Entertainment Briefs 7/28/22

Posted 7/27/22

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headed to Thrasher-Horne CenterORANGE PARK – With a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in …

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Entertainment Briefs 7/28/22


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headed to Thrasher-Horne Center
ORANGE PARK – With a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music.
The band will bring its legendary setlist to the Thrasher-Horne Center on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which start at $39, are now on sale.
Following an extended 50th anniversary tour, the ensemble grew to a six-piece in 2018 for the first time since their early jug band days. The group now includes Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, Jim Photoglo, Ross Holmes and Jaime Hanna. All six members also sing, and when their voices merge, the harmonies add a powerful new component for the legendary band. And with the father-son pairing of Jeff and Jaime Hanna, the band carries on a country music tradition of blood harmony.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played their first gig in 1966 in Southern California as a jug band and by 1969 had become a cornerstone of the burgeoning country-rock community. Their career breakthrough came in 1970 with the release of the record Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy and the single “Mr. Bojangles,” a folksy Top 10 pop hit that remains a staple of their live show.
During a tour stop in Nashville around that time, Earl Scruggs and his family came backstage to say hello. That introduction led to a friendship and some of the connections the band needed to record Will the Circle Be Unbroken. That three-disc album brought Nitty Gritty Dirt Band together with a number of country, folk and bluegrass legends. Heroes like Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Martin, Merle Travis and Doc Watson joined the scruffy, young band to record country music standards such as “I Saw the Light” and “Keep on the Sunnyside.” The acclaimed project is considered a landmark recording in American music.

Malpass Brothers headed to Thrasher-Horne Center in September
ORANGE PARK – As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.
The brothers now will share their talents from the Thrasher-Horne Center stage on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.
With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.
The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit CMT Pure Country’s Top 10.

Thrasher-Horne adds The Hodgetwins to its growing schedule
ORANGE PARK – Viral Internet Sensations The Hodgetwins are taking the show on the road for one special night at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Sept. 17.
Keith and Kevin Hodge, aka the Hodgetwins, are famously known for their comedic commentary regarding politics, current events, fitness tips and relationship advice across their several YouTube channels.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, which start at $45, can be found at thcenter.org.
The Hodgetwins, also known as the Conservative Twins, is an American stand-up comedy and conservative political commentary duo. The twins started out as YouTubers, but in 2016 branched out to live stand-up comedy shows as well.

Diamond Rio coming to Thrasher-Horne on Sept. 22
ORANGE PARK – Grammy, CMA and ACM award-winning Diamond Rio will play at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Sept. 22.
Formed in 1989 in Nashville, the band consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals).
Diamond Rio’s most recent release “I Made It,” is their 10th studio album. The title track was co-written by Olander and features 11 new songs. Produced by Olander and Mike Clute, “I Made It” is available on iTunes and www.diamondrio.com.
Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of “Meet In The Middle” became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single. The band is also known for their hits “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In A Week or Two” and more.
They released their first autobiography, “Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio” on Thomas Nelson in 2009.
The band known for playing every note on every album recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary, has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award, six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM), released two Greatest Hit albums, a live and Christmas project, earned five multi-week No. 1 singles, 22 Top 10 singles, three certified Platinum and five gold albums, released an autobiography – and with zero band member changes.
Tickets, which start at $29, are available at thcenter.org.

Plain White T’s headed to Thrasher-Horne Center on Oct. 15
ORANGE PARK – Since emerging in 1997, the GRAMMY Award-nominated multi-platinum Chicago quintet – Tom Higgenson (vocals), Tim Lopez (lead guitar and vocals), Mike Retondo (bass) and De’Mar Hamilton (drums) – has amassed an enduring, engaging and enigmatic catalog, spanning two gold-certified offerings “All That We Needed” and “Every Second Counts” and unshakable anthems such as the double-platinum “1,2,3,4” and platinum “Rhythm of Love.”
Plain White T’s will make a stop at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. for a one-high concert. Tickets, which start at $39, are available at thcenter.org.
Among the discography, “Hey There Delilah” went quadruple-platinum, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and earned a pair of 2008 GRAMMY Award nominations in the categories of “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” Along the way, the five-piece logged countless miles on the road in front of sold-out crowds in nearly every corner of the globe. After a whirlwind tour cycle supporting 2015’s American Nights, the guys hunkered down and began writing the ideas that would eventually comprise Parallel Universe, slated for an August 2018 release.
The band’s endlessly hummable signature melodies still shine at the center of this galaxy, but their Universe morphed into an otherworldly atmosphere of ethereal electronic pop strengthened by lush guitar tones and synth transmissions.

