Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin NC
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Sara Evans
Concert Sara Evans Franklin NCDate: April 28, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $30, $34, $38 - Buy Tickets

Sara Evans has amassed an impressive collection of awards, including female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and video of the year from the Country Music Association for her ground breaking clip "Born to Fly." At the root of all those accolades is a God-given talent fueled by an impressive Midwestern work ethic instilled by her parents. She grew up singing in her family's band and then moved to Nashville looking for a record deal. Legendary songwriter Harlan Howard heard her on a demo and helped open a door for her at RCA Records where she's been ever since. "I've always felt like I'm a very lucky person," says Evans. "To be given a gift to sing, I don't know why the Lord has blessed me with this talent, but it has always made me feel lucky. I always appreciate those special moments like having a No. 1 record or doing a great show." Seven albums into an already impressive career and Evans has never been more excited about the music she's making. "I feel like I sang with a ton of confidence this time around," she says. "You always want to get better with your craft and your art. I'm always striving to sing better, write better and perform better, and so far I'm super happy with the outcome."

The Senior Follies
Special Event The Senior Follies Franklin NCDate: May 5, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $7 General Admission - Buy Tickets

The Macon County Senior Follies is the performing arts category of the NC Senior Games. Open to any permanent resident of Macon County over the age of 55, the Senior Follies is a fun and exciting evening of local talent. Enjoy singing, dancing, comedy, poetry, instruments, and more as the winner of the gold medal and the change to perform at the state level is announced. For more information on being a participant, contact the Macon County Recreation Department.

Recipes Alive! Cooking Show
Special Event Recipes Alive Cooking Show Franklin NCDate: May 6, 2017
Show Time: 6:30pm
Ticket Prices: $13 - Buy Tickets

This one-of-a-kind cooking show is sure to excite, interest and be loads of fun for the experienced chef or for anyone just beginning their exploration of the kitchen. Well versed cooking experts, restaurant owners and cook book authors each share their tips of the trade and favorite recipes live on stage. With amazing prizes, gift bags for each participant and a few surprises, Recipes Alive is a not miss for anyone interested in an evening of great food, great fun and a great time with friends.

Fusion National Dance Competition
Special Event Fusion National Dance Competition Franklin NCDates: May 19-20, 2017 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: FREE

Fusion Dance is proud to present inspiring and exciting dance competitions and conventions of the Southeastern United States. Enjoy solo, duet and team presentations through out the event. Please refer to the prenter website for registration and schedule of performances.

James Gregory: The Funniest Man in America
Special Event James Gregory The Funniest Man in America Franklin NCDate: May 26, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $17, $20 - Buy Tickets

James Gregory creates an evening of non-stop laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal story-telling. The ridiculous, the common and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian. James'success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. It is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. "I have lived long enough to know people, know life," Gregory reflects. "My comedy is based on my life experiences. It's real, it's funny and the audience loves it. That's why I'm still in business."

Departure: The Journey Tribute Band
Concert Departure The Journey Tribute Band Franklin NCDate: June 2, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18 - Buy Tickets

After 8 years together, DEPARTURE has become the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80's rock super group. The five band members are from the original line-up and have been together from the very beginning. These veteran musicians havedeveloped an amazing on-stage chemistry and pride themselves on giving their audience an incredible high-energy, qualitative stage show from start to finish. DEPARTURE playsall the hit songs that everyone knows and loves and was voted "Best Local Entertainer" for 2011, 2012 and 2014 by Gwinnett Magazine. Performing approximately one-hundred shows annually, DEPARTURE brings the very best of Journey to audiences of all ages.

Betsy's School of Dance Recital 2017: ICONIC
Special Event Betsys School of Dance Recital 2017 ICONIC Franklin NCDates: June 10, 2017 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $7 Students, $10 Adults - Buy Tickets

Dance students from Betsy's School of Dance will entertain with performances honoring some of the most ICONIC and legendary names of all time. Drawing influence from John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Aerosmith, Shirley Temple, Thomas Edison, Michael Jackson and more, the dancers are sure to bring the ICONIC spirit to life through the choreography and performance.

