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Carpenters and Marsalis music at the JLC this autumn

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 12, 2022

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) continues its fall 2022 season with two unique mainstage music events that showcase legendary artists while honoring America’s shared humanity.

The longest-running Carpenters tribute in North America, Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters returns to the JLC as part of their 12-year anniversary tour at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Singer and Lake County resident Lisa Rock recreates the trademark sound of the Carpenters’ melodic, chart-topping pop music, sharing stories along the way. Along with a six-piece backing band, Rock pays homage to Karen Carpenter’s timeless voice and the duo’s meticulously crafted songs that appealed to a variety of audiences throughout the 70s, including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and fan favorite, “Close to You.” Tickets are $30, or $28 for seniors and military and $15 for students.

With a core message of “there is only one race and that is the human race,” The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass debuts at the JLC at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. This stellar collective of virtuoso musicians effortlessly mixes classical music, big band swing, New Orleans jazz and straight-ahead jazz in a powerful and spiritually uplifting musical performance. In their moving, multi-media production “Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love,” six amazing brass players, drums, piano and a narrator unite to create an intimate connection between the audience and performers, resulting in a healing and joyful celebration of life. Tickets are $42, or $38 for seniors and military and $20 for students.

Buy tickets online at or call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the JLC Box Office. The JLC is located at the Grayslake Campus, located at 19351 West Washington Street. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as two hours prior to show time for all performances.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.