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The Greenville Area Arts Council (GAAC) is excited to kick of their 35th season at the Ritz.
This year, the GAAC board members have selected four family friendly shows that will encompass this year’s schedule. The first show is scheduled for Oct. 13.
The Black Jacket Symphony recreates class albums in a live performance setting. The selected album for their performance at the Ritz will be Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” The group is hand-picked specifically for each album.
“This show is probably one of the biggest shows we have brought to the Ritz,” said Nancy Idland, GAAC Executive Director. “Following the performance, we will have a street party outside the Ritz.”
Nov. 13 will be the next show. The Classic Nashville Roadshow features two performers, Jason Petty who has a sound similar to Hank Williams, and Katie Deal who has the twang of Patsy Cline. According to their website, you will “get swept back in time with songs made famous by Dolly, Hank, Patsy, Tammy, George, Merle and many, many more.”
Mountain Heart, an up and coming bluegrass band, will be the third show of the year on Jan. 21. According to The Daily Country, “while the quintet stays true to its bluegrass roots, they add R&B, country, and jazz alongside some heavenly harmonies and brilliant musicianship creating a high-energy, soulful sound.”
The last show of the season will take place on Feb. 18 and it is titled Embraceable You. “This is our show that is closest to Broadway music,” said Idland. “There will be singing and dancing by a couple who will share with you the music of George Gershwin.”
“I want the arts to be one of the top things that people mention about Greenville,” said Idland. “There is so much negative in our world, and almost in our backyard today. Any positive things we continue to work for and maintain in our community impact our future generations.”
Season tickets are on sale through Friday. They are $40 for adults and $30 for students. “The support we receive from our GAAC Membership program allows us to bring quality productions to the city,” said Idland. “The donations also help us continue to offer affordable ticket prices to our community.”
Single tickets for shows will be sold for $20 prior to each show at The Pineapple, The Medicine Shoppe and McFerrin’s Jewelry.