bergenPAC presents SOUL ASYLUM & CRACKER, Classic Albums Live and Vic DiBitetto

bergenPAC presents SOUL ASYLUM & CRACKER, Classic Albums Live and Vic DiBitettoNew show on sale at bergenPAC: Soul Asylum and Cracker, Sun., July 23, 8 p.m.; Classic Albums Live: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, Thurs., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.; Classic Albums Live: Rush - 2112, Sat., Sept. 30, 8 p.m.; Vic DiBitetto, Sat., May 19, 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC's Box Office at (201) 227-1030.

Soul Asylum's 11th studio album, Change of Fortune, embodies the band's trademark balance of rocking abandon, infectious melodic craft and raw-nerved emotional depth. Founding singer/guitarist Dave Pirner's compositions showcase the versatility of the alternative rock band's current lineup, which teams Pirner with guitarist Justin Sharbono, bassist Winston Roye and drummer Michael Bland. "It's more honest than any record I've made in a very long time, just because there was no one looking over my shoulder and editing me, which was very liberating for me," says Pirner.

Originally known as Loud Fast Rules, the group was formed in Minneapolis, Minn. in 1981. After early indie success, the band entered the major-label mainstream with 1988's Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, and achieved platinum success with 1992's Grave Dancers Union and 1995's Let Your Dim Light Shine. The band went on hiatus after 1998's Candy from a Stranger, but in 2006 with The Silver Lining and Delayed Reaction in 2012.

Cracker's 10th studio effort, the double-album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape - the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

In the late '70s and '80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker's two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they've neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.

Classic Albums Live: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits

Classic Albums Live takes classic albums from the '60s and '70s and recreates those albums live on stage - note for note, cut for cut. Using the world's best musicians, fans are treated to an exact replication of the album followed by a seconds set of the featured artist's greatest hits

Creedence Clearwater Revival was America's greatest band. Their music reached out and got an entire continent rocking. Hit after hit, no other band delivers that big a collection of instantly recognizable, toe tapping songs. Classic Albums Live will honor the legacy of CCR by performing their Chronicle album with joy and dedication. Note for note - cut for cut.

Classic Albums Live: Rush - 2112

Classic Albums Live takes classic albums from the '60s and '70s and recreates those albums live on stage - note for note, cut for cut. Using the world's best musicians, fans are treated to an exact replication of the album followed by a seconds set of the featured artist's greatest hits

2112 is the sound of young men becoming world class musicians. It was the album that echoed out of passing cars, school parking lots and Massey Hall. Rush were unusual. Early comparisons to Led Zeppelin didn't stick. They were their own thing. Canada embraced Rush immediately. The rest of the world soon got on board. Classic Albums Live will honor the legacy of Rush the only way they know how - note for note - cut for cut.

Vic DiBitetto

Comedian Vic DiBitetto churns energy, honesty and humanity into nonstop laughter. His pace is frenetic. He's been called a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden. DiBitetto was featured in Kevin James' Mall Cop: Blart 2, has millions of YouTube views for his Bread and Milk, Justin Bieber and Kanye West viral rants, hosted Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV and launched his own television talk show, The Vic DiBitetto Show Co-Starring Marion Grodin.

Up until 2014, DiBitetto drove a school bus for special needs children for 20 years. The law requires that there be a matron on the bus as well. That was Vic's wife, Lucy. Before that, he drove a garbage truck. They were finally able to "get off the bus" and focus solely on Vic's career.

Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office (201) 227-1030

Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area's cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC - the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, "hands-on" training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.

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