The Newberry (S.C.) Opera House has announced its new season, which sticks to tried-and-true celebrity artists whose loyal fans have packed the 426-seat theater in recent years.
Augusta-area music fans have come to love the 1881-built facility since every seat on the main floor and balcony provides an intimate, up-close theatrical experience.
Artists also have come to love the small town about an hour’s drive from Augusta with their back stage meals usually home prepared by theater volunteers.
You can get mailed a free, colorful booklet detailing the 2017-2018 season and seating chart by writing Executive Director Molly Fortune or Marketing Director Micah Decker at Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC 29108.
Tell them I told you to write them. Or visit their website at newberryoperahouse.com or call the box office at (803) 276-6264.
Here are some of the season’s acts:
Bluegrass: Mountain Heart, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24; Steep Canyon Rangers, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16; Sierra Hull, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; Chatham County Line, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5; Three On A String, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6; Balsam Range, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7; Ganstagrass, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22
Country: Riders in the Sky, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5; Mandy Barnett, 3 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12; Sawyer Brown, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20; Ozark Jubliee Country Christmas, 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30; Travis Tritt, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14; Jimmy Fortune, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27; John Anderson, 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25; Delbert McClinton, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24; Oak Ridge Boys, 3 and 8 p.m. Friday, April 13
Classic Rock: Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9; Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon recreated album, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10; The Fab Four, The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles and Ed Sullivan, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; Darlene Love, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7; B.J. Thomas, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; The Coasters, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12; Yacht Rock Revue, 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18; The Embers, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12; The Platters, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours re-created album, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21; Peter, Paul &Mary and Simon &Garfunkel tribute, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26; Arlo Guthrie, 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; Journey band tribute, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10; Beach Boys tribute show, 8 p.m. Friday, March 16; Marshall Tucker Band, 8 p.m. Friday, March 23; Million Dollar Quartet, 3 and 8 p.m. Monday, March 26; Led Zeppelin’s recreated II album, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8; Edwin McCain, 8 p.m. Friday, April 20; Rick Alviti’s Elvis tribute, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Southern Gospel: Guy Penrod, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6; Kingdom Heirs, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11; Sandi Patty, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3; Dailey &Vincent gospel show, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, and bluegrass show 8 p.m. the same day
CATCHING LUKE COMBS AND FRIENDS: You will find rising country singer Luke Combs on Saturday, Sept. 2, headlining the Country Under The Stars benefit concert in Hephzibah. The next day, Combs will be opening for superstar Luke Bryan at the fifth annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, a three-day festival in Panama City, Fla.
Saturday’s local concert begins at 4 p.m. at the Jessie Carroll Community Center, 5073 Storey Mill Road, where Combs will be joined by Justin Dukes, Daniel Johnson and Ray Fulcher.
Tickets are $25 advance, $35 at the gate; buy at www.cityspintickets.com/e/country-under-the-stars
The Friends With Benefits local entertainment company organized the event to support the athletic program at the new charter school in Hephzibah.
Combs, a 27-year-old native of Asheville, N.C., saw his album This One’s For You debut at No. 1 last June on the Billboard Country Albums chart.
His debut, major label single Hurricane sold Platinum. He currently is pushing his second single When It Rains It Pours.
Emily Yahr, writing in The Washington Post, noted of Combs’ breakout single, “He wrote Hurricane in November 2014, shortly after moving to Nashville, where he barely knew anyone. Combs arrived in town from Boone, N.C., where he had gained a loyal following playing shows as a student at Appalachian State University and already recorded two EPs on his own.
“When he arrived for a co-writing session with Thomas Archer and Taylor Phillips, Combs had an idea in his phone for a song title called Hurricane.
“After brainstorming, they decided to tell the story of one of their friends who had recently broken up with someone. The tune opens as the narrator starts to relax at a bar, when all of a sudden his ex walks in – and the jolt of seeing her again hits him like a hurricane.”
Combs just finished a cross-country tour called The Devil Don’t Sleep opening for Brantley Gilbert.
SPECIAL THINGS COMING UP:
7 Bridges, The Ultimate Eagles Experience, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, $39.50; Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans
Ricky Skaggs &Kentucky Thunder, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, Imperial Theatre, $15, $23, $28; first concert of the season for the Morris Museum of Art, Budweiser True Music Southern Soul &Song series
Cody Ray Slaughter, returns with his Elvis ‘56 tribute show at 7:30 pm. Saturday, Sept. 9, Imperial Theatre; $19, $29, $39
Clint Black, Sept. 14, Evans Towne Center Park, $25-$55 at freshtix.com or Security Federal Bank