Ron Hawking, Home for the Holidays December 9, 2017

Chicago’s award winning singer-entertainer and Barrington resident makes his debut appearance at Barrington’s White House this Christmas with his critically acclaimed show, Home for the Holidays. The show includes many seasonal favorites such as, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Sleigh Ride, Let It Snow and many more. With great music and lots of humor, Ron Hawking will put you you in the holiday spirit.

December 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets $10.00 – $45.00

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Barrington’s White House, 145 West Main Street 

Barrington, IL 60010 United States + Google Map

The Men and Their Music Starring Ron Hawking

Chicago’s own Ron Hawking returns this fall to the Apollo with the 10-year anniversary celebration of The Men and Their Music. Originally debuting in 2007 at Chicago’s Mercury Theater, The Men and Their Music returns with a refreshed repertoire of iconic numbers from some of the world’s most legendary male vocalists and songwriters, including Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Burt Bacharach, and more. As an entertainer, and vocalist, Hawking brings to life a treasure trove of hits from some of music’s greatest artists.

“For the 10th anniversary of The Men and Their Music, we’ve put together a refreshed set list that commemorates and showcases the legendary singers and songwriters of popular song, plus a few surprises from artists of today,” said Hawking. “With a team of brilliant musicians alongside me, we bring these great songs—and the men who sang them—back into the spotlight on the Apollo’s intimate stage.”

Celebrated throughout his career for his many accomplishments and talents, Hawking has been recognized in many ways, including:

* 2015 Grammy Nominee for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album”
* 2015 Gold Coast Award for Outstanding Achievement & Contribution to the Arts
* 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Music Awards

Show Schedule:
Thursdays at 2 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 & 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Ticket Prices:
$65 VIP seating*
$25 – $45 standard seating
*This includes one free beverage at the Apollo lobby bar

 

To purchase tickets,
call the Apollo Theater Box Office
(773) 935 – 6100

Ron Hawking Valentine Show

Austin’s Fuel Room

PRESENTS

Ron Hawking
Valentine Show

SATURDAY February 11, 2016
7PM Show (Doors 6:30)

$35 General Admission
$50 Cocktail Party Meet & Greet (Includes Free CD and Photo with Ron)

481 Peterson Rd., Libertyville, IL

You Haven’t seen Chicago Until You’ve seen Ron Hawking…His high-energy performance captivates audiences of all ages with a unique fusion of personality, music and class. It’s an unforgettable experience! His charisma pours over you like pure velvet.

Chicago’s Entertainer, Ron Hawking, knows how to deliver a performance that truly comes from his heart. And, it’s that special quality of performance that allows him to touch the heart of his audience every time he walks onto the stage. Then, at any moment, he can seamlessly step in and out of any personality he chooses to portrays. Going well beyond simply creating an impersonation, Ron has an uncanny ability to reinterpret a song and redeliver it with the same vocal charm and charisma that made the original artists so beloved.

Purchase your tickets online here

Ron Hawking Christmas

Austin’s Fuel Room

PRESENTS

Ron Hawking
Special Christmas Show

SATURDAY DECEMBER 17, 2016
7PM Show (Doors 6:30)

481 Peterson Rd., Libertyville, IL

You Haven’t seen Chicago Until You’ve seen Ron Hawking…His high-energy performance captivates audiences of all ages with a unique fusion of personality, music and class. It’s an unforgettable experience! His charisma pours over you like pure velvet.

Chicago’s Entertainer, Ron Hawking, knows how to deliver a performance that truly comes from his heart. And, it’s that special quality of performance that allows him to touch the heart of his audience every time he walks onto the stage. Then, at any moment, he can seamlessly step in and out of any personality he chooses to portrays. Going well beyond simply creating an impersonation, Ron has an uncanny ability to reinterpret a song and redeliver it with the same vocal charm and charisma that made the original artists so beloved.

