Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin NC
Lonesome River Band with Mountain Faith
Concert Lonesome River Band with Mountain Faith Franklin NCDate: May 30, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Opening Act: Mountain Faith
Ticket Prices: $22, $25 - Buy Tickets

Lonesome River Band continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and multi-award winning banjo picker, Sammy Shelor (banjo and harmony vocals) has put together a wealth of talent that includes: Brandon Rickman (lead & harmony vocals and guitar); Mike Hartgrove (fiddle); Barry Reed (bass, harmony vocals); and Randy Jones (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin) all performing the distinctive LRB sound fans love. The Lonesome River Band's long career is obviously filled with a multitude of Awards and Recognitions including their 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for their song "Angeline the Baker". The group has also received other awards from IBMA including Album of the Year, along with numerous awards including being named Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year. Shelor was named Banjo Player of the Year in addition to his recognition of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass which resulted in a national tv appearance with the Lonesome River Band on the Late Show with David Lettermen.

Ivan Parker
Concert Ivan Parker Franklin NCDate: May 31, 2015
Show Time: 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: $15 - Buy Tickets

Even though he admits that he made a lot of mistakes along the way, Ivan Parker knows that since accepting Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 9, Jesus gave him the gift of music to share with the world. "I knew at that moment that Jesus loved me and had His hand on me. I didn't know what God had planned for my life; I just knew I wanted to sing." And sing he has, whether on tour with the Gaither Homecoming Series or to the churches and venues across the country, one thing is clear: Ivan Parker understands his mission and has committed to it, full on. Ivan's Signature Song, "Midnight Cry" has been sung by him literally all over the world. "When I was notified in 2007 that this song had gone to the number one position on the radio charts in Europe, I was astounded but was reminded that all things are possible through God." When Ivan was asked if he had any unfulfilled dreams, he said, "You never stop dreaming about where your ministry is going. I just pray that God will take what I am presently doing and increase it. I am living my dream...but the dream is not completed yet. The song will go on!"

FHS/ MMS/ MVI Spring Band Concert
Concert FHS MMS MVI Spring Band Concert Franklin NCDate: June 2, 2015
Show Time: 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: FREE

Mr. Huckabee and the Franklin High School band have been given a distinguished honor by a nationally renowned composer. Mr. Huckabee has now served 15 years of superior marching, jazz, and concert bands, and has won 3 national bowl game championships in the past, with the Liberty Bowl halftime show coming up this December. The song entitled "And Give You Peace" (written by Dr. George Naff) will be dedicated to him and Mrs. Huckabee, and the FHS band by Dr. Naff and Mr. Joseph Cofer, a friend and long-time staff member of the FHS band. Dr. Naff, the composer, will be guest conducting the FHS band at the FREE dedication concert and World Premier recording performance on June 2, 2015 at 7:00pm. This will be held at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (beside the Factory). The FHS Jazz Ensemble (directed by Mr. Huckabee), the FHS B-Naturals (directed by Robert Jessup), Mountain View Intermediate School's "Soar Band" (directed by Mrs. Jennifer Huckabee), and the Macon Middle School Honor Band (directed by Mr. Thomas Graham) will also be performing at the event.

Ray Stevens
Concert Ray Stevens Franklin NCDate: June 12, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $42, $47, $52 - Buy Tickets

Multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and two-time Grammy winner Ray Stevens is celebrating 50 years in the music business this year. From his comedy hit, "The Streak" to the socially aware "Mr. Businessman" to his Grammy award winning pop standard "Everything is Beautiful," Stevens continues to showcase his observant and witty songwriting.

Betsy's School of Dance Recital 2015: Pass the Remote
Special Event Betsys School of Dance Recital 2015 Pass the Remote Franklin NCDates: June 19-20, 2015 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $7, $10 - Buy Tickets

Our students will dance and sing to some of your favorite movie and T.V. themes. From the Brady Bunch to Mission Impossible; our dancers will take you on a journey of movement and music. Each show will highlight different ages and ability levels. Please read our show guide below to find the right performance for you and your family.

