Special concert to conclude Story Theater’s 100th Anniversary season
—by Todd Thorson
Story Theatre’s 100th anniversary season will conclude on Thursday, December 18th with a concert featuring award-winning singer-songwriter, Daniel Christian. In addition to his original songs and stories, the Nashville recording artist will also share some familiar holiday-themed music appropriate for the season.
Christian has performed sold out shows at Nashville’s Bluebird Café and Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, as well as Walt Disney World, and the SXSW Festival. He has opened for Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Rogers, The Fixx, Gary Allan, Chris Cagle and Sawyer Brown. This year, he completed a coast-to-coast tour of the United States, as he continues to share his music across the nation.
He has also won two National Country Music Festival awards, and has earned seven Omaha Entertainment Award nominations in his native Nebraska, including Best Songwriter and Artist of the Year.
Daniel was a high school English teacher before making music his full-time occupation. His first album, I Am Merely Sand (2007), was produced by Grammy-winner Charlie Chadwick. In 2009, Daniel joined the roster of performers making themselves available to entertain soldiers overseas. The same year, he was selected to perform at “Born to Play”, an event spanning North America, which set the record for largest simultaneous acoustic music concert of all time. Daniel’s anticipated second album, Hold Your Breath (2010), showcases nearly 30 Nebraska musicians, and was featured on Mike Flynn’s “The Folk Sampler” program on NPR. Daniel’s third studio album, Speak, released last year, features guest appearances from members of Amy Grant’s band, Caedmon’s Call and Jars of Clay.
Christian is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and the Nebraska Arts Council. He is also a founding member of Nebraska’s chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). His music is often compared to The Beatles, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and critics agree he is a “gifted, quality, and superb singer-songwriter, with a unique sound, combining rock, folk and country. He is an up-and-coming artist that has a great future ahead of him!”
Judge Story’s Theatrical Troup and Director Veronica Skaar will also present a preview of “Little Shop of Horrors” prior to Daniel’s performance. Judge Story’s is scheduled to present “Little Shop of Horrors” next year during Scandinavian Days.
The Story Theatre first opened on December 18th, 1913 and will be 101 years old this December. The Grand Opera House is proud to host Daniel Christian in concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 18th 2014. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are now available for $20 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at the Story City Chamber (524 Broad), Story City Herald (511 Broad) and the Story Theater (512 Broad), or by mailing a check to: Story Theater Historical Foundation, 512 Broad St., Story City IA 50248). Proceeds will go toward the motion picture digital conversion project. For more information call 515/733-4551 or 515/733-4318.