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CLC presents 'Gospel Explosion' concert and comedian Jo Koy

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  • Comedian Jo Koy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the College of Lake County.

    Comedian Jo Koy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the College of Lake County.
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Two entertainment events will be held the weekend of Sept. 20-21 at the College of Lake County's James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre.

Gospel singer Cynthia Williams of Atlanta will headline a spirit-filled gospel concert, Lake County's "Gospel Explosion," from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Featured local performers include comedian Brent Stackhouse, Anointed Voices of JNAC, Minister Tranelle Duffie and Youth Praising God, praise dancer God's Anointed One, Voices of Corinthian and others.

The concert will benefit CLC's Black Student Union Holly S. Graham Scholarship, which helps African American students continue their education at CLC. The scholarship is named for a CLC graduate who was killed in a fatal car accident on May 20, 2007.

Cynthia Williams' songs combine the traditional "Sunday Church" gospel sound with the smoothness of contemporary praise and worship. Her first CD, "Blessed Speechless," was produced by Grammy-Award nominee Kevin J. Yancy and Richard Gibbs Sr.

Her newest project, "Surrendering Completely," highlights her new single, "Completely Yours," featuring Fred Hammond, Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winner.

Tickets are $10 in advance (through 5 p.m. Sept. 19) at the Box Office and $15 at the door, plus a $2 JLC facility fee. Tickets can be purchased at the James Lumber Center, (847) 543-2300, which is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets are also available at the Lakeshore Campus from JoHaan Cotton-Wilson, (847) 543-2112, or Beverly Phelps at the Grayslake campus, (847) 543-2778.

Comedian Jo Koy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. The event is co-sponsored by CLC's Multicultural Student Center, Program Board and Diversity Commission.

From filling sold-out clubs across the nation to appearing weekly as a regular on the TV show "Chelsea Lately," Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. His energy onstage, insightful jokes and family-inspired humor cross all boundaries. In 2007, Variety named Jo Koy one of the "10 Comics to Watch!"

A single father, Jo Koy was inspired by his son and began working on his first Comedy Central special, "Don't Make Him Angry," which aired in January, 2009. His second Comedy Central special, "Lights Out," aired in October, 2012, and is now available on DVD. The show, which is appropriate for ages 18 and older, will have two opening acts, including a local comedian.

Tickets to the comedy show are $25 (plus a $2 JLC facility fee) for the general public and are available at the CLC Box Office, (847) 543-2300. The first 250 CLC students with student ID are free.

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