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Veterans Day Weekend: Battle of the Big Bands today at El Campanil Theatre

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

1940’s Battle of the Big Bands

Glenn Miller vs Benny Goodman

Sunday Nov. 10, 2019  3:00 pm 

Reserved Seating

Orchestra Level (Ground Level): $49

Loge Level (1st Level Upstairs): $49

Opera Level (2nd Level Upstairs): $39

Special Offers: Seniors (62 & Older): $5 off (Any Seat); Veterans: receive a Seat Free – Show ID at Door (925) 757-9500); Student: $25 – Show ID at Door (Must buy through Box Office) 925-757-9500.

El Campanil Theatre is located at 602 W. 2nd Street in Historic Downtown Rivertown, Antioch. For more information click here.

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Pittsburg/Antioch Comic Con this Sunday

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Sunday, Oct. 20 11 AM – 4 PM

Marina Event Center, 200 Marina Blvd, Pittsburg, California 94565

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1410042409136547/

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Delta Realtors foundation to host 12th Annual Rocktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs play in Rivertown in October

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

The Drama Factory presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

October 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm

October 19, 20, 26 at 1:30 pm

From the original Grimm Brothers story, a fairy tale to chill and excite families during the Halloween season. A Drama Factory production for sure.

Nick Rodriguez Theatre, 213 F Street, Rivertown, Antioch

General Admission $10, Seniors $8

Matinee Oct. 26 at 1:30 PM is Free Senior Sunday. Box Office opens half hour before showtime, no advance ticket sales. For more information visit http://www.dramafactory.org.

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Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses perform in Pittsburg Saturday, Oct. 26

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

See the Swingin’est Band in the world at The California Theatre, 4:00 PM

Born into an undeniable musical legacy, Louis Prima Jr. picks up the torch lit by his iconic father and leads his incarnation of The Witnesses headfirst into the future. Their seamless blend of hard driving big band jazz, insanely danceable swing and, at its core, real rock and roll has been wowing crowds worldwide for over a decade.

Make no mistake, this is no tribute act. Although the band most certainly Jumps, Jives, an’ Wails “Prima-style,” they are their own musical beast — thoroughly modern, laying down a blueprint for the future on the foundations of the past. Audiences will be treated to an evening of classics from the Louis Prima catalog, selections from LPJ & Co.’s two CDs (Return of the Wildest! and BLOW) and a healthy dose of sure-to-please surprises.

Equal parts bandleader and ringmaster, Prima Jr. brilliantly distills the finest elements of his father’s five-decade career through a contemporary filter, adding his own indelible stamp. “This is the happiest music on Earth!” he enthuses. “My father was rock n’ roll; Mozart was rock n’ roll. It’s a state of mind; I don’t think it’s a genre of music. It’s how aggressively do you play and do you play it like you mean it.” And The Witnesses mean it. From Passaic to Palermo and Seattle to Sicily, they’re bringing Prima music into the 21st century with new energy and attitude to match. It’s The Wildest Show this side of the ’60s!

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Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra features captivating mezzo soprano at El Campanil Theatre Saturday

Friday, September 27th, 2019

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “deep-rooted pathos” and irrepressible musical splendor”, mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich will sing Wagner and Mahler with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra on September 28 at 2:00 at the historic El Campanil Theatre in Antioch.

The concert, “Poems, Folk Tales and Legends” will also include Debussy’s beloved and enchanting Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Weber’s brilliant Overture to Oberon, and Liszt’s Les Preludes, the most popular of his symphonic poems.

Serving as Guest Conductor and Interim Music Director, Paul Schrage will be on the podium for this program. He is well known around the Bay Area and United States as an accomplished conductor, piano soloist, chamber artist and impresario.  

Saturday, September 28, 2:00 pm, El Campanil Theatre, Antioch, 925-757-9500

www.elcampaniltheatre.com

Adults $20, Seniors (62 & over) $15, Youth (17 & under) $7

www.ContraCostaChamberOrchestra.org

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Local businessman forms production company with Vegas partner to bring top-tier entertainment to East County

Friday, September 20th, 2019

First two shows in October: comedy in Antioch; the “swingin’est rock band” in Pittsburg

By Allen Payton

East County businessman George Cardinale recently formed Licata-Cardinale Productions with Las Vegas-based Michael Licata to bring top-tiered entertainment talent to the area.

“There’s no reason for people to have to drive to Oakland or San Francisco anymore to see A-list entertainment,” Cardinale said.

“We’re currently in advanced discussions to bring four to six high-level acts to the area for 2020,” Licata added. “But, first up on our schedule are two great shows to get the ball rolling and close out 2019.”

