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Good day, sunshine: American English returns to JPAC

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Catherine W. Idzerda
June 26, 2009
— The Janesville Performing Arts Center would like the community to “Come Together.”

JPAC’s board and executive director want to give you a “Ticket to Ride” to Las Vegas.


All right, that’s probably enough Beatles references.


This year, JPAC will celebrate its fifth anniversary with the popular Beatles tribute band American English and a dance party.


The concerts Sept. 12 and 13 are a marked departure from previous “gala concerts” held to mark the center’s anniversary.


In the past, anniversary events have featured such stars as Donny Osmond, Mary Wilson, or Franc D’Ambrosio.


The economy is partially responsible for the format change, said Emily Gruenewald, JPAC executive director.


But the board also wanted to “mix things up” a little bit and reach a larger audience.


The Saturday, Sept. 12, concert will feature $35 and $200 tickets. The $200 tickets will feature a cocktail party with “imaginative cuisine” and themed cocktails, prime tickets to the show and a post-show dance party. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.


The $35 tickets are for the show and the post-show dance party.


Also on Sept. 12, raffle tickets in the form of $25 JPAC gift cards will be sold for a chance to win a travel voucher for airfare to Las Vegas, a hotel stay and tickets to the Cirque du Soleil show “Love,” which was inspired by the music of the Beatles.


The gift cards can be used for JPAC shows.


The Sunday, Sept. 13, show is a “family day” concert, with all tickets $10.


“We had some new members come on to the board,” Gruenewald said. “They were kind of concerned that we were missing a lot of people who might have a conflict date- or price-wise. With $35 and $200 tickets, maybe we really weren’t serving the community as we should be.”


American English played at JPAC in February 2008 to a sold-out crowd, drawing fans from as far away as Fond du Lac and Platteville—despite a raging blizzard.


“We have so many people who say, ‘Why don’t you bring back American English?’” Gruenewald said.



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