Lakeside Chautauqua closes 2014 summer entertainment series

Lakeside Chautauqua closes 2014 summer entertainment series

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages. Visit for a complete list of the 2014 entertainers.

Purchasing a Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass grants access to all evening shows in Hoover Auditorium at no extra charge. Guests must present Chautauqua Passes upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $19.75 for adults and $13.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day until Saturday, Aug. 23.

Lakeside offers a reduced rate Chautauqua Pass during Week 10 of the summer season (Sunday, Aug. 24-Monday, Sept. 1). Reduced rate Chautauqua Passes are $10 for adults and $7 for youth (ages 12-18). Limited entertainment is available at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua. 

To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8.25 per day (shuttle service available). Free, limited parking is available at Danbury High School (no shuttle service). Please note that seats for Hoover Auditorium performances are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

This week’s Hoover Auditorium entertainment includes:

Saturday, Aug. 23
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Barbershop Quartet Festival

Lakeside Chautauqua will celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Barbershop Quartet Festival at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 in Hoover Auditorium.

Barbershop emerged in the U.S. during the early 1900s from African-American music traditions, with a revival in the 1940s.

The Barbershop Harmony Society describes barbershop as a “four-part, unaccompanied, close-harmony singing with consonant chords, understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.”

This year, Lakeside’s Barbershop Quartet Festival will feature three award-winning groups, including The Matinee Idols, Forté and the Voices of Harmony Barbershop Chorus.

Sunday, Aug. 24
6 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand
Family Night in the Park Concert: Rio Neon

This summer’s final Family Night in the Park concert will feature Rio Neon.

Rooted in string band traditions, the group includes two guitarists with distinct voices, as well as instruments, including a mandolin and ukulele, to add high notes and melody. 

With three lead singers, the group combines harmonies to catch the audience’s attention. Folk, swing, Celtic, gospel, old-time string and old rock ‘n’ roll, make up Rio Neon’s musical selections.

The band has been performing for more than 10 years and is based out of Kent, Ohio. Members are spread out across Ohio from Ravenna, Brady Lake, Kent, Cuyahoga Falls and Cleveland.

Monday, Aug. 25
7 p.m.  Steele Memorial Bandstand
Bandstand Show

Tuesday, Aug. 26
7 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand
Bandstand Show: Chris Reynolds

Wednesday, Aug. 27
7 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand
Bandstand Show: Spencer Eller Trio

Thursday, Aug. 28
7 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand
Bandstand Show: Ken & Mary Accordions Turbo Express

The accordion super duo, Ken Nicol and Mary Drake, will perform a lakefront concert at the Steele Memorial Bandstand this week.

Their band, the Ken & Mary Accordions Turbo Express, is based out of Marysville, Ohio.

Nicol has more than 40 years of musical experience, including, playing the button-style accordion, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin and mandola.

He taught in the Creative Arts Program at Ohio State University from 1979-1984 and was given the title, “Baron of the Banjo.”

Friday, Aug. 29
7 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand
Bandstand Show: The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea, a folk-pop duo, will perform at the Steele Memorial Bandstand this week during the last week of the Chautauqua summer season. Singer-songwriter duo, Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley, make up the group.

Their debut album, titled Love We Are We Love, was released in 2014. Throughout the album, Costa and Stanley explore sincere storyline lyrics, intimate harmonies and emotive sonic landscapes during their shows.

The duo met when Costa was showcased in a songwriting contest, where Stanley worked as a stage manager.

In 2011, they reconnected and decided to form The Sea The Sea. They based their band name off of the ancient Greek soldiers’ cry of joy when returning home from battle. The band originates from Ypsilanti, Mich.

Saturday, Aug. 30
7:30 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Chubby Checker & The Wildcats

Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, widely known for popularizing the twist dance style in the 1960s, will perform their No. 1 hit, “The Twist,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 in Hoover Auditorium.

Ernest Evans, also known as Chubby Checker, grew up in South Philadelphia, Pa. with his parents and brothers. His inspirations were Sugar Child Robinson, a child paino prodigy, and Ernest Tubb, a famous country singer. Checker was so impressed with them, that he vowed to enter show business.

In July of 2008, Checker was awarded a special presentation for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

This year celebrates the 54th Anniversary Year of “The Twist.”

Fireworks will follow Checker’s performance at 9:45 p.m. at the dock.

Sunday, Aug. 31
7:30 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Summer Celebration Ceremony with The Tartan Terrors

Lakeside will close the 141st Chautauqua summer season at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 in Hoover Auditorium with a performance by The Tartan Terrors.

Following a brief Summer Celebration Ceremony with Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO Kevin Sibbring, North America’s premier Celtic band will perform a lively, Celtic concert featuring music, comedy and dancing.

Since 1996, the Canadian troupe of singers and dancers has combined the piping of a two-time World Champion Bagpiper, with the tones of drums and guitars from around the world, to create the music that has gained them international recognition. 

The Tartan Terrors will bring their lively performance of Celtic music and dancing to Lakeside’s Hoover Auditorium for a show for all ages.

Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in the U.S., Lakeside Chautauqua offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call (419) 798-4461.

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