Cuisine, country music and more at Lafayette Rooms

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Fans of Christmas-Motown blues, country music and even “MasterChef” all have something to look forward to at the Long Center for Performing Arts and its entertainment partners this season.

For country music fans, 2014 New Artist of the Year winner for the Academy of Country Music Awards, Justin Moore, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on September 2 at Loeb Stadium. Fans will recognize Moore’s hit songs such as “With a Woman You Love”, “We Didn’t Have Much” and “The Ones That Didn’t Make it Back Home”.

Moore’s show is sponsored by the Long Center. Tickets are available on the Long Center website.

Also in September, “MasterChef Junior Live!” will visit the Long Center.

This stage production is similar to TV’s “Junior,” but messier and more interactive, according to Molly Leighninger, one of the star chefs who placed fourth in season eight of “MasterChef Junior.”

Molly Leighninger (left) on season eight of MasterChef Junior.

“There are going to be challenges, there are going to be cooking demonstrations,” Leighninger previously told the Journal & Courier. “And I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m really excited.”

VIP experiences with behind-the-scenes encounters are available on the Long Center website.

“MasterChef Junior live!” will visit the Long Center at 7 p.m. September 23. Tickets are $39 or $65 plus fees and are available on the venue’s website.

A Motown Christmas will perform at the Long Center with past and present members of Motown’s most famous bands, such as The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols.

“A Motown Christmas is a powerful family show combining Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics,” says the Long Center’s website. “This show features famous Motown brands, dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies, all performed in that memorable and moving Motown style.”

Throughout their career, The Temptations have created four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles, according to The Long Center.

Tickets for A Motown Christmas are available for $44, $54, and $64 plus fees. Group tickets for groups of 10 or more are available. Children aged 2 and over require a ticket to enter.

A Motown Christmas will perform at 8 p.m. December 8 at the Mars Theater at the Long Center for Performing Arts. Visit the Long Center website for ticket options.

Next February, One Night in Memphis will perform the best of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis.

“‘One Night in Memphis’ features over 90 minutes of pure rockabilly, country, gospel and rock and roll in an authentic and energetic presentation featuring nationally acclaimed talent,” the Long Center’s website reads. “The show recreates that magical night of December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash found themselves performing at Sam Phillip’s Sun Studios in Memphis, TN.”

December 4, 1956: Sam Phillips and Elvis Presley when Elvis goes to Phillips' studio and joins Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for an impromptu jam that will become known as the session

Tickets for One Night in Memphis are $35, $49, or $65 plus fees. The show will perform at 7:30 p.m. on February 3, 2023. Learn more and purchase tickets on the Long Center website.

Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.

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