Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

Columbia State Community College has announced the artist roster for the 20th First Farmers Performance Series season.

“We are very excited about our 20th Performance Series season,” said Bethany Lay, Columbia State vice president for advancement and executive director of the Columbia State Foundation. “We will celebrate this momentous year with surprises throughout our season, and we hope you will join us for each and every performance.”

Opening night on Oct. 13 will feature Jason Catron. 

Catron began singing at the age of 2. His first song was “Jesus Loves Me” at his small church in Kentucky where he grew up. He recently released the first single, “King of The Road,” from his new project, “The Nashville Songbook,” a longtime dream record in the making that takes Catron back to his childhood roots of singing songs from The Great American and Country Songbooks when he looked up to singers like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. 

Jake Hoot

Jake Hoot

The Nov. 10 event will showcase Jake Hoot, the Season 17 champion of NBC’s “The Voice.” 

Following his record-breaking win on “The Voice,” Hoot has gone on to release several tracks, including “Tennessee Strong,” which reached the top 10 on the iTunes Country Singles chart; his debut single, “Dangerous Thing”; a special Father’s Day song, “Best Job I Ever Had”; the heartwarming love song “Nadine”; rowdy summer anthem “Night Left”; and a duet with his wife, “Wherever Time Goes.” Drawing inspiration from his childhood in the Dominican Republic, Hoot released a cover of “La Bamba” from his debut EP which landed in the top 10 on the iTunes Latin charts.

Jaimee Paul

Jaimee Paul

On Dec. 8, Jaimee Paul and Leif Shires will return to the Performance Series for the holidays. They are internationally acclaimed artists who make old songs shine while making legendary music into the current obsessions of today’s music lover. 

Paul began as a first-call studio singer, then sang live as backing vocalist for the likes of Wynonna and Kelly Clarkson. Shires’ career has flourished working with artists as varied as Kelly Clarkson, Jack White, Shania Twain, Barry Gibb, Wanda Jackson and as part of the most influential horn section in music history, The Memphis Horns. Paul and Shires are reinventing the classics for a new generation of music enthusiasts.

Aubrey Logan

Aubrey Logan

Performing Feb. 9 will be Aubrey Logan, a singer, trombone player, songwriter and performer. 

She lives her life outside the box, making her difficult to define, and that’s okay with her, because she purposely defies definition. She’s still known as a world-class singer-instrumentalist, but she’s revealed that there’s so much more.

On March 16, Appalachian Road Show will perform. 

Appalachian Road Show

Appalachian Road Show

Appalachian Road Show is a visionary acoustic ensemble, bringing new-generation interpretations of traditional Americana, bluegrass and folk songs, as well as offering innovative original music, all presented with a common thread tied directly to the heart of the Appalachian regions of the United States. Appalachian Road Show invites audiences to come and sit a spell on its porch as the band shares its dynamic musicianship through songs and stories emanating from the mountains and hollers of North Carolina and Virginia to the coal mines of West Virginia and Kentucky.

Closing the series April 20 will be Bob Eubanks performing “Backstage with the Beatles,” which offers a huge entertainment value for both Beatles fans and music lovers alike. 

The show consists of never-heard stories experienced by Eubanks during The Beatles tour in America in the early 1960s, rare video footage, still images, special effects and merchandise to help embrace what it must have been like to experience The Beatles in concert. All of Eubanks’ stories lead into a hit song that best represents the subject discussed and the time period of when the stories took place.

Bob Eubanks Backstage with the Beatles

Bob Eubanks performs “Backstage with the Beatles”

New season tickets go on sale Aug. 8 and are $135 each, plus tax. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 18 and are $30 each, plus tax, for adults and $20 each, plus tax, for Columbia State students. 

To charge tickets by phone using a major credit card, call 931-540-2879, or purchase them in person in Room 113 of the Pryor Administration Building on the Columbia Campus Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

On performance nights, the box office will open at 6 p.m. in the Kenneth and Ramona Cherry Theater, located in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and all shows will begin at 7 p.m. The Columbia Campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike in Columbia.

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