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News in Salem

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Nov

2019

So You Think You Can Dance LIVE! 2019 Tour

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 16-time Emmy® Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, is set to captivate audiences again this fall - LIVE on tour. Celebrating its momentous 16th season, members of the Top 10 finalists will make their way to the Salem Civic Center on Monday, November 4, to perform in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2019. Along with these finalists, the Season 16 tour lineup will feature two of DANCE's All-Stars.  

Fall’s hottest dance ticket will feature this season’s most popular routines, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark productions will present audiences across the country with the opportunity to experience LIVE the action brought into their living rooms each week with a variety of the sizzling, one-of-a-kind dance routines that they have come to enjoy and expect from their favorite dancers. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. 

Tickets for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE at the Salem Civic Center go on sale Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m.  Reserved seat tickets are $35, $45 and $85. Preferred parking also is available for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They also can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Presale tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com on Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m.  The Presale passcode has been sent to Salem Civic Center email club members.     

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Oct

2019

Salem Gun & Knife Show

Saturday, October 12: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 13: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Adult $9.00, Children under 12 with paying Adult - FREE. Saturday admission good for both days.

NO LOADED FIREARMS - NO EXCEPTIONS. Concealed Carry Class each day from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm for a $45 fee. Register a half-hour early on the day of event. For more information, please visit www.cegunshows.com

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Sep

2019

Perpetual Groove

Strings & Things: Volume One
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 5:30pm (Doors at 5pm)
This event will be held at the Salem Farmer's Market


A night of good music and good times. Four bands will keep your toes tapping all night at the Salem Farmers Market.
Perpetual Groove
Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers
BIG DADDY LOVE
Charissa Morrison Project

Tickets are just $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Click here for tickets

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Sep

2019

Greensky Bluegrass

Strings & Things: Volume One
The FINAL NIGHT of Four Days of Music!

Sunday Sept. 29 at 8 pm (Doors at 7 pm)
This event is held at Salem Civic Center

Greensky Bluegrass caps off Strings & Things: Volume One of Four Days. Four Shows. One City.
They bring their funky vibes to the Salem Civic Center Stage for an amazing show!


Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase. 

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Sep

2019

Big Lick Kid Fest

The fifth annual Big Lick Kid Fest!  Presented by Physicians to Children to benefit CHIP of Roanoke Valley.

Sunday, September 1st ~ 10:00  am - 3:00 pm

This one of a kind event for kids to benefit kids expands to the Salem Civic Center. Featuring outdoor interactive entertainment with games, petting zoo, rock walls, bounce houses, crafts, face-painting, music, treats, local vendors and more!

Plus official appearance by Curious George!

Entry is $8  for ages 3 and up (parents included) and includes over 80% of ALL activities on site!  Food and beverages available for purchase as well as a great selection of small business vendors.

Tickets on sale Monday, July 22nd. Click here to purchase

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Jul

2019

American Red Cross Donorama

TUESDAY, JULY 23 12:30 - 4:30 in the Community Room

Every 8 minutes the American Red Cross responds to an emergency. You can do your part by donating blood!
Walk-ins are welcome. Free wellness check. For more information, or to schedule a time to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

5

Nov

2019

Slayer "The Final Campaign"

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN BEGINS: SLAYER ANNOUNCES THE FINAL CAMPAIGN, THE LAST LEG OF ITS FAREWELL WORLD TOUR

SALEM CIVIC CENTER NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Will Support on All Dates

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Slayer - Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums - will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera. 

Slayer's Final World Tour began on May 10, 2018 with the band's intention to play as many places as possible, to make it easy for the fans to see one last Slayer show and say goodbye. By the time the 18-month trek wraps on November 30, the band will have completed seven tour legs plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30-countries and 40 U.S. states.

Slayer's Final World Tour has been a wild ride. Three bus drivers, four truck drivers, and a crew of 32 have traveled all over the world to set the stage for this farewell. At most shows, Slayer's pyro expert set off 160 pounds of propane and 10 liters of 99% isopropyl alcohol, prompting the Phoenix New Times reviewer to comment on the "eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics that could be felt even 10 rows behind the pit." In Toronto, one die-hard fan was ejected from the concert before Slayer took the stage, so jumped into Lake Ontario (that surrounds the Budweiser Arena) and swam back to the venue.

