Ronnie McDowell

Ronnie McDowell
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Country music singer-songwriter, Ronnie McDowell, is a true artist in every sense of the word. He will be performing a collection of his chart-topping hits at Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, located at FM 1788 & Hwy. 191, on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. This performance will replace the previously scheduled concert by Mark Collie.

Country music sensation, Ronnie McDowell, is a true artist in every sense of the word. He is known coast-to-coast for his chart-topping radio hits, showmanship from his sold-out performances, and now is being recognized for his original art work! A veteran of the United States Navy, McDowell served on board the USS Hancock and the USS Kitty Hawk. Additionally, Ronnie is a Vietnam War Veteran. Ronnie has enjoyed a great deal of success as a songwriter, scoring hits for the likes of Porter Waggoner, Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Eddy Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Chet Atkins, George Jones, and many others. He has charted more than thirty Top 40 hits on the Billboard Country Music Charts! Two of his singles, “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation”, reached the #1 spot on the country charts, and 11 others broke the top 10! During his illustrious career, McDowell has shared the stage with country legends like Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn.

Those Were the Days

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Those Were the Days, featuring William Florian, is an upbeat, energetic, musical journey of Americas greatest songs of the 60’s including songs he performed as a lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels plus the music of Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger, The Mamas & The Papas, and uplifting originals presented with amusing stories in an intimate show.

“William Florian was a perfect combination of musician and storyteller, blending wonderful music with humor and memoir. Our sold-out audience loved every minute of it, from the opening bars to the encore, and is begging for a return visit.”
—Lauren Wolk
Cultural Art Center Of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MAPlacerville, California

“William is an exceptional performer. He is not only a gifted and very professional musician, but a delightful comedian, as well. His stage presence and personality are stellar – he reaches out and grabs the audience from the very get go and keeps them involved and entertained right through his final number. His repertoire is broad and covers the era of 60’s folk music well. But, perhaps most delightful of all, the spirit of that time appears to have stayed with William. He seems to truly believe in the goodness of people, the brotherhood of mankind, and our place as stewards of the earth. I give him my highest recommendation. Thanks William!”
—Placerville, California

“Dear William, You were phenomenal tonight! The consensus was that this was the best event we have had to date and anyone who couldn’t come missed out on a fun filled, song filled evening. I so appreciated your personal touches in that you spoke with our guests and they could sing along with you. Your songs brought back many memories for all of us. And how refreshing to know the words to your songs..that was a lot of funThe good old sixties and seventies!”
—Fondly, Sharyn,
San Jose, California

“Hi William, Just wanted Thank You so much for and epic daytrip for all of us! I can’t believe how you rocked the room! The ladies were begging for more, hence you running out of CD’s. Your ESPN song made the few men in the audience feel special. Thanks again and I will pass along your information to other groups.”
—Sincerely, Bobbie Stone
VP of Newcomers of Nevada Country

The Diamonds

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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

In 1957 The Diamonds released an instant million selling hit called “Little Darlin’.” The song continues to sell worldwide and has been dubbed “the National Anthem of Rock and Roll”. To date it has sold approximately 20 million copies.

Through the years since the release of “Little Darlin’” The Diamonds have learned one important lesson—the durability of this classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. As a result, The Diamonds continue to expand their audience to this day, performing in a variety of venues and settings worldwide. These performances include—with Symphony Orchestras, in Performing Arts Theatres and major concert halls, on cruise ships, in casinos, at county and state fairs, on tours of England, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Korea, and Japan, for benefit concerts, corporate conventions and at nightclubs. “We’ve been pleased to find a growing audience among all age groups. They love songs they can understand, remember and actually sing the words to—today, tomorrow, or even 20 years from now.”

