The Parker Harvests The Hits This November
October 12, 2023
While those up north might look forward to hayrides in November, arts lovers will enjoy being transported by the hilarious comics, legendary musicians, engaging family performances and even a few dragons and aliens in Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker this November.
Lukas Nelson and his longtime band POTR kick off the month on Wednesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. in a concert presented by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents as part of the Cleveland Clinic Rock Series. Since his debut over a decade ago, the Texas and Hawaii-based Nelson has played countless sold-out shows and festivals and his latest self-produced album, Sticks and Stones, delivers 12 spirited tracks exploring the universal human experiences of love, celebration and longing with the hope of bringing people together with upbeat energy and a sense of fun. His 2021 release, A Few Stars Apart, spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Albums charts. Additionally, Nelson co-produced the music for 2018’s lauded A Star Is Born film winning a BAFTA Award for Best Original Music and a Grammy® Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents bring Brian Culbertson to Lillian S. Wells Hall as part of the TD Jazz Series on Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Culbertson burst onto the scene in 1994 with a chart-topping album that he recorded in his college apartment featuring keyboard-led contemporary jazz tracks. Long Night Out landed him a lengthy record deal and signaled that a star was born. Over the course of crafting a 20-album catalogue and delivering more than 30 Billboard no. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Culbertson has charted his own unique course in music. Label him jazz, and he makes a funk record. Call him an R&B artist, and he drops an acoustic jazz trio collection. Brand him pop, and he creates a 32-minute new age opus. Whether you're listening to music from his latest album XX or seeing him live in concert, you're hearing an eclectic, entertaining and engaging set from an artist at the peak of his power.
A live, intimate performance by multi-faceted musician, producer and songwriter Michael Glabicki and guitarist Dirk Miller of the multi-platinum nineties band Rusted Root highlights The 14th Annual Ghost Light Society Soirée “Evening at the Casbah” presented by UKG on Saturday, November 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy a unique evening of delicious themed food, drinks, dancing and entertainment onstage at The Parker. The Ghost Light Society’s annual soirée is one of the most anticipated events of the year bringing together more than 250 emerging philanthropists and community and business leaders to raise funds for arts-in-educations programs that serve more than 100,000 students annually at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
A double bill of Here Come the Mummies and Perpetual Groove lights up The Parker on Sunday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. With its mysterious persona, cunning song-craft and unrelenting live show, Here Come the Mummies is a nine-piece funk-rock band of 5,000-year-old Egyptian Mummies with "Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave." Perpetual Groove is a long-time, well-established touring act with an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. Dubbed PGroove by their fans, its music has been best described as anthemic trance arena rock.
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash performs favorites from across his 60-year career on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. A founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, he has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement. This Grammy® Award winner’s career as a solo artist took flight in 1971, beginning with the landmark albums Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales which further showcased the depths of his abilities as a singer and songwriter. Nash will be joined on stage by his longtime musical partners Shane Fontayne (guitar and vocals) and Todd Caldwell (keyboards and vocals).
John Waite celebrates “40 Years of Missing You” with special guest Fastball (unplugged) at The Parker as part of the Cleveland Clinic Rock Series on Saturday, November 11 at 8 p.m. With a talent for power ballads and driving arena rock, Waite will pull from his catalogue of hits from his 40-year career as a solo artist and with the bands The Babys and Bad English. Those hits include “Missing You,” “Isn't It Time,” “Midnight Rendezvous,” “Back on My Feet Again,” “When I See You Smile,” “Tears,” “Change,” “These Times Are Hard For Lovers,” “Every Step Of The Way” and “If Anybody Had a Heart.” Fastball will deliver an intimate unplugged performance with Miles Zuniga and Tony Scalz. Well known for their Grammy-nominated top five hit "The Way," the band saw an unexpected reincarnation of its "Out of My Head" on Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello's No. 1 smash hit, "Bad Things."
