Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin NC
Little One Inch- A Puppet Performance
Special Event Little One Inch A Puppet Performance Franklin NCDate: July 19, 2018
Show Time: 5pm
Ticket Prices: Free Event - Sold at door

This enchanting coming-of-age folktake from Japan features a scrolling backsrop, elaborate scenery, and beautifully crafted marionettes. Great for all ages!

Presented as the finale event of the World of Puppetry Workshop, this event is free to workshop participants and to the general public. No tickets are needed and all seating is general admission.

Movie: Hidden Figures- A Benefit for The Women's History Trail
Movie Movie Hidden Figures A Benefit for The Womens History Trail Franklin NCDate: July 19, 2018
Show Time: 7pm- preshow activites at 6pm
Ticket Prices: $5 - Sold at door

The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Part of the Summer Film Fest for Families presented by Suminski Family Books. All proceeds will benefit The Women's History Trail. Sponsored by Celebrate Margaret Ramsey.

Advanced tickets available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Purchasing all four "Summer Film Fest" movies at one time will result in a discount. Family discounts also available.

Folkmoot USA
Special Event Folkmoot USA Franklin NCDate: July 26, 2018
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.

The Sock Hops
Concert The Sock Hops Franklin NCDate: July 27, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18 - Buy Tickets

Let's celebrate the summer with a drive down memory lane as The Sock Hops perform hits from all your favorite songs 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 classic hits to the stage, including "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" "At the Hop," "Sherry," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and "Come Go With Me."

Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
Concert Slippery When Wet The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Franklin NCDate: August 3, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18, $20 - Buy Tickets

Slippery When Wet- The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute was formed in 2003 by Jason Morey after answering many inquiries of "Are you Jon Bon Jovi?" It was then that Jason knew he had to take advantage of the resemblance. Slippery When Wet- The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute has taken exact live arrangements from Bon Jovi's 2000's Crush tour , 2002's Bounce tour , 2005's Have a Nice Day tour, 2008's Lost Highway tour and 2010's The Circle tour to form a show that has the power to give even the most intimate venue the feel of an arena concert. Slippery When Wet has played to many packed houses throughout the Southeast and has quickly become the top draw by many rock music lovers. The bands shows are the most attended and highest grossing of any tributes in the country and 2007 the band was officially authorized by Bon Jovi for their entertaining stage performances. Their drive, musical ability, showmanship and dedication to duplicating the Bon Jovi live experience simply cannot be outdone.

Movie: Peter Rabbit- A Benefit for Read 2 Me
Movie Movie Peter Rabbit A Benefit for Read 2 Me Franklin NCDate: August 9, 2018
Show Time: 7pm- preshow activities at 6pm
Ticket Prices: $5 - Sold at door

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door. James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Part of the Summer Film Fest for Families presented by Suminski Family Books. All proceeds will benefit Read 2 Me. Sponsored by John Hamlin of State Farm & Russell Hawkins of Edward Jones.

Advanced tickets available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Purchasing all four "Summer Film Fest" movies at one time will result in a discount. Family discounts also available.

The Swon Brothers
Concert The Swon Brothers Franklin NCDate: August 11, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25, $30 - Buy Tickets

By playing contemporary country music with a traditional rock advantage (and a dash of sibling harmonies), the Oklahoma duo known as the Swon Brothers have proceeded to go from playing in a small family band to a growing stardom in country music circles. In 2013, the Swon Brothers rose to national prominence after appearing on Blake Shelton's team in the reality singing competition, the Voice. While finishing in third place, the duo was able to introduce themselves to a wider audience and most recently have toured the country appearing at festivals, theaters and as an opening act to fellow Oklahoma native, Carrie Underwood.

Movie: Wonder- A Benefit for Friends of the Greenway
Movie Movie Wonder A Benefit for Friends of the Greenway Franklin NCDate: August 16, 2018
Show Time: 7pm- preshow activities at 6pm
Ticket Prices: $5 - Sold at door

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Part of the Summer Film Fest for Families presented by Suminski Family Books. All proceeds will benefit the Friends Of the Greenway. Sponsored by United Community Bank.

