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John Crist, Aaron Lewis coming to Blue Gate

Belle & Sebastian, Suki Waterhouse, Fitz and Tantrums also plan dates

Comedian John Crist will be at Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in February.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published October 26, 2022

Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana has announced two shows with comedian John Crist on Feb. 23-24.  

Crist is one of today’s fast-rising standup comedians with more than 1 billion video views and 5 million fans on social media. 

Widely known for viral videos like “Honest Football Coach,” “Every Parent at Disney,” and “Brands That Need To Be Cancelled,” Crist is currently on his Emotional Support Tour. 

This year, Crist released his second special What Are We Doing on YouTube and just released his first book, Delete That.

The Blue Gate also just announced sometimes metal star/sometimes country star Aaron Lewis will be visiting their venue for an acoustic performance on March 3. 

The American Patriot Acoustic Tour features the Staind frontman hitting the road solo, allowing him to show his more melodic, songwriter side. The tour comes in support of his most recent album, Frayed at Both Ends

Looking forward, 2023 could be another big year for Lewis, as Staind reportedly have been working on their first album in more than a decade and it is expected to be released just in time for summer festival season. 

Belle & Sebastian set dates

Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian are extending their ongoing tour in support of A Bit of Previous, their ninth studio album, released this year. 

The critically acclaimed collective have announced new shows beginning in April, making a stop at Majestic Theatre in Detroit on April 29 and Columbus Athenaeum in  Columbus, Ohio, on April 30 before the finale at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo on May 19. 

A Bit of Previous was being recorded in Los Angeles until the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stay in their home city of Glasgow, making the album their first to be recorded there since 1999. The album title is a phrase used by the father of bassist Bobby Kildea to “winkingly acknowledge past relationships.”

Waterhouse visiting States

Suki Waterhouse has shared her North American tour dates with performances scheduled throughout January and February. 

The British singer, model, and actress’s tour kicks off Jan. 10 in California and works its way to Metro in Chicago on Jan. 21 and El Club in Detroit the following night. 

Waterhouse’s EP, Milk Teeth, is due out Nov. 4. The upcoming EP will feature five songs from early in her career as well as a previously unreleased track, “Neon Signs.”

Fitz in Chicago, Detroit

Fitz and The Tantrums have announced that their fifth studio album, Let Yourself Free, will be released on Nov. 11, and the band has announced winter tour dates supporting the record. 

Kicking off Jan. 21 in Portland, Oregon, the trek will see shows at The Vic in Chicago on Feb. 2 and Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit on Feb. 4.

Frontman Michal Fitzpatrick said in a statement, “For this record, we really wanted to pull from our earliest influence and bring the through line of this band full circle. Tracks like ‘Silver Platter’ and ‘Steppin’ on Me’ really are a nod to our first album, Pickin’ up the Pieces, while tracks like ‘Moneymaker’ take that influence and blast it into the future.” 

Baby Jake will open both shows.

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