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The Arts Council of Wilson is proud to present Boykin Series 23 – a Professional Performance Series. We have an amazing line-up of musicians and dancers who will provide seven different performances for your enjoyment – with a little something for everyone!
Friday, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 for adults and $33 for seniors and students.
The country-rock band Little Texas kicks off the season. Little Texas shook up the country music world in the late 1980s with a new, energetic sound that fused the look and attitude of modern rock music with traditional country themes and styles. Country fans the world over have purchased more than 7 million of the band’s albums, and the group has had enormous success with several chart-topping songs including “My Love” and “God Bless Texas,” three Grammy nominations and honors from both the Academy of Country Music (Vocal Group Of The Year) and the Country Music Association (Album Of The Year). Currently, the band is on the concert circuit celebrating its 28th year on the radio.
LET’S HANG ON!
Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34 for adults and $29 for seniors and students.
The Frankie Valli Tribute Show brings a full-blown, polished stage show to the Boykin Center, featuring such mega hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” The group captures the trademark vocal virtuosity, tight harmonies and crisp choreography that made The Four Seasons so popular.
The Barefoot Movement Holiday Show
Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, seniors and students.
The bluegrass group The Barefoot Movement has been heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.” Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone, from the group, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Barefoot Movement has two full-length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, this event promises to be a treat for the whole family.
Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48 for adults and $45 for seniors and students.
Mark Wills is an American country musician has captivated fans and listeners for over two decades. He achieved his first top-charting success at the young age of 23, and has maintained longevity in the music business that many artists can only dream of. His mission is to create country music filled with depth and meaningful substance to create lasting memories through the words. Mark has released a total of seven albums and has had a number of Top-10 hits, including “Wish You Were Here” from his platinum album of the same name, and the popular and endearing wedding favorite “I Do (Cherish You)”. Mark was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in January of this year.
Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, seniors and students.
Marcus Anderson is a fusion jazz artist who brings R&B, pop, rock, Latin and funk together. Charting No. 1 in both categories of Billboard’s smooth jazz and Sirius XM’s watercolors with his hit “A Cup Of Joe,” the Spartanburg, South Carolina, native is delivering major music. He has 10 studio albums. His work with the late Prince and the New Power Generation has led him to join the stage with iconic performers such as Ceelo Green, Judith Hill, Stevie Wonder, Liv Warfield, Sheila E. and Anthony Hamilton, among others.
COLLAGE DANCE COLLECTIVE
Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 for adults, seniors and students.
Collage Dance Collective works to inspire the growth of ballet by showcasing a repertoire of relevant choreography and world-class dancers. Collage believes that participation in the arts enriches communities and is critical to economic and social development. The dance company is committed to increasing access to outstanding ballet training and increasing diversity on professional ballet stages.
Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 for adults and $37 for seniors and students.
Gene Watson still sings in the same key as he did 30 years ago and continues to prove why he is rightly referred to as “The Singer’s Singer.” He remains defiantly country in the face of today’s more pop-oriented offerings. He is most famous for his 1975 hit, “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” his 1981 No. 1 hit, “Fourteen Carat Mind,” and his signature 1979 song “Farewell Party.” Watson’s long career has notched five No. 1 hits, 23 Top 10, and over 76 charted singles.
About Boykin Series 23
Season tickets for Boykin Series 23 are on sale through July 6. The cost for the entire series (seven shows) is $195 — a $228 value. Season tickets may also be purchased for the fall series only ($83 for three shows) or the spring series only ($122 for four shows). For more information on purchasing season tickets, contact the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329. Individual tickets will be available for sale starting on July 8.
Arts Partners for Boykin Series 23 are Brewmasters, Bridgestone, First Media Radio, National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Presenters Consortium, Our State Magazine, Parker’s Barbecue, South Arts, Wilson County, Wilson Energy, Wilson Times, and Wilson Visitor’s Center.