Advanced tickets available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Purchasing all four "Summer Film Fest" movies at one time will result in a discount. Family discounts also available.

An Evening With Jeanne Robertson
Special Event An Evening With Jeanne Robertson Franklin NCDate: August 17, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $23, $26 - Buy Tickets

At 73 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has an infectious personality, heart and sense of humor. With eight nationally released DVDs, three books, hundreds of hours on SiriusXM satellite radio and over 41 million YouTube hits, the demand for Robertson's family-friendly and engaging brand comedy has grown exponentially. Some of her most popular anecdotes include "Don't Go to Vegas Without a Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked," and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." Robertson's witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Don't miss this truly funny lady!

Grammy Award Winner, Michael Bolton
Concert Grammy Award Winner Michael Bolton Franklin NCDate: August 23, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $65, $70, $75, Priority Seating $85 - Buy Tickets

Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million records globally and continues to tour the world. Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 25th year. In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, 3 Emmy nominations and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With 9 #1 singles, Michael has seen 9 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, including his 28th CD, Songs of Cinema, a tribute to beloved songs from the world's most iconic films. Bolton has written with some of the greatest and most diverse talent of our time, including Bob Dylan, Paul Stanley, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, and David Foster. Bolton's songs have been recorded by the likes of KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Marc Anthony. Continuing to tour the world each year, Michael has performed with legacies such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming and BB King. Michael became a viral sensation in The Lonely Island's Emmy nominated video, "Captain Jack Sparrow" that launched on Saturday Night Live and has racked up over 170 million views on YouTube. Bolton's comedic appearances span several episodes of CBS's hit series Two and a half Men, the hit Fox network show Glee, ABC's hit comedy Fresh off the Boat, HBO's hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and has ongoing campaigns with American Greetings. He executive produced and starred in the Netflix show Michael Bolton's Big Sexy Valentine's Day Special which has been one of the network's most popular comedies to date. Michael currently stars in Bolt of Talent, a brand new music travel competition series produced with Fox Networks Group/StarWorld in Asia. Michael's songs and performances have been featured in numerous television and film soundtracks, including theOscar-nominated theme song "Go the Distance" from Walt Disney's blockbuster animated film Hercules and the recentRussell Crowe film Fathers & Daughters. He also executive produced the documentary Terror at Home addressing Domestic Violence in America, and was Emmy-nominated for writing the title song "Tears of The Angels". Michael is completing a feature-length documentary, American Dream: Detroit about the 21st Century Renaissance of Detroit.

Priority Seating includes: seating in the first two rows of the theatre, a concessions pack and a Michael Bolton CD. Priority seating availability is limited.

The United States Navy Band Country Current
Concert The United States Navy Band Country Current Franklin NCDate: August 30, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: Free Event - Sold at door

The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy's premier country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and "eye-poping" musicianship, performing a blend of modern coutnry music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, madolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drums.The Country Current are all active members of the US Navy and often performs for the President, the Vice-President and numerous other dignitaries.

All tickets are free to this event and will be available from the theatre box office only beginning August 13 at 10am. Tickets may be reserved in person or by phone. All tickets are general seating.

The Four Freshmen
Concert The Four Freshmen Franklin NCDate: September 1, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $24 - Buy Tickets

The Four Freshmen are America's most enduring vocal group. From the moment they step on stage, The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving with pure energy and great songs from the past and present. While The Four Freshmen happily pay tribute to the history and evolution of the Freshmen sound, they are unafraid to break new ground through songs that strike a chord with listeners of any generation. Whether it be a reimagining of such classic standards as "Come Fly With Me" and "Stompin' At the Savoy," or the introduction of heart-wrenching originals like "A Little While," the audience will be taken on a musical journey via the greatest songwriters ever to set pen to paper.

