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American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks To Perform

American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks To Perform

At Danbury’s Palace Theatre On October 21

“American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks will perform at The Palace Danbury on Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm.

Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular “American Idol” winners of all time.  From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart with his unique take on southern soul, R & B, country and blues. In May 2006, a whopping sixty-four million votes were cast with 37 million American viewers and 200 million viewers worldwide tuning in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of “Idol,” making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade!

Less than three weeks after his “Idol” victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” rocketed to #1 on Billboard’s record chart! He was the first Idol to land a residency in Vegas, and on Broadway, Hicks starred in the hit musical, “Grease” as Teen Angel.

This fall Hicks is set to release his new single, “Six Strings and Diamond Rings,” from his forthcoming album. This long-awaited single is Taylor’s first new music released in seven years and features a collaboration with Robert Randolph of Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

“I’ve always heard that for an artist to become successful you have to live and breathe the art that you are making. “Six Strings and Diamond Rings personifies that for me in every way,” Taylor said in a statement about the single.

In the midst of recording his new music, Hicks also returned to television to host the food and travel show “State Plate.” Now in it’s second season, Hicks travels the country in search of each state’s most popular foods. In his travels, Taylor visits farms, ranches, docks, markets, and festivals, uncovering the stories and legends behind each state’s unique food traditions.

Opening the show at The Palace is Mahopac’s own Amanda Ayala. Amanda is a 19-year-old rock singer/songwriter who stepped into the music spotlight when she was featured on NBC’s Emmy-Award winning show “The Voice.” Judges Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton competed with one another to get this artist with powerhouse vocals and a throwback vibe on their team. Her rendition of “Mississippi Queen” has reached over 1.2 million views on and counting on YouTube.” Come see her at The Palace and be prepared to be blown away!!

Ticket prices range from $40 to $50. They may be ordered by phone at 203 794-9944, at the box office starting at 7:00 PM day of show, or online at

The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, in Danbury, Connecticut. Free parking is readily available for theatre patrons in the parking lot behind the building. For more information about this and all upcoming shows visit

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The Ciclismo Classico 



What’s better than descending Italy's legendary Monte Stelvio Pass… at an elevation of  9048 feet/ 2758 meters… with all of its 48 hairpin turns… on a bike with no handlebars or brakes… at night illuminated only by a torch and moonlight!?  Watching someone else do it!

On Friday June 16, The Palace Danbury will present the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival showcasing the best bike travel films by professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world.

Now in it’s 8th year, the Festival is the ONLY one in the USA to feature films specifically about two-wheeled travel, and it has gained a huge following over the years. The Palace Danbury is the only location in Connecticut participating in the festival.

There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival, and you don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure!  The festival goes all over the world in search of interesting journeys – from from Italy to India to Kenya and beyond, The Palace Danbury is proud to present this one of a kind event.

In addition to the films, there will be plenty of door prizes and giveaways plus the opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the cycling community, local bike shops, armchair adventurers, and independent film fans.

The festival is a production of Ciclismo Classico.  For more than 20 years Ciclismo Travel has been sharing their passion for immersive bicycle tours across Italy, France, Spain, Austria, and New England. Their Bike Across France tour was honored as a National Geographic Traveler “Tour of a Lifetime.”

The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival will take place on Friday, June 16 starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets cost $15 in advance/$20 the night of the the show. Tickets may be ordered by phone at 203 794-9944, at the box office starting at 7:00 PM day of show, or online at

The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, in Danbury, Connecticut. Free parking is readily available for theatre patrons in the parking lot behind the building. For more information about this and all upcoming shows visit 

Roster of Films:

48 Hairpin Bends By Night (Paolo Casalis, Italy, 53 min) GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER

The incredible story of 77 year old Giuliano Calore, a living legend of extreme cycling, who descends Italy's legendary Monte Stelvio Pass, at an elevation of 9048 feet/ 2758 meters, with all of its 48 hairpin turns, at night, on a bike, with no handlebars or brakes, illuminated only by a torch and moonlight! A no-hands descent into our fears, ambitions, passions and dreams. 

Dreamride 2 (Mike Hopkins, Canada, 5 minutes)

A spectacular journey through the furthest reaches of the imagination.  Whether winter snow or summer heat, there’s always adventure to be found on two wheels.

Escape – Lee Craigie’s inner journey along the Caledonia Way (Lee Craigie, Scotland, 5 minutes)

A very personal account of how exploration on bicycle has changed our narrator’s life – and how she works to help young people find their way, through cycling. Lee says "My hope is that people watching this film will think 'that's the freedom I want' or 'I remember those feelings that bikes can bring' and be inspired to get outside and start their own adventure.”

Pedal to Peaks / Norway (Brody Leven, USA, 8 minutes)

A small team of skiers strapped an obnoxious amount of gear to bicycles and rode through arctic Norway. Connecting craggy islands by underwater tunnels, they climbed and skied mountains along the length of the Lofoten archipelago. Gear failed, partners bailed, and spirits wavered. But after camping on snow-covered beaches, what they found at the end of the peninsula made them look deeper inside themselves and their motives.

In Search of the Storm (Naveed Mulki, Rishabh Malhotra & Pankaj Singh, India, 7 minutes)

In Search of The Storm is a film that documents a fat biking expedition that took three guys to the very edge of the Indian Himalayas… in the dead of winter.  Amazingly, this is the first fat bike adventure to be featured in our festival.

A Way Forward (Pedal Born Pictures, USA, 6 minutes

Even short rides can make a difference.  For these schoolgirls in Kenya, having the opportunity to bicycle to school can be life-changing. Produced for World Bicycle Relief on location in Kenya.

Around the World in 851 Days (Marcus & Kirsty Mumford, England, 5 minutes)

Although the festival rarely accept films with no narration, the lovely footage and the views from this worldwide journey was worth inclusion. Marcus writes that the trip “took us through 46 countries, covering 47,062km by pedal power and along the way we experienced a world full of wonder and kindness.” It’s worth a peek at their blog - if only for their otherworldly tale of running a half-marathon in North Korea along the way.


Giuliano Calore, 48 Hairpin Bends By Night, Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico Film Festival

Pedals to Peaks, Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico Film Festival

Giuliano Calore, 48 Hairpin Bends By Night, Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico Film Festival




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