SIDNEY — Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will open Gateway Arts Council’s 2017-2018 concert series.
Executive Director Ellen Keyes and GAC President Chris Gibbs announced the new season line-up during this season’s closing concert, Sunday.
Maureen McGovern will also appear in the series and the Three Redneck Tenors will make a return engagement, this time with their popular Christmas show. Rounding out the season will be the a cappella group, Rockapella.
“Great songs, dynamic groups, family fun, moving performances — all are part of the series. In addition, Gateway Arts is adding a fourth show to the Presents Series. This is a season you won’t want to miss,” Keyes said.
All performances are scheduled to be in the Sidney High School auditorium. Subscription tickets to the new season and tickets for individual performances are on sale now to current season ticket-holders. If they purchase 2017-2018 season tickets, they will get a $5 discount on the package. The price for current season subscribers will be $59. The subscription does not include the 3 Redneck Tenors concert.
Season subscriptions and individual tickets will be available to the general public beginning May 28 at 498-2787. AAA members can get a $1 discount on general admission prices for each show.
Season tickets for people who did not subscribe to the 2016-2017 season will cost $64 each and do not include the Christmas show. All people who purchase season tickets can buy tickets to the Christmas production at a reduced price of $18 each.
Skaggs and his band will appear Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. With a 14 Grammy awards and 13 IBMA Awards, mandolin legend Skaggs’s resume speaks for itself. He got his start in traditional bluegrass combos, earning an opening spot for Ralph Stanley at the age of 16. When in his 20s, he shifted his focus to country music, where he achieved 12 No. 1 hits and became the youngest-ever inductee into the Grand Ole Opry. Now he returns to his roots with the blistering sextet, Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs plays mandolin and is the lead vocalist. The group has won the Instrumental Group of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association multiple times, as well as seven Grammy Awards.
General admission tickets to the Skaggs concert will cost $26.
Maureen McGovern will appear Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. An American singer and Broadway actress, well known for her renditions of the song, “We May Never Love Like This Again,” from “The Towering Inferno” in 1974, McGovern became world renowned with the No. 1 chart-topping, Academy Award-winning, gold record, “The Morning After,” from “The Poseidon Adventure.” With a career spanning more than three decades, McGovern has earned a reputation for being one of America’s most popular artists. For her recorded works, Maureen has been dubbed “The Stradivarius Voice,” and has received International Gold Records.
General admission tickets to the McGovern concert will cost $23.
Rockapella will rock the house, April 15, at 7 p.m. Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group formed in 1986 in New York City. They sing original vocal music and a cappella covers of pop and rock songs. Over time, their sound has evolved from high-energy pop and world music toward a more R&B-style sound. Rockapella originally found their biggest success in Japan during the early 1990s. In the United States, they are best remembered for their role as a vocal house band and resident comedy troupe on the PBS children’s geography game show, “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?.” Rockapella has released 19 albums, both in the United States and overseas.
General admission Rockapella tickets will cost $23.
Season Tickets: $ 64.00 (3 shows – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder,
Maureen McGovern and Rockapella)
The 3 Redneck Tenors will bring sparkle to the Christmas season with their concert, Dec. 3. They will give two performances, one at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre.” Their musical comedy featuring classically trained, veteran artists is like “Duck Dynasty” goes to Carnegie Hall, down home laughs with big city music. These boys have seen it all, sing it all, and make us laugh. They delight audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from gospel, to country, to broadway, pop and classical.
General admission tickets to the Christmas concert cost $21. Season- $18
For information, call 498-2787 or visit www.gatewayartscouncil.org.
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