The Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb is turning into New Orleans on March 28.
The dance performance “Swingin With The Blues” tells the story of the social and music scene from the jazz era along with NIU jazz musicians performing such pieces as “Girl From Ipanema”, “Night In Tunisia” and “Do What You Wanna”.
The performances by Dance Dimensions Adult Company and NIU’s dance students will be choreographed by Tamara Newquist and guest student artists Linnea Norwood (NIU) and Scott Thomas (Columbia College).
Also featured during this presentation will be local painters Val Pieroni and Chelsea McGhee joined by Daniel Grych, the Art Box, for live demonstrations and art viewing of visual pieces including works from former NIU faculty.
The lobby of the Egyptian Theatre will be transformed into a Bourbon Street experience for the evening with costumed characters delivering entertainment while jazz musicians play in the mezzanine.
The festival designed in collaboration with Newquist who directed similar productions in Milwaukee will bring the look and feel of a big city arts scene to downtown DeKalb.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults in advance $25 at the door, and $15 for students/seniors in advance $20 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Egyptian Theatre box office, 135 N. Second St. DeKalb, Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information or to get tickets online visit egyptiantheatre.org.