The Rogue Theatre opened its doors in 1938 as one of the few theaters built during the heart of the Great Depression. Crowds filled her seats to watch Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, and Marlene Dietrich on the silver screen. News Reels brought home the battlefront during the “Big War.” Through the fabulous 50’s, and the turbulent 60’s the theatre attracted crowds to downtown Grants Pass. As years passed, the advent of television, multiplex cinemas and shopping malls made it difficult for the aging theatre to compete. Closing it’s doors in 1999.
In 2000, the Rogue Theatre was reopened as a regional non-profit performing arts center. Complete with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. The Rogue is now capable of hosting a wide range of arts and cultural events, including theater, concerts, dance and film presentations.
The Rogue Theatre is one of Grants Pass’ most prominent historical buildings. The Art Deco exterior and glowing neon marquee add to the warmth and charm of the city’s historical district. It has been recognized as both an important statewide and national historic resource. The ongoing restoration the theatre with the generosity of The Carpenter Foundation and the Myers Trust, as well as local patrons, has preserved one of the city’s few remaining landmark buildings.
Stella and her quintet present the music of Billie Holiday. Shrouded in mystery as she was draped in fur, Billie was multi-faceted; she possessed a sensitivity and ability to make the songs she sang as personal as if she was singing them softly in your very own ear. Featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest Jazz musicians, Stella’s quintet brings back the electric and intimate feeling of seeing Lady Day live in a 1930’s Jazz Club.
There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre. Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.
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