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Genesee Theatre

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203 North Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085 United States

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August 2017
$45 - 164.50

Happy Together Tour

August 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Breakout your bell-bottom jeans and tie-dye shirts, because this show’s gonna be out of sight! The Happy Together tour celebrates the music of the ’60s and ’70s with six classic bands, including The Turtles, The Association, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Cowsills, and The Archies!

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Olivia Newton-John

August 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Grammy® Award-winner Olivia Newton-John is best known for her role as Sandy in the #1 hit movie-musical, Grease!  With ten #1 hits,15 Top-10 singles and over 100 million albums sold, she is one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Reminisce as she performs songs from Grease and Xanadu, her country music hits and chart-toppers from the music-video era.

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September 2017
$63 - 123

Huey Lewis and the News

September 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

No other band defines ’80s Top-40 rock like Huey Lewis and the News. It seemed like every song was a hit and every radio station played them in its hourly rotation.  The Grammy Award-winning band’s multi-platinum album Sports is one of the best-selling pop releases of all time, with 4 singles rocketing into Billboard’s Top 10.  In 1985, their songs “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” fueled the film Back to the Future.  Lewis has also starred in several…

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$38 - 55

Naturally 7 with Special Guest Blue Jupiter

September 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Renowned a cappella group Naturally 7 has performed to over 4 million people in 25 countries. Their interpretation of famous chart hits as well as original material leaves audiences cheering. What sets them apart is how they take the art of a cappella to another level. These elite vocalists perform as a complete band, producing the sound of every instrument – drums, bass, guitar, horns, even synthesizers – using only their voices. It’s jaw-dropping entertainment and truly mesmerizing. Special guest…

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$45 - 85

Gordon Lightfoot

September 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

“Every time I hear a song of his, it’s like I wish it would last forever.”  – Bob Dylan With his beautiful melodies and thoughtful lyrics, legendary singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot has enchanted fans for over 50 years. His tender ballads and timeless hits helped define the folk-pop sound of the ’60s and ’70s. Artists from Elvis to Jane’s Addiction to Toby Keith have all covered his songs.  In all, he has recorded 20 albums, received 5 Grammy® nominations and won 17 Juno…

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$28 - 48

Whose Live Anyway?

September 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

You’ve watched them make up hilarious scenes on TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Now see them live! With razor-sharp wit, cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray test their comedic and musical skills in a series of spontaneous improv games. Audience participation is key so bring your suggestions – you might be asked to join them onstage! Fun for the whole family!

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Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos is a high-energy, all request show for folks young and old. Two exceptional musicians sit behind pianos and duke it out for laughs and great sing-along fun! From John Lennon to John Legend, Beach Boys to Beastie Boys, Felix and Fingers will play anything. And they’ll play it on the spot! Be ready with your favorite requests.

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$28 - 39

A Tribute to Neil Diamond and Billy Joel with Keith Allynn

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

On stage, Keith Allynn is Neil Diamond. He looks, dresses and sounds just like the music legend. When he’s not on the road, he’s a resident performer in Branson, MO, where he has won countless awards, including Tribute Artist and Tribute Show of the Year. Keith began his career in stand-up comedy, opening for comic legends Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Tim Allen. He adds that comedic flair to every performance. Danny V’s 52nd Street is a full-scale, live concert show and the world’s longest…

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$39 - 79.50

Wilson Phillips with special guest The Rembrandts

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Wilson Phillips’s 1990 debut album was an instant hit, selling over 10 million copies and scoring three #1 singles as well as a Billboard Music Award. In 2015, they sang backup on FourFiveSeconds from Rihanna’s album Anti.

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35 - 47.50

Puddles Pity Party at Genesee Theatre

September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Puddles the Clown teamed up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to record Lorde’s hit song “Royals” and it instantly went viral. The YouTube video has received over 19 million vieww. The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” has captivated audiences from around the world. When he takes the stage, he puts his suitcase down and doesn’t utter a word. When the music starts and you hear that voice for the first time, you’re in disbelief. It’s mesmerizing. As with any…

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October 2017
$49.50 - 125

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

October 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Kristin Chenoweth is mesmerizing. The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer has a beautiful voice that can fill a concert hall. A classically trained soprano, she sings with amazing clarity across a three-octave range. And when she’s on stage, she owns it. Her charm and confidence radiate over the footlights. Best known for her Tony-nominated role in Broadway’s smash musical Wicked, she has appeared in several Broadway hits.

