By Suzy Kridner
DAYTONA BEACH - Additional sponsorship for Peabody Auditorium means the city-owned facility will continue to provide a variety of entertainment for the area.
There's already a full schedule through the 2012-2013 season with shows announced by Broadway in Daytona Beach and the Daytona Beach Symphony Society.
The first show, "Elvis," begins the Broadway in Daytona Beach season Jan. 20, 2013, and the first classical concert is the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba on Nov. 3.
Other entertainment starts even earlier. Tickets are already on sale for Jim Gaffigan: A Night of Stand-Up Comedy, at 7 p.m. Aug. 12.
Mr. Gaffigan's clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales, according to information from Peabody. Mr. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night's "Letterman" and "Conan."
Also next month is the return of Hippiefest, celebrating the 1960s. The event begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 with a street festival outside of Peabody and a concert inside at 7:30 p.m. Performing will be the Johnny Winter Band, the Edgar Winter Group, Rick Derringer, the Mountain's Leslie West and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.
Last year's season ticket holders now have first chance to purchase tickets for Boardway in Daytona Beach. Other season and individual tickets will go on sale later.
Box office hours are 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Phone (386) 61-3462.
Season tickets are on sale now for the Daytona Beach Symphony Society concerts.
They include the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Sympathy and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Other events are the Vienna Boys' Choir and Rossini's "The Barber of Seville."
Call (386) 253-2901 or visit www.dbss.org for more information.