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents bring three-time Grammy® winner Bruce Hornsby to Lillian S. Wells Hall as part of the Cleveland Clinic Rock Series on Sunday, November 12 at 8 p.m. Hornsby became a global name in music by reimagining American roots forms as songs that moved with the atmospheric grace of jazz. He has gone on to enjoy one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Fusing the plunk and dazzle of 20th century modernist classical composition to singer-songwriter emotional inquiries, Hornsby's songs are an homage to fiction writing that, while often poetic, takes no prisoners. Hornsby has collaborated with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee and Ricky Skaggs, to name a few. Each ticket will include a copy of the Spirit Trail: 25th Anniversary Edition three-CD box set, to be picked up at the concert.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents bring Ancient Aliens LIVE: Project Earth to The Parker on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. This experiential extension of Ancient Aliens explores the theory that extraterrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. The 90-minute live experience celebrates the long-running program Ancient Aliens on The History Channel and features leading ancient astronaut theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, investigative mythologist William Henry, aerospace engineer and intelligence expert Dr. Travis Taylor, UK government UFO investigator Nick Pope and real-life Indiana Jones David Childress, as they discuss thought-provoking extraterrestrial theories on fan-favorite topics from Ancient Egypt to the moon.
Dungeon Court arrives with Brian Murphy, Emily Axford, Caldwell Tanner and Jake Hurwitz on Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. at The Parker. This improvised live trial asks the question, "What if Judge Judy was all about Dungeons and Dragons?" In this show, the "Justices" read cases from listeners' D&D tables and serve out a fair and appropriate ruling as well as wildly outrageous punishment. Not an actual play episode, this event is brought to you by Not Another D&D Podcast.
The TRUIST Comedy Series continues at The Parker with Matt Mathews on Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Known for his relatable and situational humor, Mathews discusses a variety of topics and personal experiences in his stand-up including his daily life of living on a farm, growing up as a gay man in Alabama, his career as a boudoir photographer, relationships and taboo sexual encounters. He also brings his ever-popular "Confessions with Matt" video series to the stage, where he provides a real-time comedic take on audience members who voluntarily spill their deepest, darkest secrets. The host of the hit podcast Real Talk with Matt Mathews, he skyrocketed to fame during the Coronavirus Pandemic through his hilariously raw social posts and sidesplitting short-form videos that generated more than three million followers on TikTok and more than one million followers on Instagram.
Italian singer and songwriter Matteo Bocelli comes to Lillian S. Wells Hall on Wednesday, November 22 at 8 p.m. The son of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Matteo is following in his father's footsteps. He began his own music career in 2018, collaborating with his father on the hit song "Fall On Me." Bocelli's unique voice and emotive performances have won him fans around the world, and he continues to make waves with his solo work and collaborations.
Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert on Tour, part of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Imagination Series, features a screening of the complete film with Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s musical score performed by the 20-member Latin ensemble Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México at The Parker on Friday, November 24 at 2 and 7 p.m. “Remember Me,” which won the Oscar for “Best Original Song,” is just one of the wonderful songs in this tale of Miguel, who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor, and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México, of the Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México by Silvia Lozano, is a musical group that stands out for its ability to fuse pre-Hispanic instruments with instruments from the colonial era, thus creating a unique and distinctive sound that evokes the rich history and culture of Mexico.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and AEG bring Peppa Pig’s Sing-Along Party! to The Parker on Saturday, November 25 at 1:30 and 6 p.m. During this 60-minute interactive adventure in the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Imagination Series, audiences can join the fun as Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig teach some of their favorite songs. Audiences will dance, clap and sing with Peppa, her family, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe.
A.J. Croce performs Croce Plays Croce in a concert presented by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents as part of the Cleveland Clinic Rock Series on Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. This special night of music features a complete set of classics by his late father, Jim Croce, as well as some of his own tunes and songs that influenced them both. The set list includes such hits as "Operator," "You Don't Mess Around with Jim," "Time in a Bottle" (a song written for A.J.), “Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)" and "Lovers Cross” mixed in with songs by Lieber and Stoller, Bessie Smith and other folk and roots artists.
Celebrate the holidays with award-winning actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss of Glee in A Very Darren Crissmas on Tuesday, November 28 at 8 p.m. This concert showcases his kaleidoscopic artistry and delivers both thrillingly unpredictable moments and a timeless sense of Christmas magic. Chriss performs songs from his recent holiday album with music ranging from big band Christmas classics to novelty tunes to modern-day folk-pop ballads.
The current cast members of the Emmy®-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour as part of TRUIST Comedy Series when Whose Live Anyway? arrives at The Parker on Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray deliver 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. The evening showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones, featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach. Some "PG-13" language will be used during the performance.
Also in November, South Florida Symphony presents Masterworks 1 on Wednesday, November 8 with a program featuring Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 5 and Schubert's final symphony, often simply referred to as “The Great.”
Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of The Parker. Buy tickets online at: www.ParkerPlayhouse.com and at: www.Ticketmaster.com - By phone at: (954) 462-0222 and in person at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office. Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker is located in Holiday Park at: 707 Northeast Eighth Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.