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MASON CITY | An impressive slate of musicians, performers and speakers from around the world will take the stage at North Iowa Area Community College during the 2018-2019 Performing Arts and Leadership Series.

That’s what Elizabeth Gales, NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series director, said Monday evening announcing the series’ lineup.

“Our series would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” she said. “I look forward to sharing this season with you.”

The series, which runs from September 2018 to May 2019, will kick off with a performance by Randy Bachman, who is best known as the lead guitarist, songwriter and founding member of rock bands The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

October will bring The Illusionists – Live from Broadway (Oct. 3), Postmodern Jukebox (Oct. 16) and Zak Ebrahim, author of “The Terrorist’s Son,” (Oct. 24) to North Iowa.

Lee Rocker, a Grammy-nominated musician and Hall of Fame bass player, will crank things up at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

In addition to performing with the Stray Cats and the Rolling Stones, Rocker has toured with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell and John Fogerty.

RaeLynn, a country music singer who made it to the quarterfinals of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2012, will take the stage on Nov. 6; Marc Cohn, who won a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” will perform on Nov. 10; and “Wild Kratts LIVE!” will be on Nov. 14.

The live show is based on the hit animated TV series “Wild Kratts,” where brothers Martin and Chris Kratt encounter wild animals through stories of adventure and mystery.

December will feature one of Canada’s premier folk bands The Good Lovelies (Dec. 6), “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Musical” (Dec. 14), and Diamond Rio (Dec. 20).

Diamond Rio, a country music group known for “One More Day,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” and “Beautiful Mess,” has sold more than 10 million albums and won a Grammy, a Dove Award and six Vocal Group of the Year honors.

Pete Lee, Pat McGann and Pat Hazell, three standup comedians with appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “The Daily Show,” will join forces for “good humor and a great night out” at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2019.

On Jan. 30, “The Choir of Man,” a runaway hit of numerous international music festivals, will take the NIACC stage during its first U.S. tour.

February will bring “Piano Men – tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel” on Feb. 15, and “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater,” including world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and more than 30 performing pets — many of which were rescued from animal shelters, — on Feb. 24.

“Kinky Boots,” a Broadway hit and winner of six Tony awards, will take the stage at 7 p.m. on March 12. “Classic Albums Live,” which will honor the legacy of Creedence Clearwater Revival by performing their “Chronicles” album and greatest hits, on March 16, and Don Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles, four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will perform on March 28.

The 2018-2019 series will conclude with “Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure” on April 15, and “Something Rotten!,” a hilarious Broadway hit, on April 28.

The series also features “A-Buck-A-Kid” school shows “Nugget & Fang,” ArtsPower’s under-the-sea musical, on Oct. 2, 2018, and “Pete the Cat” on April 3, 2019. Both shows are recommended for children in preschool to third grade.

Season ticket renewal is available from May 7 to May 23. New season tickets can be purchased from June 13 through July 3, and individual show tickets are available July 10.

For event and ticket information, visit or call 641-422-4188.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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