Irish dance meets rock 'n' roll in "Rockin' Road to Dublin," a fusion of concert and stage show at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.
World Champion Irish dancer Scott Doherty joins forces with Celtic rocker Chris Smith to combine two musical genres with original choreography. Complete with 14 Irish dancers, male and female lead vocals, and an eight-piece band, the show incorporates technical mastery and Broadway flourish in a show for all ages.
Doherty, co-creator, executive producer and lead dancer, made his professional debut in 2005 with the North American tour of "Riverdance." Since then, Doherty has toured the world with both "Riverdance" and Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance." Since 2007, he has performed in Irish dance shows at Busch Gardens, serving as Celtic Fyre's dance captain and the principal lead dancer since 2012.
A Massachusetts native whose grandparents are from Ireland, Doherty has been a guest performer with many acclaimed Irish acts, including the Irish Tenors, Cherish the Ladies, Michael Londra and Andy Cooney.
Chris Smith, co-creator, executive producer and lead percussionist, is a lifelong musician and performer who has toured the world with one of the top Celtic rock bands, The American Rogues. A native of the Richmond, Virginia, area, he has performed as a percussionist in the most popular shows at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. For more information, visit www.rockinrd2d.com.
Tickets are $43-$48 for general admission, $42-$47 for seniors and CLC staff and alumni; $15 for CLC students and teens; and $12 for children. Teen and child tickets must be purchased with adult-priced tickets. Prices do not include a $2 per ticket JLC facility fee and other applicable fees.
Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office in the James Lumber Center, Room P112 on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.; by phone; or online at www.clcillinois.edu/tickets. CLC student tickets are not available online. For information, call (847) 543-2300 (option 5). The Box Office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 60 minutes before performances.
To request the 2017-18 James Lumber Center Professional Touring Series brochure or the CLC art, dance, film, literary, music and theater events guide, call (847) 543-2300 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
To join the JLC mailing list, text "JLCEMAIL" to 22828. Groups of six or more are eligible for discounted ticket prices. Call group sales at (847) 543-2431 or email JLCgroupsales@clcillinois.edu for group information.
The rest of the 2017-18 Professional Touring Series includes the following events:
• Taikoza: Sunday, March 25
• "Cool Heat of Peggy Lee," starring Spider Saloff: Friday, May 11