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Enjoy Caribbean inspired performance by Tropixplosion Jan. 11

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Cori Cooper

Tired of the cold, snow, and dreary weather? Escape the elements by attending a performance by Tropixplosion, a Caribbean show band, in 'the Listening Room' at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake.

On Jan. 11, Tropixplosion is scheduled to have two performances at 2 and 8 p.m. The first performance is an educational and interactive experience for children and the other is a Jimmy Buffet inspired performance for adults later in the evening, complete with island margaritas.

The price of admission for the children's educational show is $10 while the later will be $15. For the 2 p.m. children's show we are encouraging ticket holders to bring their beach blankets!

Tickets are on sale now so don't wait to make your purchase! Contact the box office at (815) 455-8000 or visit

Tropixplosion is a Caribbean show band that features steel drums, incredible percussion, great vocals, Blue Man-style performance pieces, and more high-energy fun. In essence, this band is the ultimate Island party. But much more than the standard steel drum band, they play an amazing variety of music as well, such as reggae classics and pop/rock party songs re-arranged to feel like the Islands. New hits, classic rockers, and many other surprises are all performed with an exotic twist!

Siobhan Cottone, Lakeside's executive director, stated, "We offer a large range of music genres at 'the Listening Room'. This show not only has an evening adult draw, but also has a great daytime experience for local families." She also said, "Our 2013 concerts were met with great attendance and reviews, and we are excited to expand our 2014 offerings to include new music styles and all ages programming."

The educational and interactive performance provides the history of the steel drum, trumpet, congas, and more as well as a brief discussion of the repurposed/recycled instruments on stage. In addition, different styles of music are demonstrated - styles that will be performed range from calypso to reggae to rock and more. Take the basic musical terms, history, and geography and mix it together with a sizzling, interactive performance and you have Tropixplosion!

Tropixplosion's Educational Experience and Night Performance is scheduled to begin at 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Tickets are $10 for the earlier show and $15 for the later. You can make your purchases by visiting or by contacting the Box Office and asking for Roger (815) 455-8000.

If online sales have not sold out, tickets can also be purchased at the door for an extra $5. Lakeside encourages people to purchase tickets in advance. If you purchase tickets at the door on Jan. 11, however, please arrive early. A cash bar will also be available during the Night Performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Lakeside Legacy on the web. 'the Listening Room' is located within Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL. Lakeside Legacy is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and is also home to the Historic Dole Mansion.

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