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BALSOM RANGE

Tickets are now on sale for Louisburg College’s 62nd Allen de Hart Concert Series, which will feature a wide variety of performances ranging from timeless R&B tunes and classic rock hits to a bluegrass superstar and a political comedy show.

On Friday, Sept. 13, the season opens with Jason Crabb, who will bring his electrifying stage presence, powerhouse vocals and magnetic personality that have endeared him to millions across the world. In his career, Crabb has won two Grammys, 22 Dove Awards, and has been named the Gospel Music Association’s Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year.

Ricky Skaggs and his band of virtuoso pickers, Kentucky Thunder, roll into town on Friday, Oct. 11. A 15-time Grammy winner and newly-inducted member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Skaggs has made it his mission in life to introduce a new generation of listeners to bluegrass and traditional American music. This legendary artist has also been inducted into the National Fiddler’s Hall of Fame, IBMA’s Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

On Friday, Nov. 8, do not miss the opportunity to experience the timeless hits from The Drifters such as “Up on the Roof,”  “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment,” “There Goes My Baby,”  “Dance with Me,”  “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me” for an evening of music, magic and memories!

Christmas with the Celts will perform on the Gardner Concert Stage Saturday, Dec. 14. The performance is an uplifting and spirited holiday musical celebration starring international music group The Celts and a cast of fantastic dancers. Launched as a live concert attraction after several successful seasons as a PBS-TV Sspecial, this show features classic songs such as “Little Drummer Boy,” “Count Your Blessings,” “White Christmas” and “I’ll be Home For Christmas.” Complimentary holiday refreshments will be served during intermission.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Artrageous comes to the JPAC. Be sure to catch this dynamic performance that is part art studio, part rock concert, and part creation lab. The troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres throughout the evening. The result is a uniquely entertaining show culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. “You have to see it to believe it,” says The Washington Post.

Balsam Range, the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, will perform on Saturday, Feb. 22. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of nine critically-acclaimed albums. Their latest release, “Aeonic,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts. Balsam Range had headlined major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation, and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.

On Friday, March 20, prepare for a night of laughter and music with the critically acclaimed Capitol Steps. This Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe gives audiences laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning. The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize their employers, and haven’t let up since. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, neither side is safe from the group that puts the “mock” in Democracy. 

The season closes on Friday, April 17, with Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Rumours. Based in Atlanta, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation and a visually engaging stage show. The band’s dedication to recreating the Fleetwood Mac experience has skyrocketed their popularity, garnering a loyal fan base as they play to sold-out audiences across the country.

All concert events will take place in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in Louisburg College’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available by calling the Louisburg College Box Office at 919-497-3300 or toll-free at 866-773-6354. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office, which is in the main lobby of the JPAC. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m., as well as 90 minutes before each showtime. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats are not reserved except for a special section at orchestra center.

Additional information and tickets are also available online at jpacarts.com. All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., and doors open 45 minutes before all shows. Louisburg College offers a discount price for seniors, children, as well as a special rate for groups of 20 or more.

This season’s Christmas reception will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, before Christmas with the Celts. There will also be a special spring reception before the Capitol Steps’ show on Friday, March 20. Both receptions start at 5:30 p.m. in the Norris Theatre lobby and feature a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres. Make reservations at least five days in advance by calling the Louisburg College Box Office.

Additional support for this series comes from the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority.