Gateway Guitar Quartet

The Gateway Classical Guitar Quartet performs music from several musical periods and from around the

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
$12 advance / $14 at the door night of show / $8 students / 10 and younger admitted free
Doors and Varsity Bar at 7 p.m.


The second performance in The Varsity’s Classical Guitar Concert Series features “From Back to the Beatles” with the Gateway Guitar Quartet on Nov. 17. The series is sponsored by First Southern Bank.

The Gateway Guitar Quartet has performed regionally and is comprised of the four great guitarists: Paul Kreter, Jeff Sieth, Stephen Rekas and David Henry, all of whom reside in St. Louis.

The quartet will perform selections from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, and the music of countries such as Spain and Brazil. Members Paul and Jeff also arrange music for the quartet that includes folk and popular tunes.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $12 in advance at or $14 at the door on the night of the performance. Student tickets are $8; children 10 and younger are admitted free.

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‘The Last Waltz’ Concert

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24
$12 in advance, $15 night of show  

Doors and Varsity Bar at 7 p.m.

The Varsity is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Martin Scorsese film documenting The Band’s final concert on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. “The Last Waltz” was released in 1978 to critical acclaim.

The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Concert at The Varsity is Saturday, Nov. 24, and features music performed that historic night 42 years ago. The show is being produced by local musician and audio engineer Marshall Anderson, whose band Lone Howl – Anderson, Christopher Brown, Mike Arthur, Jonny Coller and Kegan Doty – will be filling in for The Band, who backed Bob Dylan when he went electric. 

Other featured performers are Tawl Paul, Ethan Stephenson, Kali Lynn, Eastwood Frisch, Sarah Lannom, Ol’ Moose, Danny Brown, Ben West, Randy Auxier, Katie Foley, Chris McKinley and Tobias Merriman. Filling in on horns will be Matt Martino, Robb Smith and Cameron Taylor.

This special show will take place in The Big Room, the largest performance space in the building, with seating for 515. 


Holiday Concert: Free Range Chicks

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
Doors and Varsity Bar at 2:30  

Join the Free Range Chicks for an afternoon concert of Christmas music and old-time a cappella jazz. The opening act will be The Anns.

Molly Beckley and Ruth Ann Levinson of Cobden, and Pat York of Carbondale perform regularly throughout Southern Illinois, singing traditional and swing music mixed with a dash of country, pop and folk. 

The Anns is a vocal trio consisting of Rog Ann Ellithorpe, boB Ann Iltis and Levinson. The trio is a direct extension of the vocal duo RognboB with the addition of Ruth Ann. The trio likes to preach the “gospel of goof” with fun harmonies and unlikely arrangements. The Anns perform RognboB favorites as well as new originals and parodies. 

The performance begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10 at the link below. Tickets will also be available at the door on the afternoon of performance when doors open. Advance tickets are not available at the venue until doors open.

Doors and the Varsity Bar open at 2:30. The bar features wine, beer, select cocktails, other beverages and snacks.



Ivas John’s Blue Christmas

7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
$18 at Life Community Center/Plaza Records
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6

Join Ivas John and local musicians and performers for this annual holiday concert celebrating the music of Southern Illinois. 

Performers include The Ivas John Band with Tawl Paul, The Gordons, Robert Bowlin and Wil Maring, The Jewels, The Venturis, Free Range Chicks, Shadi Frick and others.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the Life Community Center (Sunset and Parrish Lane in Carbondale) and Plaza Records (816 E. Main St., Carbondale).

The concert is hosted by Carbondale Park District and sponsored by First Southern Bank. Call 618-549-4222 for more information.