A major reason for The Diamonds’ longevity as performers and entertainers lies in the diverse backgrounds of the individual members of the group. A very recent addition to the group is tenor Sean Sooter. Sean received his early performance training with the highly acclaimed national touring group, The Young Americans – performing in eight U.S. tours and as well as Japan. Sean went on to work as a featured vocalist aboard the MS Noordam with Holland America Cruise Lines. Some of his favorite production credits include various productions of “Forever Plaid” in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA, as well as performing with the “Dapper Dans of Disneyland.” Sean has served as musical director for numerous musical productions including Five Guys Named “Moe,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Xanadu.” He earned his BA in Music Education from California Baptist University and a Master of Arts degree in Education through Azusa Pacific University. Sean worked for six years as a high school music teacher before joining The Diamonds – following his dream of singing with “one of the best vocal groups in show business today.” Sean’s wide array of talents has made his addition to The Diamonds’ lineup a real plus—for both the group and their loyal fans!

Lead singer Jerry Siggins has accumulated some impressive credits of his own. Jerry has worked throughout the United States, Japan, and Australia as a singer and actor. He spent five summers at Jackson Hole’s Pink Garter Theater and has guest starred on The Tonight Show, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and The Love Boat. Before setting down roots as a permanent member of The Diamonds in 1991, Jerry enjoyed a successful career as an actor in television commercials and was actively involved in Southern California theatre. He sang in a doo-wop group called Danny and The Dappers and was a mainstay at Disneyland and Disney World as a vocalist with The Dapper Dans vocal quartet for years.

The newest addition to The Diamonds is bass singer Jeff Dolan. Jeff has worn many musical hats in his career — first as a member of the sensational vocal jazz group “Beachfront Property,” then as the bass singer and vocal contractor for Ray Conniff, touring internationally for ten years. Jeff was a member of the “Dapper Dans of Disneyland,” worked as a Christmas caroler for 25 years and has appeared on over 25 CDs. He has numerous recording credits including a Grammy award and singing with the Phoenix Chorale. He has graced the musical theatre stage in both Phoenix and Southern California, and served as the artistic director of the Tucson Barbershop eXperience Chorus. But for sure, Jeff’s greatest accomplishments are his kids — Danny, Bonnie, Hayley and Claire!.

Baritone singer Gary Owens has spent the longest time as a Diamond joining forces with bass singer John Felton in 1973. A well-rounded musician, Owens learned his craft as a journeyman bass player around Los Angeles while earning his undergraduate degree in music at California State University, Long Beach. In the early 1980’s, Owens took a brief hiatus from The Diamonds to complete his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. Besides singing, and playing saxophone and flute, Owens does much of the vocal arranging for The Diamonds. In that capacity, he is well aware of the group’s particular effectiveness. “Our goal has always been to keep that classic Diamonds’ sound intact. Although The Diamonds are four distinctive individuals,” he notes, “we have created one strong group personality. The four of us as a unit have a special chemistry, and it is that chemistry that gives us our unique identity.”

The standing ovations and return engagements are the proof; The Diamonds have taken the Classic Rock and Roll genre to a whole new level. The Diamonds truly are a cut above!

Live from Nashville

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Country Is Back!

Matt Davenport Productions return to their roots in a dazzling new country music extravaganza, “Live From Nashville.”

The staff at Matt Davenport Productions is bursting with proud alumni from Opryland and TNN – the glory days of trend-setting country music entertainment. This ain’t our first rodeo!

Matt Davenport Productions has delivered their own unique blend of country music and music theatre to venues across the country – with a tornado of praise in their wake!

Rockin’ The Country – Fiesta Texas
“Best Show” (IAAPA)

Echo Hollow Jubilee – Branson, Missouri
“People’s Choice” Award

The American Pride Show – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
“Best of the Beach”

Country Tonite – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
“Best Show in the Smokies”

Personnel:
Twelve musicians, singers and dancers – phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork and top-flight vocalists!

