Columbia State Announces 2022-2023 First Farmers Performance Series


Celebrating its twentieth season, Columbia State Community College is pleased to announce the roster of artists for the 2022-2023 season of the First Farmers Performance Series.

“We are very excited about our 20th Performance Series season,” said Bethany Lay, Columbia State Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Columbia State Foundation. “We’ll be celebrating this momentous year with surprises throughout our season, and we hope you’ll join us for every performance.”

Opening night, October 13, stars Jason Catron. Jason Catron started singing at the age of two. His first song was “Jesus Loves Me” in his small church in Kentucky where he grew up. Jason has just released the first single, “King of The Road”, from his new project, “The Nashville Songbook”. It’s a long-in-the-making dream record and takes Jason back to his childhood roots singing songs from American and country songbooks and admiring singers like Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Jason’s heart is to encourage everyone he meets and after touring some of Vancouver’s greatest venues at the Vatican, you will be inspired by Jason’s velvety voice and a talent that is truly a gift.

Jason Catron
Jason Catron and his little big band

November 10 will feature Jake Hoot. Don’t let its larger-than-life presence fool you. Jake Hoot may be 6’6″, but the Season 17 champion of NBC’s “The Voice” is still so genuine and sweet. Following his record-breaking win over NBC’s The Voice, Hoot released several tracks, including ” Tennessee Strong”, which reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Country Singles chart, its first single, “Dangerous Thing”, a special song for Father’s Day, “Best Job I Ever Had”, a heartwarming love song, “Nadine », a rowdy summer anthem, « Night Left » and, more recently, a duet with his wife, « Wherever Time Goes ». Drawing inspiration from his childhood in the Dominican Republic, Hoot released a cover of “La Bamba” from his debut EP which landed Top 10 on the iTunes Latin charts.

Jake Hoot
Jake Hoot

On December 8, Jaimee Paul and Leif Shires will be back for the holidays. Jaimee and Leif are internationally acclaimed artists who make old songs shine while making legendary music the current obsessions of today’s music lover. Jaimee started out as a first call vocalist in the studio, then sang live as a backing vocalist for Wynonna and Kelly Clarkson. Leif’s career has blossomed working with artists as diverse as Kelly Clarkson, Jack White, Shania Twain, Barry Gibb, Wanda Jackson and as part of the most influential horn section in music history, The Memphis Horns. Leif and Jaimee are reinventing the classics for a new generation of music enthusiasts.

Jaime Paul

Aubrey Logan will perform on February 9. She is a singer, trombonist, composer and performer. It would have been much easier if Aubrey Logan had chosen one. But she was never one to be pigeonholed. She lives her life outside the box and that makes her hard to define. And it suits her because she deliberately defies definition. She’s still known as a world-class vocalist-instrumentalist, but she revealed there’s so much more.

Aubrey Logan
Aubrey Logan

On March 16, Appalachian Road Show will perform. Appalachian Road Show is a visionary acoustic ensemble, bringing next-generation interpretations of traditional American, bluegrass, and folk songs, along with innovative original music, all presented with a common thread that ties directly to the heartland of the Appalachian regions of the United States. United. . Appalachian Road Show invites us to sit on its porch as the band shares its dynamic musicality through songs and stories emanating from the mountains and screams of North Carolina and Virginia to the coal mines of West Virginia. and Kentucky.

Appalachian Road Show
Appalachian road show

Closing the series on April 20 is Bob Eubanks. “Backstage with the Beatles” offers tremendous entertainment value for Beatles fans and music lovers. The show consists of untold stories experienced by Bob Eubanks during the Beatles’ tour of America in the early 60s, rare video footage, stills, special effects and merchandise to help understand what it must have been to experience the Beatles in concert. All of Bob’s stories lead to a hit song that best represents the subject matter and the time period in which the story took place.

Bob Eubanks
Bob Eubanks backstage with the Beatles

The new season tickets go on sale Aug. 8 and cost $135 each plus tax. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 18 and cost $30 each plus tax for adults and $20 each plus tax for Columbia State students. To charge tickets over the phone using any major credit card, call 931.540.2879 or purchase in person in room 113 of the Pryor Administration Building on the Columbia campus, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On performance nights, the box office opens at 6 p.m. at the Kenneth and Ramona Cherry Theater, located in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all shows start at 7 p.m. The Columbia Campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike in Columbia.

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