The Foreigner, the Hilarious Comedy
Play The Foreigner the Hilarious Comedy Franklin NCDates: September 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2018 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 Students, $17 Adults - Buy Tickets

When an Englishman arrives at a rural Georgia fishing cabin for some much needed relaxation, the wacky occupants give him an experience like none other. This laugh-out-loud comedy of crazy characters and misunderstandings is full of Southern charm, and is guaranteed to keep the audience laughing until they cry. Without a doubt, an evening you won't soon forget! A full two-act production.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Squirrel Nut Zippers
Concert Squirrel Nut Zippers Franklin NCDate: September 28, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - Buy Tickets

The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990's, as a musician's escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn't long before the band's quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience. Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed album, Hot (1996) was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old world jazz. This passion mixed with klezmer, blues and random bits of contemporary musical leanings became the bands signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any "jazz" stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound.Years later and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, invigorated, invested, and rejuvenated. "It's not a reunion, it's a revival" has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming the group in 2016. With an all star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band's unique, enigmatic sound.

Chicks With Hits Starring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss
Concert Chicks With Hits Starring Terri Clark Pam Tillis Suzy Bogguss Franklin NCDate: October 6, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $28, $33, $38 - Buy Tickets

Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark got her start by playing for tips at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a legendary honky-tonk bar across the alley from Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. With over 5 million albums sold, critically acclaimed international tours, and hit singles such as "Better Things To Do," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "Girls Lie Too," "Northern Girl," and "I Just Wanna Be Mad," Terri has solidified her place in the history books of country music. The 3-time JUNO Award winner holds the honor of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. She has been named CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times and has taken home eight CCMA Fan's Choice Awards. In total, Terri has had the honor of receiving 19 CCMA Awards.

As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Pam Tillis has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With 6 number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. With more than 30 singles charting on US Billboard charts and selling more than 7 Million copies of her studio albums, Pam's critical acclaim has not diminished. She is currently a reoccurring guest on the TV show "Nashville", performed an extended run on Broadway in New York in Smokey Joe's Cafe and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry. Pam Tillis' star continues to shine brightly in the 3rd decade of her career.

During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s Suzy Bogguss sold 4 million records with sparkling radio hits like "Outbound Plane", "Someday Soon", "Letting Go", and "Drive South". In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at number 4 on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, American Folk Songbook. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that's just the beginning.

The Willis Clan
Concert The Willis Clan Franklin NCDate: October 13, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $21, $26 - Buy Tickets

When 12 brothers and sisters from Tennessee auditioned on Season 9 of "America's Got Talent" by singing an Appalachian-infused version of "My Favorite Things," the judges weren't the only ones who fell in love. Before bowing out in the quarter-finals, the Willis Clan wowed millions of new fans with their music and original sound. The family's musical influence is inspired by their own traditional Irish roots, and combines with country, pop, sacred, and even barbershop. The Willis Clan have won dozens of medals in the USA and in Ireland, and appear in may Irish festivals across the country. It was their career defining appearances on "America's Got Talent" that alerted the country to this unique clan opening the door to become regulars on the Grand Ole Opry and allowing the close-knit family to share the music that has connected them to the past, and made the future possible.

Mark Twain's The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Play Mark Twains The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Franklin NCDates: October 19-20, 2018 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 - Buy Tickets

Jim loves to gamble and will offer to bet on anything and everything, from horse races to dogfights, to the health of the local parson's wife. When Jim catches a frog, whom he names Dan'l Webster, he offers to bet $40 to anyone in Calaveras County that can produce a frog that will out-jump Dan'l. Filled with scheming, silliness and Mark Twain's traditional wit, this classic story reaffirms that most of life's lessons can be taught with a laugh. Approximately one hour in length.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Mountain Heart Band
Concert Mountain Heart Band Franklin NCDate: November 3, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $18 - Buy Tickets

Mountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band's name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and just as notably, their incendiary live performances. Mountain Heart or members have been nominated for Grammy's, ACM, CMA awards. The band has also been nominated for and won multiple IBMA's. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times. Throughout the band's storied history, members past and present have dedicated their time, talent, and creativity to the group, leading to their hard earned reputation as one of the most exciting and unforgettable live shows anywhere in the world. With a new team in place, Mountain Heart is beyond excited for this new beginning and journey ahead.

