“Weird Al” Yankovic

The Strings Attached Tour 2019 with the North Carolina Symphony

July 13, 2019
8 pm
TICKETS
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary


“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and fifteen career nominations.  The legendary musical satirist follows his sold-out 2018 tour of intimate venues – where he played deep cuts for his hardcore fans – with his biggest show ever.  Weird Al is back to playing the hits and classics with his Strings Attached tour, a high-energy rock and comedy production featuring his original band, costumes, props, a video wall and – for the first time – background singers and with the North Carolina Symphony. This program is not part of the 2019 Summerfest Season. No outside food and beverage allowed. Flex tickets are not valid for this performance.

“Weird Al” Yankovic is best known for sending up the biggest hits in the world with his own hit parodies, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and “Word Crimes.”  Yankovic’s last album, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, made history as the first comedy album ever to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.


About The Arist

Alfred Matthew, “Weird Al” Yankovic, born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, satirist, film producer, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts, and polka medleys of several popular songs, featuring his favored instrument, the accordion.

Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him four Grammy Awards and a further eleven nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic’s first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single (“White & Nerdy“) were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career. His latest album, Mandatory Fun (2014), became his first number-one album during its debut week.

Yankovic’s success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song’s original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases. He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists, including Ben FoldsHansonThe Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. With the decline of music television and the onset of social media, Yankovic used YouTube and other video sites to publish his videos; this strategy proved integral, helping to boost sales of his later albums, including Mandatory Fun. Yankovic has stated that he may forgo traditional albums in favor of timely releases of singles and EPs following on this success.

In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film UHF (1989) and the television series The Weird Al Show (1997). He has also made guest appearances and performed voice acting roles on many television shows and video web content, in addition to starring in Al TV specials on MTV. He has also written two children’s books, When I Grow Up and My New Teacher and Me!


SEATING & PRICING OPTIONS
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RESERVED SEATS:
Reserved seats closest to the stage are NOT covered by a roof, chairs are provided by the venue.
PLEASE NOTE: Some seats in Sections 1 & 5 are possible Limited view due to stage equipment set on ends of the stage.

GENERAL ADMISSION LAWN:
General admission Lawn seating starts behind the reserved seats and ends at the Crescent Deck in the back of the venue where the reserved table seats are located. You may bring your own chair (any height). Low Beach chairs may be rented for $5 cash at Guest services.

RESERVED TABLE SEATS:
Reserved Table seats are covered by a roof and are located behind the lawn seats. Numbered tables are 6 seat tables (1-44), 4 seat tables are lettered (A-FF) and are higher pub tables.

A small fee will be added to the prices when paying by credit or debit card.  Cardholder must be present with a valid photo ID when paying at the venue Box Office with a credit or debit card. Tickets for Booth Amphitheatre events are subject to applicable taxes and fees. Unless otherwise stated, posted prices include a 7.25% NC Sales & Use tax.

Tickets on sale Friday, November 16 at 10am EST. Ticket Limit: 8 Per Person

GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES:
Booth Amphitheatre is completely accessible to all areas of the venue for our Guests with disabilities.
• Accessible Seating is available to purchase in all price levels/seating areas.
• Please note the 4 seat Pub Tables are NOT wheel Chair accessible.
• “ADA” Price code =Accessible seating.
• Patrons needing assistance to their seats please ask our gate supervisor to call for Rex Healthcare and they will assist you when you arrive for the event.


