Since the early 70’s, REO Speedwagon‘s live shows have continuously drawn crowds and filled venues, festivals, and arenas worldwide. They have hit the charts numerous times, and have toured consistently since their beginnings back at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. However the one thing their fans may not know about them is, that they are major alturists. Lending their name, time, and efforts continuously for so many causes, they continue to constantly give back to those that have supported their music throughout the years.
On October 17, 2015, they once again will come together to raise money for another worthy cause. This time, it’s our very own Stanley Center for The Arts. This majestic theater has been a major part of our culture here in the Central New York region since 1928 when it was constructed. Built by Thomas Lamb, it is one of only three remaining Thomas Lamb theaters built: The Stanley, Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady, NY, and The Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NY. As time wore on, so did the disrepair of the theater and in 2006, it underwent a 20 million dollar renovation, updating it’s stage, sound, lighting, loading docs, dressing rooms, and marquee. This spectacular face lift allows this venue to once again shine as it welcomes Broadway shows and national musical performers to our area.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with founding member of REO Speeedwagon, Neil Doughty, as they prepared for their recent New York shows. We chatted about their many years together, their musical journey, and a few of their concerts that helped those in need. This summer NYSMusic welcomed them at both CMAC and the Seneca Allegheny Casino, where their show was one action packed evening of hit after hit, where the audience becomes part of the show singing along to almost every song. Join us this Saturday as we once again welcome back these awesome guys to our neighborhood and thank them for being not only amazing award winning musician, but truly great guys.
Tickets can still be purchased at The Stanley Theatre Box Office (Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3p.m.), through our phone charge 315.724.4000 or online at www.TheStanley.org or www.Ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $35.