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“America’s Got Talent” favorite Gangstagrass and premiere contemporary dance company Chicago Dance Crash coming to Grayslake

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 29, 2023

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) concludes its spring 2023 season with two spirited and eclectic dance and music shows.  

With a daring blend of jazz, acrobatic and street dance styles, Chicago Dance Crash performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23. Founded in 2002, this energetic ensemble combines athleticism, artistry and accessibility, combining hip hop, martial arts, breakdance and more in their repertory pieces and freestyle dances. A two-time winner of the Black Theater Alliance Award for Choreography, Crash has been hailed by both Dance Magazine and Newcity Stage as one of the top dance companies from Chicago. Blurring the line between art and entertainment as they perform their competitive “Keeper of the Floor” Championship Dance Battle, some of Chicago’s most accomplished and inventive dancers will battle it out for the audience vote and the coveted KTF title belt. Tickets are $28, $23 for seniors and military and $10 for students. Visit the artist’s website at  

The mind-blowing, ground-breaking Gangstagrass comes to the JLC at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14, exploring new sonic territory derived from the American traditions of bluegrass and hip hop, creating a unique musical recipe all their own. Garnering critical praise and a massive fan response on “America’s Got Talent” in 2021 and nominated for an Emmy Award for their theme song to the FX Network show “Justified,” their latest album, “No Time for Enemies,” also reached #1 on Billboard’s bluegrass chart. Their renowned live shows take the audience on an explosive, energetic ride via original songs that amplify America’s common ground, including freedom, ingenuity, unity across differences and the strength and struggles of all people. This impassioned concert will surely have folks bopping and dancing in the aisles! Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and military and $10 for students. Visit the artist’s website:  

For tickets, buy online at or call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the JLC Box Office. 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. All performances are at the James Lumber Center, 19351 W. Washington St. in Grayslake. The JLC offers free parking and has a snack bar with soft drinks, beer, wine and light fare. 

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.