July 12, 2012. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center has announced the line-up for its 2012-2013 season which features music, comedy and other family-friendly acts.
The line-up for the season features several well-known acts and kicks off with an exciting night of music with Dailey and Vincent on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent became the most heralded new act in bluegrass as their debut album, “Dailey & Vincent” (2008), and busy tour schedule introduced them to wildly appreciative audiences. In 2011, the duo won their first Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year for their all a cappella gospel collection on Rounder Records, Singing From the Heart, released as a fund-raiser for the Tennessee Bible College in Cookeville, Tenn. Dailey & Vincent also earned a GRAMMY nomination in 2011 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and are the reigning three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Tickets for the show are $18.50 for adults and $12 for children.
Darrell Scott will hit the Civic Center stage on Saturday, Oct. 20. In his own words, Darrell Scott is an artist who specializes in “the old country music of cheating, drinking, working, longing, pre-Garth, pre-video, pre-urban-cowboy country music – the voice of working people- people of the land.” Scott has been playing country music since his childhood and his love and respect for the heritage and history of country music is evident. If you love old-school country music, be sure to catch Darrell Scott at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $8 for children.
On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m., Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom staring Peter Gros will offer a fun afternoon of wildlife for the whole family. In his popular live presentations, Peter shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences and timeless tales. He highlights his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel and wildlife filming. Peter’s fascinating stories have been thrilling and educating audiences across the country for years. Bring the whole family for an afternoon in the Wild Kingdom! Tickets for the show are $24 for adults and $15 for children.
Foothills Performing Arts will once again offer a holiday show with “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The show will run Thursday through Sunday Dec. 6-9, with nightly shows at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. See the iconic story of George Bailey brought to life by the talented, local players of FPA. This Christmas classic and all your favorite character, George, Mary, Clarence and Mr. Potter, will help us remember what is most important: love, family, faith and community. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $8 for children.
If you need a laugh, The Water Coolers will be on hand for a night of comedy on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Water Coolers is a quirky comedy revue by a troupe that highlights what we talk about at work. The Water Coolers will offer their unique blend of comedy, original songs and song parodies based on the gaffs and experiences everyone talks about around the water cooler at work…or just wish they could. Conceived by one of the creators of the long-running New York hit “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” The Water Coolers celebrate – and skewer – work, life, and balancing the two. Tickets for the show are $18.50 for adults and $12 for children.
Dr. Elliot Engel will be on hand this year for another fascinating presentation on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s presentation, “The Rise and Fall of F. Scott Fitzgerald” will be an in-depth look at the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who has been called one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. Fitzgerald authored four novels including “The Great Gatsby” and “The Beautiful and Damned,” and garnered much critical acclaim during his life and career. However, Fitzgerald’s personal life was riddled with struggles compounded by alcoholism and the mental illness of his wife, Zelda. Explore the life and work of this fascinating figure from America’s literary history.
Engel lives in Raleigh, N.C., where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University. He has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. Engel continues to teach outside the classroom and give literary and historical programs throughout the world. Don’t miss this interesting and informative presentation. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults and $5 for children.
On Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Live at Birdland featuring The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe will present a night of big band jazz unlike any other. Live at Birdland features The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe in a setting designed to recreate the ambience and experience of a night at Birdland, the iconic Jazz landmark club in New York City. This dynamic new ensemble, straight from the jazz Mecca of NYC, provides an unforgettable musical event that goes beyond the traditional and sets the standard for the 21st-century jazz orchestra. World music is explored from every corner of the globe to surprise and delight audiences of all ages while infusing the best of American jazz with excitement that hasn’t been seen in decades. Tickets for the show are $24 for adults and $15 for children.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, the famous Vienna Boys Choir will take the stage at the Civic Center. No group of child musicians has won more renown than the incomparable Wiener Sängerknaben, founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498. Six centuries later, the famed Vienna Boys Choir continues to delight music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant. Gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty, they carry on the Vienna Boys Choir’s illustrious tradition as the world’s preeminent boy choir. Tickets for the show are $24 for adults and $15 for children.
2013 will be the 15th year for the popular Caldwell Musicians Showcase. The event, set for Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., will bring together some of the 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 traditional music, Caldwell County style. Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
IBMA Award-Winners, The Gibson Brothers, will take take the stage on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Eric and Leigh Gibson grew up on a dairy farm outside of Ellenburg Depot, N.Y., in the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains. It isn’t the typical beginning for a bluegrass band, but sometimes things just come together. When Eric and Leigh were 11 and 12, their dad asked them to learn to play the banjo and the guitar. Eric chose banjo and Leigh, guitar, and the die was cast. Help My Brother, the Gibson Brothers’ 10th album, won the prestigious 2011 IBMA Album of the Year Award. The Gibson Brothers were also named the 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the first time a brother duet has been honored with this award. If you love bluegrass, don’t miss The Gibson Brothers at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $8 for children.
Rounding out this year’s season will be an unforgettable night of music with the legendary Marty Stuart on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Marty Stuart started out singing gospel as a child, went on to a bluegrass stint with Lester Flatt in the ‘70s, six years with Johnny Cash in the ‘80s, and then came up with his smash “hillbilly rock” hits of the ‘90s. The four-time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music memorabilia preservationist, stylist, designer, photographer, songwriter, all around Renaissance man, charismatic force of nature, and (first of all, perhaps), leader of the extraordinary, versatile touring and recording band The Fabulous Superlatives, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music. Not to mention, a missionary’s zeal for bringing the importance of the music and its themes home to long-time fans and newcomers alike. If you love county music, don’t miss one-of-a-kind showman, Marty Stuart, at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center! Tickets for the show are $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Season Subscription renewals are available now to past subscribers. New subscriptions will be available beginning Aug. 1 and single ticket sales will begin on Aug. 13. For more information on the 2012-2013 Showcase of Stars at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center or for season ticket subscriptions or single tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.