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J.E. Broyhill Civic Center Announces 2014-2015 Showcase of Stars

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center has announced the line up for its 2014-2015 Showcase of Stars featuring a variety of live entertainment events including music, comedy and more. The Civic Center has also announced a special “All In” rate offering tickets to all 10 shows for $99 (plus tax).

Ralph Stanley

The season will kick off with Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley on Saturday, Sept. 20. With a career spanning six decades and countless awards, Stanley has sealed his place in music history as one of the most influential artists of all time. Despite announcing his retirement last year, Stanley is still going strong and will once again grace the Civic Center stage with his unique and haunting talent for bluegrass and mountain music. In Dr. Stanley’s own words, “God has had his hand on my career for the past 68 years. It’s up to him when I will quit. I have no plans of slowing down. I love my fans, and I love performing.” Don’t miss Dr. Stanley at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Sept. 20. Tickets for the show are $24 (plus tax) for adults and $12 (plus tax) for children/students.

The Hit Men

The Hit Men will take the stage on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Hit Men are hit makers of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s - performing and/or recording members of mega-star acts including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Elton John and Kiki Dee. This brotherhood of musicians has a friendship that dates back over 50 years and they have reunited to go out on tour again, to relive the magic they created on stages around the world and in recording studios years ago. With The Hit Men, you can experience the hits of decades past the way you first heard them, a musical legacy that includes great Four Seasons songs made popular again by Broadway’s Jersey Boys and so many other memorable solid gold hits. The Hit Men will bring the music you love to the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center Stage on Oct. 18. Tickets for the show are $24 (plus tax) for adults and $10 (plus tax) for children/students.

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Civic Center will present Christian artists Mark Schultz and Selah as they kick off Compassion International’s You Amaze Us Tour with special guest Tyrus Morgan. Acoustic performances by all three artists will create a personal connection with the audience through worshipful and heart-warming music fans have come to love from these Christian artists. Selah will perform many of their #1 hits and top 10 singles, along with songs from their latest album “You Amaze Us.” Mark Schultz will bring his popular songs such as “All Things Possible” and “One Day” and music from his new “Hymns” album. Tyrus Morgan will perform and will speak on behalf of Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry. Be among the first to experience the “You Amaze Us Tour” right here at home at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Nov. 1. Tickets for the show are $15 (plus tax) for adults and $8 (plus tax) for children/students.

The talented players of Foothills Performing Arts will usher in the holiday season with “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity,” Dec. 4-7. Join Rev. Ledbetter and the Open Heart Community Fellowship for a down-home nativity celebration in this joyous Appalachian musical revue. Beginning with the story of Adam and Eve, leading up to the birth of Jesus, Beautiful Star is a retelling of the Christmas story that will have you tapping your toes and singing its praises. This is a holiday show featuring our own local talent. Bring in the season with Foothills Performing Arts! Tickets for the show are $15 (plus tax) for adults and $8 (plus tax) for children/students.

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts will ring in the new year at the Civic Center on Thursday, Jan. 22. Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American Music and stories. Holt plays 10 acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and Southern folktales. Join David Holt for a night of Americana through story and song. Tickets for the show are $12 (plus tax) for adults and $5 (plus tax) for children/students.

Dr. Elliot Engel returns to the Civic Center and will present an interesting and in-depth look at the Vanderbilt family with his presentation “The Vanderbilts: All of Them.” Dr. Elliot Engel is a scholar, performer and storyteller whose infectious enthusiasm and radiant wit create an imaginative and delightful presentation. During the presentation, Dr. Engel traces the amazing tale of this famous American dynasty from Cornelius, born in the 18th century, to Gloria of the designer jeans. The triumphs and tragedies are all placed in the context of family dynamics and historical influences. What emerges is a story of riches, wretched excess and real, raw emotional lives. Join Dr. Engel for this fascinating look at one of North Carolina’s most famous families, Feb. 24 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Tickets for the event are $12 (plus tax) for adults and $5 (plus tax) for children/students.

On Saturday, March 28, the Civic Center will once again host the Caldwell Musicians Showcase. 2015 will mark the 17th annual showcase, which brings together some of our area’s most talented musicians and singer/songwriters for an evening of homegrown entertainment! Join local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent for an evening of music, Caldwell County style. Tickets for the event are $10 (plus tax) for adults and $5 (plus tax) for children/students.

Sarah Jarosz will bring her musical talents to the Civic Center stage on Saturday, April 4. Jarosz is a multi-Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside of Austin, Texas and makes her home in New York City. Still in her early 20s, she graduated in 2013 from New England Conservatory with a degree in contemporary improvisation in the same month her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, was released. Jarosz, who fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect, has long been embraced for the depth and maturity of her songwriting, her pure and nuanced vocals, and her instrumental mastery. Tickets for the show are $20 (plus tax) for adults and $8 (plus tax) for children/students.

Bring the whole family on Tuesday, April 21 for a night of musical fun with “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.” Let your hair down in this charming new musical by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman and presented by the players of Casa Mañana Professional Regional Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. The evil enchantress Lady ZaZa has banished Princess Rapunzel to the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest in an effort to rule the kingdom herself. It is up to handsome Sir Roderick and his hairdressing sidekick Edgar to restore the kingdom as they also search for true love and a perfect head of hair. Will they find everything they are looking for in Princess Rapunzel? With a dragon who’s lost his poof, a neurotic gypsy woman and a magical cast of characters, this hilarious twist on the classic fairy tale will delight princes and princesses of all ages. Tickets for the show are $12 (plus tax) for adults and $5 (plus tax) for children/students.

Open House announcement

Rounding out the season on Saturday, May 9 will be comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer. With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is among the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions and memorable stand-up. Enjoy an evening full of laughs with Jim Breuer on May 9 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. Tickets for the show are $24 (plus tax) for adults and $10 (plus tax) for children/students.

The Civic Center will also present two “Dinner and a Show” meal events this season. The first will be “Pop Rock Buffet” on Saturday, Oct. 18 prior to “The Hit Men” show. The second will be “An Appalachian Christmas Buffet” on Saturday, Dec. 5 prior to the FPA show “An Appalachian Nativity.” Meal prices are $12 (plus tax) for adults and $6 (plus tax) for children.

Individual tickets to all events will be available starting July 14 through the Civic Center Box Office and online. The Civic Center is also offering a special “ALL IN” Subscriber rate, which includes a ticket to every show for only $99 (plus tax). For more information on any of the above events or to reserve your tickets, call 828-726-2407 or visit