Past Performances

The Mahoney Brothers "Jukebox Heroes Live!"
April 21, 2017

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Wiltsie Center will present The Mahoney Brothers “Jukebox Heroes Live!” – billed as “The World's Greatest Musical Impersonation Show” – at 7:30 p.m.

Building on ten years as one of the premiere Beatles' acts in the world, the Mahoney Brothers decided to expand their musical impersonation act to include many of their favorite rock and roll influences, resulting in more than 5000 performances around the world.

“With the same attention to detail that marked their highly successful "Long Live The Beatles" production, the Mahoneys initially added tributes to such musical luminaries as Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Rick Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. The Mahoney Brothers came to the attention of the Seattle-based veteran producer/director Greg Thompson. So impressed with the Mahoneys’ ability to reproduce a wide range of musical acts and styles, Thompson hired the brothers for a series of long term casino revues built around the "Jukebox Heroes Live" theme and The Mahoney Brothers' ever-growing roster of impersonations (now spanning more than 60 years of music, from the 1930's Benny Goodman to the 1990's Garth Brooks). The Greg Thompson productions included performances in Atlantic City, Gulfport, Seattle, starring roles in "Wolfman Jack's Rock & Roll Revue", and partnering with Dick Clark for the 1996 smash hit show, "Dick Clark's Golden Age Of Television”.in 1990 at Six Flags Great Adventure's Music Box Theater, the same stage

Chris Pavlick and The Cellar Dwellarzz Jazz Ensemble
Feb. 17, 2017

The Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center presented two of Hazleton's outstanding young talents - Chris Pavlick, who will be performing Chris Sings & Swings to the Music of Frank Sinatra, and The Cellar Dwellarzz Jazz Ensemble, a recently formed community jazz group dedicated to the education, practice and performance of jazz music.

Christopher Pavlick has been singing & performing in the Greater Hazleton Area & beyond for 17 years and performs regularly with The M.P.B. Community Players, The Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts (PTPA), The Nuremberg Community Players, The Sugarbaker Players (a traveling Murder Mystery Troupe), and Zion Opera Workshop (Leighton).

The Cellar Dwellarzz Jazz Ensemble performed under the direction of Neil Forte III and Jennifer Gerhard. They are a group of students from the Hazleton Area School District who are committed to serving their community by fostering the art of jazz and spreading the love of music throughout the area. Members of the Cellar Dwellarzz include: Alto saxophone — Emily Trella and Luke Kranyak. Tenor saxophone — Hailey Dudinyak, Bryce Greco and James Fanjoy. Baritone saxophone — Marlie Haraschak and Hannah Kunetz. Trumpet — Mattie Reed, Ethan Mariano, Brayden Dudinyak and Tristan Haraschak. Trombone — Marissa Clatch, Austin Pliska, Kaitlynne Drennan, Landon Wolk and Neil Forte IV. Guitar — Max Palfey. Keyboard — Erica Trella. Drums — Giovanni Forte.

Nick as Elvis!
Oct. 13, 2016

Nick Mischissin is a 24-year-old, award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist from Drums, PA. When he was 10 years old, his mother introduced him to an early Elvis movie “Loving You.” After that, Nick fell in love with the King and his music. He began his singing career at the age of 14 with his own band RAIL, a classic and modern rock band. He took on the role of performing as Elvis in 2011 and started to participate in competitions in 2012. With a passion for Elvis Presley and music to guide him, Nick portrayed Elvis through all the stages of his dynamic career. From the hip-swinging 50s and 60s, to the thrilling ‘68 Comeback Special, and the unforgettable 70s Vegas years, Nick did it all.

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band
May 2, 2016

For six decades, the USAF Heritage of America Concert Band has educated, inspired and entertained over 1.5 million people annually, by providing music for events that support Airmen and their families, honor our Nation’s veterans and build relationships of trust between the American people and their Air Force. The Concert Band is comprised of over 40 professional Airman-musicians who captivate audiences on regular tours throughout the East Coast with a variety of renditions of great orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards, movie music and patriotic favorites.

