Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin NC
Selah with Guest Speaker, Missy Robertson of Duck Dynasty
Concert Selah with Guest Speaker Missy Robertson of Duck Dynasty Franklin NCDate: February 4, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $18, $20, $30 VIP - Buy Tickets

We're excited to announce the Blessed & Unbreakable Tour featuring Selah and speaker Missy Robertson of TV's Duck Dynasty, presented by Compassion International. The award-winning Selah will be releasing a new full length album, Unbreakable, in the Spring, and will perform some brand new songs as well as favorite songs, such as "You Amaze Us" and "You Raise Me Up". Missy Robertson, author of Blessed, Blessed...Blessed, will be speaking on the story of her family's fight to love hard, stay strong, and keep the faith when life can't be fixed. Missy appears on the hit TV show, Duck Dynasty. She is the wife of Jase Robertson and mom to Reed, Cole, and Mia. VIP tickets include seating in the first two rows of the auditorium and a special back stage meet and greet with the artists.

The Booth Brothers
Concert The Booth Brothers Franklin NCDate: February 10, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20 - Buy Tickets

Ronnie, Michael, and Paul are deeply committed to musical excellence yet have a greater desire to impact the hearts of those listening to their music. Refreshing humor, inspiring songs, and encouraging words are embedded in every concert. This trio, collectively and individually, has been acknowledged as one of the finest in the business having received many awards over the years, including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Trio of the Year, Male Group of the Year, Best Live Performers, Artist of the Year and others. Although the group is grateful for the recognition of their work, their aspiration is for all honor and glory to be God's alone.

Heart for Families presents a "Date Night" Live Simulcast
Special Event Heart for Families presents a Date Night Live Simulcast Franklin NCDate: February 12, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $5 in advance, $10 day of event - Buy Tickets

Join Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott in a live simulcast on the big screen of the SMCPA for a fun evening filled with humor, fresh insight and new strategies for your relationship. Date Night 2/12 is for everyone- newlyweds, "oldyweds," seriously dating, engaged couples- anyone wanting to make a good relationship great.
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are a husband and wife team who not only share the same name, but the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships. Married in 1984, the Parrotts bring real-life examples to their speaking platform. Their professional training, Leslie as a marriage therapist and Les as a clinical psychologist, ensures a presentation that is grounded, insightful and cutting edge. As #1 New York Times best-selling authors, their books have sold over two million copies in more than two dozen languages, and include best-selling and Gold-medallion winner, "Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts." Other popular titles include, "Real Relationships," "L.O.V.E.," "The Parent Who You Want to Be," "Trading Places," "TheComplete Guide to Marriage Mentoring," and "Love Talk."

We've Only Just Begun: The Carpenters Remembered
Concert Weve Only Just Begun The Carpenters Remembered Franklin NCDate: February 18, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25 - Buy Tickets

Long ago and oh so far away the world fell in love with the Carpenters and their era-defining repertoire of songs. "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" is the definitive show celebrating those songs and one of the most successful recording acts of all time.Led by Michelle Berting-Brett and accompanied by a live, 7-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, the show re-creates the Carpenters' original sound. From California to New York City to SOLD OUT performances in Las Vegas, "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" has been met with enthusiasm from Carpenters' fans and reviewers alike.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Concert The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Franklin NCDate: March 3, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $24, $28, $32 - Buy Tickets

Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. Come join Jeff, Jimmie, Bob and John as they celebrate "50 Years of Dirt!"

Natural Bodybuilding & Physiques Federation Competition
Special Event Natural Bodybuilding Physiques Federation Competition Franklin NCDate: March 11, 2017
Show Time: 5pm
Ticket Prices: $25 General Admission - Buy Tickets

Natural Bodybuilding Physique Federation (NBPF) will be holding their third annual bikini, figure, and bodybuilding championships in the great smoky mountains. NBPF is an all natural Christian organization that believes the human body is the holy temple. NBPF will be hosting a wide variety of competitive classes that will vary from weight, height, and age. Each competitor will be administered a drug test approved by the NBPF. A professional and experienced judges panel will exercise their expertise in comparisons among competitors in the morning event. Evening finals will be a show the south is sure to remember with group comparison and single performances. Placement and overall winners will be awarded with prizes and limited sponsorship.