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$39.50 - 97.50

American and Al Stewart

October 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

America’s breezy, folk-rock sound made them a favorite throughout the ’70s.  Their self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts and went platinum on the strength of their blockbuster hit, “A Horse With No Name.” A year later, they won the Grammy® for best new artist. They continued with a string of hit albums and singles built on their signature melodies, rich harmonies and artful lyrics. Their immense catalog speaks to their longevity. Folk-rock musician Al Stewart is a master singer-songwriter…

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$39.50 - 89.50

Blue Öyster Cult with Special Guests April Wine and Head East

October 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Genesee will erupt with blazing guitars when Blue Öyster Cult rocks the night away. Known for their hard-edged musical assault and use of sci-fi and occult imagery, these heavy-metal pioneers will deliver their signature radio hits and album rock that die-hard fans have been waiting to hear live. And yes, there will be cowbell.  Opening for BÖC are ’70s-’80s rockers April Wine and Illinois’ own Head East opens the evening with their string of hits. You wanna rock? This…

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$25.50 - 55.50

Queen Machine

October 10 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Hailing from Aarhus, Denmark, Queen Machine recreates the sights and sounds of one of the greatest bands of all time: Queen. With their stadium rock anthems, iconic power ballads and addictive melodies, the legendary group’s music is as popular as ever. Now you can see the band as they were in their heyday! Queen Machine delivers a total-show experience, providing a magical performance that concertgoers are sure to enjoy.

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$37.50 - 89

Ronnie Milsap with special guest Exile

October 12 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

As one of the most successful “crossover” artists of the ’70s and ’80s, Ronnie Milsap led country music’s transformation to its more contemporary form that penetrates pop playlists. The result: six Grammy Awards and a whopping forty #1 country music hits.  With so many CMA awards under his belt – Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year – he’s one of country music’s best loved and most successful touring artists.  Special guest Exile dominated…

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$35.50 - 65.50

50 Summers of Love Starring Mickey Dolenz, Mark Lindsay and the Fab Four

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Micky Dolenz of the Monkees was the curly-haired heartthrob who sang some the band’s biggest hits, including the theme song to their Emmy award-winning TV show. Fans will enjoy their classic songs and clips from the show, as well as rare footage and photos. Mark Lindsay was the lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders during their heyday. His voice is etched on the band’s biggest hits. He also starred in TV shows, including, “Where the Action Is.” Enjoy…

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A Tribute to Ricky Nelson and Chuck Berry

October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Rockers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson celebrate the music of their father Ricky Nelson, America’s original teen idol. The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer sold over 200-million records and scored a number of hits in the ’50s and ’60s, including three chart toppers.  The concert features great music, never-before-seen family videos with celebrity interviews and intimate stories that only the boys can tell. The twins are talented musicians in their own right. As the ’90s rock band Nelson, they produced five top 40 hits, four #1 MTV…

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$35 - 95

Chris Isaak

October 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Silky vocals, shimmering guitar tones, charismatic good looks… yes, Chris Isaak has what it takes to melt a crowd. Whether he’s playing a rockabilly number, a steamy ballad or four-on-the floor rock ‘n’ roll with his band Silvertone, the captivating showman always puts on a good show. Join the two-time GRAMMY® Award nominee and wickedly charming TV and film actor for an unforgettable evening of hits, new material and those iconic covers he’s known for.

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Champions of Magic

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Coming off their hit season in London’s West End, Champions Of Magic features Britain’s top illusionists performing their greatest tricks and stunts. You’ll witness mind-blowing disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart-stopping finale! This full-scale production uses lighting and pyrotechnics that rival any theatrical performance! It’s a stunning presentation of mystery and magic. Described by the British Press as “a spectacular family show” and “slick, clever, funny and amazing,” Champions Of Magic has been seen around the world.

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$32-50 - 52.50

Easton Corbin with special guest Lindsay Ell

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Easton Corbin started his career off in the fast lane, scoring back-to-back No. 1 country hits – the first male country artist to do so in 17 years. During his 2010 breakout year, he won three American Country Awards and was named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist. He placed three more songs in country music’s top 10 through 2014. As a performer, his concerts are raw and real. He’s currently working on his 4th studio album. Singer/songwriter Lindsay Ell kicks…

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$45 - 79

Ladies of the ’80s

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Debbie Gibson burst onto the pop music scene at age 16, becoming the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 – a record she still holds today. Her debut album Out of the Blue went triple platinum and her second album Electric Youth went double platinum, both spawning a flurry of hits. After selling more than 16 million albums, the multi-talented performer went on to star on Broadway and tour internationally, playing Éponine in…

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November 2017
$45 - 97.50

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Ever wonder what it would be like to have legendary singer/songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt play a few songs and share personal stories in your living room? That’s what it’s like when these old friends get together for this incredible acoustic event. Lovett is a four-time Grammy® Award winner and accomplished TV and film actor. Hiatt is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Together, they create an unforgettable evening of storytelling, laughs…

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$35 - $125

Soft Rock Heroes: Firefall, Stephen Bishop and Gary Wright

November 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

With their timeless melodies and gorgeous harmonies, Firefall led the soft rock evolution of the ’70s and influenced a generation. During that time, they scored 11 hit singles and produced 3 gold and 2 platinum albums. Their Top-10 hit, “You Are the Woman” has been played on the radio over 7 million times! The group faithfully performs its greatest hits like they were played decades ago. If you close your eyes, you might forget what year it is! Singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop created a number…

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$35 - 64.50

Trace Adkins

November 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Trace Adkins is a Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry who’s sold over 11 million albums and scored countless hits! The self-proclaimed roughneck and former oil-rigger has a knack for touching just about everyone who has a pulse. In concert, he puts his raucous personality, Southern charm and rich baritone on display. And fans love it! Now he’s hitting the road in support of his new album, “Something’s Going On.” Rolling Stone calls it his best album in years. And…

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$37.50 - 57.50

Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus Tour

November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Kathleen Madigan’s comedic timing, irreverence and sarcastic wit have fueled her stand-up comedy for over 25 years. Her crazy stories – like the time she secretly signed up her parents to be Uber drivers – will keep you laughing all night! She’s headlined in Vegas, has had specials on HBO, Comedy Central and Netflix and is a regular guest on the late-night talk shows.

