The Lancaster Performing Arts Center has built a sterling Southland reputation for showcasing some of the finest acts in show business. This fall’s lineup is no exception.
“The Lost in Love Experience: Air Supply” features the duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. The Oct. 30 show is sold out.
Like any group, Air Supply faced early disappointment. Then Graham wrote several songs that became world-wide smash hits in “Lost in Love” and “All Out of Love.” “Lost in Love” was released in Australia in 1978. It found its way to legendary producer Clive Davis of Arista Records who immediately offered Air Supply a record deal.
Air Supply was the first western group to tour China, Taiwan and most of Southeast Asia, when some of these countries had forbidden pop music to cross their borders. In 1983 they recorded “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” which solidified the group as a permanent force in modern pop music.
Scheduled for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Hasta la Muerte will feature Lupita Infante. The historic “Day of the Dead” celebration is presented by Las Cafeteras Las Cafeteras and is an engaging new production rooted in the indigenous Mexican tradition of celebrating life and death known as Dia de las Muertos.
Roni Benise (best known as Benise) is an American self-taught and self-described “Nouveau Spanish Flamenco Guitarist.” The music starts at 8 p.m. Nov. 4. Benise left his family to move 1500 miles away to Los Angeles with a dream of pursuing a rock-type stardom. With a lack of viable venues, he and a group of friends took the music to the streets as a busker, playing everything from neighborhood theaters to flea markets where he quickly established a following.
Together, they came up with an act that married Latin rhythms to a near-Cirque du Soleil atmosphere. He takes the world (specifically, strongly-flavored Latin-flavored pieces such as flamenco, salsa, tango and samba, underscored by African tribal rhythms) and fuses it with rock, creating an entirely new sound that appeals widely to mainstream music fans and aficionados of world music.
The children will love this show scheduled for 3 p.m. on Nov. 6. Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. The ARTrageous troupe of 12 artists, singers, dancers and musicians create a palette by mixing captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction. Another production will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 7.
Come out on Nov. 19 for side-splitting comedy from Lester Barrie’s Comedy Headliners. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Barrie won the best comedian award over Dave Chappele decades ago on “Star Search.” Since then, he has toured nationally and internationally and recently performed his first stand-up comedy special “Super Saint” now available on Amazon.
The Lancaster Performing Arts Center is located at 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For tickets or more information call (661) 723-5950 or visit www.lpac.org.