‘Showcase’ season begins with Ralph Stanley

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley will come to Caldwell County to kick off the 2014-15 “Showcase of Stars” at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Stanley, 87, announced in June 2013 that he would retire at the end of 2014 and planned for this year to be a farewell tour with his band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, but he later changed his mind and now says that exactly when he retires will depend on his health because he still feels good.

“God has had his hand on my career for the past 68 years. It’s up to him when I will quit. I have no plans of slowing down. I love my fans, and I love performing,” Stanley said in an announcement featured on his website, http://drralphstanleymusic.com/.

Stanley got his start in 1946 with his brother Carter as the Stanley Brothers. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1992, and in 2000 he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. His music gained wider exposure because of the song “O Death” that he sang in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The song brought Stanley his first-ever Grammy Award in 2002.

Tickets for the show go on sale July 14, $24 for adults and $12 for children/students.

The Showcase continues when The Hit Men will take the stage on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Hit Men are made up of performing and/or recording members of hit-making acts of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, and Elton John and Kiki Dee. This brotherhood of musicians has a friendship that dates back over 50 years. Tickets for the show are $24 for adults and $10 for children/students.

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the civic center will present Christian artists Mark Shultz and Selah as they kick off Compassion International’s You Amaze Us Tour with special guest Tyrus Morgan, who will perform and will speak on behalf of Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $8 for children/students.

Foothills Performing Arts will usher in the holiday season with “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity,” Dec. 4-7. This joyous Appalachian musical revue begins with the story of Adam and Eve and leads up to the birth of Jesus. This is a holiday show featuring local talent. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $8 for children or students.

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will ring in the new year at the civic center on Thursday, Jan. 22. Holt, a four-time Grammy Award winner, is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays 10 acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and Southern folktales. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children/students.

Historian and noted lecturer Elliot Engel returns to the civic center Feb. 24 to present an in-depth look at the Vanderbilt family with his presentation “The Vanderbilts: All of Them.” During the presentation, Engel traces the tale of this famous American dynasty from Cornelius, born in the 18th century, to Gloria, of designer-jeans fame. The triumphs and tragedies are all placed in the context of family dynamics and historical influences. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children/students.

On March 28, the Civic Center will once again host the Caldwell Musicians Showcase, the 17th annual showcase bringing together some of our area’s most talented musicians and singer/songwriters. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children/students.

Sarah Jarosz will bring her musical talents to the Civic Center stage on April 4. Jarosz is a multi-Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside of Austin, Texas, and makes her home in New York City.  Jarosz, who fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect, has long been embraced for the depth and maturity of her songwriting, her pure and nuanced vocals, and her instrumental mastery. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children/students.

On April 21, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” brings a night of fun in a new musical by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman that presents a twist on the classic fairy tale. It is presented by the players of Casa Mañana Professional Regional Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children/students.

Rounding out the season on May 2 will be comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Jim Breuer. Named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is among the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions and stand-up. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for children/students.

The Civic Center will also present two “Dinner and a Show” events this season. The first will be “Pop Rock Buffet” on Saturday, Oct. 18, prior to “The Hit Men” show.  The second will be “An Appalachian Christmas Buffet” on Saturday, Dec. 5, prior to “An Appalachian Nativity.”  Meal prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Individual tickets to all events will be available starting July 14 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 $99. For more information on any of the above events or to reserve your tickets, call 828-726-2407 or visit www.broyhillcenter.com.