Craig Morgan brings his ‘God, Family, Country Tour’ to Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – Multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan, has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran.
One of country music's best-loved artists, Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard and thrills massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” “Soldier,” “Wake Up Loving You,” “That's What I Love About Sunday” and his faith-filled tribute to his son Jerry, “The Father, My Son and The Holy Ghost.” Craig received one of country music's highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Morgan will be making a one-night appearance at the Thrasher-Horne Center on
Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.
Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan spent 17 years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. Morgan remains an avid supporter of America's military personnel and has made 16 overseas trips to perform for our troops. He is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award and in 2018 was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, in recognition of his significant dedication to our military men and women around the world.

The Marshall Tucker Band’s 50th-anniversary tour coming to Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – The Marshall Tucker Band came together as a young, hungry and quite driven six-piece outfit in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972, having duly baptized themselves with the name of a blind piano tuner after they found it inscribe on a key to their original rehearsal space – and they've been in tune with tearing it up on live stages both big and small all across the globe ever since.
Plus, the band's mighty music catalog, consisting of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases, has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over, and the band will bring it to the Thrasher-Horne Center on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
A typically rich MTB setlist is bubbling over with a healthy dose of hits like the heartfelt singalong "Heard It in a Love Song," the insistent pleading of "Can't You See" – the signature tune of MTB's late co-founding lead guitarist and then-principal songwriter Toy Caldwell, the testifying "Fire on the Mountain," the wanderlust gallop of "Long Hard Ride" and the explosive testimony of "Ramblin," to name but a few.
Tickets start at $39 and can be found at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.

Paula Cole, Sophie B. Hawkins to perform on Nov. 20
ORANGE PARK – In 1996, Paula Cole released her self-produced, second album “This Fire”. It was incendiary, a double-platinum smash. The first single, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” catapulted to the Top 10. Her songwriting was loved by traditionalists, feminists, the LGBTQIA community, the whole world.
Sophie B. Hawkins burst onto the international music scene with her 1992 platinum-selling debut album, Tongues and Tails, which included the indelible hit song "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover", and earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.
Both will perform on Nov. 20 at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr., at 7 p.m. Tickets, which start at $29, are available at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.
Cole was nominated for 7 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be nominated as Producer of the Year with no collaborators. Her second single, the anthemic “I Don’t Want to Wait” dominated charts for a year and then lived again as the well-loved theme song for “Dawson’s Creek.”

Always …Patsy Cline musical headed to Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – “Always…Patsy Cline” has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine. “Always…Patsy Cline” has also been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the United Kinghdom and Australia.
The group will perform at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Jan. 8, 2023.
“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.
The musical play, complete with down-home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight” – 27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”
Tickets start at $29 and can be found at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.

Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Rumours, to perform in January
ORANGE PARK – Rumours, lead singer Mekenzie Jackson, in the part of Stevie Nicks was bewitched by the music of Fleetwood Mac at a young age and as it turns out she can duplicate the iconic singer’s voice so well that she and Rumours effortlessly transport audiences to the height of Fleetwood Mac’s amazing success. The sensational voices of Rumours accomplished musicians recreate the signature harmonies; and along with their expert instrumentation, stage moves and wardrobe, replicate those magical moments in music history that Fleetwood Mac fans cherish and can relive when they play at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Jan. 19, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
The passion for the music of Fleetwood Mac is what makes Rumours a success. The band’s members have been influenced by and admirers of Fleetwood Mac for many years and strive to not only recreate their unmistakable, enchanting sound but to give it the honor it so rightly deserves. Fans attending Rumours concerts can feel the love.
Rumours are composed of band members Mekenzie Jackson (lead vocals), Denny Hanson (lead and backing vocals, guitar and percussion), Alex Thrift (lead guitar), Adrienne Cottrell (keyboards, lead and backing vocals), Nick Whitson (bass) and Daniel Morrison (drums).
Tickets, which start at $29, can be found at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.

