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Make Valentine's Day special with Columbia's 'Smokey Joe's Cafe'

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND Looking for a new way to make Valentine’s Day special for your own special someone? Or, how about a unique idea for your next “girl’s night out”?

     The benefit performance of “Smokey Joe’s Café” at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will be a great way to spend Feb. 14 – whether it is as a romantic evening with your significant other or a fun, get-away-from-it-all fling with your gal pals.

     The Columbia’s presentation of “Smokey Joe’s Café” will begin with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the curtain opens on the performance of the hit review featuring rocking renditions of 40 chart-topping hits all made famous by legends of rock 'n' roll. After the show, patrons can cap off the night with a treat of champagne and chocolates.

     The longest running musical review in Broadway history, the Tony Award-nominated “Smokey Joe’s Café” showcases the premier rock and roll songs of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, creators of such enduring standards as “Kansas City,” “Hound Dog,” “Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

     Tickets are $100 Center Orchestra, Loge and Balcony 1, and $75, Left and Right Orchestra and Balcony 2. Proceeds will benefit Columbia Theatre programming.

     “Smokey Joe’s Café will be a treat for couples and groups of all ages,” said Columbia Director Donna Gay Anderson. “It’s a lovely evening out for a good cause.”

     Since “Smokey Joe’s Café” is a benefit performance, tickets are not available online. Tickets may be purchased by phone -- 985-543-4371 -- or in person at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m. weekdays. 

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