Enjoy outstanding entertainment this holiday season when acts such as Dwight Yoakam the legendary Beach Boys, and “The Nutcracker Suite” performed by the Antelope Valley Ballet, will grace the stage at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC).
First up tomorrow, Nov. 16, is the thrilling heavy metal tribute band Damage Inc. This group is considered by critics to be one of the finest Metallica tribute bands. Damage Inc. has toured the country and abroad for more than 15 years in reproducing Metallica’s high-energy sound.
AXS TV has honored Damage Inc. as one of the “world’s greatest tribute bands” for their outstanding replications of hits like “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven,” “Nothing Else Matters” and “Until It Sleeps.” Damage Inc. has been selected as one of LA Weekly’s top 20 tribute bands and have performed at venues like the Honda Center and House of Blues in Anaheim, and at Danny Koker’s Count’s Vamp’d Lounge in Las Vegas. Damage Inc. is also a regular participant in the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program.
Showtime is at 8 p.m., with tickets ranging in price from $24 to $29.
Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience
See some of the most athletic and talented dogs ever when Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience comes to town on Sunday, Nov. 17.
This is the 20th anniversary of the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show after more than 10,000 live performances in North America. This act has performed in state and county fairs, at college sports events, theme parks and also at NFL and NBA halftime shows.
What is particularly unique about the Stunt Dog Experience is that these are all dogs from either pounds, shelters or rescue organizations. Officials with the show promote pet adoption, responsible pet ownership and positive training methods. There are more than 20 dogs and at least five handlers featured in the show that illustrates six different challenges to test a dog’s intelligence, speed, accuracy and leaping ability.
The show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10, $19 and $24.
Dwight Yoakam performs on Nov. 21
Dwight Yoakam has been described as “the man who was too country for Nashville.” The superstar musician will take to the LPAC stage on Nov. 21.
A native of Pikeville, Ky, Yoakam moved to Nashville in 1977 hoping to make his musical dreams come true. At the time, Nashville was making a transition away from the traditional country sound that he was playing and, in short order, he would move to California where he collaborated with producer Pete Anderson in 1982. The two began a relationship that many people compared to rock’s “Glimmer Twins” (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards).
Soon the radio stations began to play selections from Yoakam’s 1984 EP “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.” on the independent label Oak Records. Yoakam would become famous for his unique brand of honky tonk music. He traveled extensively with groups like Los Lobos and the Violent Femmes, while maintaining his traditional country sound, and attracted fans from both the punk rock scene as well as rockabilly.
Yoakam, also an accomplished actor (“Red Rock West” from 1993 starring Dennis Hopper and Nicholas Cage), that year released what critics called a “masterpiece” in the album “This Time.” He received his first Grammy Award in 1994 for the song “Ain’t that Lonely Yet.”
He hit the silver screen again in the 1996 Billy Bob Thornton film “Sling Blade,” and in 1998 released the popular album “A Long Way Home.” Since then, Dwight Yoakam has had five albums top the Billboard Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the top 10. Yoakam remains one of the most popular performers on the country music circuit.
Showtime is at 8 p.m. with tickets ranging in price from $74, $84 and $119.
Johnny Cash tribute
Terry Lee Goffee: The Ultimate Tribute to Johnny Cash arrives on Nov. 23. The internationally renowned Goffee covers the 50-year career of Johnny Cash, performing the legendary artist’s most famous songs and complete with Cash’s trademark guitar-slinging body movements.
Coffee was influenced by what he says was “traveling music” ranging from anyone from Jimmy Rogers, Roger Miller to Jimi Hendrix. He began playing as a child as “music was always in our home,” he said years ago.
“Occasionally, I would take an old broom handle (‘guitar’) and a tin can (‘microphone’),” he said, in playfully accompanying an uncle on his grandparent’s farm in Ohio. By 1979, Goffee was in Florida pursuing a career in music and at the same time spent years studying scripture which he said would “change the direction of my career and my dreams forever.”
If you enjoyed the music of Johnny Cash, don’t miss this exciting tribute to “The Man In Black” at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $10, $29, $34 and $49.
The Beach Boys on Dec. 2
The Beach Boys are one of the most celebrated groups in the history of rock ‘n roll. They will appear on Dec. 2.
“If you ask any couple who have been married for 50 years or longer, they will tell you they’ve seen it all. The same is true of the Beach Boys,” said Mike Love.
While the Hawthorne natives have come and gone over the years, their signature harmonies live on with a new generation around the world. Now approaching their 60th year in music, the latest lineup includes Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Keith Hubacher. Additional musicians are Christian Love, Brian Eichenberger, Randy Leago and Scott Totten.
For the LAPC show, every ticket purchased includes a digital copy of Mike Love’s forthcoming album “12 Sides of Summer.”
The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging about 150 shows a year ranging from summer festivals to gala New Year’s Eve celebrations. Enjoy a treasure trove of Top 40 hits such as “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?,” “In My Room,” “Barbara Ann,” “Sloop John B,” “Sail On Sailor” and “Kokomo.”
Showtime is at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $109, $114 and $129.
‘The Nutcracker’ by Antelope Valley Ballet
What better way to kick-off the Christmas season than with “The Nutcracker” presented by the Antelope Valley Ballet. The curtain rises at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, and another matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 15.
The famous two-act ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovwsky is generally recognized worldwide as the most popular holiday season event. Watch as Drosselmeyer’s magical dolls come to life, see the Nutcracker’s fantastic battle with the Mouse King, and witness the Sugar Plum Fairy’s enchanting castle filled with delightful sweets.
Tickets are $15, $25 and $30.
The Lancaster Performing Arts Center box office, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about these and other events, call (661) 723-5950 or visit www.lpac.org.