The Bellamy Brothers
Concert The Bellamy Brothers Franklin NCDate: November 16, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - Buy Tickets

For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been the unassuming picture of consistency in Country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Even more remarkable is the fact that they've remained relevant in a genre that has become increasingly enamored with style over substance and fleeting celebrity over artistic vision. Yet, Howard and David Bellamy have weathered the trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with Numerous No 1 hits on both the Pop and Country charts. Evidence of the Brothers' continued popularity today isn't too hard to find. In 2009, "Let Your Love Flow" received the distinguished BMI Five Million Performance Award and was listed as one of the top songs of the century. The Bellamy Brothers' success and longevity is a feat that few act have duplicated. What began as an unlikely duo from Darby, FL has emerged 35 years later as one of the most successful and respected groups in Country music history.

A John Berry Christmas
Concert A John Berry Christmas Franklin NCDate: November 24, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - Buy Tickets

John Berry has a new outlook, a new address and a new beginning. The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega hits as "Your Love Amazes Me," "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye" and "She's Taken a Shine." He has earned multiple Gold and Platinum records over the years. John was nominated for the ACM Top New Male Vocalist in 1994, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1. In 1997 he was nominated for Vocal Event of the Year (for Long Haired Country Boy with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum) and in 2013 John was nominated for the Mainstream Country Male Artist by the ICM Awards. And thanks to the miracles of modern technology, he even sang a duet with the late, great Patsy Cline. "I love what I do, with a passion not seen in quite some time," says Berry. "I'm hopeful and excited about the future. I love singing and always will." His annual Christmas tours brighten the holidays for thousands, as does his electrifying rendition of O' Holy Night. We invite you to join John for an evening of stories, memories and a traditional Holiday music filled event for the entire family.

A Rocky Mountain Christmas Featuring Jim Curry & the Music of John Denver
Concert A Rocky Mountain Christmas Featuring Jim Curry the Music of John Denver Franklin NCDate: December 1, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $19, $24 - On Sale: 8/1/2018
9:00 AM

A family holiday tradition comes to life in "A Rocky Mountain Christmas" as Jim Curry performs the music from John Denver's many Christmas Television specials and Christmas Music collections. Memorable melodies that speak to the heart of the holidays like "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night," along with John's own "Christmas for Cowboys," "Noel, Christmas Eve," "Aspenglow," and "The Peace Carol." Enjoy these songs along with John's all-time hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," and "Back Home Again," as Jim Curry and his band "fill up your senses" in this heart-felt seasonal show.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Franklin NCDates: December 6-8, 2018 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 - On Sale: 8/1/2018
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 tale, the 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

A Christmas Together: An Evening of Stories, Songs & Family
Concert A Christmas Together An Evening of Stories Songs Family Franklin NCDate: December 18, 2018
Ticket Prices: $10 - On Sale: 8/1/2018
9:00 AM

Come celebrate with the Overlook Theatre Company as we share some of our favorite stories and songs of the season. Featuring members of the theatre's performance troupe, this evening of family, tradition (and a few surprises) is sure to inspire everyone's holiday spirit.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

A Blugrass Christmas With Sierra Hull
Concert A Blugrass Christmas With Sierra Hull Franklin NCDate: December 21, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $18 - On Sale: 8/1/2018
9:00 AM

Sierra Hull is a singer, mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13 and distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Though she is best known for her work as a mandolin player, Hull is also respected as a composer and lyricist, having worked closely with 15-time Grammy Award-Winner, Bela Fleck. And now, Sierra invites everyone to enjoy the musical sounds of a Bluegrass Christmas celebration.

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