Purchase your tickets online here

Chicago Sun-Times.com Article

RON HAWKING CELEBRATES FRANK SINATRA CENTENNIAL — HIS WAY

Ron featured on the Chicago Sun-Times.com

Hawking Celebrates Frank Sinatra Centennial — His Way



from the Chicago Sun-Times.com

May 26th, 2015


Singer Ron Hawking has been entertaining the world his way since before he could talk. The multi-faceted artist, who makes his home in suburban Barrington Hills, is quick to point out his love of music and performing was born in him; he appeared on TV shows while in grammar school, won talent shows decades before “American Idol” and fronted his own bands throughout high school and college.

A successful singing career soon followed, and his interest in acting led him to study at Second City and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, which led to a lucrative career as a commercial voice-over artist. Thirty years later, Hawking still stands in the spotlight before an orchestra, making music the only way he knows how.


Music always tugged at his heart and his tuxedoed shirt sleeves, especially the big-band sounds made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby … you get the picture. When Sinatra passed away in 1998, Hawking — who had begun creating the musical tribute “His Way: The Man and His Music” to pay homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes nearly a year earlier — was ready to take his show to the public arena. He did so quite successfully, with critically acclaimed runs in Chicago and in San Francisco.


With original orchestrations by the late trombonist Bill Rogers (who toured with Sinatra for years), the show is Hawking’s way of presenting the music made famous by Sinatra — the Great American Songbook of Harold Arlen, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and more. It is not a Sinatra impersonation, by any measure. And that’s the point.


“If I want to hear Frank Sinatra’s voice, I’ll listen to a Frank Sinatra album,” Hawking said with a chuckle. “I do not do an impression of Frank; I’m not trying to be Sinatra. Those shoes are enormous to fill. Why would I think I could replace him? But as messenger, I could deliver his music in my own voice and deliver some laughs, and let people enjoy Frank’s brand of entertainment once again.”


“To me Sinatra was the genuine article,” Hawking continued. “He was a living, breathing work of art. Like all works of art they become more valuable, more treasured as time goes by. He could interpret a lyric and a melody, especially the lyric, like no other artist. He had the best composers to work with. He was a perfectionist. He wanted it done a certain way and done that way every time.”


To celebrate the centennial of Sinatra’s birthday, coming up in December, Hawking is bringing “His Way” to the Auditorium Theatre on May 30. It will be Hawking’s debut at the legendary venue, something he does not take lightly.


“It’s such a big deal for me to working at the Auditorium,” said the 50-year-old Hawking, who can count Carnegie Hall among the iconic stages on which he has performed. “For a local boy, to take the show to these heights!”


Though much of the conversation centers on Sinatra, Hawking notes it was another legendary entertainer who influenced his career even more so.


“My real inspiration was Sammy Davis Jr.,” he says. “He was a singer, musician, did impressions, made people laugh. He was an actor, too.”


Hawking also credits his father (“mom and dad had good singing voices”), who played trombone in the Navy, sang barbershop later in life, and also worked as a professional photographer, with sparking the impressionist in him.


“I never wanted to be an impressionist,” Hawking said. “But I watched my dad do impressions when I was a young kid. I listened to him and realized I could manipulate my voice like he did. … The earliest impression I did was Louis Armstrong. I was sitting in the back seat of the car as a kid when my family was going to Amling’s and I just went into this singing impression of Armstrong. I can do dozens and dozens of voices. And voices I don’t even know I can do yet. [Laughs].”


Hawking’s skills as an impressionist keep him busy as a voice-over artist for industrial films and commercials. It’s Hawking’s voice that television viewers hear as Jimmy Durante (Frosted Mini Wheats), Louis Armstrong (Citizen Watches), Louis Prima (Progresso Soups) and Nat King Cole (Hershey’s Chocolates).


Still, all roads lead back to Hawking’s affection for the music of a golden age, and the man who interpreted it as no other.


“I’ve done [‘His Way’] over 1,000 times,” Hawking said. “I will never get tired of singing this music.”






Here is the original article:

http://entertainment.suntimes.com/entertainment-news/ron-hawking/