Ask 'Mimi' Feb. 16, 2014

Ask 'Mimi' Feb. 16, 2014

Are there any tickets left for the Vince Gill-Amy Grant concert March 14 at the Virginia Theatre? Is the husband-wife team touring together?

As of Thursday morning, just a few tickets remained in the 1,463-seat theater for the country-pop-gospel duo, according to theater director Steven Bentz.

Gill, a Country Music Hall of Famer, has traveled the road for nearly 40 years but doesn't tour that often with Grant, a six-time Grammy winner often referred to as the Queen of Christian Pop. The two married in 2000.

"They both, of course, have their own active touring schedules," Bentz said. "They occasionally do one-offs and Christmas shows together. It was kind of a happy accident — we were lucky to get them both."

Tickets are $70, $60 and $50. To purchase go to, call 356-9063 or visit the box office at 203 W. Park Ave., C.

How will Krannert Center for the Performing Arts celebrate its 45th anniversary this spring?

The celebration in April will start the countdown to the 50th anniversary in 2019, says director Mike Ross. The center will celebrate mainly by looking back at what he called its "miraculous genesis" and by looking ahead, specifically toward how the center — often called one of the best in the country, if not the world — will affect performing arts at the community, regional, national and international levels.

The center also will look at building resources to deepen and expand the quality of Krannert's influence in those realms, Ross said.

He said many people here realize Krannert is an extraordinary cultural asset. Many others do not or take it for granted.

"We're looking to raise greater awareness and new energy and advocacy and have a lot of fun along the way!" he said.

How are sales going of the David Howie song that he and Lou DiBello recorded at Pogo Studio earlier this year to benefit the tornado-hit towns of Washington and Gifford?

DiBello just uploaded to iTunes, Amazon and other sites the link to the song, "Gifford and Washington," which will be available for sale by download only.

"There is a lag time of seven to 10 days once we have uploaded it, so it should be live any day now," he said Friday.

All proceeds except download fees will go to help the victims of the Nov. 17 storm that devastated the two communities.

The country-pop song was the last song recorded at Mark Rubel's Pogo Studio in Champaign, in mid-December.

"David wrote the song," DiBello said. "When I heard it, I had the sense it could be something we could get people interested in."

Darrell Hoemann's video of the Pogo recording session is on YouTube at

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