Spring is almost here and it's time to celebrate good times! Whether you're a sharp dressed man, a sister act, or someone who enjoys a good time, the Cumberland Valley is the place for you this March. Check out the Top 10 events below!
1. Kool & the Gang
In 1964, Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined several Jersey City neighborhood friends to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. At first calling themselves the Jazziacs, the band went through various names before settling on their moniker. Over the next several years they solidified their musical chemistry on the rough-and-tumble East Coast music scene. Their self-titled 1969 debut album introduced their signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements and spawned their first Billboard R&B charted single. Kool & the Gang continues to tour and delight fans around the globe with their timeless hits.
2. ZZ Top: The Tonnage Tour
More than four and a half decades after their formation in the Houston area, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, ZZ Top, are back on the road with "The Tonnage Tour."
The Tonnage Tour comes at the heels of the release of ZZ Top's Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album, including a heavy rock version of "Sixteen Tons," Tennessee Ernie Ford's #1 hit from 1956.
ZZ Top, aka "That Little Ol' Band From Texas," lay undisputed claim to being the longest-running major rock band with original personnel intact. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – but it's still a remarkable achievement that they're still together after more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. The band is known for such mega-hits as "Tush," "La Grange," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," and many more.
Billy Gibbons expressed enthusiasm for The Tonnage Tour. "It's gonna be a good time," he commented. "We've been at this long enough that we're starting to get good. Come and see us; it's gonna be loud and live."
3. Sister Act
Sister Act is Broadway's habit-forming musical comedy smash that will make you jump for joy! When wannabe disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look -- a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. This uplifting musical is filled with toe-tapping songs, outrageous show-stopping dancing, and a truly moving story. A sparking tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is a reason to rejoice!
Date: March 31-April 2, Apr. 7-9, 2017
Location: Carlisle Theatre
Address: 40 West High Street, Carlisle
Phone: 717-258-0666 • Website: www.carlisletheatrecompany.com
4. Love from a Stranger
Cecily Harrington, struggling along on a small allowance, wins a fortune in a lottery. She decides to travel rather than marry her fiance. A stranger comes to rent her flat, she falls in love with him, and they marry. For their honeymoon, they go to an isolated English college where she, unlike the audience, doesn't realize she has married a fortune-hunting Bluebeard with a few murdered wives in his past.
Date: March 3 - 5, Mar 10 – 12, 2017 • Time: 8:00 PM (2:30 PM on 3/5 and 3/12)
Location: Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg
Address: 915 South York Street, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-766-0535 • Website: www.ltmonline.net
5. The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Tour
More than fifty years after they became one of the first British Invasion groups to top the U.S. singles charts with the hit "She's Not There," and approaching the golden anniversary of their album, Odessey and Oracle, that is acknowledged as one of the classic pop albums of all time, the Zombies continue their remarkable 21st-century resurgence with a North American tour.
In 1967 five young men walked into Abbey Road Studios - #3, tinkered with the gear that was left behind from the previous session (by none other than The Beatles' recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band), and set out to make an album their own way. Of course, they never dreamed the results would loom so large in their lives. Ironically, although it led to the breakup of the original line-up, Odessey and Oracle produced the groups biggest hit a year later ("Time of the Season"), and became a musical touchstone for generations to come. 50 years later, it brings the four surviving members, Colin Blunstone on lead vocals, Rod Argent on keyboards/vocals, Chris White on bass/vocals, and Hugh Grundy on drums, back together on stage to perform the album in its entirety for the final time.
6. Mommy & Me Chocolatier Class
In celebration of National OREO Cookie Day on March 6th children will learn how to use a dipping fork to cover OREO cookies in milk, dark and/or white chocolate. Each will then be hand decorated using colored chocolate, small candy pieces, and small solid chocolate pieces. Each one will be a work of art – almost too beautiful to eat! They will be individually packaged for take home and put in a take away box for safe travels.
Date: March 18, 2017 • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
Location: Brittle Bark
Address: 33 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg
7. The Spitfire Grill
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spirtfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.
Date: March 10 - 11, 16 - 19, 23 – 26, 2017 • Time: 8:00 PM (Sunday matinees @ 2:00 PM)
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Address: 1001 Oyster Mill Road, Camp Hill
Phone: 717-737-6768 • Website: http://oystermill.com/wp/
8. Raymond the Amish Comic @ Shippensburg Comedy Club
Raymond has developed a cult-like following selling out small theatre's, fire halls, comedy clubs and fundraising events. The First and Only Amish Stand-Up Comedian in the world. Raymond is a High-Energy Ranting-Storyteller!
Raymond's TV credits include Comedy Central, America's Got Talent, MTV's 7-Up and out, The Film 'For Richer or Poorer' and part of the workshop production of Sony Entertainments recreation of The Gong Show Live. He's also been on Opie and Anthony on Sirius Satellite Radio, the Miserable Men Show on Howard 101 and is a regular guest on the WZZO Morning show with the Bearman and Keith - 95.1FM in the Lehigh Valley.
9. 17th Annual Taste of Carlisle
Taste of Carlisle, sponsored by Entennmann's, is Cumberland County's premiere food event hosted by Carlisle Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Carlisle Association. We bring together the best of the best from local restaurants, pubs, caterers, cafes, bakeries, and chocolatiers to offer taste samplings to our attendees.
As always a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Project SHARE, The United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County, and The Salvation Army. However, this year attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant by placing money in marked containers located at each participants table. All voting money raised will be donated directly to these charities.
10. The Holly Inn Presents FY5
Colorado's Finnders & Youngberg proudly swim in the deep currents of American music-classic bluegrass, tried-and-true honky tonk, country swing and skillfully spun folk tales. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting. Their tunes draw on the bumps, bruises and laugh lines earned when we find ourselves in the "bogs" of back roads, dive bars and long, lonesome nights. The band's recently released 2015 album titled Eat The Moon proves that they consistently bring us "a self-assured vision of American music, rooted in tradition, but pointing to new creative directions that make it vital and relevant in today's modern world..."
Dates: March 10, 2017 • Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Holly Inn
Address: 31 South Baltimore Ave, Mt. Holly Springs
Check out all of the events happening in March here.