Thrasher-Horne books Irish dance production WINGS
ORANGE PARK – WINGS is a new Irish dance production created in Ireland by a critically acclaimed artistic team. Like no other genre, WINGS features exquisite Irish and World champion dancers together with Ireland's finest musical and vocal virtuosos. The group will perform at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Jan. 31, 2023.
Complete with original music and choreography, this ground-breaking production, infused with world dance and musical influences, will thrill audiences with its transformative emotional energy and imaginative design.
A vivid and illuminating production portraying rich Irish heritage themes, in spectacular dance and musical performances by this superb cast.
Witness the dexterity and skill of these world champion tantalizing Irish dancers in this awesome captivating spectacle as they defy gravity.
Tickets are available at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.

Ted Vigil brings his tribute to John Denver to Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – Ted Vigil is a singer, songwriter and a tribute artist. He was born in Seattle and raised in the Olympia area. He has been performing from the age of ten throughout school in concert, symphonic and jazz bands developing his talents as a drummer and singer.
Vigil will perform his tribute to the legendary John Denver on Feb. 10, 2023, at the Thrasher-Horne Center. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at thcenter.org.
In 2006 Ted Vigil went on to Laughlin, Nevada, to win the Talent Quest 2006 involving 28 states, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He then went on to win KOMO TV 4’s NW Afternoon Celebrity Look Alike contest in Seattle. Ted now performs nationwide for all kinds of venues and events. He has wowed the crowd selling out theatres in Pennsylvania and Kansas and has played twice now for John Denver’s own “Windstar Foundation” in Aspen, Colorado.

Michael Feinstein to salute Judy Garland’s 100th birthday at Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – Legendary performer Michael Feinstein salutes and celebrates the great Judy Garland on her 100th birthday on Feb. 11 at the Thrasher-Horne Center.
Executive produced by Liza Minelli, audiences are invited to join a nostalgic and spectacular musical journey of Garland’s illustrious career. Filled with special surprise moments, Feinstein and audiences will come together in celebrating Garland’s unparalleled talent and charisma. No one could break or lift your heart like Judy Garland.
Feinstein will lead you on a historical journey through Garland’s amazing life, telling stories that he has learned from Liza Minnelli and other close friends. Audiences will be treated to recently discovered, previously unheard musical arrangements, as well as gain rare insight into the enduring Garland mystique.
Tickets, which start at $49, are available at thcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.

Olivier Award nominee Dragons and Mythical Beasts coming to Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new show for all the family.
Dragons and Mythical Beasts will be at the Thrasher-Horne Center on March 10, 2023. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets (thcenter.org) start at $19.
Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don't wake the Dragon.
This Olivier Award nominated show comes to the USA direct from the West End, from the creators of the international smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life.

Thrasher-Horne to host Chicago tribute band, Brass Transit
ORANGE PARK – Brass Transit was formed in 2008 and brought together eight of the most talented and accomplished award-winning musicians. Their sole purpose was to pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest and most successful pop/rock groups of all time, Chicago.
Since then, the group has toured North America dazzling audiences with their flawless performances and spectacular attention to every detail of the Chicago songbook. The band will make a stop at the Trasher-Horne Center on March 23, 2023.
Hits like: “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “If You Leave Me Now” and “You’re the Inspiration” have left crowds in awe and on their feet more than once during a show, evoking comments like “spine-tingling,” “brought me back to my youth” and “perfect in every detail.”
Brass Transit goes far beyond just imitating the songs, they embody the music. They recently produced their first CD taking top hits from the 70s and recording them with horns in the CHICAGO style. A result is a fresh approach to some of the greatest hits of that era. They have also just recently scored their show for full Symphony with luscious orchestral arrangements that are truly spellbinding. Brass Transit will bring you back to the most memorable times of your life.
Tickets are available at THcenter.org or at (904) 276-6815. Prices range from $59 to $29.


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