Charlotte's Web
Play Charlottes Web Franklin NCDates: March 17-18, 2017 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 - Buy Tickets

E.B. White's beloved children's tale is brought to life on stage in this faithful adaptation, which finds the young farm pig, Wilbur, attempting to avoid a dire fate. Of all the barnyard creatures, Wilbur's most treasured friend is Charlotte, a thoughtful spider who devises an intriguing plan to keep the gentle little swine out of the slaughterhouse. Although Charlotte's efforts, which involve words written in her delicate web, seem far-fetched, they may just work. A wonderful story of friendship, sacrifice and growing up for the entire family. A one-act production approximately one hour in length.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

The Texas Tenors
Concert The Texas Tenors Franklin NCDate: March 24, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $24, $28, $32 - Buy Tickets

With their Emmy Award winning PBS special and Billboard chart topping albums, it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are America's favorite new tenors. Since their whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans. They have performed more than 1000 concerts around the world, including collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas in the United States. People are clearly enjoying their talent as they were recently named the #10 Classical Artist in the world according to Billboard magazine. With their breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm, it is easy to see why the Texas Tenors create one of the most unforgettable live shows in the world today.

Mickey Gilley
Concert Mickey Gilley Franklin NCDate: March 31, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $24, $28 - Buy Tickets

Mickey Gilley has accomplished what most artists only dream of- a long and fulfilling career marked by loyal fans and success. With a stream of number-one hits, including, "Roomful of Roses," "I Overlooked and Orchid,""City Lights," "Talk to Me" and "You've Really Got a Hold On Me," Mickey Gilley's music has stood the test of time for over 40 years. In all, Mickey has achieved a remarkable 39 Top-Ten country hits, with 17 of those reaching the No. 1 spot on the country charts. He also has received awards for Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. When asked of his greatest achievement, Mickey says quite honestly, "I love getting on stage and performing a good show for good people."

The Beach Boys
Concert The Beach Boys Franklin NCDate: April 6, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $45, $50, $55 - Buy Tickets

As The Beach Boys mark more than half a century making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America's musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world with such hits as "Surfin' USA," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Good Vibrations," and so many more. With over 100 million records sold world-wide, the Beach Boys have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
Concert Denver and the Mile High Orchestra Franklin NCDate: April 21, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $24 - Buy Tickets

Blending a red hot horn section, along with jazz and big band roots, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra have created a power funk sound that defies description and is unlike any other. With Denver Bierman, writing and arranging the band's music, the diverse sounds of legends such as Stevie Wonder, Chicago, and Earth Wind and Fire combine for a fresh look at contemporary pop. Denver and the Mile High Orchestra wowed all of America, as they made the finale of the FOX-TV "American Idol" spin off "The Next Great American Band." They've garnered praise and a devoted fan base from Greece to Hollywood, having played the Summer Olympics in Athens, and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. While the music is what defines the band, the live show makes a fan for life. Tight production, a lot of fun and the unexpected make "DMHO live" an experience like no other.

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.

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 - On Sale: 2/1/2017
9:00 AM

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.

Mountain Voices
Concert Mountain Voices Franklin NCDate: June 29, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $12 General Admission - On Sale: 2/1/2017
9:00 AM

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 - On Sale: 2/1/2017
9:00 AM

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 - On Sale: 3/1/2017
9:00 AM

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

Special Event Folkmoot Franklin NCDate: July 27, 2017
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $21, $26, $31 - On Sale: 3/1/2017
9:00 AM

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.

Concert Shenandoah Franklin NCDate: August 11, 2017
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $24, $28 - On Sale: 4/3/2017
9:00 AM

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 - On Sale: 4/3/2017
9:00 AM

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!

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

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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