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An Evening with Jeff Daniels/Calumet Theatre

Famed actor returns to Calumet

August 11, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Although he has more than 60 movie credits to his name, Chelsea, Mich.-native Jeff Daniels is beginning to amass a sizeable music career as well.

Fresh off the heels of the release of his fourth album in November, Daniels is taking the stage with his guitar and a few friends at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Calumet Theatre. After enjoying his visit to the theatre last year, Daniels is excited for the follow-up show.

"It's a great place to play; I love the history," Daniels said in a phone interview. "You can actually imagine the lumber barons and mining owners up in the balcony; you can feel all that (when you're on stage)."

Most known for films like "The Squid and the Whale," "Dumb and Dumber," "Terms of Endearment" and "Gettysburg" as well as his U.P. play/film "Escanaba in da Moonlight," Daniels' folk stylings and humorous, poignant storytelling ability has earned him musical acclaim. Those that saw him last year can also expect a vastly different show this time around.

"I really try to stay away from bringing the same jokes and the same songs," Daniels said. "It'll be a different show. I look at setlists and what I played last time.

"I still play things like the 'Big Bay Shuffle," however," he continued. "You've got to do the drunken dance when playing in the U.P.; there are people waiting for that."

Accompanying Daniels onstage will be Brad Phillips, who, along with Dominic John Davis, recorded on Daniels' newest album, "Keep It Right Here." Phillips plays the mandolin and brings a different dynamic to the show.

"It's a fun show with Brad," Daniels said. "We work well together."

Opening the show will be Brian Vander Ark, a fellow Michigan native and lead singer of The Verve Pipe, known for its 1996 hit "The Freshman."

"It's fun to have him around," Daniels said of Vander Ark. "We actually co-wrote a song that he'll probably play at the gig.

"We'll also probably play some songs together onstage."

Tickets are available by phone or by visiting the Calumet Theatre Box Office. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two-and-a-half hours before showtime. For more information, call the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 337-2610 or check the web page at



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