First will be New Jersey’s Bad Boy comedian, Mike Marino with special guest, Pittsburg’s own home-grown comedian, Johnny Steele, Oct. 5 at Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre. Their show is entitled “Make America Italian Again!” (https://youtu.be/8jqLeK6aP5s and https://youtu.be/8jqLeK6aP5s)

Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses: Oct. 26 at Pittsburg’s California Theater. This band sold out the El Campanil six years ago. (https://youtu.be/91-HjEKKVhU and https://youtu.be/91-HjEKKVhU)

George Cardinale

George Cardinale

After a successful management career at U.S. Steel, lifelong East County resident Cardinale has worked in the real estate sales and construction business for almost 50 years. The broker and owner of Cardinale Custom Realty, he started as a real estate agent in 1972, before forming Delta Bay Real Estate Company in 1974 with partners.

Then in 1976 he became a partner in Garrow & Cardinale Construction Company, which built several hundred homes in East County. Finally, in 1990 he formed the Cardinale Company, a currently active real estate company focused on land and commercial brokerage firm working with landowners and prominent new home developers.

Cardinale wants to give back to the community where he’s had his success. Due to his passion for the arts he is determined to bring higher quality and top tier acts to East County, to enhance the quality of life for local residents.

Michael Licata

Michael Licata

Licata has been a force in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and brings his experience as a manager, agent, drummer, writer, producer and musical director to the team. He has been involved and responsible for multimillion-dollar projects for major recording artists including Chris Brown, Blues Traveler, Plain White T’s, Ricky Martin, Drake, Ringo Starr, Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Stewart, Lil’ Wayne, Rhino Bucket, T-Pain, Savage Garden, Rihanna, Bang Tango and many others.

Michael has performed in internationally recognized music videos, on prestigious concert stages and has been awarded 16 Platinum/Gold records.

Management: Grammy-winners Blues Traveler, Grammy-winners Plain White T’s.

Behind the Drums: Ricky Martin, Ringo Starr, Rhino Bucket, Jermaine Stewart, Bang Tango, Savage Garden, Boys Don’t Cry.

Show Producer: Jason Alexander at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

TV Creator/Executive Producer: Viacom/CMT’s ‘H2Overdrive.’

About Mike Marino

Mike Marino – affectionately known to millions of his fans worldwide as New Jersey’s Bad Boy – is one of the most loved comedians of our time. He has performed in every major comedy club, theatre, casino and event center from New York to Los Angeles and around the world. Mike has also shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business.

Marino was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He entered the entertainment industry at an early age and has studied at some of the most prestigious acting schools in New York, the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mike has appeared in over 200 national television commercials, including many endorsements and has received a Best Actor Clio Award Nomination. He has acted in many Prime Time soaps and television shows including: As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Becker, Nikki, Frasier and Party of Five. His film credits include Crooks, Pizza with Bullets, Hangin’ in Hedo and Steven King’s Lucky Quarter and Criticsized.

Adding to his great success in film, theatre, commercials and soaps, Mike Marino began touring the world performing and selling out at countless clubs, theatres and casinos. His stand-up material ranges from cutting edge observations of everyday life to his Italian family roots; which recently spun into a T.V. pilot called “Re-Constructing Jersey”. His comedic style has landed him guest appearances on The Tonight Show as a regular sketch player, The Martin Short Show, Canada’s Comedy TV, The Boomer Show, Wild Pitch, and Hand Held Comedy Radio. A clip of Mike’s appearance on Byran Allen’s Comics Unleashed earned him over 7 million views (and counting), which has led to his current web series “Marino 2016” – an original comedy based on Mike’s road to the White House and wise guy attempt to become the first Italian American President of the United States.

In the Fall of 2008, Mike Marino was inducted into the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame and in 2015 he won the USO Bob Hope Comedy Award for his many performances for the military. Mike has also been featured on numerous talk shows and has hosted some of the most prestigious award shows including The Beverly Hills Film Awards, Hoboken Film Festival, Montreal Quintus Film Festival and countless corporate events. Mike has been featured in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada, seven years in a row.

Mike Marino has a tongue like a razor and a heart of gold. He has the incredible ability to perform in any arena, big or small, and can cater his material for all audiences, from strictly clean to down and dirty. He has performed in hundreds of corporate functions for companies including AT&T, United Airlines, American Express, Paul Mitchell, IBM, Wella, Merrill Lynch, Sebastian Intl., Toyota, L.A.S.D., N.J. Asphalt Assoc., The City of Hope, OSIA, and the LAPD. Mike Has performed for numerous charities including Aids Project – LA, Haven House, Team earthworks, and the Eric Davis Cancer Fund. When Marino is not performing, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family on the East Coast.

For more information visit www.mikemarino.net.

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Arts & Crafts Show at Antioch Senior Center Wed., Sept. 18

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

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