Pitcher Clayton Richard, Organist Ken Double, at Long Center
Clayton, the Cubs, and Ken â€“ a Fundraiser
Creating a unique mix of sports and music, with a specific goal to help young people and a piece of Lafayetteâ€™s musical heritage, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lafayette along with the Long Center Theatre Organ Society present Clayton, the Cubs and Ken, an evening of Cubsâ€™ celebration, music on the Mighty Wurlitzer, and great fun at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Clayton Richard personifies the phrase â€œLocal boy makes good,â€ as the McCutcheon High School graduate went on to star in football and baseball at the University of Michigan, and then to Major League Baseball.Â His successful recovery from surgery provided a chance to join the Chicago Cubs, and Clayton became a part of the most remarkable story in the 2015 season.Â He will recount some of those heady days with the Cubs in his appearance at Long Center.
Sportscaster/entertainer/organist Ken Double has called Lafayette and Long Center his â€œmusical homeâ€ since his 1982 debut on the Long Center Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
The former TV 18 and Purdue basketball announcer will demonstrate the organ; interview Clayton; and accompany a hilarious silent film comedy. This entertaining night will counter any thoughts that sports and music arenâ€™t a great mix!
This benefit performance will raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lafayette. Meanwhile, the Mighty Wurlitzer needs an updated computer operating system, and a new â€œperchâ€ under the left side box where the instrument will be more visible and more accessible, thus heard more often by an appreciative public.
Tickets will be $15, all kids 16-under admitted free of charge.Â Contact the Long Center box office. http://longpac.org/ The program is set for Friday night, January 15 at 7 p.m.Â There will be an autograph session at the Long Centerâ€™s St.John Pavilion following the one-hour program.