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The 2018-2019 Lineup

On behalf of Columbia State Community College, we welcome you to the 17th 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, October 4, 2018
The Nashville All-Stars

The Nashville All-Stars is an exclusive performance group selected from the best of Nashville’s world-class musicians. The “It City” has its own “It Band.” Comprised of GRAMMY® Award winners and premiere vocalists, this crew is associated with the brightest stars in Nashville. Curated by GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville producer Charlie Peacock, The All-Stars showcase the musical history, virtuosity and popular songs of Music City.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Operation Finally Home presents: An Intimate Evening with Craig Morgan

A 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,” Wake Up Loving You” and the four week #1, “That's What I Love About Sunday.” A USO Merit Award recipient and 2018’s U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service medal Honoree who has made 15 overseas trips to support our troops, Morgan previously spent 17 years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Country & Christmas starring Linda Davis and Friends

Three of Nashville’s most talented performers bring a little taste of Music City to The Cherry Theater when they perform “Country & Christmas”.  Join GRAMMY®  award-winners Linda Davis, Lang Scott (The Scott Family) and Cheryl White (The Whites) as they usher in the Christmas season with a whole lot of down-home appeal, hit songs and holiday favorites.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Melinda Doolittle

A soul-stirring songstress… Melinda Doolittle is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and an effortless style that compels her audiences to keep listening. Tone deaf as a child, her willful determination and love of singing drove her to enter a talent show where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot-on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back, and has since gone on to enjoy a successful career amazing audiences around the world.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Music City Hit-Makers

Music City Hit-Makers is a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring Nashville’s hottest songwriters and a local studio symphony. In this Bluebird Cafe-esque style writer’s round, two elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they’ve penned for today’s most iconic stars set to the sounds of a symphony. With over 30 #1 hits, these GRAMMY® winning writers have had songs recorded by Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson and many more.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
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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