2019 Winter-Spring Spotlight: Peoples Bank Theatre announces new lineup

Peoples Bank Theatre has announced its 2019 Winter-Spring Spotlight Series with eight national touring artists highlighting the theater’s 100th anniversary.

The shows include concerts, comedy, acrobatics and silent movies with live accompaniment.

The headliners are Amy Grant, Crystal Gayle, Lewis Black, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Runa, Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra and the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday.

Full event details and ticket information are available at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours at the box office, located in The Stage Door at 224 Putnam St., are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one-to-two hours prior to most performances.

¯ The first show in the series will be Crystal Gayle at 8 p.m. Feb. 9.

Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017 by her sister Loretta Lynn, Gayle is the first female artist in the country to reach platinum status with more than 20 No. 1 hits. Renowned for her classic recording of her timeless signature song “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Gayle also scored with her multi-format hits “You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep,” “When I Dream,” “Half the Way” and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, “Just You and I.”

¯ Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. March 1.

The annual Colony Short Film Festival opens with a nod to Peoples Bank Theatre’s 100th birthday. The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will take the audience back in time to experience the movie-going experience of the 1910s and 1920s.

¯ Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at 7 p.m. March 9.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company.

¯ Runa will perform at 8 p.m. March 16.

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” Runa has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008.

¯ Ricky Skaggs will perform at 8 p.m. March 23.

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs returns to Peoples Bank Theatre after recently being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His album “Bluegrass Rules!” swept major music awards, topped the charts and cemented his reputation for bringing the genre to the masses.

¯ Lewis Black will be featured at 8 p.m. April 12.

Known as the king of the rant, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.

¯ Connie Smith will perform at 8 p.m. May 11.

Smith, a native of Ohio, will make her first appearance at the Peoples Bank Theatre stage. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has earned 11 Grammy nominations, and landed on the Billboard Top Ten country singles charts 20 times.

¯ The final performer in the series will be Amy Grant at 8 p.m. June 21.

Grant has been dubbed the “Queen of Christian Pop.” She has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including three multi-platinum, six platinum, and four gold.

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