Fall into winter with live entertainment and treat yourself to a night out on the town at the Foundation Performing Arts Center. The 2017-2018 season is heating up with great offerings for the whole family. As the hustle and bustle of the holidays draw near and free time is increasingly hard to find, a local venue for entertainment is the perfect get-a-way without having to wrestle the traffic and parking nightmares of big city venues. Nestled in the heart of Spindale, the Foundation provides quality performances, easy access, and a diverse and exciting schedule of upcoming events.
Tonight, Thursday the 19th, at 7:30 - experience "THE MAGIC OF GERSHWIN," presented by JOSEPH WEBB'S JAZZ ERA REVUE, for a two-hour cabaret show celebrating the American classics of George and Ira Gershwin. Dr. Webb's Revue is composed of seven accomplished area musicians, backed by a brilliant young jazz pianist. It is set in a re-creation of the ambiance of a New York style jazz club--everyone at tables in the lobby with black tablecloths, mirrors, and candles, (minus the smoke and live fire). In the spirit of the club atmosphere, snack foods will provided for all attendees, and various non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase during the show.
On Friday, November 10th, The Foundation will present their annual Veterans Day Concert celebrating our men and women in uniform. The Rutherford Community Chorus will open the show with a selection of rousing and emotionally charged patriotic music. The second half of the show will feature Ol' 74 Jazz, a big band style ensemble of professional musicians and vocalists. Selections will vary from 40's big band classics to adaptations of current hits. Following the concert, there will be a fireworks display over Lake Emogene. This concert is FREE to all Veterans.
On Thursday, November 16th, The Coasters return to the Foundation. Since 1956, The Coasters® have released chart topping hits like "Down in Mexico", "Yakety Yak", "Poison Ivy", "Charlie Brown", and other tunes that helped define an era. Show business has never seen a group quite like The Coasters®. Over sixty years, the quartet is still going strong carrying on the legacy of the original Coasters under the management of Veta Gardner, widow of Carl Gardner, the original lead singer and founder of The Coasters®.
Just two days later, on Saturday, the 18th, accomplished and award winning Americana-Roots group, The Mountain Faith Band, based in the mountains of North Carolina, will take the stage. Besides performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Mountain Faith was a Season 10 Semi-finalist on TV's America's Got Talent. Accompanying the band will be Sadie Robertson of the A& E show Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars fame. Sadie is an inspirational speaker and author of "Live Originals." Proceeds from this show will benefit the nonprofit literacy initiative, I Write My Story, Inc.
Closing out November, on the 30th, will be The Gibson Brothers' Christmas Concert. The Gibson Brothers brand of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony, making them the premiere brother duet of the genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. Special guests for this holiday concert will be musicians Joe Newberry and April Verch.
December begins with a bang as the Rutherford County Symphony presents a special Holiday Concert on December 1st at 7:30. The concert will feature the full orchestra with some special guest. More information will become available in November.
The last show of December will be the theatrical production "One Appalachian Christmas." Two performances are scheduled for Wednesday, December 6th, with the first performance beginning at 10 am and the second at 12 noon. "The year is 1936. Christmas is coming but Addie Parker and her friend Clyde Runion are afraid that "Santy Claus" won't be coming to their poor little town in the Appalachian Mountains. But, the two are determined to make the holiday the best it can be. With some hard work and the help of family and friends, they learn that the best Christmases don't come from the pages of a mail order catalog."
For more information about these shows and a sneak peek into what's in store for 2018, visit www.foundationshows.org. In January alone, Happy Birthday Elvis!, Goin' Across the Mountain Live with Doyle Lawson & Quicksliver along with Blue Highway, and pop violinist Lucia Micarelli are already scheduled. See you there!