Mason City Clinic and First State Bank of Belmond proudly presents Jefferson Starship at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19th, 2021. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 Performing Arts and Leadership Series.
Jefferson Starship is one of the most successful arena rock groups of the 1970s and 80s, earning 3 platinum and 8 gold records, as well as numerous Top 40 singles. While Jefferson Starship continues to tour today, the band has experienced numbers lineup and personnel changes, and each of those members have contributed to the magic and alchemy that make Jefferson Starship iconic. The music that defined a generation and spanned decades is alive and well, with hits like “White Rabbit,” “We Built This City,” “Somebody to Love,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Today,” “Miracles,” “Count on Me,” “Sara,” and “Find Your Way Back.”
When founding member Paul Kantner formed Jefferson Starship in the ‘70s, he envisioned the band as a cast of musical adventurers, contributing to his epic concept albums and eventual deep catalog of rock classics. When the current lineup of the band came together alongside Kantner as a unit in 2012, with many members joining years before, he couldn’t have imagined that the band would become the road-conquering heroes they’ve been in the last few years.
Jefferson Starship’s five members describe themselves as both a “family” and a “gang,” and that comes across in talking to them, and in their robust live performances, which have taken them to all 50 U.S. states, five continents, and too many countries to list.
In addition to original member David Freiberg, the band includes drummer Donny Baldwin (whose Jefferson Starship roots go back to 1982), keyboardist Chris Smith (who joined in 1998), guitarist Jude Gold (who joined in 2012), and singer and guitarist Cathy Richardson who joined in 2008, after Kantner saw her tour with Big Brother and the Holding Company.
As Jefferson Starship approaches their 50th anniversary, the group’s members look to the future with the word Kantner, who unfortunately died in 2016, used to say to them all the time: “Onward.”
“To me that exploration – that Paul Kantner thing of just getting on a rocket ship and firing it as hard as it will god, and taking off and exploring the cosmos and the music, and everything in between – is really the spirit of Jefferson Starship, and that’s very much alive in the band today,” Gold says.” “And that comes straight from Paul. And always has.”
Please note, all guests (over the age of three), staff, and volunteers are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Other mitigation efforts may also be in effect. Please visit www.niacc.edu/pals or call the Box Office to stay apprised of our most recent policies.
For tickets to the show, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.niacc.edu/boxoffice.
The Broadway sponsor for the 2021-2022 Performing Arts and Leadership Series is Drs. Beck, Bhangoo, and Ondoma: Neurosurgery of North Iowa, P.C.
Platinum sponsors include Samuel & Patricia Congello, Mason City Clinic, Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Fund, Lee Foundation, Globe Gazette, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center, and Principal Financial Group.
Gold sponsors include First Citizens Bank, First State Bank of Belmond, The G. G. George Family, Henkel Construction Company, MBT Bank & The Hanson Family Foundation, Northwoods State Bank, North Iowa Eye Clinic P.C., Stratford Foundation, Sukup Manufacturing Co., Holiday Inn Express, KGLO, KIMT, KLKK-FM 103.7, and Country Inn & Suites.