Re-opening to feature free community concert

After a three-month long, $2.8 million renovation of the Ruth Finley Person Theater, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts will throw open the doors on their new facility on August 16 for the previously announced opening day concert by Grammy Hall of Fame vocalist Patti LaBelle, in her only Northern California appearance. Newly announced is a FREE concert  Sunday, August 25 by the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. The Center will be busy and active during the opening week as their 2013-14 season gets underway. Following Patti LaBelle, opening week continues with folk-rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile (Sunday, August 18), and the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking comedian Ron White: A Little Unprofessional (Saturday, August 24).

For the August 25 FREE concert at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, doors open at 1:45p.m. prior to a pre-show discussion with members of the Band at 2pm, and the concert at 3pm. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.  An order form can be obtained at wellsfargocenterarts.org, or by visiting the ticket office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.

Rick Nowlin, Executive Director, says, “This renovation has been a long time in the making, and we are excited to share the results with the community. From improved sightlines to better accessibility to a raised stage to new seats, audience members will notice a significantly improved experience, and this free concert is our way of saying ‘welcome’ to our friends and neighbors.”

From Travis Air Force Base CA, the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is a select group of professional Airmen-musicians who support the global Air Force mission by providing outstanding musical products and services for official military, recruiting, and community relations events, and by fostering America’s rich national heritage.  The Band of the Golden West Concert Band, the largest ensemble within the organization, represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the Air Force.  Touring the western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada, the Concert Band performs a wide variety of music from standard concert band literature and military marches to jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway standards, and of course, patriotic music complete with instrumental soloists and featured vocalists.

Tickets

Tickets for Patti LaBelle, Brandi Carlile, Ron White, and the entire 2013-14 season are available by calling 707.546.3600, online at wellsfargocenterarts.org, or in person at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.

*Please note that the Randy Travis concert scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 has been canceled.

Tickets for the August 25 concert with the US Air Force Band of the Golden West are free, but reservations are required.  An order form can be obtained by clicking here, or by visiting the ticket office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.

The ticket office is open daily from noon – 6pm.