Rock tributes, national touring bands planned for Egyptian Theatre

Rock tributes, touring bands planned for Egyptian

Tributes to the Eagles, Elvis, Pink Floyd and women in rock will be some of the highlights for what Egyptian Theatre director Alex Nerad said is “one of the biggest fall seasons” yet for the DeKalb venue.

The season will include some nationally touring acts that have taken a couple years to secure and others that are returning to the Egyptian for a second go-around because of high demand, he said.

“I’m excited to have a fall season that highlights all the different types of shows the Egyptian can offer,” Nerad said.

In addition to the fall season schedule listed on the theater’s website, patrons can expect more announcements of “even bigger shows” in the coming weeks, Nerad said.

Tickets can be found online at next to each event, though not all are on sale yet. Prices for some shows increase after certain dates.

“For Love & Rock ’N’ Roll” will be a live concert paying tribute to women in rock from the ’60s through modern day on Sept. 9. The performance will include hard rock anthems, power ballads and more.

“This is a concert I’m really looking forward to,” Nerad said. “It’s a tribute show to all of the amazing women in rock throughout the ages.”

The musical tributes will continue Oct. 14 with Heartache Tonight paying homage to the Eagles. The six band members have shared stages with some of the biggest names in rock, including Jimmy Buffett, Joe Cocker and the Doobie Brothers.

The Manhattan Transfer, an eight-time Grammy Award winning jazz vocal band, will stop at the Egyptian Oct. 19 on the band’s 45th anniversary tour. Styles include a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazillian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop.

“It’s a huge thrill we’re gonna have them here,” Nerad said.

Shawn Klush will pay tribute to the music, life and legacy of the man known as the king of rock ‘n’ roll on Oct. 21. The performance will feature support from the Fabulous Ambassadors and special guests yet to be announced.

“If you’ve seen Klush, he’s the ultimate Elvis tribute artist,” Nerad said. “He’s revered as the top Elvis performer out there.”

Another act returning to the Egyptian because of high demand will be Think Floyd USA. The nine-member group will celebrate the music of Pink Floyd on Nov. 3 with a full-production tribute including songs, lights and video.

“They performed here last fall, and we’ve heard nonstop from people asking us to bring them back,” Nerad said.

An evening of Christmas entertainment combining classic rock and holiday songs will take place Dec. 16 with Chicago natives The Buckinghams, who had a “huge turnout” when they performed at the Egyptian two years ago, Nerad said.

Other events include a free show on Veterans Day by the United States Army Field Band, a tribute to Chicago area garage bands from the ’60s on Sept. 23, and a performance by funk rock band Here Come the Mummies on Oct. 7.

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