10,000 Maniacs performs in Ramsey Auditorium Sept. 26

This year's Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series kicks off with 10,000 Maniacs on Saturday, Sept. 26.

This year’s Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series kicks off with 10,000 Maniacs on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series presents an intimate night with one of music’s most enduring sounds, 10,000 Maniacs. The show takes place on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

10,000 Maniacs is one of rock’s most critically acclaimed bands. The quintet’s pop-conscious, literate and lush aesthetic helped reshape FM radio with hits such as “Hey Jack Kerouac,” “Like The Weather” and “These Are The Days.”

The Jamestown, New York-born group first gained widespread recognition with 1987’s “In My Tribe,” which charted at number 37 — an impressive feat for a pioneering alternative group — and would go on to sell more than 2 million copies. Rolling Stone magazine voted the album in the top 100 releases of the decade.

2015 finds songwriter and vocalist Mary Ramsey celebrating her 22nd anniversary with the group. Her haunting voice and viola add an evocative twist to vivid songs of love and loss. The 30-year collaboration between Jerome Augustyniak, Steven Gustafson and Dennis Drew, forms a nuanced and compelling rhythm section. Guitarist Jeffery Erickson recently made his recording debut with the band writing and singing two songs.

Tickets are $39 for adults, $20 for 18 and under. For more information or reservations, visit the Arts and Lecture Series Web page. You can also call 630-840-2787 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.