crowd be part of the shows. "I begin and end the show, and the audience gets the middle," he said. "Twenty-five percent is something I will never do again."

His first appearance on stage was on "The Gong Show" at 15 years old. Although his wasn't gonged off the show, he was escorted off of the stage by a man in a nun's costume with a large fishing net. As he would say today, "Welcome to showbiz, bay-bee!"

Zany pressed on, topping Carrot Top on "Star Search" and launching a comedic career that has spanned three decades and more than 100 national television appearances. Zany has honed the art of getting on stage without a set joke list and working the audience. No one is safe — he's been called "The Insult Comedian" because of his penchant for riffing ad lib jokes off the crowd, tossing in his trademark line "It's just business, bay-bee."

Forty years later, he is still on stage. "I didn't plan well for retirement," he said. "And I can still do the job." Zany's comedy is based on life experiences. One of the stories that made it into his act was about a small car accident he had while in Florida. "The woman said 'I didn't see you'," he said. "Well, good luck on seeing a stop sign. They are much smaller than my car."

He has made quite a career, from co-hosting the MDA Telethon with Jerry Lewis, working 2 years with Rodney Dangerfield, acting in movies with the likes of David Spade & Matt Damon, being the subject of a Documentary about his career called "Close but no Cigar" to touring the country with The Bob and Tom Comedy Tour and performing stand up in every state of the union.

Opening the comedy night is Mr. Southeast Iowa Dave Johnson.

Film Premiere of "Life Before Fairfield" | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Film Premiere of "Life Before Fairfield"

The Land, Animals & Native People of Jefferson County Iowa

Presented by Fair Field Productions & Fairfield Media Center

Sondheim Theater

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FREE ADMISSION | OPEN TO PUBLIC

Due to capacity crowds of the two premier screenings of Life in Fairfield, there will be one final, free encore showing.

Did you ever wonder what Fairfield was like before there was a Fairfield? "LIFE BEFORE FAIRFIELD" is a documentary film that details the history of the land as well as the huge animals and native peoples who once lived in what is now Jefferson County, Iowa, well before the first contact with the Europeans.

Experience the impact of the Great Glacier that covered almost half of the state of Iowa thousands of years ago and how the subsequent ice melt impacted much of what is now Jefferson County. Explore the huge mammals that roamed our backyards such as huge tigers, giant ground sloths, bears, mammoths and the American Bison. In-depth interviews of everyone from local artifact hunters to state archaeologists and expert paleontologists. Tribal historians reveal the lives of the Ioway and Meskwaki tribes - the native peoples who once occupied this land until the time the Europeans arrived… before it became known as Fairfield. Hear the languages they spoke, see how they lived and discover the legacy they left behind.

The Fairfield History Series is an educational documentary series depicting the fascinating history of Fairfield Iowa and Jefferson County. We plan to release eight films of approximately fifty minutes in length over the next two to three years. This is an exciting time for our town as we have not had an attempt at a comprehensive look at Fairfield history since Susan Fulton Welty published "A Fair Field" almost 50 years ago!  Now comes a series of films that hope to leave a lasting legacy for generations to enjoy.

Future Series Film Titles
 
HEROES OF FAIRFIELD
Ordinary Fairfielders doing extraordinary things to make a difference in our community and our world.

FAIRFIELD FIRSTS
The people and forces behind economic development in Fairfield.

PARSONS COLLEGE
Learn about the almost 100 year history of this storied institution of higher education .
 
MIU/MUM
In 1974, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought his innovative educational programs to Fairfield and significantly changed our town.

FARMING/AGRICULTURE in JEFFERSON COUNTY
Farming practices of Native Americans, European settlers, small family farms, big ag and sustainable organic farmers.

CULTURE, ART AND MUSIC in FAIRFIELD
See and hear how artists and musicians influenced the development of our town throughout history.

THE FUTURE OF FAIRFIELD
Learn how young Fairfielders are changing our town and challenging established norms.Where is Fairfield headed?


For more information about the series or to learn how to help, go to www.fairfieldmediacenter.com/fairfieldhistoryseries.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:

Fair Field Productions (a local non-profit educational organization) is partnering with Fairfield Media Center (FMC) to produce this film series about the history of Fairfield Iowa and the surrounding Jefferson County area. The eight-part Fairfield History Series is being produced and directed by Dick DeAngelis with FMC's Jason Strong as the Director of Photography. Editing is by L.A.-based (and Fairfield raised!) Geoff Boothby with sound mixing provided by Tim Britton. All music in the film is performed by musicians closely connected to the Fairfield area. These films were shot entirely in 4K by aerial photographer Rene Holmberg and other talented local camera people including Werner Elmker. The Fairfield History Series tells the stories if what makes Fairfield one of the most talked about small towns in America.

A tremendous amount of time goes into researching each film. Special thanks to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the Meskwaki Nation - the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, the Office of the State Archaeologist and all those local businesses and individuals who contributed to making "Life Before Fairfield" possible.