*Saturday matinee will feature budding ballerinas and young lads: Beginner-Intermediate Dancers.

*Saturday Evening will feature Intermediate-Advanced Dancers.

The Isaacs' Musication Nation- Day One Workshops
Special Event The Isaacs Musication Nation Day One Workshops Franklin NCDate: June 23, 2017
Show Time: 10am
Ticket Prices: $25 (for day events) - Buy Tickets

Join the multiple award-winning Isaacs family for a weekend of music, education, inspiration and just plain fun. For the first time ever, the Isaacs will present two days of informative workshops on songwriting, professional musicianship and entertainment in a series of formal and in-formal workshops and classes in an up close and personal one-on-one setting. Bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle and any other instrument you enjoy and be prepared to play and sing along with the Isaacs and fellow attendees. Two great days of spectacular opportunity and excitement topped off with evening concerts. For anyone who loves playing, singing and having a great time with fellow music lovers.

10am-11am: Morning Devotions with Becky Bowman
11:15am-12:15pm: Live Sound and Recording Session with Mark Capps & Ben Isaacs
12:15pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break (lunch delivery to venue is available for ordering)
1:30pm-3:00pm: Teay's Valley Cooking Class & Question and Answer Time with the Isaacs
3:15pm-4:15pm: Stories Behind the Songs with Becky Isaacs Bowman & Sonya Isaacs Yeary
5:00pm: Dinner Break Before the Evening Concert

An Evening with The Isaacs & Special Guest, Mark Lowry
Concert An Evening with The Isaacs Special Guest Mark Lowry Franklin NCDate: June 23, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30 - 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 Old Opry, and 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. They feel very blessed to be able to share their message of grace through song and story.
Mark Lowry has been making people laugh, cry and think for nearly 40 years. Singing publicly and recording albums and videos since age 11, you could say that Mark has done this most of his life. In 1988, Mark was offered the baritone part in the Gaither Vocal Band, where he remained for 13 years, performing dozens of solo concerts each year. He continues to travel across the country sharing his exciting and revitalized message of God's love and grace.

The Isaacs' Musication Nation- Day Two Workshops
Concert The Isaacs Musication Nation Day Two Workshops Franklin NCDate: June 24, 2017
Show Time: 10am
Ticket Prices: $25 (for day events) - Buy Tickets

Join the multiple award-winning Isaacs family for a weekend of music, education, inspiration and just plain fun. For the first time ever, the Isaacs will present two days of informative workshops on songwriting, professional musicianship and entertainment in a series of formal and in-formal workshops and classes in an up close and personal one-on-one setting. Bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle and any other instrument you enjoy and be prepared to play and sing along with the Isaacs and fellow attendees. Two great days of spectacular opportunity and excitement topped off with evening concerts. For anyone who loves playing, singing and having a great time with fellow music lovers.

10am-11am: Morning Devotions & Sharing Life Stories with Lily Issacs, Including Selections From Her Autobiography, "You Don't Cry Out Loud"
11:15am-12:30pm: Teay's Valley Cooking Class with a Question & Answer Time with the Isaacs
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break (lunch delivery to venue is available for ordering)
2pm-4pm: FAN JAM Session with the Isaacs & Mountain Faith Band (contact the theatre box office at 828-524-1598 to register to participate as a singer or musician)
4pm: Dinner Break Before the Evening Concert

An Evening with The Isaacs & Special Guests, Mountain Faith Band
Concert An Evening with The Isaacs Special Guests Mountain Faith Band Franklin NCDate: June 24, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $22 - 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 Old Opry, and 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. They feel very blessed to be able to share their message of grace through song and story.
Since 2000, Mountain Faith has played their unique brand of bluegrass to audiences in civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, and churches across the United States and Canada. Their fresh Appalachian take on gospel, bluegrass, folk, R&B, and pop music has earned them televised appearances on Daystar and, most recently, America's Got Talent.

