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Edwin McCain opens Boykin Series 22

8-show series includes bluegrass, ballet, comedians and Celts

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The Arts Council of Wilson has announced its Boykin Series 22 lineup, which promises something for just about every lover of the arts.

“The Boykin Series Committee has done a fabulous job planning out the 22nd season of bringing entertainment of a professional caliber to Wilson,” said Cathy Hardison, arts council executive director. “The series will feature eight performances with eight different genres of entertainment. The goal is to be diverse and provide a variety of genres so that there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Season tickets for the upcoming Boykin Series 22 are on sale now. Full-series tickets are $200 each; purchasing tickets to each show individually would cost $256. Tickets for the fall series, or the first four shows only, are available for $110. Tickets for the spring series, the last four shows, go for $100.

To purchase your 2018-19 season tickets for Boykin Series 22, call the arts council box office at 252-291-4329 or email acwboxoffice@wilsonarts.com.

Tickets for individual shows will go on sale Aug. 15.

Edwin McCain

Saturday, Sept. 22

McCain is probably best known for recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the U.S. as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. He has been called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times.

McCain has a new claim to fame, his hit television show “Flipping Ships” on Animal Planet. His restoration company, Boats Have Souls, restores abandoned boats and customizes them for new owners.

Country Cool Comedy

Friday, Oct. 5

Three headlining comedians, Trish Suhr, Karen Mills and Leanne Morgan, regale crowds with no-holds-barred stories about real-life situations taken with a strong dose of humor. All three ladies have Southern roots but are well-traveled, diverse, razor-sharp and savvy. And although Southern at heart, they want audiences to know they are not rednecks or white trash … they are “country cool.”

Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Friday, Nov. 5

Billed as the country’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Rumours is based in Atlanta and strives to capture the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation and a visually engaging stage show. “Their dedication to recreating the Fleetwood Mac experience has skyrocketed their popularity, garnering a loyal fan base and playing to sold-out audiences,” the arts council notes. “If you never had the opportunity to see Fleetwood Mac in its heyday, this concert will be the next best thing.”

Christmas with the Celts

Saturday, Dec. 15

Enjoy a Christmas show with the whole family as the popular PBS pledge show Christmas with the Celts takes the Wilson stage. The PBS show was so successful that it aired country-wide for three years. The same show now tours across the country. The Celts mix lively traditional Irish music and Christmas classics.

Chatham County Line

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Chatham County Line is an American bluegrass musical group formed in Raleigh in 1999 with members of the band Stillhouse, The band has released seven albums, including its latest “Autumn,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s U.S. bluegrass charts.

Lorrie Morgan

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Lorrie Morgan charted her first single in 1978, although she did not break into the top of the U.S. country charts until her 1989 single, “Trainwreck of Emotion.” Since then, she has charted 40 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts, with three No. 1 hits: “Five Minutes,” “What Part of No” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” She has also recorded 15 studio albums and has sold more than 6 million records worldwide.

New York Theatre Ballet

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The New York Theatre Ballet’s family and adult programs tour both nationally and abroad, and the company is well known for its theatrical expressiveness, high production quality and intimate accessibility to every audience member.

The New York Theatre Ballet was founded in 1978 and has earned national acclaim for its restoration and revival of small masterworks by great choreographers and for its innovative hour-long ballets based on children’s literature.

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Friday, April 19, 2019

C.J. Chenier is a Grammy-nominated and world-renowned Zydeco musician and recording artist who has performed alongside many internationally recognized musicians including his Grammy-winning father, Clifton Chenier, “The King of Zydeco.”

Zydeco is a music form that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole residents that blends blues, rhythm and music native to the Louisiana Creole and early residents of Louisiana

Chenier calls his music “happy.”

“You go to a gig by a jazz band and everybody’s sitting down, sipping drinks,” Chenier says. “You play Zydeco and you see shoes flying off. You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy all night long. You’re going to break a smile and stomp your foot before too long. This is happy music, and it makes you dance.”

Chenier has performed with musicians who run of gamut of musical styles, such as Paul Simon, Joe Sample, Ray Parker Jr., The Gin Blossoms, John Mayall, and of course, his famous father.

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