Raue Café Programming » Events at Crystal Lake, IL Theater

Raue Center For The Arts is proud to host local artists as they share their talent with our community in our newly renovated Raue Café (located in the lobby of Raue Center).  ADMISSION IS FREE. Drinks and light snacks are available for purchase.

Aug 22 @ 7:00p
Amanda Flahive: Everybody’s Girl

Amanda Flahive is Everybody’s Girl–girls she’s been, girls she wants to be, and girls she wishes she was! Come to experience Ms. Flahive’s favorite musical theatre songs, and a couple surprises, exploring the places she’s been in her life and career so far, the people who’ve influenced her, and the exploring she’s yet to do. Learn more…


Aug 24 @ 7:00p
Jazz at the Raue Cafe with Evan Swanson and Steve Kidera

Evan Swanson is a local to Crystal Lake and a familiar face to the Raue Center stage. Evan has conducted and played piano for a number of productions including Guys and Dolls, First Date, A Christmas Survival Guide, [title of show] and Tenderly: the Rosemary Clooney Musical. Joining him is special guest saxophonist Steven Kidera, also no stranger to the Raue Center. Both performers regularly play in a variety of musical styles and will perform a variety of jazz standards rearranged to fit their unique voices. Join us for a night of jazz!


Aug 29 @ 6:30p
Rachel Woodall

Rachel Woodall has been in love with music since she was a child. In high school, she picked up a guitar, but soon found the ukulele to be more her jam. Almost ten years later, her eclectic music and instrumental tastes have all combined into a unique sound. Indie, acoustic, and a little bit of hip hop – because who doesn’t love seeing a young woman rap with a tiny ukulele in hand?


Aug 30 @ 7:00p
Thomas Squires

Thomas Squires is a Hoffman Estates based actor and a native to the NW Suburbs. After graduating Viterbo University in 2015 with his BFA in Musical Theatre, he spent some time soul searching with the Big Cheese in Orlando, FL and on tour with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre in Minnesota. After returning home in May of 2016, Thomas has been seen performing with various groups both in Chicago, Elgin, and here at the Raue.


Aug 31 @ 6:30p
Dave Martin

University of Iowa Journalism graduate and heartland balladeer, Dave Martin, etches a songwriting sensibility that lies at the wry musical crossroads somewhere near where Jimmy Buffett and Greg Brown meet. Martin puts his journalistic skills to good use to tell stories that alternately poke fun at and thoughtfully regard the human condition; a soft, warm touch consistently ensured. Learn more…


Sept 5 @ 6:30p
Bobby Nelson

New Jersey native Bobby Nelson has been playing music since the age of eight. He graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Music Theory and Composition, where he studied piano with Frank Martori and composition with Louie L. White. One of his pieces for percussion quartet, SunStone, was chosen for performance in the Charles Ives American Music Festival. He has performed 20th Century classical music with ensembles and with noted composer Charles Wuorinen at Symphony Space, the 92nd Street Y, and Carnegie Hall.


Sept 6 @ 6:30p
Time Paul & Friends

An evening with Raue Center Board President Tim Paul and the Staff of Piano Trends Music. A variety of music genre as you will see performances on piano, guitar, band and voice from the talented Piano “Trenders” solos duos and groups as we love to jam at Piano Trends. Tim and wife Bobbi own Piano Trends Music & Band Company. Tim prior to opening Piano Trends in 1990 traveled as keyboardist with several bands in the 70s and early 80s.


Sept 11 @ 5:30p
Mike Muggli

Mike Muggli is a Crystal Lake native who knows which keys to press and when to press them. He enjoys playing all styles of music. Mike is a local music teacher at Hannah Beardsley middle school, and plays in numerous theater productions and side projects, including his own electronic music making efforts.

Mike plays “progressive new age rock” piano music. Most of his performance is completely improvised, based on whatever moods and ideas are manifesting in the room.


Sept 19 @ 6:30p
Rachel Woodall

Rachel Woodall has been in love with music since she was a child. In high school, she picked up a guitar, but soon found the ukulele to be more her jam. Almost ten years later, her eclectic music and instrumental tastes have all combined into a unique sound. Indie, acoustic, and a little bit of hip hop – because who doesn’t love seeing a young woman rap with a tiny ukulele in hand?


Sept 28 @ 6:30p
Dave Martin

University of Iowa Journalism graduate and heartland balladeer, Dave Martin, etches a songwriting sensibility that lies at the wry musical crossroads somewhere near where Jimmy Buffett and Greg Brown meet. Martin puts his journalistic skills to good use to tell stories that alternately poke fun at and thoughtfully regard the human condition; a soft, warm touch consistently ensured. Learn more…


The Raue Café provides a peaceful work environment with plenty of workspace, perfect for early morning business meetings or getting work done! The café boasts a number of wonderful offerings, including performances by local artists, free Wi-Fi, a competitively priced traditional menu, organic coffee, as well as books, albums and merchandise.

Come out to the café and enjoy great prices, great coffee and a great space to create, enjoy and relax. Please join us as we continue to grow and expand this wonderful community meeting place!

For more information on performing on the Raue Café stage, please contact Phil Denofrio at pdenofrio@rauecenter.org