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If you would like to keep up on Aaron Shust’s little baby boy, Michael Aaron, here is the link to his blog.
He was born January 13th with complications. He will require heart surgery in the near future. We enjoyed getting to know Aaron when he was here in concert and thought we would give you the link for you to follow and share.
Construction began early in 1919, and it opened its doors to the public on January 2, 1922. At that time it was a vaudeville/movie house known as the Orpheum Playhouse. It was the latest in design and theatrical equipment and could seat 1500 people. Some of the leading stars of that era made appearances on its stage: Harry Houdini, Tom Mix and His Wonder Horse, The Ziegfield Follies, Anna Case, star soprano of the Metropolitan Opera, Bebe Daniels, and the doll of the stage, Barbara Bronell, who appeared in “Listen To Me” and “The Broadway Jingles.”
The first improvements to be made to the playhouse were in 1927. With the innovation of the “talkies,” $10,000 worth of sound reproducing equipment was purchased and installed to show the first talking movie, The Jazz Singer, featuring Al Jolson.
The loss of attendance and revenue, along with the increasing high cost of maintenance, forced the playhouse to close its doors in 1971. For the next few years the building lay idle and deteriorating. But in 1973 the City of Marion purchased the building and property for a modest sum of $11,000. No firm decision was made as to what the city would do with the property. Several ideas were suggested, but a new concept came about during this period —the civic center, a multi-purpose building that could be used for all types of entertainment, town meetings, forums and conventions was created.
The city council made a decision to hire a local contractor to make an evaluation of the building and to submit an estimated cost of repairs for their consideration. The contractor found this building to be structurally sound, but in need of a tremendous amount of repair before it would be safe for public use. Once the evaluation and estimates were received by the city council, a decision was made to appropriate $140,000 toward the renovation.
On May 9, 1975, Mayor Butler cut the ribbon at the grand-opening. Will Rogers, Jr., was the featured artist of the evening.
Since it re-opened its doors in 1975, two former presidents, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, have appeared on its stage. Music and television stars Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, Donald O’Connor, and Gordon MacRae, along with country music stars Randy Travis and Mel Tellis, and the outstanding piano virtuoso, Van Cliburn, have adorned its stage. Some big name bands famous during the 40s and 50s-Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Guy Lombardo and Doc Severinson-have made several appearances at the center.
WBVN has been a frequent patron of the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, enjoying the use of this venue to bring Contemporary Christian artists to Southern Illinois. The last WBVN concert in the old civic center was CCM artist Michael O’Brien on Friday, March 7, 1997. Three days later the 75-year-old civic center burned down. After producing concerts in various locations including SIU’s Shryock Auditorium, the SIU Arena, Rend Lake College, Southeastern Illinois College, and frequently in the John A. Logan Auditorium, we finally established a series of concerts at the Aldersgate Methodist Church, near the original WBVN studios located in the warehouse at Sherlock Holmes Mobile Homes east of Marion.
In 2004 the New Marion Cultural and Civic Center was opened and we began a long run of concerts again at the original location of many of our early concert series. Our first concert in the rebuilt civic center was Mark Schultz on July 17, 2004 to a sold-out crowd. We would on May 6th, 2005, host the filming of Mark’s DVD, A Night of Stories and Songs. We filmed two separate concerts with over 1800 people in attendance for a matinee and evening event.
First Sell-out was Phillips Craig and Dean in 2003
The most appearances as of December 2011 has been Mark Schultz (14) since 2001
Second most appearances NewSong (11) beginning in 1996
The following is a Historical List of WBVN’s Concert Series…Thank you all that have shared these nights with us and helped make the Series a successful outreach of this radio station. Concerts have played a major role in what we believe this ministry is supposed to be doing for our listeners and their friends and families.