Mountain Voices
Concert Mountain Voices Franklin NCDate: June 29, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $12 General Admission - Buy Tickets

Mountain Voices, a 55-member chorus, will present Music by the Decade. The program will include show tunes, Top 40 hits, gospel, and patriot songs from over 50 years of music. Mountain Voices is under the direction of Beverly Barnett and accompanied by Lorie Meservey.

The Sock Hops: Red, White & Doo-Wop
Concert The Sock Hops Red White Doo Wop Franklin NCDate: June 30, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18 - Buy Tickets

Let's kick off 4th of July weekend with a drive down memory lane as The Sock Hops perform classic songs from all your favorite albums of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Specializing in four-part harmonies, The Sock Hops will have you singing along as they bring all the great American radio hits to the stage, including "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" "At the Hop," "Sherry," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and "Come Go With Me."

Tarzan, the Broadway Musical
Musical Tarzan the Broadway Musical Franklin NCDates: July 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2017 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 Students, $17 Adults - Buy Tickets

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. A full two-act production.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company


Folkmoot
Special Event Folkmoot Franklin NCDate: July 27, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $21, $26, $31 - Buy Tickets

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performers demonstrating cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music.

Shenandoah
Concert Shenandoah Franklin NCDate: August 11, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $24, $28 - Buy Tickets

When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon's distinctive vocals and the band's skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as "Two Dozen Roses," "Church on Cumberland Road" and "Next to You, Next to Me" as well as such achingly beautiful classics as "I Want to be Loved Like That" and the Grammy winning "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" duet with Alison Krauss. Today that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah's storied career. "We are really proud of the quality of the material that we have in our catalog and how it's touched so many people's lives," McGuire says. "As far as the future goes, I'm expecting more of the same."

The Return: A Tribute to the Beatles
Concert The Return A Tribute to the Beatles Franklin NCDate: August 19, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $17, $20 - Buy Tickets

Beatlemania is alive and well and sweeping the country! The Return, recognized as one of the premier Beatles tribute bands in America, is considered by many critics to be the most realistic cast paying tribute to the "Fab Four." From the mop-top haircuts and sixties-style suits and boots to the musical instruments and stage equipment, every detail from The Beatles' early live performances has been studied and carefully recreated. The Return's authenticity truly makes it possible for music fans from every generation to experience Beatlemania!

Crowder
Concert Crowder Franklin NCDate: September 1, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $26, $30, $34 - On Sale: 5/1/2017
9:00 AM

When David Crowder was attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas in the mid 1990's, he learned that more than half of the 14,000 students enrolled in the college were not attending church. Crowder deeply wanted to find a way to connect these college students to the heart of God, so he began writing songs that he hoped the students at his school could relate to and in turn created a ministry spanning over two decades. Infused with a mix of rock, pop and inspirational sounds, Crowder's music ministers to Christians while at the same time reaches and connects with non-Christians resulting in tremendous success over the last few years, including a 2015 Grammy nomination. Crowder feels very blessed by the work God has done in his life and the life of his family and looks forward to what He has planned for them in the future.

Bill Engvall
Special Event Bill Engvall Franklin NCDate: September 14, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $46, $53, $60 - On Sale: 5/1/2017
9:00 AM

The thing that makes any entertainer successful is the ability to connect with an audience. It's the quality of sharing the humor in everyday situations that has made Bill Engvall one of the top comedians today- and one of the busiest. Although he currently resides in Park City, Utah with his wife, Engvall is a native of Galveston, Texas. Early on, he moved to Dallas and was working as a disc jockey with plans of becoming a teacher. While in a nightclub one evening, Bill decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy and quickly found that making people laugh was truly his forte. Soon after, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue television opportunities. First, Engvall appeared in a Showtime special, A Pair of Joker's, with Rosie O'Donnell, followed by hosting A&E's Evening at the Improv and appearances on both The Tonight Show and the Late Show with DavidLetterman. In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for "Best Male Stand-up Comedian." After appearing in various and multiple TV shows, Bill starred in and executive produced his own self-titled sitcom, "The Bill Engvall Show," for TBS, which ran three seasons. Alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, Bill Engvall was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour concert films, which have sold more than 9 million units and are some of the most-watched movies and specials in Comedy Central history.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Concert Bela Fleck Abigail Washburn Franklin NCDate: September 30, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $28, $31 - On Sale: 5/1/2017
9:00 AM

In the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles areAbigail Washburn and Bela Fleck- she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he (a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner) with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots- it's a different matter entirely. There's no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities. Whether at home (the duo married in 2009), on stage or on record, it's their deep bond, on top of the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, that makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.