Musical Scenes include:
The Roots of Country Music
Stars like: Jimmy Rodgers, The Carter Family, Roy Acuff

Country Music’s Golden Age
Stars like: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton

The Bluegrass Connection
Stars Like: Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs

Grand Ole Gospel
Songs like: “I’ll Fly Away” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

Country Rocks
Stars like: The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, The Charlie Daniels Band

Country Music is King
Stars like: Garth Brooks, The Judds, Brooks and Dunn

Today’s Country
 – The biggest arenas in the world host today’s country music royalty.
Star like: Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum.

The Country We Love
Songs like: “God Bless the U.S.A.” “America, the Beautiful”

Live From Nashville is a song and dance spectacular that delivers it all. Fully costumed and choreographed theatrical production; It’s a century of celebrities and songs…the tradition that gave “Music City” its name.”

Brian Roman

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

“Brian Roman is the complete package.” – The Welland Tribune

Not that long ago, Brian Roman was a salesman with a “9-to-5” job selling insurance and real estate. Although he was successful, he was not fulfilled. One day he did something that most of us would never consider: He followed his dream.

Although he looks like he just walked right off the silver screen Brian Roman is not acting. He’s the real deal – a gifted singer and natural-born entertainer.

Brian committed to doing something every single day that would bring him closer to his dream of a singing career. Six short years later his undeniable talent has him performing worldwide, sharing his passion and reason for being.

It was during one of Brian’s spectacular performances that world-renowned entertainer, Pavlo, was drawn to Brian’s inspiring energy. Pavlo immediately sought to work with Brian to produce an album that could reflect the preeminence of a Brian Roman concert experience.

Brian’s debut album “Dreamer” is set for release in 2013. It features collaborations with illustrious songwriters Marc Jordan, Jody Raffoul and John Capek; in addition to acclaimed musicians Oscar Lopez, George Koller, and Pavlo.

Brian Roman’s album “Dreamer” is the long anticipated answer for a brave man who had the courage to ask “What if?”

Songs from Brian’s set list include tunes made popular by Bobby Daren, Englebert Humperdinck, Tony Orlando, Jim Croce, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin, Elvis and many more.

“Simply Sinatra” featuring Steve Lipia

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Steve Lippia’s “considerable vocal skills” (Wall Street Journal) have made Lippia one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists in the country, establishing Lippia among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music. His youthful, energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classic” and “contemporary.” His show introduces this timeless music to a new generation while appealing to long-time listeners.

Lippia, a second generation native of Southington, Connecticut, began his singing career at the tender age of three when he discovered that it was a great way to earn cupcakes from the neighbors. He attributes his gift of song to his mother, Sharon, who was a professional singer, performing with the Woody Herman Orchestra, before leaving the business to raise a family. In high school and college, Steve was drawn to the stage and performed in local music and drama productions.

After moving to Florida to establish his construction-related business, Lippia moonlighted as a band singer. Following his desire to grow as an artist, he gradually developed his own act; a hot, hip, swinging, high-energy, crowd-pleasing show that would allow him to showcase his own unique vocal styling. The Woody Herman Orchestra heard about Steve’s ability to mesmerize audiences with his own distinct interpretation of everything from jazz standards to tunes off the contemporary charts and began featuring him in front of sold out audiences across the country.

Lippia has headlined in highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, where “standing room only” audiences lined up more than two hours before show time to vie for seating. He has performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor, among others. He has performed to sold-out Symphony audiences across North America, including multiple engagements with the world famous Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.

Performances at other prestigious special events include: the JazzAspen Festival, a gala fundraiser honoring Mrs. Betty Ford, and other prestigious appearances, including events for the Walton Family, the Crown Family, Donald Trump, Michael Dell, Irwin Winkler and the late Aaron Spelling.

Lippia has headlined to standing room only crowds at the legendary “Birdland Jazz Club” in New York City backed by the Nelson Riddle and Woody Herman Orchestras. He performed in a highly successful European Jazz Festival Tour which resulted in a nationally televised special on Finnish TV2. Other television appearances include “Extra” (WBTVG), “Good Day New York” (Fox), “Showbiz Today” (CNN).

