MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre will kick off its 2018 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series this month.
The season’s headliners include Wynonna & The Big Noise, Lorrie Morgan, Mountain Stage, Paula Poundstone, Randy Bachman, Peter Yarrow, Kathy Mattea, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hot Rize, Hot Tuna, and the return of Cirque-tacular.
This series will also be the first to take advantage of The Stage Door, Peoples Bank Theatre’s new space for member and VIP events before and after select performances.
Full event details and ticket information for these events and more are available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours at the box office are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and one-to-two hours prior to most performances. Located at 222 Putnam Street in Marietta, Peoples Bank Theatre is managed by the nonprofit Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association.
* Country star Lorrie Morgan will perform at 8 p.m. July 14 at Peoples Bank Theatre. Tickets range from $28-$96.
One of the biggest country music stars of the past 20 years, Morgan has sold more than 5 million albums and scored more than 15 Top 10 country hits. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, she is recognized as one of the greatest female singers of her generation.
The first woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, Morgan re-emerged recently on Shanachie Entertainment with a new album, “Letting Go … Slow.”
* Cirque-tacular presents The Art of Circus will be 7 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets range from $25-$35.
Peoples Bank Theatre welcomes the return of the very first group to perform for the theatre’s Grand Reopening weekend in January 2016. The Art Of Circus, Cirque-tacular’s newest theatrical production, is inspired by the world’s great visual art masterpieces, the artists who created them, and the eras that birthed the most iconic images over the last 500 years.
The show features dazzling dancers, thrilling acrobatics, world record holders, internationally renowned circus performers, and an original score by four-time ASCAP award winner, Jesse Elder (Postmodern Jukebox) performed by live musicians.
* Wynonna & The Big Noise will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 18. Tickets range from $44-$144.
Wynonna has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her 34-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo The Judds, Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” She has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”
Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B. Schmit.
* Mountain Stage will return to the PBT stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 19. Tickets range from $20-$34.
For more than 30 years Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. The two-hour radio show is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by National Public Radio weekly on more than 240 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org. The show, which is recorded before a live audience, features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music, and beyond.
* Another returning artist will be standup comedian Paula Poundstone at 8 p.m. Aug. 25. Tickets are $22-$38.
Poundstone’s wit and impeccable timing has earned her a spot as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Her commentaries appear on CBS Sunday Morning and guest appearances include Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Last Call with Carson Daly, Weekend Edition and “Puzzle Master” with Will Shortz. Poundstone is recognized on Comedy Central’s list of The 100 Best Standup Comics of All Time.
She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and she is included in a number of lists, documentaries, and literary compendiums noting influential standup comedians.
* Randy Bachman will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 31. Tickets are $50-$140.
In a rare, intimate setting, Bachman weaves together the iconic hits of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive with the often-humorous stories that brought the songs to life. Inspired by his award-winning radio program Vinyl Tap, Bachman takes his master story-telling and musical knowledge on the road and takes fans on a retrospective of his career.
* Lonesome Traveler: The Concert – With special guest Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary will be presented at 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Tickets are $30-$100.
Lonesome Traveler is the concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical that celebrates the music of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Crosby Stills & Nash and more, plus a special tribute to Leonard Cohen.
* The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Tickets are $20-$40.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics such as “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “String of Pearls,” and “Tuxedo Junction” back to the stage. More than 20 musicians and singers bring the Glenn Miller sound to life.
* Country legend Kathy Mattea will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $19-$39.
A Grammy Award-winner, Mattea and her band present a unique blend of bluegrass, gospel and Celtic influences that have earned her multiple Country Music Awards, as well as Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Top Female Vocalist from The Academy of Country Music.
The singer has produced such number one hits classics as “18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been,” “Goin’ Gone,” “Untold Stories” and “Life as We Knew It.” Not content to dominate in one genre, Mattea has also been award the Grammy for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
* Hot Rize featuring Red Knuckles and The Trailblazers will be featured at 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are $35-$104.
Hot Rize has been astounding the bluegrass world with their fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music ever since their formation in 1978. The band’s unique and progressive style of bluegrass, powerful original songs, tight-as-a-drum ensemble playing, and dynamic stage show quickly made them stars on the major festival circuit and far beyond. In 1990, Hot Rize won the first-ever International Bluegrass Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award and in 1991 they picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass album and won IBMA Song of the Year.
* The final performance of the series will feature Hot Tuna at 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets are $25-$119.99.
Started as a side project during their Jefferson Airplane days, the constant, the very definition of Hot Tuna, has always been Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in rock history. From their days playing together as teenagers in the Washington, D.C., area, through years of inventive psychedelic rock in San Francisco (1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees), to their current acoustic and electric blues sound, no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. At the 2016 Grammys, Kaukonen and Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.