Chautauqua-Wawasee and Oakwood Resort will be hosting Josh Kaufman, winner of NBC’s “The Voice” in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22. Tickets are already on sale and are limited.
There are 600 general admission tickets for $37; 50 early access tickets for $50; and 100 VIP experience tickets for $100 which includes dinner, a meet and greet with Kaufman and choice of VIP seating on the main floor or balcony of the Event Center, formerly the Program Center. To purchase tickets go online to chqw.org.
“We’re excited,” said Marlies West, executive assistant, “It will be wonderful. His voice is phenomenal. It’s one that gives you chills.”
Calls have been coming in since West announced the concert a few days ago with people calling from Indianapolis, Valparaiso and Ohio seeking information about tickets and accommodations. A Twitter announcement also exploded with the announcement being re-posted almost 100 times within an hour of West’s tweet.
At press time, the Oakwood Resort had just a few rooms available since Kaufman will be performing at the start of Memorial Day weekend.
Nathan Day Wilson, executive director for ChautauquaWawasee, said he is excited Kaufman is coming to perform. Wilson said he likes Kaufman’s music, finding it enjoyable and very high quality. He also wanted someone from Indiana for Chautauqua-Wawasee’s first concert of the 2015 season.
“When his open dates generally matched what we had in mind, that was gold to me,” Wilson said.
Wilson said there is a one theory, to start small and build up while another is to go big or go home. Wilson is a proponent of go big or go home. “We want to provide high quality, very diverse, very different programs, projects and presentations,” He said. Noting the panel discussion on enhancement in April, Kaufman’s concert in May and a workshop on personal and professional development planned in June, Wilson said “I think we’re off to a great start.”
Kaufman is described as a soul singer, song-writer from Indianapolis. He won season six of NBC’s “The Voice” as a member of Usher’s team. He was born in Sarasota, Fla., and moved to Blacksburg, Va., his freshman year of high school. At age 16 he appeared on “Star Search” and in 2011 he auditioned for the first season of Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor.”
He attended Anderson University and graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Kaufman did his blind audition for “The Voice’ March 10, 2014, where he performed George Michael’s “One More Try,” causing all four judges to turn their chairs. Kaufman chose to Adam Levine’s team. Levine is the lead singer of the group Maroon 5. He lost his second battle in the competition and was immediately stolen by Team Usher. His next five rounds of the competition he was saved by public votes and in the last round went on to win the competition.
Kaufman is married and has three children. He and his family live in Indianapolis