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“Rock Lotto” Takes Shape After Lottery-Style Draw Forms Bands

Bands for the area and region’s first “Rock Lotto” event at the Astra Theatre on July 21 have been formed.

Musicians from local and regional bands The High Road, Fun Guns, Sparrow and Crandall, and more have been divided up through a unique lottery-style draft held on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the Astra Theatre.  The 12 total musicians are now divided up into three groups of four.  At the drawing, the three drummers served as team “captains”, each of which then randomly drew one-at-a-time for a bass player and then two additional musicians.  Each band will be allowed one “wild card” option to more fully round out their band.

The newly-formed bands have between now and July 21 to rehearse 30 minutes of material to perform on the Astra’s Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage on Saturday, July 21.  Doors for the event open at 6:15 p.m., with the first band taking the stage at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and are available now at www.TheNextAct.org.  All net proceeds will benefit the Astra’s ongoing maintenance and programming funds.

With the purchase of a ticket, audience members will receive a voucher worth ten points to vote for their favorite band.  Additional “votes” can be given in the form of tips, with each dollar counting as a vote.  The band accumulating the most votes will win the Astra Theatre and Next Act’s first “Rock Lotto”.

The bands for the evening, as determined by the draw held on June 29, will perform 30-minute sets and are comprised of:

  • Band 1:  Wade Baker, Michael Cummings, Evan Elrod, Danny Luegers.
  • Band 2:  Kyle Lueken, Shauna Lueken, Devin Sorrells, Mark Sparrow.
  • Band 3:  Jeff Crandall, Nathan Harman, Joe Luegers, Steven Wagler.

Tickets are still available for a July 18 screening of The Princess Bride, an intimate (and rare) October 6 solo acoustic performance by critically-acclaimed Americana musician Pokey LaFarge, and a November 3 acoustic trio performance by two-time Grammy winner Rodney Crowell.  Tickets for all events at the historic Astra Theatre in Jasper, Indiana, can be purchased at www.AstraTheatre.eventbrite.com.

Two-time Grammy Winner Rodney Crowell to Perform at the Astra Theatre in November

Rodney Crowell will perform at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Doors for this intimate acoustic trio performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be-determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and Crowell and his two accompaniments will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. Crowell is a… Continue Reading

First “Rock Lotto” Fundraising Event to be held at the Astra in July

The area’s first “Rock Lotto” will hit the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at the Astra on July 21, 2018, at 7 p.m.  The unique event will take 12 local musicians, divide them into three bands, and have the newly-formed “bands” perform five songs each.  Audience members will receive a voucher worth ten points to vote… Continue Reading

Pokey LaFarge to Perform Intimate Solo Acoustic Set at the Historic Astra Theatre in October

American musician Pokey LaFarge will perform a solo acoustic set at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Doors for this intimate performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and LaFarge will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. LaFarge is… Continue Reading

Wizard of Oz coming to the Astra on June 2!

The 1939 classic Wizard of Oz will be screened at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance online by CLICKING HERE or at the door the night of the show.   The Greater Jasper Downtown Business Association (the Downtown Merchants) is sponsoring the presentation. Widely… Continue Reading

Astra’s Marquee Re-Lighting Date Set for April 11

The historic Astra’s recently renovated and refurbished iconic sign and marquee is set to be relit for the first official time on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.  The marquee lighting event will, effectively, also serve as a ribbon-cutting of sorts for the soon-to-be 83-year-old facility as it heads into its first official event since being… Continue Reading

East Nashville Recording Artist, Smooth Hound Smith, to Perform at the Historic Astra Theatre in May

Smooth Hound Smith, a self-described foot stomping Americana roots duo, will perform at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a yet-to-be-determined opening act beginning at 7:30 p.m. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. The East Nashville duo utilizes a combination of foot percussion, fuzzed out finger-picked guitar patterns, and… Continue Reading

Amid Complete Renovation, Next Act/Astra Launches 2018 Membership Drive

Next Act, Inc., the 501c3 renovating the historic Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper, has launched its 2018 membership campaign.  Launched while the building is currently undergoing a complete and total renovation and remodel lead by general contractor Seufert Construction, proceeds from the campaign will be used to pay for final design elements in the theater… Continue Reading

Welcome to our Board of Directors Members

Next Act, Inc., has added two new members to its board of directors:  Ben Nowotarski and Rafaela Schaick.  Steffi Schmücker has also joined the board in a consultant’s capacity. “Our original board of directors is now almost four years in on our journey and, as is the case with most not-for-profit by-laws, we saw the… Continue Reading

2018 Membership Campaign

Support the Astra and get great rewards!

  • $25- Astra T-Shirt
  • $100-  1 free double scoop of ice cream per month at Libby’s Gourmet Ice Cream
  • $200- 1 free coffee per week at Brew
  • $500- Your choice of a growler and 1 free refill per month from St. Benedict’s Brew Works OR 1 theatre seat in your name.
  • $1,000- 2 Theatre seats in your name
  • $2,500- All incentives for 2018

Business Membership levels are also available!
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