LUMBERTON — The Carolina Civic Center has announced its new season, for which tickets go on sale July 24.
The 2018-19 season will feature soul music, local talent, a holiday favorite, a Broadway classic and down home country music.
The season opener will be the Masters of Soul on Sept. 14. A regular sellout show, Masters of Soul is a celebration of artists discovered in the Motor City in the 1960s. The show features costumed, fully choreographed tributes to male and female groups of the era, backed by a band of seasoned musicians who have been performing together for decades.
Audience can relive or experience for the first time the harmonies and smooth moves by acts such as The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, and more. This high-energy show is for all ages.
An evening with “The Voice” contestant Brooke Simpson and Charly Lowry will come next on Oct. 13.
From recording her first song at the age of 2, to being a part of NBC’s “The Voice,” Simpson has led a life that is one with her music. This past winter she received a four-chair turn on “The Voice,” with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season.
Robeson County native Lowry will open for Simpson.
In partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council and as part of its annual Bluegrass on the Blackwater series, Sweet Potato Pie is scheduled to perform Nov. 1.
Sweet Potato Pie has been entertaining audiences for more than a decade with a blend of Americana, bluegrass, country and gospel music mixed in a style they call sweet grass. Radio and TV are well acquainted with their vocals from appearances on PBS, the Food Network and worldwide radio broadcasts. Hailed as the Lennon Sisters of Bluegrass, their show revolves around their three-part harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and down home humor.
The annual “A Robeson County Christmas” show will return Dec. 6 through Dec. 9. The annual holiday musical revue is for the entire family and features the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays. This year’s show features Lumberton’s own Rebekah Revels Lowery, X-Factor Top 40 selection Brent Tyler and Jef the Mime, the dancing of “The Civettes” and performances by the show’s youth cast. The theater will be decorated for Christmas and there will be appearances by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus.
Farewell Angelina will take the stage Feb. 16. Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Roughstock calls them a “Superstar Act … with Killer Songs.” The band includes longtime friends Nicole Witt, Andrea Young, Lisa Torres and Lauren Lucas.
The 2019 shows include: March 16, My Time to Shine Talent Competition, a talent competition with a grand prize of $1,000; March 16, La Patronal, a brass band from Lima Peru; April 27, Satchmo: Tribute to Louis Armstrong with master trumpeter, Dean Simms; and June 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, “Annie,” directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, and based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray.
The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is located in downtown Lumberton at Fourth and Chestnut streets, just a block north of the downtown plaza. For a full schedule and to sign up for the theater’s e-newsletter visit the website at www.carolinaciviccenter.com or e-mail [email protected] The Carolina Civic Center mobile app is available for free on iTunes or the Google Play App store.