Enhancing the Experience

From country to comedy, the American Bank Center brings something for everyone in 2016.

By: Kristen Bily

This year has already become an exciting year for SMG-managed American Bank Center. Starting with WWE in January, and finishing the month with Rodney Carrington and Lil Wayne, there has been a variety of shows coming to our Sparkling City by the Bay. February also brought the rock icons, Def Leppard, who brought a sold-out crowd to the American Bank Center Arena.

Each year, SMG-managed American Bank Center looks to enhance the fan experience and that also means to bring in something that everyone would love! Spring brings music, comedy and something the entire family can enjoy.

Feb. 23 and 24
Sesame Street Live: “Make A New Friend”
American Bank Center Selena Auditorium

Come join Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird, along with the entire Sesame Street family for “Make a New Friend” with music that will have your entire family dancing in the aisles! Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor.
Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written script and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “Count Me In” and fun new parodies of “Hot and Cold” and “Moves Like Jagger.”

March 23 (8:30 p.m.)
Stars Scholarship Fund Presents Train
American Bank Center Arena

Train has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and 30 million tracks worldwide, with numerous platinum/gold citations on their mantle, three Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors and nominations.
This year alone, Train has wowed audiences everywhere from iHeartRadio Fest in Las Vegas to Radio City Music Hall in New York City and appeared on “The TODAY Show” twice, “America’s Got Talent,” “The Talk,” “The Meredith Viera Show” and VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz.” The former soared to the Top 15 of Triple A and Adult Top 40 radio in only a month, joining the band’s successful arsenal of other radio-embraced singles throughout their two-decade career.
Floor seats are reserved for Stars Extravaganza sponsors and will not be available for purchase by the public. To become a sponsor of the Stars Extravaganza in Corpus Christi or for more information on the Stars Scholarship Fund, please visit their website at www.StarsScholarship.org.

April 3 (7 p.m.)
Lewis Black
American Bank Center Selena Auditorium

Lewis Black comes to the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium on Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as standup comedian, actor and author. He is one of few performers to sell out multiple renowned theatres, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Black’s live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. A passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Black is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

April 14 through 17
Rodeo Corpus Christi
American Bank Center Arena

Attention, all rodeo fans! Rodeo Corpus Christi comes to the American Bank Center Arena on April 14 through 17! Staying true to the official sport of Texas, Corpus Christi hosts one of America’s top 50 ProRodeos every April. The top-ranked athletes in each event compete in Rodeo Corpus Christi for the title of champion. In an action-packed two hours, fans enjoy extreme competition, bull fighting entertainment and the fan-favorite Mutton Bustin’ Buc Days produces this event for all ages to enjoy. Tickets go on sale on March 12, 2016, at 8 a.m.

April 21 through 24
Disney on Ice: “100 Years of Magic”
American Bank Center Arena

Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, and featuring an ensemble of Disney princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. The wintry wonderland of Disney’s “Frozen” also comes to life with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.
The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set.

April 29
Got Faith Music Festival 2016
American Bank Center Arena

The 2016 Got Faith Music Festival comes to the American Bank Center Arena on April 29. This lineup will Feature Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Hawk Nelson, I am They, Audio Adrenaline, Ryan Stevenson, OBB and Kairy Marquez. They are bringing South Texas the ultimate Christian music experience, with the some of the most popular CCM artists of all time. Join us for a special night, perfect for the entire family.

Tickets are available at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select H-E-B and Walmart locations, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Additional fees may apply.

SMG-managed American Bank Center is Corpus Christi’s premier event center. Follow us online at www.americanbankcenter.com, www.facebook.com/americanbankcenter or www.twitter.com/americanbankctr, and on Instagram (@americanbankcenter) and Tumblr (@American Bank Center).

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