For more information about the Fairfield History Series or to learn how to help, go to www.fairfieldmediacenter.com/fairfieldhistoryseries or email dickd@deangelis.net.

Outlaws & Angels | Middle Western: Featuring William Elliot Whitmore & David Zollo, and Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Outlaws & Angels | Middle Western: Featuring William Elliot Whitmore & David Zollo, and Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton

IOWANS WHITMORE & ZOLLO SHARE STAGE WITH SAN FRANCISCO'S HOLLAND & PARTON

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

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ZONE 1 | $25
ZONE 2 | $18
ZONE 3 | $15
ZONE 4 | $15
$10 YOUTH & STUDENT

Iowa OUTLAWS WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE and DAVE ZOLLO bring their songwriting super group, MIDDLE WESTERN to the Sondheim to share the stage in a double-headlining show with San Francisco ANGELS, JOLIE HOLLAND & SAMANTHA PARTON. This rare opportunity brings four of America's greatest songwriters together in what is being called, a night of poets and prophets.  

MIDDLE WESTERN, featuring WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE & DAVE ZOLLO along with STEVIE DOYLE & BRIAN COOPER will charge through a set of bluesy, roots-rock, while Zollo and Whitmore alternate taking the lead vocals on different songs. Middle Western brings together the influences and talents of its members to create something unique and familiar.

Merging the unique piano, strings and singing styles of its two front men, Paste Magazine recently named Middle Western as one of the "9 Best Things We Saw at Daytrotter Downs," which is Daytrotter's annual festival in Davenport. Despite Whitmore and Zollo having decades of experience between them, Middle Western is still a relatively new collaboration.

MIDDLE WESTERN is the culmination of almost 20 years of friendship and discussion between well-known Iowa singer-songwriters William Elliot Whitmore, from Montrose and David Zollo, from Iowa City, and Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, sideman, and producer, Stephen "The Kid" Howard. Zollo and Howard played together in The Body Electric, the band Zollo formed after his first group, High and Lonesome, disbanded, and both played on recordings of Whitmore's.

In 2011 the three began performing together, along with Body Electric drummer Brian Cooper, under Whitmore and Zollo's names, but the idea of forming a group that would write together and employ multiple singers, began taking shape.

In 2015, with the addition of Chicago-based lead guitarist Steve Doyle, Middle Western was born. Work began immediately on writing songs for a debut recording, which was begun at Iowa City's Flat Black Studios in March 2017. With Whitmore moving to bass guitar and Howard playing lead and rhythm electric guitars; Doyle on all manner of slide guitars; Zollo on keys and Cooper on drums, and Whitmore, Zollo and Howard sharing singing duties, Middle Western mixes the members many, varied, influences to create a sound that is both comfortable yet distinctive. From punk rock to New Orleans-inspired piano stompers, and everything in between, the band has a sound that is, frankly, Middle Western in nature.

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JOLIE HOLLAND & SAMANTHA PARTON, the two original founders of wildly popular THE BE GOOD TANYAS, have joined forces once again to create a newly inspired duo of songwriters. Holland, a singer with an immediately arresting voice and Parton, joins in with breathtaking harmonies, will be presenting fresh arrangements of Be Good Tanyas material, as well as songs from their separate catalogs. Their new project, as always, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk.

It's been fifteen years since Holland and Parton, two of the original founders of the wildly popular The Be Good Tanyas, first joined forces. Jolie had grown up in Texas, and by her teens was performing as a traveling musician. In the mid-'90s, San Francisco was home for a time before she made her way to Vancouver and co-founded the group.  Vancouver singer-songwriter Samantha Parton had spent her post-high school years traveling with her guitar, and drawing strong musical influence from visits to the southern US. Jolie contributed to the Tanyas' Blue Horse LP in 2001 before moving back to San Francisco. Samantha continued to tour and record with The Be Good Tanyas until two car accidents and other health concerns took her off the road in 2012.

Jolie & Samantha are touring in support of the critically acclaimed, Wildflower Blues, a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. Following the nearly two decade hiatus, Jolie & Samantha, begin  a new chapter in their ever-evolving creative songwriting relationship.

On the album's ten tracks, they weave together influences spanning jazz, blues, country, folk, rock, experimental, and the great wide history of American song, into their own kind of soul music. Wildflower Blues features mostly original tracks written by Holland and Parton, as well as reimagined versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Michael Hurley, and Townes Van Zandt. Despite this sonic vastness, there is a deep intimacy running through everything the pair creates. The duo's songwriting is at the forefront throughout—emotive and raw, marrying words and sound to both the dark and light corners of life

Grateful Ball | The Travelin' McCourys & The Jeff Austin Band | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Grateful Ball | The Travelin' McCourys & The Jeff Austin Band

Traditional & Progressive Roots Music & Grateful Dead Tribute

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

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ZONE 1 | $40
ZONE 2 | $33
ZONE 3 | $25
ZONE 4 | $20
$10 YOUTH & STUDENT

The TRAVELIN' MCCOURYS and JEFF AUSTIN, former frontman of Yonder Mountain String Band, and his new band, are teaming up to bring the GRATEFUL BALL, a bluegrassified tribute to the Grateful Dead to the Sondheim.  