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$45 - 95


November 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Kansas is one of the pillars of progressive rock, having played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Known for their dazzling organ arrangements, swift violin runs, soaring vocals and intricate time signatures, their songs continue to attract fans. Enjoy an evening of arena rock in the intimate setting of the Genesee Theatre.

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$37.50 - 110

SiriusXM presents The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

November 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Multiplatinum recording artist and three-time Grammy® Award winner Brian Setzer and his amazing 19-piece orchestra whip up some retro holiday cheer! Christmas Rocks! is an annual extravaganza and must-see for fans of big bands, swing and rockabilly. A wildly innovative musician and entertaining showman, Setzer is considered by many as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists. A replica of his 1959 Gretsch guitar is currently on display at the Smithsonian. This 14th annual holiday show features reimagined Christmas classics, original holiday…

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$45.50 - 65.50

Alton Brown LIVE: Eat Your Science

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science is the follow-up to the smash *Edible Inevitable* tour!  Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment.  Plus, you will see “things I*ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first…

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$39.50 - 59.50

Jeffrey Osborne with special guests Mindi Abair and Nicholas Barron

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Jeffrey Osborne is one of music’s most accomplished R&B vocalists. As lead singer of the ’70s funk band LTD., he helped produce the classic, “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again.” As a solo artist in the ’80s, he produced a series of Top-40 hits. He was such a musical presence in the ’80s that he was invited to sing on USA for Africa’s, “We Are the World” in 1985. After five gold and platinum albums, the four-time Grammy®…

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$58 - 78

REO Speedwagon

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hailing from Champaign, IL, epic rock band REO Speedwagoncomes to The Genesee, ready to rock the house. Led by iconic frontman Kevin Cronin, the band has racked up an impressive collection of hit songs and classic albums over the years. Their ’70s FM-oriented rock set the stage for 1980’s explosive album, Hi Infidelity, which launched four Top 40 hits, two #1 records and is the group’s best-selling album. REO rode to the top of the charts with a string of gold…

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$26 - 58

Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler

November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Country music stars Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are teaming up for an incredible evening of hit songs, holiday favorites and a special performance of their new Christmas single, “The Naughty List.”  Phil Vassar is known for his fun party songs and nostalgic ballads. He started his career writing hits for Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Alan Jackson before writing chart toppers for himself. In 1999, he was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year. This special concert comes on the heels of his…

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December 2017
$35 - 65

The Midtown Men

December 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Celebrate the greatest songs of the ’60s with the Midtown Men, four stars from the smash Broadway musical “Jersey Boys”. With three Tony® Awards and one nomination among them, there’s no doubt they have the impressive vocals, good looks and dynamic choreography to wow audiences. Since 2010, they’ve been all over the world, electrifying concertgoers. Now on their seventh national tour, they’re doing a one-of-a-kind, Rat Pack-style holiday concert! Enjoy classic songs by The Beatles, The Rascals, The Temptations, The…

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$20.50 - 40

A Garfield Christmas

December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Everyone’s favorite fictional feline, Garfield, is ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Coming to you with open arms – because he’s expecting presents – Garfield will brighten your holiday season with his delightful wit, wisdom and of course, his token wisecracks. He’s a few gifts short of understanding the true meaning of Christmas. But with the help of Jon, Odie and his new holiday friends – Nutcracker, Rag Doll, Teddy Bear and Tree-Top Angel – our witty kitty will…

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$33 - 58

Michael Carbonaro LIVE!

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

On his hit TV show “The Carbonaro Effect,” Michael Carbonaro uses magic and crazy pranks to keep unsuspecting targets guessing and viewers laughing. Now he’s bringing his mind-blowing illusions and tricks to the stage! addition to his mastery of magic and illusions, Michael’s a dynamic actor and improv artist, adding comedy and audience interaction to every show. It’s great family fun! Don’t miss your chance to feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro… LIVE!

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$40 - 99.50

98° at Christmas

December 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

It’s going to get hot this holiday season when 98° takes the stage! Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffree still have slick moves, charisma and honey-dripped harmonies.  This special Christmas show features the band’s unforgettable grooves and romantic ballads, plus great songs from their platinum album This Christmas and more.  Lose yourself in an evening of ’90s nostalgia and holiday cheer!

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$39 - 75

Legendary Voices

December 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Chubby Checker, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, & Martha Reeves and the Vandellas! Chubby Checker‘s “The Twist” is the only song in the rock ‘n’ roll era to hit #1 on the pop charts on two separate occasions. Billboard magazine named it the biggest chart hit of all time. During his heyday, the Grammy® Award winner became the only artist to place five albums in the top 12 at one time. He continues to make music, collaborating with the Fat…

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