Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin NC
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.

The Coasters
Concert The Coasters Franklin NCDate: July 28, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18, $22 - Buy Tickets

Show business has never seen a group quite like The Coasters. They occupy a special niche in the music field. Because of their style and approach, they are in a class of their own. No wonder The Coasters are labeled "The Clown Princes of Rock N' Roll." The Coasters first hit "Down In Mexico" was released in the spring of 1956 and sold approximately 500,000 copies. Beginning with that career launch, they smashed the charts with such hits as "Young Blood, " "Searchin," "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown," "Poison Ivy," "Love Potion #9," and "Baby That's Rock N' Roll," earning several Gold Records. Though the members have changed over the years, the one thing that remains true is the Coasters and their songs will always be part of classic rock and roll history.

Is Genesis History? The Documentary Film
Special Event Is Genesis History The Documentary Film Franklin NCDate: August 4, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: FREE

Is Genesis History? features over a dozen scientists and scholars explaining how the world intersects with Genesis. From rock layers to fossils, from lions to stars, this fascinating film will change the way you see the world. The film's goal is to provide a reasonable case for Creation in six normal days, a real Adam and Eve, an actual fall, a global flood, and a tower of Babel. Dr. Del Tackett, creator of "The Truth Project," serves as your guide- hiking through canyons, climbing up mountains, and diving below the sea- in an exploration of two competing views and one compelling truth.

With special guest, Thomas Purifoy Jr, director of "Is Genesis History?" to introduce the film and provide an after-viewing question and answer session.

Voiceless, The Movie Presented by the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center
Special Event Voiceless The Movie Presented by the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center Franklin NCDate: August 6, 2017
Show Time: 3pm
Ticket Prices: FREE

A young, reserved, war veteran, moves to North East Philadelphia to start an inner city community outreach and puts his life on the line to stand against an abortion clinic that moved across the street from his building.

Presented by the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center

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!

2017 Eclipse NASA Live Stream & Block Party Bash
Special Event 2017 Eclipse NASA Live Stream Block Party Bash Franklin NCDate: August 21, 2017
Show Time: 11am
Ticket Prices: FREE

Don't be left in the dark! Join SMCPA for a once-in-a-lifetime event on August 21 as Franklin, NC experiences the "total blackout" of a solar eclipse. Festivities begin at 11am with a block party DJ on the front lawn while inside the theatre, watch a live video stream privided by NASA as some of their top scientists share commentary as the eclipse happens. From 12:30-1:30pm, enjoy a free concert with Mountain Faith Band on the front lawn and more DJ fun from 1:30-2pm, all leading up to the climax event at 2:35pm.

Concessions, commemorative souvenir gifts and viewing glasses will be availble for purchase all day.

Concert Crowder Franklin NCDate: September 1, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $26, $30, $34 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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 - Buy Tickets

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."

Open House & 2018 Season Kick-Off
Special Event Open House 2018 Season Kick Off Franklin NCDate: November 9, 2017
Show Time: 6:30pm
Ticket Prices: FREE

Join us as we announce our 2018 season line up. Enjoy refreshements, live entertainment and advanced specials on upcoming event tickets. Also, become a member of our 2018 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!

Jamie Grace
Concert Jamie Grace Franklin NCDate: November 11, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $23 - Buy Tickets

Jamie Grace is a musician, speaker and actress from Atlanta, Georgia. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of 11 she lives life with a streak of resilience and dedication that is well beyond her years. She began acting and singing as a young child in school and church programs. A few years after her diagnosis of TS, OCD and ADHD she began pursuing music, acting and speaking as a career and a way to encourage other kids who may also have struggles in life. As she grew as an artist, songwriter and guitarist, she developed the "Jamie Grace sound" heard in "Hold Me" and "Beautiful Day" and continued to tour and record albums. At 19 she was nominated for a Grammy Award, Billboard Award and multiple Dove Awards where she went home as the Dove Award's New Artist of the Year. At just 25 years old, now independent artist, Jamie Grace has 4 #1 radio singles, many nominations as a singer/ songwriter, millions of views on her weekly Youtube videos and a "crazy but awesome" (as Jamie explains it) tour schedule.

The Mountain Faith Band Sounds of Christmas DVD Premiere Event
Special Event The Mountain Faith Band Sounds of Christmas DVD Premiere Event Franklin NCDate: November 25, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $10 - Buy Tickets

Join Mountain Faith as they celebrate the sounds of the season with a DVD premiere event. Taped live on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and featuring family traditions, heart-warming Christmas classics and a few surprises, this new DVD is sure to become treasured viewing year after year. Enjoy a live pre-show concert by Mountain Faith before the premiere presentation.

An Oak Ridge Boys Christmas
Concert An Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Franklin NCDate: December 1, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $36, $41, $46 - On Sale: 8/1/2017
9:00 AM

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each of the boys remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others. Creating a first act of their all time favorite hits and a second act of Christmas classics, An Oak Ridge Boys Christmas is an evening of memories, holiday wishes and most of all, great music.

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

Event Sponsor:
Kevin J. Foley MD PA

A Merry Motown Christmas
Concert A Merry Motown Christmas Franklin NCDate: December 16, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25, $30 VIP - On Sale: 8/1/2017
9:00 AM

Join us for a soulful tribute to the sounds of the season with a musical concert/ production featuring character tributes, celebrating the evolution of Soul Music, from Motown and beyond. The repertoire of songs spans more than 30 years of Soul classics. The show features multiple dancers and singers, dazzling choreography, glittering costumes and superb musicianship from a live band.

$30 VIP includes seating in the first two rows of the auditorium and a special pre-show meet and greet with the artists.

Christmas With the Annie Moses Band
Concert Christmas With the Annie Moses Band Franklin NCDate: December 22, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25 - On Sale: 8/1/2017
9:00 AM

The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians, combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship.The Band's innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world - in record breaking numbers of airings on PBS and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The members of the Band are also family. Veteran composer, Bill Wolaver, weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while the virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making. The Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. And now, the Annie Moses Band invites you to come celebrate Christmas as they create an exciting and inspirational concert full of traditional and sacred holiday favorites.

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