The B-Street Band, the original Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band
April 23, 2016

The B-Street Band first performed as Backstreets on May 19, 1980 in Asbury Park, NJ for an audience of over 2000 Bruce fans. From the heart of the Jersey shore, “Backstreets” was the first band in the world to do a unique tribute to a live performer. There are now an estimated 14,000 tribute bands following their lead and performing all over the world. Nearly 5,500 performances and 34 years later, the B-Street Band is still the hardest working tribute band on the circuit, with almost 200 shows per year throughout the country.

Twelve Twenty-Four 's 2015 Holiday Tour 
Dec. 29, 2015

Twelve Twenty-Four brought their high energy, full scale holiday rock orchestra concert to the northeast for the fourteenth consecutive year! Their performances featured the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as their own holiday creations. With a total of fourteen performers, which included a six-piece rock band, three-piece string section and a variety of seven vocalists, Twelve Twenty-Four brough the magic of Christmas alive.

Elvis Lives On
Nov. 6, 2015

The Wiltsie Center Presents: Elvis Lives On. A broadway style show produced by local performer Nick Mischissin.

The Rat Pack
Oct. 10, 2015

The Wiltsie Center Presents: The Rat Pack. Relive the days of the Rat Pack with Las Vegas' most famous entertainers.

David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience
Sept. 18, 2015

David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience is a Broadway-quality show that plays predominantly to a new generation of fans too young to have known the real thing in its zenith. It is NOT a cheap “Impersonation.”

Jukebox Heroes Live – Wiltsie 5th Anniversary Gala
May 2, 2015

Jukebox Heroes Live!” billed as “The World's Greatest Musical Impersonation Show”. Building on ten years as one of the premiere Beatles' acts in the world, the Mahoney Brothers decided to expand their musical impersonation act to include many of their favorite rock and roll influences, resulting in more than 5000 performances around the world.

Twelve Twenty-Four
December 2014

Established in 2002, 12/24 performs its Christmas music with a theatrical, rock edge and combines it with a narrated storyline to create a family friendly holiday show suitable for all ages. They are the first and foremost recreation of TSO and are making a name for themselves now with goals that aren’t stopping here.

Joe Maddon's 4th Annual Family Christmas Celebration
December 2014

The 4th Annual community Christmas celebration.

Vatican Films
December 2014

The Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center held a film presentation of The Vatican Museums, a film of the greatest art collection in history, including The Sistine Chapel and other breathtaking masterpieces as never seen before.

Rock the Castle
May 2014

On May 18, 2014, well-known local acts Kira, RAIL and Kartune took the stage of the Wiltsie Center. The show began with a performance from 20-year-old singer-songwriter Kira, who learned to play piano at age 12 and currently performs all throughout the Northeast as well as doing showcases at the legendary Bitter End in New York City. She also works with producers in both New York and Los Angeles. Next up was RAIL, a band from Drums, PA. Formed in 2008, the band consists of college students Nick Michissin on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Nick Valentine on keys, bass, and backing vocals, Jason Spevak on lead guitar and backing vocals, and Mike Michissin on drums. RAIL produces a powerful, energetic sound playing classic as well as modern-day rock. Their performances at the Joe Maddon Family Christmas shows the past two years brought audiences to their feet, screaming for more.

And then veteran rockers KARTUNE brought the show to a climax. One of the best bands ever to come out of northeast Pennsylvania, the extremely popular group features the soaring vocals of lead singer Tommy Bruno along with Steve Witner on bass and vocals, Kyle Johnson on lead guitar and vocals, and Zack Baldessari on drums and vocals, doing the best of iconic classic rock as well as a wealth of radio-friendly original tunes.  Formed in 1990, the band has toured throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and has three albums to their credit, including the 1996 release "Don't Know Any Better", which received a preliminary Grammy nomination for Rock Album of the Year.

