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Wealthy Theatre NYE concert: sneak peek, surprise announcement, more tickets released

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The song "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" by the Rolling Stones, featured in this new footage of Starlight Six rehearsing for EXILE ON WEALTHY STREET (12/31/13 at Wealthy Theatre) - the New Year's live concert celebration that starts at 9:30 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) with cash bar and Michigan beers!

Exile on Wealthy Street from Wealthy Theatre on Vimeo.

STARLIGHT SIX rehearsing for "EXILE ON WEALTHY STREET" - their live, NYE concert at Wealthy Theatre. Cash bar, champagne at midnight, family-friendly, Michigan musicians (Seth, May, Dom, Joshua, Rachel, Michael, Jeff and more.) Dec. 31, 2013, Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI. Watch website for live-streaming info. [Camera, Editing by Erin Wilson]


Wealthy Theatre, with support by GRTV, will live-stream tonight's New Year's Eve celebration "Exile on Wealthy Street" for the entire world - free of charge, commercial free and available to anyone with an internet connection. 

Wealthy Theatre and GRTV are owned and operated by Community Media Center (CMC), a member-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to "build community through media."

"Exile on Wealthy Street" is a live concert featuring Michigan Musicians "The Starlight Six," who appear annually at Wealthy Theatre to celebrate the New Year live onstage, with hundreds of friends and family.

The Starlight Six helped kick off Wealthy Theatre's recently successful, half-million dollar Sustainability Campaign, live onstage at the 2012 New Year's show: band members illuminated the first LED light (a "ghost light") at Midnight, symbolically starting off the campaign.

Wealthy Theatre recently finished the campaign and initiated several, major construction projects to contain energy and replace it with solar energy.

Director Erin Wilson says the theatre's new goal is to become the first theatre in the world to go 100% solar and become net-positive with more solar panels added by 2015. "We're less than a hundred thousand dollars from making Grand Rapids the first city in the world that is home to a historic theatre with zero carbon footprint for stage lighting, which was an unthinkable concept just a few years ago."

Click here at 9:00 p.m. (EST) to be part fo the free live-stream of "Exile on Wealthy Street" tonight!

This half minute of newly released Starlight Six rehearsal footage, seen here on The Rapidian for the first time, is the first glimpse of "Exile on Wealthy Street," which takes place Dec. 31 at Wealthy Theatre.

The live concert begins at 9:30 p.m. tonight. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

"We always open doors early on New Year's Eve," says Wealthy Theatre Director Erin Wilson. "We invite patrons to come in, set their coats down, and enjoy the warmth of the occasion."

"Warmth of friends. Warmth of our new furnance. Warmth of toddies from the cash bar," he continues.

Wilson said the theatre added several dozen seats and released these tickets for sale yesterday.

"There are about three dozen seats left," he says. "We expect these will be sold out by mid-afternoon today."

Wilson says Wealthy Theatre and The Starlight Six have a surprise in store, when all the tickets are sold.

"I spoke with the artists yesterday and we agreed that we should live stream the entire concert," he says.

Wealthy Theatre is owned and operated by Community Media Center, a nonprofit organization that also operates GRTV.

"GRTV allows us to share this Grand Rapids experience internationally, at no charge to anyone, entirely commercial free," he says. 

The Starlight Six consists of Michigan musicians who've been part of community media since its early days.

"These are people who understand the power of media, and they share the belief that it belongs to the people," Wilson says. "Tonight we'll use media to share four hours of Michigan's most beautiful music with the people, anywhere in the world, and that's a beautiful thing."

The Starlight Six consists of Earthwork Music Collective members Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Dominic John Davis, Rachael Davis, Michael Shimmin and Joshua Davis.

The live stream will be embedded on the Community Media Center (CMC) website (click here for link, active at 9:00 p.m. EST.) as well as right here on this article on The Rapidian.

Tickets for the Wealthy Theatre NYE event "Exile on Wealthy Street" are available here (while they last!)

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