When it comes to entertainment at the 36th annual Superman Celebration, June 12-15, this year’s line up covers a wide range from magic to science, from stunts featuring dogs to bikes and, of course, music, from gospel to country, filling the air.
Taking the stage and amazing the crowds with illusions will be Morgan Strebler, The Man Who Bends Steel. Strebler is a native of Missouri’s Bootheel who calls Las Vegas home. Beginning in his early teens, Strebler has perfected the art of PsychoKinetic magic and is considered one of the world’s leading experts and performers in this field. He became the youngest magician in the world to catch a live bullet between his teeth. Strebler has performed at Caesar’s Palace, the Bellagio and the Venetian and has traveled internationally performing to more than a million people. He has entertained Hollywood stars and celebrities and has been on TV in 75 countries and performed on five continents.
Strebler will take the stage on Friday at noon and 3 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday at noon. He’ll also be taking his talent to the streets during the celebration, entertaining crowds with close up illusions and magic.
Super dogs are in town with the K-9 Crew Trick Dog Show.
The high energy canine thrills show features the husband and wife team of Tony and Sarah Hoard. The K-9 Crew has six performing canines doing comedy, tricks and high flying Frisbee routines. They have performed with the Indianapolis and Baltimore symphonies, on Season 4 of America’s Got Talent, Good Morning America and Animal Planet, along with NBA, MLB, NFL and college sports teams.
The K-9 Crew will be dazzling the audience with three shows on Friday, one show Saturday and three shows Sunday.
Back with an exciting exhibition of BMX stunts is Freestyle Connection. Appearing at the Superman Celebration on Friday and Saturday, the riders will thrill fans with mind-blowing stunts on BMX bikes which involve ramp riding on a 5-foot box jump with some flatland moves thrown in.
A popular guest at Smallville Tent is Jason Lindsey of Hooked on Science. Lindsey,an award-winning science educator and author, will introduce kids to some interesting scientific experiments with some hands-on activities.
The musical entertainment will start on Thursday evening with gospel night. Opening the show will be the talented group Sons of the Father from West Frankfurt. Les, Chris and Brent Snyder have traveled the U.S. full-time since 1989. Brent has had his original songs recorded by Legacy Five and His Mercies.
The featured gospel group Thursday evening is The Kingsmen Quartet.
Since 1956, this group has risen from humble beginnings in the mountains of western North Carolina to one of the most beloved and innovative groups in Christian music. The Kingsmen Quartet performed for President Jimmy Carter and at the opening ceremony of the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. In 2000, the group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame followed by the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2008. They’ve garnered multiple Dove Awards and numerous Singing News Fan awards including favorite bass vocalist, tenor, baritone, lead, instrumentalist, video, the 1992 favorite song Wish You Were Here, as well as, favorite album by the same name, male quartet of the year and group of the year. Voted favorite band a record 17 times and always a crowd favorite, the group returns to the Superman Celebration to perform Southern gospel.
Friday evening will showcase a band who recently won the Battle of the Bands WKMS contest held at Maiden Alley in Paducah.
Based out of Louisville and predominantly influenced by traditional American roots music and Kentucky bluegrass, Gideon’s Rifle has a strong focus on vocal harmonies and arrangement. The combination of self-taught folk musicians and their classically trained counterparts has Gideon’s Rifle irreverently sliding in and out of Americana, folk, bluegrass and country with a unique sound all their own.
The featured group Friday evening will be Newtown.
Featuring five artists who demonstrate a vast array of acoustic music styling, Newtown is based out of Lexington. The band is able to journey into a realm of their own while still maintaining the spirit of the legendary bluegrass and “Newgrass” sounds created within the walls of Lexington’s Red Slipper Lounge during the mid-1970s. The band was started by Kati Penn, a talented fiddle player and vocalist from Frankfort, Ky. Jr Williams complements his wife with an amazing high harmony and lead vocals along with persistently tasteful banjo and guitar playing. Clint Hurd of Eidson, Tenn. is the newest member playing the mandolin and singing some lead and harmony vocals. On guitar is CJ Cain, a Lexington native and graduate of the University of Kentucky. Terry Porier is the band’s bass player and is originally from New Brunswick, Canada. Together, the band blends their vastly different musical influences to deliver a sound of their own.
Saturday’s entertainment will start with a local favorite, Stacie Lynn Hines Allen. Born and raised in southern Illinois, Allen began working in Nashville as a session vocalist and honing her songwriting skills. She has recorded five albums and performed at numerous venues across the Midwest. Stacie lives in Nashville where she continues to play music and write songs with her husband, Zach.
Featured act Jordan Carter will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Carter is a 13-time award winning Nashville recording artist. Carter and his band Justice have opened for artists including Marty Stuart, Jamie O’Neal, Rosanne Cash, Mark Wills and Billie Jo Shaver. They have performed all over the country from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma entertaining folks with their great traditional, but unique, sound performing Cash, Jennings, Haggard and new country with a touch of classic rock. Carter has also been cast as an extra on the hit ABC TV show Nashville.
Hosted by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the City of Metropolis and Metropolis Area Tourism Commission, the Superman Celebration has been recognized by AAA’s Midwest Traveler as a Travel Treasure. For more information on the events, contests and entertainment, visit supermancelebration.com or call 800-949-5740.