Great music and many fun activities await those planning to attend FMCA’s 86th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, which will take place Aug. 10 through 13, 2011, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Arena Building
Watch The Social Network, the 2010 film that shows how Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg turned his campus-based blog into Facebook, the largest social networking Web site in the world. The movie follows the personal and professional successes and tribulations that Zuckerberg experienced as the business grew to become the social phenomena it is today. The movie won three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture.
Parade of Lights
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m., Coach Display Area
Meet the newest "stars" of the motorhoming world during the “Parade of Lights” motorhome preview. Enjoy the festive atmosphere in the coach display area as manufacturer and dealer representatives accentuate their exhibits with lights, decorations, music, giveaways and more. Of course, the main attraction will be the 2011- and 2012-model-year motorhomes on display, so take the opportunity to discover the latest and greatest features available in these homes on wheels.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Aug. 11, 12, and 13, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Arena Building
FMCA’s own Frustrated Maestros, will perform during Morning Coffee Hour. This eclectic ensemble, composed of members from the various Frustrated Maestros chapters, has been a convention favorite since the original Frustrated Maestros chapter was formed in 1981. The Maestros also will perform on Friday, August 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the Ice Cream Social, which will begin at 1 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Double Grande performs favorite duets from the American pop songbook. Double Grande is the collaboration of Deborah Johnson and Wayland Pickard, both accomplished pianists, who have combined talents to become one of the top piano and vocal duos in America.
Deborah has thrilled audiences worldwide with her innovative arrangements and vocals while infusing each performance with her effervescent personality and teasing humor. Wayland Pickard is an award-winning instrumentalist, singer and humorist whose combination of music, comedy and celebrity impressions has made him a hit wherever he performs.
During their “Legendary Duets” performance in Madison, the musicians, playing on a pair of grand pianos, will serenade attendees with a playlist of classic tunes made famous by performers such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Sonny and Cher, Celine Dion, Andrea Boccelli and even Kermit and Miss Piggy.
Double Grande Web site: www.doublegrandepianos.com
Street Corner Symphony
Saturday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Get to your seats early to see Street Corner Symphony, the a cappella group that finished runner-up during the 2010 season of NBC’s hit show, “The Sing-Off.”
The group, which is based in Nashville, Tennessee, formed in May 2010 specifically to participate in “The Sing-Off” competition. Street Corner Symphony includes two pairs of brothers — Richie (baritone) and Jeremy (tenor) Lister, and Mark (baritone) and Jon (tenor) McLemore — along with Adam Chance (bass) and John Martin (high tenor).
The sextet has a rich heritage in gospel music — five of the six members are the sons of preachers and grew up singing and learning music in church — which lends a touch of Southern soul to their performances. However, the group has a diverse repertoire of popular songs that is sure to appeal to all ages and musical tastes, with influences from artists ranging from Take 6 (a Christian jazz a cappella group) to Alison Krauss (a bluegrass-country singer). During their appearance on “The Sing-Off,” the group performed songs from a variety of genres, including hits from Tears For Fears, Radiohead, the Beatles, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, to name a few.
Street Corner Symphony Web site: http://streetcornersymphony.org