Performance Series 2017-2018

Pam Tillis
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Pam Tillis

Country music legend Pam Tillis makes her Arts Center debut in this acoustic trio performance. This daughter of Country music royalty, 3 time CMA winner, 2 time Grammy winner, and proud member of the Grand Ole Opry will present an intimate evening of her most beloved music. You'll hear her top hits, such as "Shake the Sugar Tree," "Mi Vida Loca," "When You Walk Into the Room," "In Between Dances," "Don't Tell Me What To Do," and "Maybe It Was Memphis." Whether it's on the elaborate stages of the Grand Ole Opry or in the intimate setting of Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, you will experience the feeling of delight that comes from Pam Tillis singing exactly what she is meant to sing at that moment.

" . . . an intimate evening of close harmonies and gifted musicianship." -Hot Springs Village Voice


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A.J. Croce: Two Generations of American Music
Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 7:30 PM
A.J. Croce: Two Generations of American Music

Croce: Two Generations of American Music features a complete set of classic by A.J.'s father Jim Croce, some of his own music, and songs that influenced both him and his father. The show includes such timeless songs as "Operator," "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," "Workin' At The Car Wash Blues," "Rapid Roy," "One Less Set of Footsteps," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Lovers Cross," and "Box #10," to name a few. A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist, known for his boogie-woogie piano playing.

"A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!" -Willie Nelson

"How lucky are we that a talent like Jim Croce came along in our lifetime. His music and voice will live on long after we're gone, as well as his reputation as a wonderful human being. Jim Croce, I will always love you." -Dolly Parton


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One Night in Memphis: A Tribute to the Music of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:30 PM
One Night in Memphis: A Tribute to the Music of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash

Get ready for a night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950's rock and roll with "One Night in Memphis." This high energy concert takes you back to December 4, 1956, the night when four of the biggest names in early rock and roll -- Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash - gathered together for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. This tribute to that memorable night in Memphis features nationally acclaimed cast members who have an uncanny sound, look and feel of the original legends. The production also features an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band. You'll witness a rock and roll royalty jam session with the legendary performers whose music has stood the test of time.

"An amazing show!" -San Francisco Examiner


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Ballet Nebraska presents The Nutcracker
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Ballet Nebraska presents The Nutcracker

Ballet Nebraska's always fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining production of the Nutcracker is a family holiday tradition. Ballet Nebraska's careful attention to clear storytelling and masterful balance of reality and fantasy effortlessly transports the audience into the enchanting world of a child's beautiful dreams. Even the youngest theatergoer will identify with the young heroine, Clara, and follow eagerly as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the hair-raising Rat Queen, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier... and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince!

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

Christmas music is not only a favorite with Annie Moses Band, but a specialty, for a very special time of year. Christmas with the Annie Moses Band is a perennial holiday favorite and stands on the PBS charts as one of the most played specials of the season. A flurry of holiday classics, Christmas with the Annie Moses Band is a relentless lineup of songs and carols chock-full of holiday happiness. From the spirited renditions of 'God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen', 'Deck the Halls' and 'The Sussex Carol' to the breathtaking beauty of 'O Holy Night', this evening of music is invigorating, reverential, and transporting. It's a show you and your family won't want to miss! The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the US and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented family ensemble of songwriters, singers, musicians, and siblings combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. The Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs.

". . .delightfully modern classical crossover style and a beautiful mastery of their craft." -Jared Johnson, All Music

". . .old-fashioned musical pleasure served up with a virtuoso's flourish." -iTunes


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My Funny Valentine
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM
My Funny Valentine

Date night just got funnier! Join comedians Pat Hazell, one of the original writers for NBC's Seinfeld and a veteran of The Tonight Show, and Dena Blizzard, featured comic at The Laugh Factory and Gotham Comedy Club and creator of the viral video "Chardonnay, Go!" (viewed over 23 million times), as they join forces for an evening of hilarious and heartwarming stand up comedy. Pat and Dena find the humor in relationships, dating, parenting and family life, and there will be a chance to ask for free relationship "advice" as they answer questions from the audience. Bring your sweetheart, bring your friends and bring your sense of humor for an evening of laughter ever after.


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Gaelic Storm
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Gaelic Storm

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm - the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band - is looking sharper than ever. This crowd favorite returns to the Arts Center with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own audience. In the mid-1990s, Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. By the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film "Titanic" (where they performed "Irish Party in Third Class") and laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart five times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals such as Summerfest, Telluride and The Rock Boat Cruise, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish band whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something new and unexpected. Now, with the band's 20th anniversary on the horizon, they're putting even more emphasis on those newer directions. Kick off your Spring with an Irish party at the Arts Center.


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James Torme Clebrates the Greats
Friday, April 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM
James Torme Clebrates the Greats

Multi-Award winning artist James Torme is a uniquely gifted singer whose music infuses older jazz classics with soul and R&B influences of today. Torme's magnetic relevance stems from the fact that he mixes the showmanship of his father's generation with the youthful charisma of a contemporary Hollywood star. Considering his roots, this shouldn't be too surprising. James comes from a professional show business family of household names. His father, Mel, a legendary singer, was a 3-time Grammy Award winner whose songwriting credits include the most popular holiday song ever, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)." For this program, James Torme celebrates music's greatest legends, from Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee and Nat "King" Cole, to Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and of course, his own father, 3-time Grammy Award winner Mel Torme.

"James Torme is definitely his father's son - smooth and cool." -Dan Aquilante, NY Post

"... an extraordinary singer with immense resources... his phrasing ...audacious and brilliant," -London Jazz News.


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Lightwire Theater: Moon Mouse
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Lightwire Theater: Moon Mouse

Recommended for children ages five through ten.

Lightwire Theater is proud to present Moon Mouse, a cosmic glow-in-the-dark adventure about celebrating differences.

Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the "cool" rats, he is labeled as a looser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves?


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