Walker Center season tickets on sale July 22
Season tickets for the Walker Center’s 2013-14 season go on
sale July 22 at noon, with individual tickets on sale Aug. 12.
“We are pleased to introduce to you the 2013-14 season lineup,” said Tabitha Hudler, lead events specialist at Wilkes Community College, which houses the Walker Center. “Whether you like country, big band, comedy or a trip down Memory Lane, we’ve got something for everyone. You don’t have to travel far for quality entertainment.”
The 2013-14 season opens Friday, Sept. 13, with one of the most recognizable sounds in the music industry — The Oak Ridge Boys. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oaks have spawned dozens of country hits and a No. 1 pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards and garnered a host of other accolades.
The Oaks bring four decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere.
The hands of time turn backwards Friday, Oct. 11, with The Hit Men. This super-group features musicians, vocalists, arrangers and composers who were in Frankie Valli’s Four Seasons. They’ve played with The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow and Elton John, and their legacy includes hundreds of hit records from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Walker Center welcomes one of country music’s brightest stars, the legendary Clint Black. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs. One-third of these songs achieved hit song status, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. CMT lists Black’s 1989 critically acclaimed debut album, the triple platinum “Killin’ Time,” as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.
The Walker Center’s ever-popular holiday show on Thursday, Dec. 5, brings American Big Band, a show-stopping synthesis of big band and Broadway. American Big Band will perform all-time holiday hits “from Bing to Bublé.” According to event organizers, the cast of eight performers, accompanied by a 12-piece big band, “delivers excitement from the dawn of the big band era through the decades into the 21st century.”
Audience members should come prepared for a laugh or dozen Friday, March 28, with Etta May & the Southern Fried Chicks. What’s the best way to describe Etta May? According to organizers, “Minnie Pearl with a migraine. To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass.” Etta May won the prestigious American Comedy Awards, “Stand-Up Comic of the Year” and has appeared on “Oprah,” “Comic Strip Live,” MTV and as a guest commentator on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
1964 … The Tribute wraps up the 2013-14 Walker Center season. Since the early ’80s, 1964 has been taking The Beatles experience around the globe. Audience members can join in the journey Friday, May 9, and sing along to their favorite Beatles hits, like “Yellow Submarine,” “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Help!” “Day Tripper” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Rolling Stone calls this show the “best Beatles tribute on Earth.”
“Having a performing arts center on the campus of Wilkes Community College creates a foundation of entertainment for our community and surrounding areas,” Hudler said. “We hope that you will join us for a season to remember.”
Season tickets, which include all six performances, range in price from $150 to $225. For more information, contact the Walker Center box office at (336) 838-6260 or send an email to (email@example.com) The box office is open Monday through Thursday, from noon to 5 p.m., and on Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.