"The sheer physicality of their show was something to behold and was yet another indication that while the band may be calling it a career, they are going out on top, playing at their absolute best," wrote Andy Lindquist for the SF Sonic, and Guy D'Astolfo with the Youngtown Vindicator ended his review with this: "After the final note, Tom Araya stood alone, scanning the crowd...forging a mental imprint of the moment. After a minute or two, he went to the microphone and said, 'I'm going to miss you guys.' Then he exited and the lights went up." 

Tickets for Slayer - The Final Campaign are on sale NOW. Tickets are $45, $65 and $85, and a special VIP package is available for $199 (VIP Package ONLY AVAILABLE ON TICKETMASTER.COM). Preferred parking SOLD OUT
Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. They also can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

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Dec

2019

The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays

Tis the season! The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays (www.theillusionistslive.com), an all-new installment of the world-famous, blockbuster touring magic spectacular, will play the Salem Civic Center on December 12th for One Show Only during this holiday season.   

“The audience response from our record-breaking Broadway run for Magic of the Holidays was incredible,” says producer Simon Painter.  “Our cast is performing incredible illusionists every night which is a perfect setting for families to experience and celebrate the holiday together.”

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

The Illusionists previously wowed audiences and around the world including smash hit engagements on Broadway, London’s West End and on tour around the United States and Canada. This year’s family-friendly show promises even more illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes, and technological spectacle performed by master entertainers who’ve captivated audiences worldwide.

Tickets for The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays at the Salem Civic Center are on sale now.  Tickets are $45, $55, and $65. Preferred parking also is available for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They also can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. 

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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Jul

2019

DMV 2 Go

This full-service office-on-wheels is ready to help with all of your Virginia DMV needs! Just come on in to the DMV's mobile unit (located in our parking lot) and take care of the following:

  • Apply/renew your ID card (adults & children)
  • Apply/renew your driver's license - take road and knowledge tests; get your picture taken; reinstate driving privileges.
  • Apply for a Veteran ID card.
  • Get a copy of your driving record.
  • Obtain vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts.
  • Order disabled parking placards or plates.
  • Get fishing and hunting licenses.
  • And much more!

13

Nov

2019

Mandolin Orange w/ Sunny War

MANDOLIN ORANGE 

POPULAR DUO IS HEADED TO SALEM NOVEMBER 13 WITH SUNNY WAR

AFTER SELLING OUT OVER 40 SHOWS ON ITS CURRENT INTERNATIONAL TOUR MANDOLIN ORANGE COMES TO THE SALEM CIVIC CENTER

 Highly acclaimed bluegrass, folk and country inspired Mandolin Orange will perform at the Salem Civic Center on November 13, 2019.  Already this year, the band has sold-out venues in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. 

Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz began their musical journey a decade ago in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In those 10 years, the duo has produced six albums, including the latest 10-song offering, “Tides of a Teardrop” on Yep Roc Records. The album debuted at #1 on four separate Billboard charts, including Heatseekers, Americana/Folk, Current Country Albums and Bluegrass.  
Marlin and Frantz aren’t just bandmates. They are husband and wife and new parents with an infant daughter and a very loyal and fast-growing fanbase.  In 2018, the duo racked-up almost 50 million streams on Spotify and sold-out each one of its headlining performances in America. 

“We’re really excited with how this tour is shaping up,” Marlin told the News & Observer’s David Menconi. “It’s fun to see it grow. One of the most rewarding parts is more and more people coming to the shows every time.” 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE - OFFICIAL SITE OF MANDOLIN ORANGE

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE - OFFICIAL SITE OF SUNNY WAR 
 
Tickets for Mandolin Orange and Sunny War at the Salem Civic Center are on sale now.  Tickets are $35 for general admission, $35 for reserved seats, and a special VIP package is available for $65. Preferred parking also is available for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ON TICKETMASTER.COM

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