The Grateful Ball is a truly unique concert event with a set from Jeff Austin Band followed by a set from The Travelin' McCourys and ending with a combined set of modern bluegrass arrangements of Grateful Dead songs.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music as do The Travelin' McCourys. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father's work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people's lives.

the other half of The Grateful Ball is former Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist and front-man Jeff Austin and THE JEFF AUSTIN BAND. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts.

The Travelin' McCourys
The Travelin' McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It's always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father's work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people's lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes' Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They've also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as "peanut butter and jelly." It was just right.

They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.

Ronnie says, "We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we'll plug in. We're open to anything."

It's that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin' McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They're onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they'll come to you.

Jeff Austin Band
"When I'm writing a song, it's not about the hot licks, it's about the voice and how it can be showcased from song to song," says musician Jeff Austin. His focus is on transporting his audience by way of his vocal: "It's the direct communication with the crowd — not just asking them how they're feeling, but bringing something out of them." For Austin, the act of speaking to people through his art really means using his voice.

The career of the Colorado-based artist has already seen him break through jam and bluegrass scenes, play stages from The Fillmore Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheater, and outdoor events like Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, among many others. But with the launch of his solo career in 2014, Austin is now building on the foundations of previous ventures while honing his own sound and charting new courses.

"I've learned a lot from the people I've played with," says Austin who has shared stages with such luminaries as Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Earle Scruggs, Jon Fishman, and Phil Lesh. And it's artists such as these who have helped crystalize Austin's idea of what he wants to do as he moves forward with his eponymous project. "From both the rock side and the bluegrass side," he explains, "I've learned a lot about song structure, solo ideas, playing with guts, and being who you are."

Although he considers the Jeff Austin Band his primary focus, the mandolinist and singer is also known for embracing collaborations. In 2004, he released a full-length album with Chris Castino (The Big Wu) that featured guest appearances by Noam Pikelny, Darol Anger, and Sally Van Meter. Just two short years later in 2006, Austin teamed with Keller Williams and Keith Moseley to record a live album of bluegrass takes on Grateful Dead covers. The project, released under the name Grateful Grass, benefited the Rex Foundation. And most recently, Austin revived 30db - his project with Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey's McGee.

In truth, Austin only began playing the mandolin a few years before co-founding progressive bluegrass outfit Yonder Mountain String Band, a group with whom he parted ways in 2014. And, picking prowess aside, Austin has always considered his voice to be his first instrument. He was drawn to singing from a young age, pursuing musical theater in high school and college. That passion is still evident in his approach to song craft.

Austin draws from those varied roots and readily admits to still loving musicals, being fascinated by Madrigal singers, and tuning-in to a wide range of vocal powerhouses. He channels all of these influences into his solo career, while also seeking personal innovation. For his newest project, Austin sought out musicians on the cutting-edge of the acoustic and jazz music circles. Artists proficient in theory and technique, but not afraid to lend themselves to some "far-out arrangements." The result is some of Austin's most structured, yet exciting, compositions to date with an approach that fits within his own evolving journey and personal motto, "The work continues."

Although there is a strong undercurrent of momentum and innovation that course through Austin's newest project, there is also a connection to the past with the bandleader revisiting selections from his back catalog. Offerings include "Dawn's Early Light," "Snow in the Pines," and others dating back to the 1990s. What matters, Austin points out, is that those songs evoke strong emotional responses both from the audience and himself. Played by this new ensemble, those songs feel revitalized and fresh.
When it comes to dynamics and structure, Austin taps the variety of sounds and styles he's absorbed from theater, jamming, nearly twenty years of performance, and his love of experiencing live music as a fan. It's that inner concert enthusiast that binds him to his own audience and a powerful exchange between the stage and the crowd. "I hope they take with them exactly what I hope they leave with us," he says. "And that's inspiration."

Each band will play a set and then the two acts will come together for a set of Grateful Dead songs to close the evening.

Daddy Daughter Dance | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Daddy Daughter Dance

Hosted by Jefferson County Relay for Life

Fairfield Arts & Convention

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$25 | PER COUPLE
$5 | EACH ADDITIONAL DAUGHTER
$30 | PER COUPLE AT THE DOOR

Join the Jefferson County Relay for Life for the DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE. An enchanted evening for Preschool - 6th grade. Daughters may be escorted by their dad, grandpa, uncle, or any other special person who fits the role. Your magical night will be filled with music, refreshments (cookies and punch), and more!


Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

King of Kentucky Bluegrass with 15 Grammy Awards

OPENING ACT | LORI KING & JUNCTION 63

Fairfest at the Sondheim Series

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ZONE 1 | $40
ZONE 2 | $33
ZONE 3 | $25
ZONE 4 | $20
$10 YOUTH & STUDENT

Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner RICKY SKA