Friday, June 19th @ 7:oopm: This performance will highlight our Georgia Dancers from age 3 & up. Dancers are beginner to intermediate.
Saturday, June 20th @ 2:00pm: This performance will highlight our budding ballerinas and young lads.The average age of our matinee dancer is "6"!!
Saturday, June 20th @ 7:00pm: This performance will highlight our intermediate to Advanced dancers from Macon County, Jackson County, Rabun County, and Clay County.

The Celts
Concert The Celts Franklin NCDate: June 26, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30 - Buy Tickets

The Celts have been performing around the world for over 15 years and are made up of Irish born and Irish-American musicians. The band performs a combination of fiery Scottish/Irish traditional instrumental tunes and vocal songs as well as their own pop-influenced original songs with Celtic instrumentation. The Celts have recorded 8 records and have been featured on multiple music compilations through the years. When you see The Celts you will not only be moved by the infectious energy and passion of the group but you will be impressed by the incredible musicianship of each band member. A typical concert involves not only fervent, inspired music but also periodic bouts of spirited Irish dancing.

Ricky Skaggs
Concert Ricky Skaggs Franklin NCDate: July 3, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - Buy Tickets

A life full of music is the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life's path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Ricky is a 14-time Grammy Award winner and continues to do his part to lead the recent revival in Bluegrass music.

Mountain Voices
Concert Mountain Voices Franklin NCDate: July 9, 2015
Show Time: 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: $7 - Buy Tickets

Mountain Voices is a 50-voice chorus under the direction of Beverly Barnett, with members from Franklin, Highlands, Rabun Gap, and Clayton performing a variety of music. This concert will include show tunes from the musicals Chicago, Ain't Misbehavin', and others. Pop tunes will include Chattanooga Choo Choo and Try to Remember. There will be a selection of gospel music and patriotic anthems as well. In addition to the full chorus, Arthea Brimmer will play piano solos, and a 12-voice ensemble and a quartet will sing.

Toby Mac
Concert Toby Mac Franklin NCDate: July 17, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $30, $35, $40 - Buy Tickets

With 11 million career albums sold and 6 GRAMMY Awards to his credit, TobyMac refuses to settle on past accomplishments, as he remains passionate about his desire to write songs at the intersection where life and spirituality collide. From his early days in influential group dcTalk to his very first solo album, Momentum, Toby has worked hard to inspire his audience with words of conviction, hope, empowerment and the redemption found in his faith in God. "What is it like to live a life of faith? It doesn't look perfect, I can promise you that," Toby admits. "We're all struggling. We're struggling to mend relationships, to love people well, and to love God. But the gift of walking this life of faith is that you can make it right each day. You can turn and start over, determined, with your eye on it." With its messages of perseverance, determination and hope, Toby's work is further proof that music can better lives, reassure listeners that it is indeed possible to find grace.

Shrek, the Broadway Musical
Musical Shrek the Broadway Musical Franklin NCDates: July 24, 25, 31 & August1, 2015 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12, $17 - Buy Tickets

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs and a sidesplitting story. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek..." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero and luckily, there's one on hand... his name is Shrek.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Charlie Daniels Band
Concert Charlie Daniels Band Franklin NCDate: August 8, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $40, $45, $50 - Buy Tickets

The legendary fiddler, guitarist, and singer Charlie Daniels has been performing for half a century. The Wilmington, NC native has played and recorded with the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Marshall Tucker Band, Hank Williams, Jr., Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger, and Ringo Starr. His song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," won Daniels a Grammy for the Best Country vocal performance in 1979, and for several generations of Southerners, his popular hits, "Long Haired Country Boy," and "The South's Gonna Do It Again," are anthems to regional pride.

Village People
Concert Village People Franklin NCDate: August 14, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $28, $32 - Buy Tickets

Recipients of a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the one-of-a-kind Village People is synonymous with dance music. Their impact on music has earned them the title "Kings of Disco" and they have sold more than 100 million recordings worldwide. These six talented men take all the musical hits of their spectacular career and combine them with energetic choreography and outrageous fun. Their music provides entertainment for all and will have you singing & dancing the entire night!