ITEMS ALLOWED
Lawn Chairs (any height)
Rain Coats & Ponchos
1 Bottle of factory sealed water
Small Personal sized Umbrellas (Umbrellas MUST come down when the performers are on stage

PROHIBITED ITEMS
Blankets. towels & mats of any kind or size
Large Umbrellas
Pets
Drones
Weapons of any kind
Coolers
Food & beverages
Tents or staking
Camera with detachable Lenses
Audio/Video recorders
Grills/Smokers/Open flames Inside or ourside the venue

CONCESSIONS
Venue concession stands will be open serving a variety of fantastic food and beverages. Please visit the venue website to view our menus options.
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Let us pack your picnic! Choose the “picnic in the park” option on our website on the Food & Beverage tab to pre-order dinner and pick it up when you arrive! Orders must be place at least 24 hours prior to the date of the event.
FOOD TRUCKS
Food trucks are located on the Lake path. Food trucks scheduled will be posted on our website 48 hours before the event.


“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC
FEW WOULD HAVE GUESSED that “Weird Al” Yankovic – who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show – would go on to become a pop culture icon and the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, with classic song and music video parodies such as “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy” and “Word Crimes.” Now in his fourth decade as America’s foremost song parodist, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including four Grammys® (out of fifteen total nominations) and a string of Gold and Platinum albums.

In 2015 and 2016, Weird Al’s Mandatory World Tour encompassed 200 shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, including two nights at the Hollywood Bowl and a sold-out gig at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.  In the spring of 2018, Al performed 77 shows as part of his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, where he and his bandmates of over 35 years played set lists comprised almost entirely of his original (non-parody) material, and without any of their signature high-octane production (no costumes, props or giant video screens). And in 2019 Weird Al will follow up his most bare-bones tour with his most extravagant tour ever, Strings Attached, where he and his band will be backed every night by a full orchestra.

Weird Al’s 14th studio album, the Grammy® award-winning Mandatory Fun (2014), became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and the first to even reach the top of the chart since 1963. Yankovic set the U.S. record on Spotify for having the most tracks from one album in the viral top 10 at one time, taking the top four spots. In addition, the single “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only four artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other three being Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2).

Al has remained active as a recording artist.  June 2017 saw the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Dreamworks), for which Al co-wrote and performed the film’s theme song.  In August 2017, Al wrote and performed “The North Korea Polka (Please Don’t Nuke Us)” for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO). In November 2017 Legacy Recordings released Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic, a remastered 15-disc box set (including a rarities album) plus a 120-page book of archival photos, all housed in a replica of Weird Al’s trademark accordion. Al also recorded cover versions of the Squidbillies theme for Adult Swim and the Ramones’ “Beat on the Brat” for a Dr. Demento compilation album, and produced remixes of two hit singles for Portugal. The Man (“Feel It Still” and “Live in the Moment”).  And March 2018 brought us “The Hamilton Polka,” a frantic tour de force mash-up of 14 songs from the Broadway smash, commissioned by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself and released as part of his “Hamildrops” series.

In addition to his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and numerous AL-TV specials he has made for MTV and VH1 over the years, Yankovic has remained a staple of film and television, from appearances on The Simpsons30 Rock, The Goldbergs and How I Met Your Mother to performing live on the Primetime Emmy Awards and starring in his own concert specials for Disney, VH1 and Comedy Central. In 2015 Yankovic took over as co-host and bandleader for the fifth season of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!  Currently Al can be heard as the voice of the title character in Disney Channel’s animated series Milo Murphy’s Law (his other voice acting work includes appearances on Bojack Horseman, Gravity FallsAdventure Time, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Wander Over Yonder, and the DC animated feature Batman vs. Robin).

Yankovic added “New York Times bestselling author” to his resumé in 2011 with the release of his children’s book, When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), followed two years later by My New Teacher and Me!  An animated series based on his children’s books is currently being developed in partnership with the Jim Henson Company.  2012 saw the release of Weird Al: The Book (Abrams), an illustrated hardcover on Al’s life and career, and in 2015 Yankovic became not only MAD Magazine’s cover boy, but the first guest editor in their 63-year history.

In 2017 NECA Toys released the second in its line of retro-clothed Weird Al action figures, and in 2018 Funko released two of its own POP! vinyl figures.

On August 27, 2018 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awarded “Weird Al” Yankovic with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.