|06/01/90||Farrell & Farrell||07/27/90||Rich Mullins|
|01/19/91||Bryan Duncan||03/22/91||David Meece|
|05/31/91||Jerome Olds||07/19/91||Wayne Watson|
|12/14/91||Bruce Carroll||01/25/92||Geoff Moore|
|03/12/92||Margaret Becker||03/22/92||Randy Stonehill|
|5/29/92||Steve Camp||07/17/92||Wes King|
|09/14/92||Ray Boltz||10/09/92||Brian Becker|
|01/08/93||Phillips, Craig and Dean||03/13/93||Kim Boyce|
|05/01/93||Ray Boltz||05/29/93||Bryan Duncan|
|07/02/93||Charlie Peacock||09/10/93||Phillip Sandifer|
|10/08/93||Margaret Becker||11/06/93||Mark Lowery|
|12/11/93||Phillips, Craig and Dean||02/19/94||Bob Carlisle|
|04/08/94||Susan Ashton Tour||06/03/94||Out of the Grey|
|08/27/94||Paul Smith||10/31/94||Geoff Moore and the Distance|
|12/10/94||Aaron Jeoffrey||01/28/95||Wes King|
|03/17/95||Phillips, Craig and Dean||05/20/95||Kim Boyce|
|08/26/95||Aaron Jeoffrey||10/03/95||Wes King Tour|
|11/21/95||Rich Mullins Tour||01/06/96||Bruce Carroll/ Michael James|
|2/10/96||Bryan Duncan||03/12/96||Geoff Moore and the Distance|
|08/24/96||Cindy Morgan||09/28/96||Randy Stonehill|
|11/23/96||Margaret Becker||03/07/97||Michael O’Brien(Last old Civic Center)|
|06/20/97||Guardian (SIC)||08/16/97||Bruce Carroll (RLC)|
|09/26/97||NewSong (SIU)||01/10/98||John Cox (JALC)|
|03/20/98||Randy Stonehill (JALC)||05/02/98||Bryan Duncan (JALC)|
|07/25/98||Scott Krippayne (JALC)||10/02/98||Phillips, Craig & Dean (SIU)|
|11/21/98||Wes King (JALC)||01/09/99||The Normals (JALC)|
|06/26/99||Satellite Soul||08/07/99||Nichole Nordeman|
|09/09/99||Margaret Becker/ Ashley Cleveland||11/04/99||Phil Keaggy|
|03/25/00||NewSong||05/05/00||Big Tent Revival|
|06/17/00||Natalie Grant||07/06/00||Chris Taylor Youth Event|
|08/26/00||John Cox||09/30/00||Ragamuffin Band/ Ashley Cleveland|
|11/04/00||Geoff Moore||03/17/01||Andrew Peterson|
|05/26/01||Phil Keaggy||08/04/01||Mark Schultz|
|09/18/01||Michael Card||10/23/01||Andrew Peterson|
|01/11/02||John Cox||03/08/02||Layton Howerton|
|05/04/02||Mark Schultz||07/27/02||Steve Wiggins|
|09/21/02||Big Daddy Weave||03/17/03||John Cox|
|04/03/04||Axiom||07/17/04||Mark Schultz (Marion Civic Center)|
|11/19/04||NewSong||01/14/05||John Cox/ Axiom|
|03/05/05||4 Him||05/06/05||Mark Schultz|
|07/16/05||NewSong||09/27/05||Mark Schultz ‘DVD’|
|09/30/05||Phillips, Craig and Dean||01/20/06||Point of Grace|
|03/25/06||Todd Agnew/ Big Daddy Weave||07/07/06||Point of Grace|
|09/30/06||Mark Schultz/ BDW/Klinkenberg||09/30/06||Mark Schultz/BDW/ Klinkenberg|
|01/13/07||Watermark / John Cox||03/29/07||The Rock and The Rabbi|
|03/30/07||The Rock and The Rabbi||03/31/07||The Rock and The Rabbi|
|05/19/07||Peter Penrose||07/14/07||33 Miles|
|08/05/07||Andrew Carlton /Adam Cunningham||09/08/07||Big Daddy Weave|
|11/10/07||NewSong||01/12/08||Mark Schultz (matinee)|
|1/12/08||Mark Schultz||02/02/08||Randy Stonehill|
|03/15/08||Shane and Shane||04/24/08||Phil Keaggy|
|06/14/08||Rush of Fools||06/15/08||Andrew Carlton/ John Cox|
|08/23/08||Bryan Duncan||09/13/08||NewSong/Battistelli/ Sallie/Nolan|
|11/08/08||Big Daddy Weave/ Rush of Fools||01/10/09||Christy Nockels/ Ronnie Freeman|
|02/07/09||Michael O’Brien||04/18/09||Shane and Shane|
|05/28/09||iShine||06/13/09||33 Miles/ Andrew Carlton|
|08/20/09||Glory Revealed||09/12/09||Mark Schultz/PointofGrace (matinee)|
|09/12/09||Mark Schultz/ Point of Grace||11/06/09||Margaret Becker|
|12/11/09||NewSong/ BDW/ Fran Battistelli||02/06/10||Downhere|
|03/20/10||Michael O’Brien||04/22/10||Rush of Fools|
|05/22/10||Barlow Girl||06/17/10||Mark Schultz|
|08/07/10||Francesca Battistelli||09/11/10||Big Daddy Weave/ Aaron Shust|
|12/09/10||NewSong/ Newsboys||12/10/10||NewSong/ Newsboys|
|01/29/11||Building 429’s Winterblast||03/12/11||Bebo Norman|
|04/30/11||Andrew Peterson/ Laura Story||07/09/11||Harris III|
|08/27/11||Jason Gray/ Finding Favour||10/07/11||Mark Schultz/33Miles/FindingFavour|
|12/09/11||NewSong/Kutless/August/Grace||01/28/12||Laura Story/An Epic, No Less|