Foellinger bill boastsbig names again in ’18

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will perform Wednesday, July 11, at the Foellinger Theatre.

KPC NEWS SERVICE

The Foellinger Theatre will host Grand Funk Railroad, the Little River Band, Pat Benatar &Neil Giraldo and almost two dozen other concerts in 2018.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry joined Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll and corporate and media sponsors on March 20 to announce the summer lineup: “Some Kind of Wonderful!”

The concert season begins Friday, May 4, with an 8 p.m. show by Gene Simmons. Tickets for that show went on sale Feb. 16. Visit fortwayneparks.org for tickets and details.

The Foellinger Theatre is at 3411 Sherman Blvd., near the entrance to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

“I continue to be impressed with the quality and variety of performers that the Fort Wayne Parks &Recreation Department provides for our community and visitors each year at the Foellinger Theatre,” Henry said. “Entertainment offerings and quality of life amenities are critical in our ability to retain and attract businesses and jobs, build on our downtown revitalization efforts and strengthen neighborhoods.”

Tickets for the following concerts went on sale at 10 a.m. March 23:

• Dogs of Society, Elton John Tribute, June 16

• Little River Band, June 22

• Let’s Hang On!, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Tribute, June 30

• Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA, July 7

• Pat Benatar &Neil Giraldo, July 11

• Grand Funk Railroad, July 14

• The Beach Boys, July 15

• Stayin’ Alive, Bee Gees Tribute, July 21

• Ted Nugent, July 25

• The Lettermen, July 28

• Jay Leno, Aug. 4

• Herman’s Hermits, Starring Peter Noone, Aug. 11

• Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty Tribute, Aug. 17

• The Guess Who, Aug. 24

• Spend the Night with Alice Cooper, Sept. 1

• Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles, Sept. 3

• REO Speedwagon, Sept. 26

“We anticipate announcing several more concerts and will update the foellingertheatre.org website as those concerts become available,” Moll said. “We appreciate our generous sponsors who help us keep our ticket prices low. And we thank Pacific Coast Concerts for continuing to bring exciting acts to our venue, where every seat in the house is a great one.”

To prevent overpaying for Foellinger Theatre tickets on a ticket scalping site, the Parks &Recreation Department recommends that patrons go directly to foellingertheatre.org and click on “Purchase Theatre Tickets.” That link will lead patrons to a list of concerts with their correct ticket prices and a seating chart, as well as an option to buy directly from the Parks and Recreation Department. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Parks and Recreation office at (260) 427-6000 or by visiting 705 E. State Blvd., Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Several free concerts will be held at Foellinger Theatre this season as well, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony, Old Crown Brass Band, the Fort Wayne Area Community Band and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.

Foellinger Theatre will also feature six free, family-friendly movies: “Despicable Me,” “Despicable Me2” and “Despicable Me3,” “Minions,” “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory.” Movies will run on Thursdays this year, beginning July 5 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free movies are sponsored by 97.3 WMEE and Fort Wayne’s NBC.

The 2018 Foellinger Theatre Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Old National, Fun 101.7 WLDE, PBS39, ABC21, 104.3 Good Time Oldies and Whatzup. For more information about each concert, visit foellingertheatre.org.