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March 27, 2020
Show starts at 7:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm
Member seating at 6:50pm
Directed by Joe Littleton and Andrew Kimball, Produced by Art Kimball
ATHENS, TN–Athens Area Council for the Arts presents Old Time Country Radio Show a concert in the House Blend Series Friday March 27, 2020 at Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theater at The Arts Center.
The House Blend Concert Series lets stand out local talent perform in an intimate, professional setting in a series designed to offer a little something for everyone. The final event in the 2019-2020 season is formatted like a radio show from the Golden Age of Country.
Andrew Kimball and Joe Littleton, co-directors along with Art Kimball, producer will transform the Black Box Theater into a Honky Tonk for the one-night-only imaginary radio broadcast.
Art Kimball was inspired by the Ken Burns’ PBS series “Country Music” and devised a plan to celebrate early country stars in the Black Box. “I was inspired by the work those early stars had to do to get their songs heard,” Kimball explained, “they traveled all over the country to get on radio stations so their work could get out there. I found lots of friends watched the show and were affected by their bootstraps ethic like I was and were hooked on the series. I ran the idea by Joe Littleton and found he loved the music and was excited about the show and we arrived at our theme.”
WAAC “broadcasts” live from the Black Box with host Greg Moses and a grand ole crew of local musicians paying homage to Country legends like Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Roger Miller, Glen Campbell, Floyd Cramer, Tammy Wynette, and more.
Joe Littleton, the show’s director, is known for his commitment to a vision. “We’re excited to take over the Black Box for the night and our goal is to make our audience feel like they’re at a live radio broadcast in the good old days,” said Littleton. Andrew Kimball, co-director, nodded in agreement and said “And let me tell you – rehearsals are exciting, Rusty Patterson and Tina Jenkins just blew me away. I know all the performers will be outstanding.”
The local artists bringing the songs to life include: Melonie Carideo, Ashley Clark, Nate Crisp, Matt Flowers, Tina Jenkins, Andrew Kimball, Lindsey Kimball, Tyson Leamon, Chase Littleton, Joe Littleton, Kyle Littleton, Steve Miller, Bill Paisley, and Rusty Patterson.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at athensartscouncil.org or The Arts Center at 320 North White Street, Athens, TN. Admission price includes popcorn and a cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling 423-745-8781. Seating is general admission and doors open at 7:00 pm. AACA member seating is at 6:50 pm. The box office opens one hour before show time.
Contact The Arts Center for more information on this and all programs. Sponsorship support for “Old Time Country Radio Show” comes from Ramble Creek Cakes & Wilson Construction Group. All AACA performances are sponsored by Gibby & Sons’ Pool Services. All AACA programs are sponsored by Edward Jones of Athens, Financial Guidance Partners, Willsonthropic, Inc. – Mintie C. Willson – Willson Family Fund, and Wolfenden Family Pharmacies, and supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
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