Marty Stuart & Connie Smith
Concert Marty Stuart Connie Smith Franklin NCDate: August 29, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $32, $35, $39 - Buy Tickets

The gospel-singing, bluegrass-playing, "Hillbilly Rock" making superstar, Marty Stuart, is a four-time Grammy winner and a platinum recording artist. Widely recognized as one of the most important roots musicians in America, Marty possesses a showman's zest for every conceivable flavor of country music. Hits include "Tempted" and "This One's Gonna Hurt You." Marty continues to delight audiences across the country with his weekly television hit, The Marty Stuart Show, on RFD-TV.Connie Smith has been influencing country music's top artists for decades with her fervent joy in singing and her love for the emotional and physical act of letting loose a great song, all of which is as evident on her recordings as it is in front of audiences at the Grand Ole Opry, on RFD TV's weekly The Marty Stuart Show, or on the road. In 2012, Connie received the field's highest honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Steven Curtis Chapman
Concert Steven Curtis Chapman Franklin NCDate: September 5, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - Buy Tickets

Steven Curtis Chapman is a name that anyone and everyone who listens to Christian music knows. After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music, Chapman has since been recognized as one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing over 20 albums. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, are also an industry record. Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has eight certified Gold or Platinum albums, including The Glorious Unfolding, Deep Roots, and This Moment. When asked about his many accomplishments, Chapman's response continues to honor his foundation of faith, I'm very, very grateful to be given the opportunity to make music and share the things that I feel like God has entrusted to me."

Spice Up Your Marriage Date Night Event by Heart for Familes
Special Event Spice Up Your Marriage Date Night Event by Heart for Familes Franklin NCDate: September 10, 2015
Show Time: 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: $22.50 - On Sale: 6/1/2015
9:00 AM

Heart for Families is hosting a three-hour date-night event featuring nationally-known individuals to encourage marriages. Beginning with a time of praise and worship lead by Michael O'Brien, former lead singer of Newsong, and continuing with the teachings of Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the top selling book, "The Five Love Languages," this relationship event will offer practical applications based on life experiences by showing simple and easy ways to communicate love. In addition to Dr. Chapman, Jeff and Debbie McElroy will share their heart for families through humor and words of wisdom they have gained during the last 25 years of speaking to audiences across the USA.

Stars of Center Stage Talent Competition
Special Event Stars of Center Stage Talent Competition Franklin NCDate: September 12, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $10 - Buy Tickets

Ever wanted to show off? Here's your chance! The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Stars of Center Stage, a local talent competition open to singers, dancers, musicians, variety acts and more. Experience the magic of the spot light while the audience votes for their favorite act and the winner of a cash prize. Check out the theater website for more information about auditions and your chance to be the star of center stage for a night!

AUDITIONS- Monday, August 17. Registration begins at 6:00pm. All acts should be no more than 2 minutes, 30 seconds in length and should take no more than 1 minute of "set up" time. Acts chosen to move on to the Sept 12 competition may be up to 3 minutes in length.

The Isaacs
Concert The Isaacs Franklin NCDate: September 18, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $18, $20 - Buy Tickets

The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group, features mother Lily Isaacs, and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos. Throughout the year, they often perform to welcoming fans in countries such as South Africa, Norway, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Canada and many more. The Isaacs have won over 7 Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career. They feel blessed to be able to spread the message of grace through song and story.

Travis Tritt
Concert Travis Tritt Franklin NCDate: October 2, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $35, $45, $55 - On Sale: 6/1/2015
9:00 AM

The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline has the young Georgian incorporating lifelong influences in Southern Rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre's early '90s boom. At the same time, his conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical aggressiveness set him apart. The next eight albums and scores of hit singles led him to amass more than 25 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three CMA Awards and a devoted fan base that filled venues coast-to-coast.

An Evening with Jeanne Robertson
Special Event An Evening with Jeanne Robertson Franklin NCDate: October 17, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25, $27 - On Sale: 6/1/2015
9:00 AM

Jeanne Robertson reached her 6'2" stature at age thirteen. Perhaps it was an indication of a future speaking career that would soar to great heights, including being crowned Miss North Carolina in 1963. After receiving her degree at Auburn University and teaching physical education in high school and college, Jeanne entered into professional speaking full time and the result was nothing short of comedic gold. Jeanne has produced seven humor DVDs and CDs and written three books on humor which illustrate her comedic philosophy. She can also be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Family Comedy and Blue Collar Comedy channels. While Jeanne enjoys making people laugh, she views the role of a humorist as more than eliciting laughter. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear: "It ain't over 'til the tall lady speaks."

