The 2017-2018 Lineup

On behalf of Columbia State Community College, I welcome you to the 16th season of the First Farmers Performance Series.

This season is truly music at its best that I know you will enjoy! I join you in looking forward to a wonderful and exciting season of entertainment in the Cherry Theater.
~President Janet Smith

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Marc & Ted Broussard

Louisiana-born and acclaimed southern singer-songwriter Marc Broussard incorporates his Bayou roots into a soulful mix of blues, rock, pop and R&B.  He has toured with giants and honed his writing chops through collaborations with some of the top song craftsmen in the business. Now, Marc is teaming up with his father, Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist and former member of The Boogie Kings, Ted Broussard, to perform acoustic renditions of his greatest hits and tell stories that inspired his songwriting.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
An Evening with Sam Bush

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo work and his work alongside greats like Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Béla Fleck. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and a suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Dailey & Vincent's Spirit of Christmas SOLD OUT

The newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music. Their unique blend of bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music along with the fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies, has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Alison Brown

Alison Brown doesn’t play the banjo. Alison Brown plays music on the banjo. Thousands of three-finger style banjo players have since made their marks, but none has cut such a path or moved so far along it as has Alison Brown. She’s acclaimed as one of today’s finest progressive banjo players, but you rarely find her in a conventional bluegrass setting. Instead, she’s known for leading an ensemble that successfully marries a broad array of roots-influenced music: folk, jazz, Celtic and Latin.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Ty Herndon

Ty Herndon is a master of the ties that bind. The Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning recording artist has the ability to connect with an audience far beyond his onstage performance. Herndon has a passion and commitment to his music that continues to play out in his lyrics. “If I haven’t lived it, I haven’t sung it” as Herndon says. With a career spanning two decades, 20 Billboard charted singles and over five million albums sold, Herndon shows no signs of slowing down.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Columbia State Spring Production

Announced in the spring, the Columbia State Commercial Entertainment program’s spring production is the capstone performance of this year’s Performance Series.  Past shows include The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid, Seussical, Shrek The Musical, 9 to 5, Cats and Grease.  Columbia State’s Commercial Entertainment program is one of only two programs in the country that specifically trains talented students to be dancers, singers and songwriters.

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