MUSICAL CELEBRATION: About 1,000 music educators and a similar number of music students will gather in Fort Wayne today through Saturday for the Indiana Music Educators Association's state conference. The event will include performances during all three days at various venues around town.
All performances are open to the public, and all but the headline concert Friday night by Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band are free admission.
The Luther College Nordic Choir opens the performances with a concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave.
For a complete performance schedule, see our story on Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet band on Page 7T.
VINTAGE SOUND: Enjoy the good, old-time music of Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
The performance is the headline concert for the Indiana Music Educators Association state conference, which is being held here Thursday-Saturday.
The band re-creates the look and sound of the town band in 1900 in Lynchburg, Tenn., home of the Jack Daniels Distillery.
Band members dress in period attire, and their instruments include four cornets, two alto horns, a tenor horn, baritone, tuba, drums, mallet percussion (xylophone), banjo and the conductor, or “Perfesser.” They play music popular around 1900, including light classical music and a little traditional jazz.
Admission is $20, adults; $17, seniors and students; and $15 each, groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.
DREAMY COMEDY: On a cold, clear winter night, residents of the fictional town of Almost, Maine, mysteriously find themselves overwhelmed with romantic feelings as Arena Dinner Theatre presents the comedy “Almost Maine” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 719 Rockhill St.
Residents fall in and out love in humorous ways, leaving some bruises and possibly a few broken hearts.
Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m., dinner catered by The Bagel Station begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Additional dinner shows will be presented Saturday, Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2.
Tickets are $35 per person. They are available by calling 424-5622, online at www.arenadinnertheatre.org or at the box office, 719 Rockhill St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and show dates, as well as 90 minutes before performances.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Kat Bowser performs the songs of the late rock-blues legend during the “Buried Alive in the Blues: A Tribute to Janis Joplin” concert at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. Megan King opens the show.
Known for hits such as “Me & Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart,” Joplin was a young music star when she died of a drug overdose in October 1970. The local tribute concert takes place on what would have been her 70th birthday.
Admission is $12 advance, and $15 day of show. Tickets are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com; Wooden Nickel Music locations at 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd. and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; and at Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.
ROLL OUT: The Fort Wayne Derby Girls begin their roller derby season with a bout against the Bleeding Heart Roller Girls of Bloomington at 6 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Proceeds from the bout will go to Noble House Ministries, a charity that assists women and children who have suffered from domestic violence, addiction or homelessness, a Derby Girls news release said.
Advance-sale tickets for adults are two for $20 or $15 for a single ticket. At the door, tickets for adults are two for $25 or $15 for one seat. Cost is $7 each for ages 6-16, and free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are $9 each for adults with military ID, valid college ID and for seniors.
FAITH FEST: Christian music artists TobyMac, NewSong and Red are among the popular Christian music artists scheduled to perform during the Winter Jam 2013 concert at 6 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Doors open 5 p.m. for this general admission show.
Other artists scheduled to perform include Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor. A pre-show party includes musicians Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings. Nick Hall will speak.
Cost is $10 per person, with ages 2 and younger free. Tickets will be sold at the door only. A freewill offering also will be taken at the event.
For more information, go to www.trinitycommunications.org or call 484-1029.
SALUTE IN SONG: The Heartland Sings choral group will be joined by the University Singers of the University of Saint Francis for a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at 7 p.m. at the University of Saint Francis, North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. Admission is free and open to the public.