Josh Turner
Concert Josh Turner Franklin NCDate: October 23, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $45, $50, $55 - On Sale: 6/1/2015
9:00 AM

As a family man, a philanthropist, a devoted Christian, and a passionate sports fan, you might say Josh Turner's commitments run as deep as his voice. Of course, he's also a double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. All of those layers construct Josh's knockout style of bluegrass-influenced barnburners, lonesome laments, and the slow and steady love ballads on which Josh's trademark baritone excels. With such number one hits as "Why Don't We Just Dance" and "All Over Me," Josh's range exhibits, in both his voice and his songwriting, creative maturity well beyond that of a young, country boy telling stories through his music, lyrics and performance.

The Addams Family Musical
Musical The Addams Family Musical Franklin NCDates: November 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2015 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12, $17 - On Sale: 7/1/2015
9:00 AM

The Addams Family Musical features a brand new original story based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Addams and includes appearanaces by Gomez, his lovely Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday, Pugsly, Grandma Addams and more. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents. Hilarious fun ensues and laughs are non-stop when these two unlikely families finally meet and suffer from a the mischeif of Wednesday's brother, Pugsly and a magic potion created by Grandma and Uncle Fester that falls into the wrong cup... and you thought your family was weird? Cooky, spooky and just plain fun!

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Event Sponsor:
Macon Funeral Home

Lysa Terkeurst
Special Event Lysa Terkeurst Franklin NCDate: November 20, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25 - On Sale: 7/1/2015
9:00 AM

Lysa Terkeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey. For over 15 years, her message has enabled women to: Make the Bible come alive whenever you read it, discover how to develop inner peace and security in any situation, replace doubt, regret, and envy with truth, confidence, and praise and stop unhealthy cycles of striving and learn to love who you are while sensing God's responding to your prayers. Lysa's amazing story has led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman's Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio.

Raleigh Ringers Christmas Celebration
Concert Raleigh Ringers Christmas Celebration Franklin NCDate: December 6, 2015
Show Time: 4:00pm
Ticket Prices: $17 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

Celebrate the Christmas season with the Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed concert handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock 'n' roll tunes arranged just for handbells. Under the direction of David M. Harris, The Raleigh Ringers has performed in 39 US States and the District of Columbia, in several cities in France, in Canada, live on the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom Show" radio show, and on the "Hour of Power" at the Crystal Cathedral in California. Noted particularly for their creative, artistic interpretation, The Raleigh Ringers have established themselves as America's premiere professional ensemble.

It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play
Play Its a Wonderful Life a Live Radio Play Franklin NCDate: December 11, 2015
Ticket Prices: $12 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Event Sponsor:
Kurti Orthodontics

Christmas with The Lettermen
Concert Christmas with The Lettermen Franklin NCDate: December 12, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $23, $25, $28 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

This Christmas, enjoy the harmonies and sounds of The Lettermen with your friends and family. With 18 Gold Albums and scores of top singles, including their first hit "The Way You Look Tonight," The Lettermen's popularity has endured the test of time celebrating over 100,000 sold-out performances. Look forward to many of their hits, including "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" and "I Only Have Eyes for You" as well as traditional Christmas favorites. The Lettermen have been creating musical memories for 50 years and will help you make a memory of your own this Christmas.

It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play
Play Its a Wonderful Life a Live Radio Play Franklin NCDate: December 18, 2015
Ticket Prices: $12 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Event Sponsor:
Kurti Orthodontics

Concert Rockapella Franklin NCDate: December 19, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

As one of the progenitors of the astonishing full-band sound of "contemporary" a cappella, Rockapella has shown every audience the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality. "There's nothing between us and the audience- it's very human music - with nothing missing," says Rockapella's human beatbox, Jeff Thacher. No instruments, no tracks, no mirrors- just total entertainment. They've become one of the world's most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. Since the early '90's when they first achieved national television fame on PBS's Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, they've toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. Now they're better than ever with this one-of-a-kind Christmas show.

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