Keith London
March 2014

"American Idol” contender and Hazleton native Keith London appeared at the Wiltsie Center at the Historic Castle on March 16, 2014. London was given a “golden ticket” to advance to the first round of Fox’s “American Idol.” While he did not make the finals, London is continuing his musical journey. He  performed his only full concert during his stay in Hazleton. During intermission, Danny DeMelfi of DeMelfi School of Music facilitated questions from the audience about London’s musical career and trying out for “American Idol” and other singing reality shows. London’s parents and two sisters reside in the Hazleton area.

Liam Lis
January 2014
liam-lisUp-and-coming pop star Liam Lis made a special concert appearance at the Wiltsie Center at the Historic Castle on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

Lis’ appearance comes after a very successful tour as the support act for Fifth Harmony on their recent fall tour. Lis also recently opened for R5’s sold-out show at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, N.J. The 12-year-old recording artist has been featured on Radio Disney and his videos on YouTube are also very popular.

Lis was first introduced to the Hazleton area when he was invited to perform at the annual Funfest celebration in September. In October, he performed for students attending Hazleton Elementary/Middle School and, since that time, he has had numerous requests to return to the area to perform a concert for the public.

 

The Laurie Berkner Band
November 2013
Laurie Berkner Band Children’s music superstars and preschool television favorites The Laurie Berkner Band performed a series of Holiday Celebration concerts along the East Coast, stopping at The Wiltsie Center in November 2013. The concerts featured holiday songs and festive seasonal favorites, including music from the critically acclaimed 2012 album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie).

 

 

 

 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
October 2013
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Hazleton, PABig Bad Voodoo Daddy hit pop music superstardom with their appearance in front of millions during the halftime show of the 1999 Super Bowl, while their 2003 New Orleans-inspired album “Save My Soul” shifted focus to playing theaters, performing arts centers and large outdoor venues to selling out shows at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Chastain Park and Constitution Hall, to name just a few. The band often plays more than 150 shows a year and has appeared as special guests with many of the great American symphony orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and U.S. Air Force Band.

 

 

 

Fiddler on the Roof
April 2013
Fiddler on the Roof at the Wiltsie Center, Hazleton, PAThis Tony Award-winning musical has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal. Filled with a heartwarming score that includes "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Far From the Home I Love," this show is a timeless classic. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. This is the Wiltsie Center's inaugural presentation of a major Broadway production.  Experience a glorious tradition of musical theatre with Fiddler on the Roof.

 

 

 

 

George Thorogood
and the Destroyers

March 2013
George Thorogood and the DestroyersLegendary blues rockers George Thorogood and the Destroyers appeared at the Wiltsie Center at the Historic Castle on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 7 p.m.

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the band. George Thorogood & the Destroyers are well known for their classic hit “Bad to the Bone,” as well as iconic rock covers of Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over,” Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” and John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”

Also appearing were the Slide Brothers: Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent – the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition. They had recently been on TV and released a new CD.

 

 

 

Michael Bolton
February 2013
Michael-Bolton-320pxBolton, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and theater. He remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities as well as other social and political organizations.

Bolton is known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics. In recognition of his artistic achievements, he won two Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), six American Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned more than 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, nine Million-Air awards and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley
February 2013
The Righteous Brothers' Bill MedleyBill Medley, perhaps best known as half of the unmistakable duo The Righteous Brothers, with hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin',” “Just Once in My Life,” “Unchained Melody” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.” In 1987, Medley scored a monumental hit with another duettist, Jennifer Warnes, on “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” for the film “Dirty Dancing.”

 

 

 

 

The Celts
December 2012
celts275Internationally known Celtic music group The Celts, along with a cast of special guests, performing "Christmas with The Celts."

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Feinstein
November 2012
michael-feinstein-wiltsie-center225Jazz pianist Michael Feinstein performing "A Gershwin Holiday" with special guest Nick Ziobro.

 

 

 

 

 

Bret Michaels
brett-michaels-225November 2012
Rock star Bret Michaels, who first rose to fame as frontman of the popular group Poison.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Solomon
October 2012
steve-solomon-smComedian Steve Solomon with "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy!"

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago
November 2011
ChicagoRock band Chicago, one of Billboard magazine's Top 100 artists of all time, in the inaugural concert at the Wiltsie.

 

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