Walker Center debuts 2012-13 season lineup

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Article Published: May. 24, 2012 | Modified: May. 31, 2012
Walker Center debuts 2012-13 season lineup

Tommy James and the Shondells performed Friday, May 18, at the Walker Center in Wilkesboro.

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Tommy James and the Shondells delivered a memorable performance Friday, May 18, at the John A. Walker Community Center in Wilkesboro.

James performed all of his classic rock-n-roll hits of the ‘60s, including “Mony, Mony,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.”

Guests at Friday’s performance received a special treat – the debut of the Walker Center’s 2012-13 season show lineup.

John Tesh Big Band Live! opens the season on Friday, Sept. 14, with a trip down memory lane for some and a creative discovery for others.

Tesh and his 12-piece band will explore the golden years of big band music. Audience members will hear hits like “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “L-O-V-E,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “In the Mood,” “Summer Wind” and more. This show is sponsored by Hampton Inn and http://www.visitwilkesboronc.com.

Next up are some soft ballads and country-pop from a lady as well known for her long flowing hair as she is for her supple voice. Crystal Gayle will perform Friday, Oct. 26, with some of her greatest hits, like “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “You’ve Been Talking in Your Sleep” and “Half the Way.” This performance is sponsored by InterFlex Group.

The Walker Center’s ever-popular holiday show brings Restless Heart Christmas, sponsored by Hardee’s, to Wilkesboro on Friday, Nov. 30. Legendary country music band Restless Heart combines songs of the season with its greatest hits, including “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)” and “Bluest Eyes in Texas.”

Audiences can take a nostalgic journey through the most popular movie musicals of the last 50 years with “Hooray for Hollywood” on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Featuring a cast of 14 singers and dancers, a six-piece band live on stage and more than 300 costume changes, the show also promises film clips of cinematic favorites, such as “Singing in the Rain,” “The Glenn Miller Story,” “Grease,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Titanic.”

“Hooray for Hollywood” sings and dances its way through more than 30 songs, including “Staying Alive,” “All that Jazz,” “Dancing Queen,” “Jailhouse Rock” and many more. Carolina West Wireless is sponsoring “Hooray for Hollywood.”

Next, the Walker Center saddles up for “Roots and Boots,” featuring Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie, performing Friday, March 8. This show is filled with stories and songs by Tippin, Kershaw and Diffie, as they perform on stage together acoustic versions of more than 40 Top 10 hits. “Roots and Boots” is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

The 2012-13 season closes on Friday, May 17, with “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” presented by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and sponsored by Wells Fargo. “Ricky Nelson Remembered” is a unique multimedia entertainment event, featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs, performed by his own twin sons. The show includes never-before-seen big-screen video footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Nelson.

For more information about the Walker Center’s 2012-13 season or to renew season tickets, contact the Walker Center box office at (336) 838-6260 or (walker.boxoffice@wilkescc.edu)

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