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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Door County series includes some legends

Summer visitors are given a bit more to do.

PHOTO: Don McLean – and his iconic “American Pie” song – will visit Door Community Auditorium as part of the 2014 performance schedule.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – During the school year, Door Community Auditorium in Gibraltar High School Auditorium at Fish Creek is primarily reserved for school activities. Come summer and a bit into fall, the auditorium is booked with stuff that’s part of the county’s bread and butter – entertainment that will appeal to folks taking advantage of Door County’s arts and entertainment-related activities.

Here’s what this summer and fall look like:

- June 20 – a double bill of folk-pop legends Judy Collins (”Both Sides Now,” “Send in the Clowns”) and Don McLean (“American Pie”).

- June 26 - the New Orleans sound of Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans.

- June 29 – the return of neo-traditional sister band Rising Appalachia.

- June 30 (benefit) – rock-folk star Jackson Browne.

- July 2 - Pokey LaFarge’s rootsy, old-time riverboat soul.

- July 8 - roots-rock troubadour Bruce Cockburn.

- July 12 – a behind-the-scenes look at the world of radio with Ira Glass, host of National Public Radio’s “This American Life.”

- July 14 - the classic country crooners The Oak Ridge Boys “Elvira”).

- July 19 - swing masters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

- July 26 - maverick alt-country duo Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs

- Aug. 1 – the alt-country story-songs of former Drive-By Truckers member Jason Isbell

- Aug. 5-23 – the 62nd season of classical music of the Peninsula Music Festival.

- Aug. 10 - the soulful reggae of Ziggy Marley.

- Aug. 29-Oct. 18 – American Folklore Theatre’s musical comedy “The Bachelors.”

- Sept. 1 - the fresh bluegrass of Della Mae.

- Sept. 14 - the return of the popular music revue “Buckets of Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” performed by Door County musicians.

- Oct. 12 - The Brubeck Brothers Quartet in a tribute concert to their father, legendary jazz musician and composer Dave Brubeck (Oct. 12).

- Oct. 26 - the second annual “Play it Forward” benefit concert with local artists.

- Nov. 14 - Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre’s presentation of “Come to the Center.” - Nov. 29 – the comical singing cowboys Riders in the Sky’s “Christmas the Cowboy Way.”

More information is at www.dcauditorium.org.

You may email me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air features on WFRV between 6 and 8 a.m. Sundays.

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