American Idol winner David Cook, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell and SPANK: Turn The Other Cheek, the sequel to the smash-hit SPANK!, are among the new shows announced this week for the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café.
Tickets for the shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday to ArtsQuest Members and 10 a.m. Friday to the public. They’ll be available at www.artsquest.org and 610-332-3378.
On Oct. 24, the Musikfest Café will welcome David Cook, winner of the seventh season of American Idol. Following his win on the show, Cook had a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart. In November 2008, he released his self-titled major-label debut album, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart and spawned two Top 20 singles, “Light On” and “Come Back To Me.”
Fans of the one and only Hot Tuna, featuring guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Cassidy, will have a chance to enjoy an intimate acoustic show when they drop by the Musikfest Café Dec. 3. From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Kaukonen and Cassidy, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna.
SPANK!, The Fifty Shades Parody came to the Musikfest Café stage last spring. SPANK: Turn the Other Cheek, which will run March 26-29, picks up where the original SPANK! left off, parodying not only Fifty Shades but also taking aim at women’s pop culture.
The complete list of just announced Musikfest Café shows is:
Cook - Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
‘Christmas 1954’ Musical Revue
Dec. 5-7 and 12-15 - 12:15 p.m. lunch, followed by 1:30 p.m. performance
Acoustic Hot Tuna - Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Party!
Start Making Sense, along with Great White Caps and HmfO (Hall and Oates tribute)
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Party on the Balcony: $99, includes show ticket, plus beer, wine, soda and light fare
Admission Ticket Only: $20-$25
Leon Russell - Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.
The Aardvarks - Jan. 18, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5 and $7 in advance; $8 and $10 day of show
Comedian Jim Florentine - Feb. 28, 8 p.m.
SPANK!: Turn The Other Cheek - The Sequel - March 26, 27, 28 and 29, 8 p.m.