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Kendra Meinert column: Meyer gets Carpenter, Colvin acoustic show

9:49 AM, Jun. 20, 2013  |  Comments
Mary Chapin Carpenter is teaming up with fellow singer/songwriter and good friend Shawn Colvin for an Oct. 7 concert at the Meyer Theatre to benefit 91.1 The Avenue.
Mary Chapin Carpenter is teaming up with fellow singer/songwriter and good friend Shawn Colvin for an Oct. 7 concert at the Meyer Theatre to benefit 91.1 The Avenue.
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Hate to say the A-word ("autumn''), but 91.1 The Avenue has a good-sounding double bill already locked up for its Acoustic Autumn event Oct. 7 at the Meyer Theatre.

Longtime friends and folkies Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin - eight Grammy Awards between the two, in case you're keeping track - will share the stage as a duo for a concert that supports the local radio station. Tickets go on sale Friday for $50 general admission and $75 first three rows and grand tier seating at (877) 508-9191 or www.AvenueRadio.com through July 22. Anyone who signs up to become a new member of The Avenue ($120) gets a free pair of general-admission tickets.

Carpenter lit up the country charts in the late '80s and '90s with hits like "Passionate Kisses,'' "He Thinks He'll Keep Her,'' "I Feel Lucky'' and "Down at the Twist and Shout.'' Her 12th album, "Ashes and Roses,'' tackles her personal struggles in recent years, including divorce, health issues and the death of her father.

Colvin won two of her Grammys for the 1997 hit "Sunny Came Home.'' Her newest release, "All Fall Down,'' came out in 2012 and features such guests as Jakob Dylan, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.

If you're looking for a reason to head up to Door County this weekend, stick a few daisies in your hair, flash the peace sign and catch "flower power'' icon Melanie singing "Brand New Key,'' "Beautiful People'' and "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).'' The singer/songwriter/peace activist synonymous with Woodstock is playing a free show at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center amphitheater in Egg Harbor. The 66-year-old Melanie will perform with her son, Beau-Jarred Schekeryk, on guitar.

Pianist Jim Brickman's "The Magic of Christmas'' plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. Tickets are $66.50 premium package (includes meet and greet and autographed poster), $53.50, $43.50 and $31.50 when they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

She said what?!

First Joan Rivers at the Meyer Theatre in March and now Kathy Griffin in September at the Weidner Center? Talk about your good years for fans of celebrity-slamming humor.

Griffin, who hasn't unleashed her mouth, sans the filter, on a Green Bay audience since she sold out the Meyer in 2006 - way back when Britney Spears was still married to Kevin Federline - will do her snarky standup comedy at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Weidner.

Tickets are $55, $45, $35 and go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday at Ticket Star outlets, (800) 895-0071 and www.ticketstaronline.com.

PMI Entertainment Group, which manages the Meyer, booked the show at the Weidner, because it has more seats for Griffin's return visit.

The Grammy-nominated comedian is perhaps best known for six seasons of her "My Life on the D-List'' reality show, which earned her two Emmy Awards, and for ringing in New Year's Eve coverage on CNN with co-host Anderson Cooper. Griffin's 16th comedy special for Bravo, "Calm Down Gurrl,'' debuted earlier this month, and there have been Internet rumblings that she and Cooper might have a possible show in the works for CNN.

Following up

Comedian Jim Gaffigan packed Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Saturday with a long line that snaked through the store for the signing of his collection of humorous parenting essays, "Dad Is Fat.'' But he did manage to find time before the noon event to park his tour bus in front of Lambeau Field and snap a photo of himself. "Me at my old workplace,''he tweeted. He also appeared to enjoy the local cuisine, tweeting "Deep fried cheese curds are like if French Fries and heaven had a baby.''

Not surprising, all Gaffigan's media appearances of late (he and his family were featured on "CBS Sunday Morning'' last weekend) have increased ticket sales for his July 27 performance at the Weidner Center. There are still tickets available through Ticket Star, but that show is expected to sell out.

Metro Jam was forced to cut headliner Alejandro Escovedo's set short due to the storms on Saturday night. He was able to get in about 40 minutes, including a blistering guitar solo on Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane.'' The Manitowoc event had a full park when it pulled the plug a little early, but all the day's other acts were able to play without any rain worries. That means the free fest's record of never being rained out in its 35-year history still stands.

Gigs

Since moving to Long Beach, Calif., three years ago, Green Bay native Tanya Witt has carved out a performing career for herself across SoCal. She performs as cabaret duo Twisted Angels with Jennifer Corday, with her own cover band, Witt's End, and as a solo acoustic act.

The hometown crowd will get a chance to hear what she's been up to when she plays an acoustic show with Corday from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at George Street Cafe in De Pere. No cover.

She's fitting the gig in as part of a weekend visit to see family in Howard, even squeezing in a private wedding gig for her former Midwest cover band Straight Up, which is reuniting for the occasion.

Before making the move to the West Coast, Witt performed as Patsy Cline in the touring Branson Superstars and as a jingle singer and voiceover artist.

Madison-based funk band steez is making its annual run up to Door County, which means Green Bay is lucky enough to hook a date on the way. The group, which includes Green Bay native Rob Bessert on drums, plays Friday night at Phat Headz. No cover.

All five guys are "rabid Packers fans,'' so Green Bay show are always a little more special for them - and that's coming from a band that regularly plays the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at Summerfest.

Jimmy Seas is letting The DOWGS out on the deck for a rockin' Friday gig that starts at 8 p.m.

Mountain Feist, a four-piece progressive bluegrass band out of Asheville, N.C., plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Luna Coffee in De Pere. Cover is $5. The group's new album, "Bittersweet and Roses,'' just dropped this week. The De Pere gig is a stop before the band heads up to Athelstane to play the Flatrock Bluegrass Jamboree next weekend.

Metallica tribute act ONE promises the quintessential concert experience from the band's '80s and '90s run with the stage show and 55-song catalog it's bringing tonight to Green Bay Distillery. Headbanging starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the doors.

And mark this one down on your summer concert calendar: The Reverend Horton Heat Aug. 21 at the Distillery, with Wayne Hancock and Deke Dickerson opening, for a serious night of psychobilly and rockabilly. Tickets are on sale for $20 at www.greenbaydistillery.com.

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