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Galactic Cowboy Orchestra  Live CD Release Show 

Friday, November 11, 2016
7:30 pm
On The Civic's Main Stage

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra recorded a live CD this year, recorded in part at The Civic. We're thrilled to be hosting this CD Release show!

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has stretched their own musical limits since 2009 with album after album of intensely energetic Art-Rock (a blend of bluegrass, jazz, world-fusion, and rock.) The GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody, and groovy jam over a jazz/rock musical bedrock. These four fun-loving musicians don't take themselves too seriously, but write and perform music that excites them--and has a blast doing it! Don't miss their incredibly energetic live performance.

Tickets are $17.50 in advance; $22 at the door

Jazz Jam with The D'Sievers

Dates: November 20, 2016 and February 19, 2017
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage
Admission Free

John Sievers and the D’Sievers host a jazz open mic night at the Rochester Civic Theatre. Bring your instrument or your voice and sign up to play or sing along with a live jazz rhythm section. Musicians of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Come with tunes in mind and bring changes for the rhythm section if you are playing an unusual song or in an unusual key.


This event is always free and open to the public. 

Alison Scott, In Concert 

Friday, November 25, 2016
7:30 pm

Alison Scott Holiday Preview Show w/ Kyle Tennis

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and that means Christmas is just around the corner!  Still, we know you may not all be ready to fully embrace 2 hours of Christmas tunes.  So, we’re going to give you just a little taste of what you’d get at our holiday show.  We’ll do a few holiday songs surrounded by our usual soulful originals.  We’ll also put our twist on a few cover tunes that are near and dear to us.  

Alison Scott is the strongest voice to come out of Minneapolis in many years and her soulful, organic sound has quietly built a very large and loyal following. While staying indier than indie and completely ignoring the hipster rulebook, through word of mouth with very little radio or media hype, Alison is making the kind of soul music that music fans love. True music lovers have always responded to an amazing voice singing great songs, and theyalways will- from Aretha to Adele, this is timeless music that transcends style and fashion, something for the silent majority of listeners who aren't interested in fluffy pop OR the trendy flavor of the month.

What the critics say ... 

Tom Weber (Rochester Post Bulletin)-”Scott, who has rapidly become one of the most acclaimed voices on the MN music scene, is a soulful singer par excellence.”

Pat O’Brien (City Pages)-“Alison’s songs are deceptively damaged and clever; she’s not even remotely interested in pleasing the so-called hipsters.”  

Ross Raihala (St. Paul Pioneer Press)-“like an outtake from Dusty in Memphis, pure jaw  dropping soul, steely conviction that’s hard to deny.”  

Laura Bethel (Maverick Magazine- Kent, UK)gives her 5 stars- “Deep, raw, and very, very real.  Alison Scott’s new record is devilishly appealing , sultry and sexy.”  


Tickets are $17.50 in advance; $22 at the door

Americana Showcase

Americana Showcase celebrates the rich musical heritage of the American Midwest by connecting artists with music lovers of all ages. This community gathering creates a vibrant conversation between artists and listeners alike in a unique and intimate environment. All shows are on The Civic's Main Stage.

All shows begin at 7:30 pm

VIP Passes are now on sale! 

A limited number of VIP Passes are available now! Each VIP Pass includes:

  • Admission to all Fall Americana Showcase concerts, 
  • A private "Meet and Greet" with each Artist or Band, and 
  • Complimentary light refreshments before the show!

VIP Passes are $125 each, and can be purchased at our Box Office or by calling 507-282-8481.


Friday, November 18: The Black Lillies with Tin Can Gin

The Black Lillies have been hailed as "buzzworthy, genre-mashing roots music with an Appalachian anchor" by Rolling Stone Magazine.  The band has received praise everywhere, from Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal to CMT and Entertainment Weekly, with NPR's Ann Powers calling them a "Top Pick" at SXSW.  The Black Lillies have played music festivals from Bonnaroo to Stagecoach, and have performed at The Grand Ole Opry more times than any other indepentdant band in history. Country Perspective called their fourth album, Hard to Please, "a great Americana album with perfect fusions of rock and country with some blues and gospel influences splashed in." Don't miss their first performance on our Americana Showcase stage.

Tin Can Gin was born and brewed upon the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota. Their unique sound draws from the bandmembers' diverse musical backgrounds: folk, rock, jazz, classical, and punk. Their music creates an experience in sound that is sure to tickle your musical palate while you tap your toes in unbridled pleasure. Destination Duluth calls Tin Can Gin "happy, heartwarming, fun, and playful, with a steady bass beat to anchor the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in their fast-paced melodies."

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.



Wednesday, December 14: Trailer Trash: The Trashy Lil' Xmas Show!

 The tradition continues! The Trashy Lil' Xmas Show returns to The Civic for one night only!

Now in its twenty-third year, Trailer Trash has turned generations of music lovers on to its brand of American roots, country, swing, and rockabilly. Their contagious enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment onstage have earned Trailer Trash the reputation of being Minnesota's premier honky tonk band!

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Women on Wednesdays

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company is proud to be recognized for its relentless commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and social well-being. Join us throughout the year for evenings of thoughtful discussion as we celebrate the resilience, diversity, and contributions of women.

Our 2016-2017 Season:

October 26: Age is Nothing But a Number - Is 60 the New 40?
What's up with being 60? Depending on whom you listen to, it's either the age where women should find a rocking chair, or the age where they start rocking the world! Who's right? Panelists will share stories and experiences about their post-50s journeys – whether it is one of redefinition or reinvention or acceptance of what is and is not avoidable. All of our panelists are women who refuse to let a number describe them. The discussion will also address residual physical aging and how it affects our lifestyle choices.

January 25: Feminism 101 ... Where Do We Go From Here?
What is feminism? Can men be feminists? Do we still need feminism today? Why not call it "equalism" or "humanism"? So many questions!  Join us for a brief historical background on feminism, a discussion on where we are today, and a vision for tomorrow.

February 22: Growing Up Muslim in Rochester
Over the last decade, the U.S. has faced growing Islamophobia, and Muslim-Americans have found themselves and their faith at the crossroadsof intense national scrutiny. Our panel of Rochester community members shares their insights and experiences growing up Muslim in our community.

March 8: Beyond Rosie the Riveter -- Women in Non-Traditional Roles 
(Presented in partnership with the Sister of St. Francis; this special session will be held at Assisi Heights.)
The power of women in the workforce is not to be overlooked. Women are working harder than ever to "bring home the bacon." But what if the workplace is less than typical, and not the kind of place you expect to find women? Meet some amazing women and learn about their non-traditional career choices. It isn't just a "man's world" anymore!

March 29: Our Experiences Raising a Son
Gloria Steinem wrote, "We've begun to raise daughters more like sons...but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters." In 2016, is raising a son really so different from raising a daughter? Panelists share their experiences and ask for your perspective.

May 31: Rape Culture Is Real 
"Rape Culture" - the idea that rape occurs because women ask for it or fail to prevent it - is real. How did women become the ones to blame and men become blameless? How do we change this attitude and reduce the occurrence and acceptance of rape?

All Women on Wednesdays events take place at The Rochester Civic Theatre Company (except for the March 8 event at Assisi Heights.)
All events are are free and open to everyone.
Light refreshments courtesy of Trader Joe's and cash bar available at 5:00 pm.
Presentation and discussion from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. 
To make your reservation, please email info@rochestercivictheatre.org by the Monday before each Wednesday's event.