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Live music to fill halls of Clyde Theatre

February 27, 2018

Starting in May, live music will once again fill the halls of the Clyde Theatre, which has been vacant for more than 20 years.

The first act, Iowa rock band Stone Sour, will take the stage at 7 p.m. May 16, the first performance there since the venue southwest of downtown closed in 1993. The Clyde Theatre, 1808 Bluffton Road, was built in 1951.

Other artists coming to the venue throughout the summer include the influentially funky George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic; Swedish heavy metal band GHOST; Los Angeles-based pop/soul band Fitz & The Tantrums; Badfish - A Tribute to Sublime; country singer Chase Rice; ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, and Who’s Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience. 

“We’re excited to announce this first wave of concerts to help establish the Clyde Theatre as Fort Wayne’s premier music venue,” Rick Kinney, general manager of the Clyde Theatre and Even Keel Productions, said in a statement. “This is a small sample of what people can expect in the years ahead as we bring in national touring artists covering a wide variety of musical tastes and genres.” 

Kinney purchased the vacant Clyde Theatre for 5 million renovation project in July. Funding included a 1 million grant from the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority through the state’s Regional Cities Initiative, and $1.5 million from Sweetwater Sound founder Chuck Surack and his wife, Lisa. 

“We are excited to have helped create a venue that prioritizes the experience for both attendees and the artists,” Surack said in a statement. “With the venue featuring open sightlines and a world class sound and lighting system, concerts at the Clyde Theatre will be truly outstanding.”

The 21,000-square-feet, 2,150 capacity venue will feature a 10,400-square-feet lobby and a 7,000-square-feet backstage dressing room and artist hospitality wing. A stage extension and updated production loading docks will aid with loading in and out for each show.  

Concerts begin May 16 and continue through Aug. 4. Tickets for scheduled shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at clydetheatre.com. The venue expects to announce more concerts on an ongoing basis.

dgong@jg.net