Smoke On the Mountain
Musical Smoke On the Mountain Franklin NCDates: October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21, 2017 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 students, $17 Adults - On Sale: 6/1/2017
9:00 AM

Set in the 1930s, this musical tale introduces the singing Sanders family, who perform their traditional and bluegrass gospel songs for the members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in celebration of their new electric light bulb. Consisting of almost thirty gospel tunes and the rich stories of the Sanders family's history on the gospel circuit, Smoke on the Mountain is full of laughs and toe-tapping bluegrass as the characters and the audience realize with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of heart, anything is possible. A full two-act theatrical presentation, featuring Mountain Faith as the Sanders Family Band.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company


Down Home Gospel featuring Ivan Parker, the Talleys & the Whisnants
Concert Down Home Gospel featuring Ivan Parker the Talleys the Whisnants Franklin NCDate: October 26, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $20 - On Sale: 6/1/2017
9:00 AM

Join us for an evening with three of the most spectacular names in Southern Gospel music, featuring Ivan Parker, the Talleys and the Whisnants.

Even though he admits 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 has 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 churches and venues across the country, one thing is clear: Ivan Parker understands his mission and is committed to it. "I am living my dream... but the dream is not complete yet. The song will go on!"

The Talleys are one of Christian music's most beloved and respected families. Their commitment to excellence and creativity in music have been a trademark since their illustrious career began, and their clear communication of the Gospel is a defining characteristic of a Talley concert. Enjoying many years of success, including a Dove Award and numerous Singing News Fan Awards, Roger, wife Debra and daughter, Lauren remain a mainstay of Christian music.

With over 40 years of traveling behind them, the Whisnants have performed all across the nation and around the world. They have celebrated thirteen #1 songs spanning from 2001 to 2013. The achievements the Whisnants have aquired over the years are a testimony to the blessings God has placed on their ministry and they seek to use them to bring glory to their Lord in every concert.

A Glimpse of "His Last Days"
Concert A Glimpse of His Last Days Franklin NCDate: October 28, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $5 Students, $10 Adults - On Sale: 6/1/2017
9:00 AM

A musical, pictorial and live stage presentation of Jesus' last days based on a cantata by Dallas Holmes. The choir and cast of the Tallulah Falls, GA outdoor passion drama bring a glimpse of "His Last Days" from their 35 years of summer enactments of Jesus' life. Not just an Easter story- but a continual timeless narrative of faith.

An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
Concert An Evening with Dailey Vincent Franklin NCDate: November 4, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $22, $27 - On Sale: 7/3/2017
9:00 AM

TheDailey& Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America, having won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music, including:threeGrammyAward Nominations for the 2014 "Bluegrass Album of the Year;" 14IBMAAwards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as three-time "Entertainer of the Year," three-time "Vocal Group of the Year" and "Album of the Year" and four Dove Awards with three "Bluegrass Album of the Year" awards and "Bluegrass Song of the Year." Dailey & Vincent continue to grace the stages of historic venues nationwide including Carnegie Hall, The Grand Old Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium, where they sold out three consecutive shows and first debuted their music as a duo in 2007. With multiple appearances on PBS, RFD-TV and CMT and over 120 shows a year, Dailey and Vincent have been dubbed as the "Rockstars of Bluegrass."

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Franklin NCDates: December 8-9, 2017 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 - On Sale: 8/1/2017
9:00 AM

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, say things they shouldn't, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the talethe Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating--has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a powerful story of misunderstanding, faith and redemption. Through most of the play, the audience can't stop laughing, but by the end, most will be watching the show through tears. A great, fun holiday experience for any age and sure to become a modern Christmas classic. A one-act production, approximately one hour in length.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

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