July 31, 2013. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center has announced the line-up for its 2013-2014 Showcase of the Stars featuring a variety of musical events and several “Dinner and a Show” events. The Civic Center has also announced a special “All In” rate offering tickets to all nine shows for $100.
The season will kick off with a night of Christian music with the Swallow the Ocean Tour on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Headlined by contemporary Christian powerhouse Newsong, the Swallow the Ocean Tour features music from the group’s eighteenth recording, inspired by their fellow Winter Jam headliners. The concert will also feature artists Aaron Shust, Love & the Outcome and Royal Tailor Band. This concert is sure to be unforgettable night of music and worship for music fans of all ages. This show is sponsored by Propulsion Ministries and In His Service Productions.
On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. the Civic Center will welcome the John Cowan Band. John Cowan also known as the Voice of Newgrass has been singing his heart out for 35 years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. A true innovator, John applies his powerful pipes to genres from country, bluegrass and gospel to soul, jazz and rock-and-roll often within the space of a single concert. Forget labels, this show is a must for people who just love music.
The Raleigh Ringers will take the Civic Center stage on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh. Since its founding in 1990, the Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock n’ roll tunes arranged just for handbells. It’s a unique experience the whole family will enjoy!
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Civic Center will present a holiday show unlike any other. Welcome the holiday season with Dinner and a Show featuring An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone. Enjoy the classic hits made famous by Herman’s Hermits, including “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “I’m Into Something Good,” and “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” just to name a few, mixed in with classic holiday favorites. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served prior to the show and will feature a menu of roast turkey breast with giblet gravy and cranberry, orange and pecan relish, dijon glazed ham with raisin sauce, cornbread stuffing, rosemary roasted potato medley, sweet peas, cauliflower and carrots and fruity Christmas pudding with whipped cream and brandy sauce flambe.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., The Dallas Brass will bring their show to the Civic Center stage. After 30 years together, The Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. It’ll be a brass-kicking good time!
If you’re looking for something unique for your Valentine, look no further. On Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the Civic Center will host the Hickory Jazz Orchestra – Dinner, Dance & Romance event. Treat your sweetheart to dinner, a show and dancing on the Civic Center stage during Hickory Jazz Orchestra’s signature Dinner, Dance & Romance event. You’ll fall in love all over again to the sounds of swing and big band classics from the full size 18-piece jazz orchestra. HJO is the Piedmont’s premiere jazz music and big band entertainment group reviving the classics from the era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington as well as the sounds of modern big bands. Come experience a night of great music, great food and dancing on the stage. Dinner will feature hearts of romaine with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and red pepper julienne, pink balsamic vinaigrette and rose petal chiffonade, herb grilled chicken breast and beef tenderloin medallion with pink peppercorn beurre rouge, scalloped purple potatoes, herb buttered asparagus spears, raspberry mousse in chocolate heart shaped box with crème chantilly and edible orchid.
On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the Civic Center will once again host the Caldwell Musicians Showcase. 2014 will be Sweet 16 for the annual and popular Caldwell Musicians Showcase. The event will bring together some of our area’s most talented musicians and singer/songwriters for an evening of homegrown entertainment! Join local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent for an evening of music, Caldwell County style.
Foothills Performing Arts will present the classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” based on the book by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Mark Allen Woodard on the weekend of April 3-6. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Follow the talented local players of Foothills Performing Arts down the rabbit hole as they present Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland.” Prior to the April 5 show, the JEBCC Catering Group will offer a tea party themed reception complete with chef carved smoked turkey breast, mini rolls and cranberry aioli, fruit and raw vegetable displays with dips, chicken salad puffs, scones, assorted finger sandwiches and canapés, assorted mini cheesecakes, chocolate strawberries and truffles along with chicken tenders and dips for children. And of course, a variety of cold and hot teas will be served.
Capping off the season will be country star Kathy Mattea on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Kathy Mattea didn’t play it safe while she charted mainstream country hits—16 of them reaching the top 10—and she’s not about to start now. Recently releasing two traditional folk albums that pay homage to her West Virginia upbringing, Mattea has returned to her roots. Join Kathy as she performs hits like “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses” from her long-standing career and the latest from her albums “Coal” and “Calling Me Home.”
Individual ticket to all events will be available after Aug. 1 through the Civic Center Box Office and online. The Civic Center is also offering a special “ALL IN” Subscriber rate, which includes a ticket to every show for only $100. For more information on any of the above events or to reserve your tickets, call 828.726.2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.