Lt. Dan Band, Asleep at the Wheel Highlight Theater in the Woods Evening Programs

    A vast array of concerts and informative programs once again highlight the Theater in the Woods lineup in 2010, including performances by two popular musical acts on AirVenture's final weekend.

    Actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise returns with his "Lt. Dan Band" on Friday, July 30, for a concert sponsored by EAA Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans. It's the second EAA visit for bassist Sinise, who is best known for his role as Vietnam veteran Lt. Dan Taylor in the classic film, "Forrest Gump," and as star of the hit TV series "CSI: New York." Coming off a widely popular AirVenture appearance in 2008, the Lt. Dan Band covers everything from Bruce Springsteen to Linkin Park, Aretha Franklin and Jimi Hendrix.

    That's just a start to the weekend jams at the Theater in the Woods. The legendary band Asleep at the Wheel begins the final evening on Saturday, July 31, with its unmatched mix of Americana, blues, country, and western swing. Led by Ray Benson, the Austin, Texas-based band has a loyal following everywhere it plays. Its most recent album, "Willie and The Wheel," recorded with Willie Nelson, was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2010 Grammys.

    EAA will host a "Salute to Veterans" ceremony at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28. The program will be preceded by Col. Hal Weekley sharing his memories of flying the B-17, which on that very day marks the 75th anniversary of its first flight in 1935.

    Attendees will also be treated with a program dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the DC-3, presented by Ron Alexander, on Thursday, July 29 - another of the many sessions designed to provide a relaxing, informative and entertaining conclusion to busy days on the flight line.

    Theater in the Woods is the largest public gathering structure on the AirVenture convention grounds. Supported by M&M's, the open-air pavilion has seating for 3,500 people under its spacious roof, while many more have traditionally brought lawn chairs and blankets and enjoyed the evening's programs from spots adjacent to the seating area.

    Theater in the Woods features a large stage area, modern lighting, a BOSE sound system, closed-circuit video monitors throughout the pavilion, and much more. Nightly programs are included with all AirVenture admissions.

    Theater in the Woods schedule (additional events to be announced)

      Sunday, July 25

      • 7:00 p.m. – James Melton, pilot, flight instructor, and leadership coach

      • 7:30 p.m. – Capt. Brian Udell, supersonic survivor

      • 8:30 p.m. – Dr. Jerry Cockrell, humorist, psychologist, and aviator

      • 9:15 p.m. – The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club

      Monday, July 26

      • 7:30 p.m. – Bill Barber Award presentation

      • 8:00 p.m. – Key to the City / Mayor's Welcome

      • 8:15 p.m. – Greg Cayon: Everything you wanted to know about Air Force One (but had no one to ask)

      • 9:15 p.m. – Ice Pilots

      Tuesday, July 27

      • 7:00 p.m. – Winnebagoland Barbershoppers

      • 7:30 p.m. – President's Awards and Freedom of Flight Award, presented by EAA chairman / president Tom Poberezny

      Wednesday, July 28

      • 6:45 p.m. – EAA Concert Band

      • 7:30 p.m. – General Aviation Awards, presented by FAA Administrator Randy Babbit

      • 8:00 p.m. – Col. Hal Weekley, B-17 Pilot

      • 8:45 p.m. – EAA's Salute to Veterans

      Thursday, July 29

      • 7:00 p.m. – Women in Aviation

      • 8:00 p.m. – 75th Anniversary of the DC-3 with Ron Alexander

      Friday, July 30

      • 8:00 p.m. – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band

      Saturday, July 31

      • 10:00 a.m. – EAA Annual Meeting

      • 6:45 p.m. – Asleep At the Wheel

      Sunday, August 1

      • 9:15 a.m. – Protestant Service, EAA Chaplin Ed Riddick

      • 10:15 a.m. – Catholic Mass, Fr. Doug LeCaptain



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