Lippia’s acclaimed self-titled CD was recorded at Warner Brothers’ Studios in Los Angeles with a 41-piece symphony. In addition, he has recorded two live CDs; “Steve Lippia Live” and Grammy-nominated “Steve Lippia in Concert,”

In testimonials, presenters write:
“…the best POPS concert they had ever seen anywhere in the country.”
“…Steve was a knockout. His show was everything advertised and much more.”

Lippia makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and 2 miniature German Schnauzers.

Fernando Varela

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Imagine a three-year-old boy growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, imitating the musical acrobatics of the iconic Michael Jackson. Those melodious antics helped the young Fernando Varela develop a strong, tenor voice, paving the way for his discovery on YouTube by one of Jackson’s producers, hit-maker and 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster. Ultimately, Fernando won Foster’s “Born to Sing” contest culminating in a guest appearance with David Foster and Friends at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Fernando’s performance was reviewed as a show stopper and has been followed by numerous appearances with Foster, singing alongside an incredible list of super stars including Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Peter Cetera, Babyface, Carole Bayer Sager, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Seal, Chris Botti, Jewel, Chaka Kahn, Ruben Studdard, Jessica Sanchez, Robi Draco Rosa, Charice, Australia’s Delta Goodrem and British superstar Katherine Jenkins.

At age eight, Fernando relocated with his parents to Central Florida, and while he loved music, he neither trained as a singer nor thought of becoming one until he was well into his teenage years. During his senior year, Fernando was inspired to sing and was accepted into the Central Florida Lyric Opera. During the next five years, he was transformed from an amateur singer into a dynamic professional performer.
While with the CFLO, Fernando performed throughout the country in over 16 fully staged operas and hundreds of concerts. His favorite role remains Madame Butterfly’s Lt. Pinkerton in a production directed by Metropolitan Opera legend Licia Albanese. Fernando went on to study privately with Madame Albanese in Orlando and New York. Impressing her with his enormous potential, she invited Fernando to compete in the prestigious Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition where, despite the fact that he was one of the youngest competitors, he received study grants from the Foundation both in 2001 and 2002. Madame Albanese has said of Fernando, “At 20 years old, he is better than Pavarotti (at that age).”

In the fall of 2004, Fernando joined the Resident Artist Program with the Palm Beach Opera and covered the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme. It was in Palm Beach that Fernando met two people who drastically changed his career. The first was world-renowned voice instructor Cesar Ulloa, with whom he was able to fine-tune his technique. The second was one of the greatest tenors of all time, Maestro Placido Domingo. Fernando was able to work for his operatic idol at Palm Beach Opera’s Gala in February 2005.

Fernando’s global performances span more than 31 countries in which he has won critical acclaim. In 2006, he was invited to coach with Maestro Giancarlo Chiaramello, conductor for the late Luciano Pavarotti in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The Maestro said of Fernando, “I have heard very few voices like yours.”

August 2008, Fernando recorded his first CD, “Dare to Live,” and performed for 50,000 guests of Spiritual Master Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj in Haridwar, India. In May, 2010 Fernando traveled to Canada to debut his orchestral pops concert with The Saskatoon Symphony. He has since performed with Florida’s Orlando Philharmonic, The Sarasota Orchestra, and more recently, as David Foster’s guest with The National Symphony at The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Each concert has been met with rave reviews from both his presenters and the media.

September 2012 saw the release of two brand new studio albums, “Prelude” and “Inspiration,” which feature beautifully orchestrated songs from Fernando’s signature “Orbison Medley” to John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” and numerous other exciting titles. 2012 closed out with an Asian tour of 5 countries with David Foster and Friends. These performances inspired standing ovations for Fernando on every occasion in arenas as big as 10,000 people strong.

All of these accomplishments are just the beginning! Fernando is a great talent. His heart surrounds each song that he performs. His charisma warmly embraces his audiences. His music uplifts the soul – and an evening spent listening to him becomes a very memorable experience.

Fernando Varela . . . his future is in the stars!