Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin NC
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.

Backlot BBQ & Outdoor Movie: The Jungle Book Presented by CTCI
Special Event Backlot BBQ Outdoor Movie The Jungle Book Presented by CTCI Franklin NCDate: October 12, 2018
Show Time: 6:30pm Food & Games; 8pm Movie
Ticket Prices: $10 in Advance; $12 at Door (children 3 & under- free) - Sold at door

Living among the wolves in the jungle, young man cub Mowgli quickly learns to live life among his wolf pack and all the animals that inhabit the jungle, but when the villainous tiger Shere Khan threatens Mowgli's life, black panther Bagheera offers to take Mowgli to a nearby man village where he will be safe from the tiger's wrath. Along the way, Mowgli gets tangled up in a series of encounters with a sly snake named Kaa, a swimmingly ruthless gigantopithecus named King Louie and a lazy bear named Baloo, who quickly becomes his guide to the 'bear necessities' of life.

Your ticket includes a delcious BBQ sandwich meal (by Hog Wild BBQ), a donut roast over and open fire, fun and games. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the movie "under the stars." All proceeds go to benefit missions across the world.

Presented by Christain Training Center International and sponsored by Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Bi-Lo, Ingles & Dr. David Silverstein. Advanced tickets available at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce for $10 each. At door tickets, the evening of the event, will be available for $12 each. Children 3 and under are free.

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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

Hotel Transylvania 2 Movie & Trick-Or-Treat Party
Special Event Hotel Transylvania 2 Movie Trick Or Treat Party Franklin NCDate: October 26, 2018
Show Time: 6pm Treats & Games; 7pm Movie
Ticket Prices: $5 In Advance; $7 Day of Event - Buy Tickets

The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania: Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. Also, little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty!

Come early and in costume for trick-or-treating and games beginning at 6pm; movie at 7pm. Advanced tickets $5; day of event $7.

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.

2019 Season Preview & Open House
Special Event 2019 Season Preview Open House Franklin NCDate: November 8, 2018
Show Time: 6:30pm
Ticket Prices: Free

Join us as we announce our 2019 season line-up and celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season! Enjoy refreshements, live entertainment and advanced specials on upcoming event tickets. Also, become a member of our 2019 patron club and start planning your show calendar for the upcoming year. Lots of fun, great prizes and give aways too! Don't miss out on all the excitement!

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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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