Music legend Delbert McClinton will return to Wilson for the 2017-18 Boykin Center Series 21. McClinton performed to a packed house here back in 2014.
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By Lisa Boykin Batts
The new Boykin Series 21 season is already attracting attention from music-lovers who can’t wait to see such acts as The Little River Band, Marty Stuart and Delbert McClinton on the Boykin Center stage.
Even though individual tickets won’t go on sale until Aug. 1, some season tickets have already been sold, according to Barry Page, executive director of the Arts Council of Wilson. And people are coming up to him, telling him they are excited about the lineup.
There are a few changes to the season this year.
“We have basically jumped and are trying eight events instead of six,” Page said.
The Arts Council of Wilson is also offering a split season this year: four shows in the fall for $125, and four shows in the winter/spring for $100. Both seasons can be purchased for $200. The price of individual tickets varies.
• The fall season kicks off in a big way with The Little River Band on Sept. 21. The band had huge hits in the 1970s and ’80s with such songs as “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser” and “Take It Easy On Me.”
The band continues to sell out venues and has 90 to 100 dates scheduled this year alone, according to the group’s website.
Boykin Center will, however, have the distinction of being the band’s smallest venue ever, according to Crissy Oravits, theater coordinator, who has been in communication with a road manager.
• On Nov. 8, the Grammy Award-winning country music singer and songwriter Marty Stuart rolls into town. Stuart’s music blends country, bluegrass, Southern rock and gospel.
Stuart has worked with a number of musicians including Lester Flatt, Doc Watson and Johnny Cash.
“He is a smooth country singer,” Page said.
• Audiences will have treat Dec. 9 with “Carol of the King: An Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular.” The show was created by the Irish dance show “Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular” and features 20 skilled Irish dancers and musicians.
• The Embers return to Wilson on Dec. 14 in their annual Christmas show. Local audiences look forward to this holiday tradition.
• The winter/ spring season opens Jan. 20 with “The Motown Show” featuring local musicians Bill Myers, Dale Bryce and the Nutones.
• Robert “Guitar Slim” Finley returns on Feb. 23. He was here in March for a workshop and concert. Finley, who is legally blind, has been playing guitar since he was a boy.
• The Delbert McClinton concert March 23 will probably be another full house, Page said. It was full when the performer was first here in 2014.
A Grammy Award-winner, McClinton’s hits include “Givin’ It Up for Your Love” and duets “Good Man, Good Woman” with Bonnie Raitt and “Tell Me About It” with Tanya Tucker. He also recorded the opening song, “Weatherman” for the movie “Groundhog Day.”
• Also back by popular demand is Steady Drive Bluegrass Band on April 27. Kevin Lamm, a partner at Parker’s Barbecue, plays banjo with the regional band. They play gospel and traditional bluegrass.
Page expects this final concert of the season to draw another big crowd.
For ticket information, call 252-291-4329. A waiting list has started for individual ticket sales. The ACT! for Youth season can be added for $35 and will include three shows.