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JLC spring season features Grammy award-winning bluegrass, energetic hip-hop and more

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 19, 2022

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) announces its spring 2023 performing arts series, with tickets for all shows now on sale. The season includes a wide array of music and is rounded out with circus fun. 

“We are thrilled to bring this exciting and eclectic lineup to the JLC, including legendary artists with multiple Grammy nominations and TV/movie appearances between them,” JLC Executive Director Alisa Baum said. “The JLC has been a hidden gem, which we hope more people will discover. This incredible season will help establish us as a mecca of live entertainment for Lake County.” 

The JLC’s spring 2023 season includes:  

  • The Great DuBois, Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. with free circus arts workshop. Tickets are $25 or $22 for seniors and military and $15 for students. The daring and dynamic duo of Michael DuBois and Viktoria Grimmy were featured in the movie “The Greatest Showman,” as well as on Britney Spears’ World Circus Tour. In this comedic variety show, they will showcase incredible feats of juggling, aerial, unicycle, contortion, circus stunts, magic and audience interaction and more. Fun for the whole family! 

  • Bush/Marshall/Meyer/Meyer, Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 or $47 for seniors and military and $25 for students. Four American music masters unite in this collaborative, energetic feast of bluegrass, newgrass and classical music. Featuring the father of progressive bluegrass, Sam Bush (mandolin/violin), multi-Grammy award-winner Edgar Meyer (bass), legendary bluegrass player Mike Marshall (mandolin) and George Meyer (violin) representing the next generation — this supergroup features some of the greatest musicians alive today! 

  • LADAMA, Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $24 or $20 for seniors and military and $12 for students. This remarkable quartet harnesses music from Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela and the United States and features virtuosic musicians and educators Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas. Combining song, rhythm and storytelling, LADAMA takes the audience on a musical journey where continents and cultures communicate without borders.  

  • Tab Benoit with Special Guest, JD Simo, Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 Regular or $30 for seniors and military and $15 for students. Emerging from the bayous of Southern Louisiana, Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist with a remarkable 30+ year career. His gritty, soulful Delta swamp blues is a truly original sound that has garnered him many awards, including twice being named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Benoit will perform with JD Simo, a Chicago-born, Nashville transplant, specializing in funky, raw blues music. 

  • Switchback, Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $22 for seniors and military and $12 for students. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and 20 years of the spirited and versatile duo Switchback. Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack showcase their sublime vocal blends and virtuosic musicianship, mixing mandolin, guitar and bass with harmonies that have invited comparisons to the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel. This exquisite concert will include authentic Celtic music reminiscent of the Pogues, crafted with bluegrass and American roots music. 

  • Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Friday, March 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $52 or $47 for seniors and military and $25 for students. Two of Canada’s brightest stars merge their virtuosic talents in an evening of contemporary Celtic and traditional folk music. Natalie MacMaster, a marquee superstar in the Celtic music world, will be performing with her husband and fellow peerless fiddler, Donnell Leahy, in an exceptional evening of music. 

  • Chicago Dance Crash, Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $28 or $23 for seniors and military and $10 for students. One of the premier hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the Midwest, this eight-member ensemble combines athleticism with artistry to create their own unique style. Combining their signature blend of jazz, acrobatic and street dance styles, the troupe will perform “Keepers of the Floor,” a dance battle that combines the energy of late-night theatre with the spectacle of sports entertainment.  

  • Gangstagrass, Sunday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $22 for seniors and military and $10 for students. Combining the great American traditions of bluegrass, hip hop and beyond, this eclectic group creates a tapestry of sounds all their own. They are well-known for the Emmy-nominated theme song for the FX television show “Justified,” as well as their recent appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” 

Individual and group tickets are available for all events. To order, buy online at, via phone at (847) 543-2300 or in person at the JLC Box Office. The JLC is located at the Grayslake Campus, 19351 West Washington Street. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office is also open two hours prior to show time on performance nights.  

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.