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203 North Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085 United States

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June 2017

Genesee Film Series: Airplane!

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Airplane! is an over-the-top comedy that spoofs the classic disaster movies of the ’70s. The film pulls out all the clichés as alcoholic pilot Ted Striker boards a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his ex-girlfriend/stewardess. Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker, who’s developed a fear of flying, to land the plane with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller  and Striker’s ruthless former captain. The film stars include Lloyd Bridges,…

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July 2017

Genesee Film Series: Jailhouse Rock

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

It’s the 60th anniversary fo this classic ’50s movie-musical showcasing the sensual, “dangerous” side of Elvis that won the hearts of teenagers. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, he finds salvation when his cellmate hears him sing and convinces him to perform in an upcoming prison show. Come dressed as your favorite Elvis for our Costume Contest! Winner will be selected by round of applause on…

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Summer Film Series: Blues Brothers followed by Blooze Brothers LIVE

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Blues Brothers on the big screen! This musical comedy has become a cult classic with its crazy antics, ridiculous car chases (they destroyed 103 cars) and memorable one-liners. Jake and Elwood Blues are backed by the hardest working band in Chicago and perform some of the tightest blues and soul around. Blooze Brothers live! Following the movie is a concert by Chicago’s premiere show band. This high-­powered, 11­-piece group dazzles audiences with their soulful revue of Motown, R&B, classic rock…

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Genesee Film Series: The Music Man

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

After nearly 900 performances on stage, the smash hit Broadway musical took to the big screen in 1962. With its glorious production and gorgeous music and dancing, The Music Man is one of the  classic musicals under the sun!  Harold Hill is a traveling con man who lands in River City, Iowa and convinces locals to start a marching band to keep the town’s youth away from the evils of the pool hall. He asks the townspeople for money to…

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Genesee Film Series: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

One day, he’s a bow-tied, nerdy archaeologist. The next, a resourceful hero with an attitude. Harrison Ford skillfully brings Indiana Jones to life with a little bit of Bogie and the Duke in him. The second of the Indiana Jones epics, this action-packed adventure is the prequel to the huge blockbuster hit, Raiders of the Lost Ark. After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalayan river, Indy gets down to the business…

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August 2017

Genesee Film Series: Wayne’s World

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

An oddball comedy that became a cultural phenomenon, “Wayne’s World” is known for its silliness and memorable catch phrases like “Party on,” “Excellent,” “Schwing!” and of course, “We’re Not Worthy! We’re Not Worthy!” Based on the SNL sketch of the same name, the film is a wacky, irreverent comedy about the adventures of two aimless metal-head friends, Wayne and Garth. From Wayne’s basement, the two host a public access TV show, which is mainly about rock, babes and the people…

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Genesee Film Series: Clue

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

The popular board game with the same name comes alive in this zany comedy-murder mystery. Delightfully ingenious and funny, this classic Hollywood whodunit has it all – gags and one liners, silly slapstick and double entendres, plus murder, suspense and secret passageways! The superb cast includes Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, and Tim Curry. If you love detective movies, “Clue” will keep you guessing – and laughing – all the way to the very end. Come dressed…

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$39.50 - 89.50

Dave Koz and Larry Graham: Side by Side

August 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Whether he’s putting his own spin on a chart-topping hit or launching into an epic solo, contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz has a way of awakening and stirring the soul. The multi-Grammy® nominee and platinum-selling artist has had nine #1 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. Larry Graham is best known as the bass player in Sly & the Family Stone and later the front man in Graham Central Station. The funk legend invented the slap bass technique, which…

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Genesee Film Series: Dirty Dancing

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A teenage girl learns about love, responsibility and how to do the Dirty Boogie in this coming-of-age box office hit.  “Baby” Houseman is an idealistic 17-year-old vacationing with her family at a resort in upstate New York. She is particularly struck by Johnny Castle, the hotel’s maverick dance instructor and performer in the resort’s floor show. The chemistry between the two is red hot and she immediately falls head-over-heels in love. When Johnny’s dance partner backs out of their dance…

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$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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$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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October 2017
$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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$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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November 2017
$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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$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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